Have you broken this commandment? The Third Commandment…

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I have. I have broken at least one of the Ten Commandments: “‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.'” (Exodus 20:7, NKJV)

As a little girl, I heard adults talk about how God doesn’t like it when we state, “Oh God.” For example, saying to someone, “Oh God, how could you be so out of line?” or “Oh God! I didn’t know that.” So, as a child, I made a mental note to never say those two words, thinking that if I avoided them, I’d be fine and wouldn’t misuse God’s name. 

However, it was years later that I realized what this commandment really meant—it’s about relationship!

You see, I was at a point in my life where God had healed me from many years of anorexia. When this healing took place, people came to me and marveled: “Wow, you must have a really deep relationship with God because of how He’s healed you!” And I beamed and answered, “Yes, God and I are very close.” But that wasn’t true because honestly, my parents had been the ones interceding and fighting on my behalf. I myself didn’t have a deep relationship with Jesus at the time. 

Have you ever felt like someone “used” you for something you’re good at? Did that person feign a relationship with you when, truth be told, there was no real relationship—because he/she didn’t actually want it? That hurts—a lot. It’s abuse.

When I look back today, I recognize that I did the same thing with the Lord because I was insecure. I couldn’t believe that Jesus wanted a relationship with me, Déborah, just as I was. I didn’t believe it, and that’s why I abused His name. I spoke His name in vain rather than out of love that comes from real relationship.

I believe that if we trust His love for us 100%, we won’t take His name in vain. 

When I realized my error, it frightened me, but that’s also when my honest and deeply personal journey with God began—and it’s the most beautiful relationship I could ever have.

I’d like to ask you today…is there a real relationship behind the words you say about God? Or do you just say these words without much thought or because it’s what’s expected of you?

The Lord desires a real, sincere relationship with you!

You are a miracle!


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  1. Ann-Marie fewster on 14/05/2024 at 11:17 AM

    Amen. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Michael Douglas on 14/05/2024 at 12:53 PM

    Amen 🙏🏾

    • Karen S on 14/05/2024 at 1:27 PM

      I love how open and honest you are about your relationship with God and mistakes you make or have made. That’s how it should be and God knows your heart. He leads us all to where we should be 🙏🏻 and the relationship like you said is the best we could ever wish for. Thank you Jesus 💕🙏🏻

  3. Mimi Nz on 14/05/2024 at 1:37 PM


  4. RaSheda on 14/05/2024 at 1:42 PM

    Help us Lord not to use your name in vain. Amen 🙏🏾.

    • John O. on 14/05/2024 at 4:11 PM

      Lord God please help me to honour you always and give the grace to know the purpose of building a good family in Jesus Christ name. Ameeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen

  5. William Black on 14/05/2024 at 1:55 PM

    AMEN ♥️🙏

  6. Zandile on 14/05/2024 at 2:20 PM

    Amen 🙏.

    • Sharron Kibler on 15/05/2024 at 12:08 AM

      Amen 🙏🏾

  7. Natalie on 14/05/2024 at 2:54 PM

    Amen!!! I believe I have a real relationship with GOD and hope he knows my heart is sincere.

  8. Gregory on 14/05/2024 at 3:01 PM

    Amen, thank you for sharing sister Deborah! Thank you for being honest and open with us.
    My relationship with God is the most important one in my life, but some days I take it for granted. I need to stay connected to the vine more everyday, and value the relationship above all other relationships. This is a season coming soon, since several churches in my area are reaching out for God in a revival the next few weeks, or months maybe. We need him now, as much as any other time in history. May our hearts be ready and open to the king of kings, Lord of Lords. Come lord Jesus, come!!

  9. Katie Pena on 14/05/2024 at 3:27 PM

    Amen.Thank you Heavenly Father 🙏🏽🙏🏽

  10. Maggie M. on 14/05/2024 at 3:46 PM

    ~+~ AMEN ~+~

    Thank You Deborah for your inspiring and Holy Spirit led messages!


  11. Debbie M on 14/05/2024 at 4:23 PM

    Thanks for sharing this devotional Déborah. I was taught that saying, “Oh God” was to say His name in vain as well. But I never saw it in how you explained it in taking Him for granted. That was really good.

    If there’s one thing I don’t want to do is take the Lord for granted. I’m realizing more and more the importance of thanking Him daily, throughout the day makes Him present, and reminds me of so many things He’s done. It’s humbling. He’s been so good.

    There’s a song that comes to mind. “When I think about the Lord,
    How He saved me, how He raised me,
    How He filled me, with the Holy Ghost.
    How He healed me, to the uttermost.

    When I think about the Lord,
    How He picked me up and turned me around,
    How He placed my feet on solid ground

    It makes me wanna shout,
    Thank you Jesus,
    Lord, your worthy, of all the glory, and all the honor, and all the praise

  12. Boë von Wachenfelt von Wachenfelt Seisay on 14/05/2024 at 5:11 PM

    Thank you all for generously sharing your wisdom with us 🙏🏽❤️ I pray for the Lord to open our hearts and minds. Amen

  13. Jaunine on 15/05/2024 at 12:54 AM

    That was a real eye opener. Thank you. But is it not still wrong saying Oh my God or Jesus Christ in general conversation ( using it as a cuss word) ?

    I have heard so many people saying they are Christians but say Oh my god all the time? And non- believers too.

  14. Sylvia on 16/05/2024 at 5:11 PM

    Amen 🙏

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