I would like to think I’m a strong woman. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life. I was, at one time, entrenched in sexual sin. It’s not something I’m proud of. However, through the Holy Spirit, I was reminded I was a beautiful child of the King who didn’t need her value and worth determined by a man.
I spent literally years praying to God and asking Him to forgive me for my actions and behaviors before I finally took heed to God’s Word. It says in Isaiah 43:25, “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west so far has He removed our transgression from us.” When I finally took those verses and truly hid them in my heart, I realized I was free of that sin. When I repented and asked for His forgiveness, God gave it to me without hesitation.
But that doesn’t mean insecurity doesn’t creep in. Last week while chatting with a group of friends, someone made an incredibly embarrassing comment about my past. The remark was hurtful and degrading. While I don’t think it was meant maliciously, it cut me to the quick. It reminded me that while I have moved on, the devil still fights to keep my testimony mired down in humiliation and regret.
For quite a while, all I could think about was how I would never live down my past and how I would ever really be able to serve women. Could I ever be able to fully commit to a ministry when my past is the fodder for jokes?
The answer the Holy Spirit gave me was clear. YES. My past and my sin may be humor for some, but it is no laughing matter to Jesus, because He let it go when I repented.
“’Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.’” –Isaiah 1:18
My sins were covered and cleansed by Christ Himself. My past, while not ideal, gives me the testimony to speak to women today. It shows them that Jesus Christ can and does have the victory in our lives. It doesn’t allow for judgment or shame, because our God took that shame and cast it away with the cry of redemption. Thank you, Jesus for that grace.
For any who are ensnared by the lies of satan that your value is measured by your past, please take one of the verses written above and memorize it. Hide it in your heart and speak it out boldly when the enemy tries to tear you down. Allow God to have the victory in your past, present, and your future.