‘…..for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth …’ (Isaiah 54:4).
The first woman was declared married by the time she opened her eyes on earth. She never got to grow up, but instantly stepped into being a wife, then a mother. Did that happen to you? You were a parent before you had a chance to be a child or know what it means to be innocent and grow up with your trust intact. Have you been defiled by someone you trust so much while still in your innocent age? This message is for you – do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced… you will forget the shame of your youth..(Isa 54:4).
The truth is that: you can’t reverse what had happened. You’re not the same person and you’re never going to be. But the following tips may assist you to get up, get over and move on again:
-With the help of the Holy Spirit, be ready to forgive what others have done to you. Ephesians 4:32.
-Make a determined decision to forgive yourself for what you’ve done. How you’ve contributed to the mistake (Phil 3:13). Purposefully engage in activities that will help you to put it behind you.
-Believe that God has forgiven you and start acting on it (Isa 43:25).
We mistakenly tend to hold onto the past because we believe that we can still do something about it and the tendency is always there to believe that such event of the past will keep hunting or damaging us. But with Christ in your boat, your past can be re-written (Job 42:10, 12).
There is more ahead of you than behind, for God promises beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3). Therefore, get up, get over it and move on to your next upper level in God’s strength.