How to Get Your Innocence Back
32

How to Get Your Innocence Back

Posted by danieljkoren on October 4, 2011 in Devotional |

If you have lost your innocence, how do you get it back? Some say you cannot. However, when you repent of your sins, forgive others, and pursue holiness, you begin restoring your innocence. Innocence is not the absence of a  knowledge of sin but freedom from the guilt of committing it.

How to get your innocence back

Have you ever noticed that when you buy a new car, you suddenly find everyone else on the road has the same vehicle? You see it everywhere. You buy a green pickup and suddenly, you see them everywhere. Lost innocence works like this.

Perhaps the cure for seeing every other green truck like yours is to get out of it. On foot, all automobiles look equal—none really stands out that much more than others do. In fact, when you are no longer behind your windshield, you see much more than you ever did from behind that lens.

A molested girl begins to see all men as perverts through her tinted “windshield.” She may even catch her reflection in that “lens,” giving her self-image saying she exists for male sexual gratification. She learns the ways of the snake, injecting guilty venom into others.

Those who have lost our innocence have to step out of that jaded vehicle. The girl with shame in her past must park those old hurts to see life differently. The hurtfully divorced man will have to go “on foot” for a while to not let his sour experience destroy his view of life. War veterans need to reformat their view of life by daily effort.

Find true maturity in innocence

Losing your innocence has become a “rite of passage” in American culture. Producers label music, movies, and games as having “mature” content. Unfortunately, society calls things mature when really they reveal the most immaturity and depravity.

I am not “mature” enough to listen to dirty jokes. I am not able to listen to godless music—it bothers me. We should not speak of what evildoers do in secret (Ephesians 5). I try to avoid the smut in the news and I refuse to repeat it if I happen to hear of it. If I see someone killed in a movie, it bothers me deeply. I avoid all these things as much as I can.

Rather than telling young men they need to toughen up enough to watch the blood-and-guts movies and games, we should tell them as Paul did Timothy, flee youthful lusts. Do not touch the unclean thing. Real men prove maturity by tenderness and compassion, not brute strength or unloading an AK-47.

Build immunity to sin

Diseased people have compromised immune systems. If your white blood cells cannot keep up with the junk coming into your body, the pathogens will take over and kill you. Cancerous tumors shield themselves from a person’s immune system and grow without resistance. What parts of your life have closed off access to the Holy Spirit? You may let Him into your friendships and public life, but have you blocked Him from purifying your iPod, smartphone, or internet browser? Does He have access to your bookshelf, magazine rack, or movie collection?

Just as your physical immune system feeds on nutrients such as vitamin C, beta carotene, and vitamin D3, so your spiritual immunity only grows with the right nutrients. Are you searching all of the Scriptures? Or do you just read the ones that make you comfortable? Do you access all that your church offers, or only pop in on Sunday mornings? Do you pray daily, letting Jesus sweep your soul clean of impurities, or do you wait until everything crashes and you have to go on spiritual life-support?

Since you are under daily attack, rebuild your spiritual protection daily by heart-moving prayer (producing tears), soul-inspiring scripture study (bringing joy), and impacting someone else for good (proactive victory).

You can get your innocence back!

You can overcome the sting of the snake only by the life-giving power of God’s Spirit. We are not naturally immune to the devil. The dove landed on Jesus, anointing Him with power over the serpent (Luke 3:21; Acts 10:38). He gives us that same power to defeat the slithering enemy (Luke 10:19). Accept His Spirit in your life.

Daily, I overcome my old windshields by praying in the Holy Ghost. Fortunately, my parents helped me receive this awesome gift of God’s Spirit as a child. I slowly lost my innocence as I grew up and learned of the devil’s wicked ways, but I could always go back to the Dove and re-learn the harmless way of life.

You will never regain your ignorance about sin. However, you can choose to live as if you did not know. Regain innocence by asking God to forgive you for being a snake. Shed your old slithering ways and begin to soar with the dove. Give up the venom of wickedness and rise to the perch of pure thoughts, actions, and entertainment. Now, help others get aloft from this sinful world so they can see things from heaven’s point of view.

Tags: , , , , , ,

32 Comments

  • John-michael says:

    Memories prevent the restoration of innocence in the same way that Adam and eve never returned to the garden of Eden. In heaven they will no longer be together as there will be no marriage. The blood of Jesus restores our relationship with God but does not restore the blank slate that existed prior to disobedience. Purity is the diligent warring against and choosing a path not of disobedience. Disobedience is atoned for but not without permant and irrevocable consequences. Innocence is not the lack or removal of guilt, but is the lack of disobedience in the first place or the lack of need for atonement in the first place. A single girl who is not a virgin can have her sins atoned for but the blood of Jesus does not purge the memories of her past therefore the consequence of disobedience cannot be completely purged. Jesus can never cease to be human, Moses can never enter the promised land like Joshua did and David can never raise bathsheba’s first-born son. Jesus didn’t come to make life the fantasy world we want it to be

  • John says:

    Sorry, but this is not all factually proven.

    Using god (a belief which requires blind faith; and don’t tell me it’s not blind unless you’ve seen him in person) as some sort of proof to anything is child talk. If you want your child innocence, believe in ‘Him’ and don’t allow any reliable maturity (like books, science, and proof) to get in the way.

    Instead of trying to spread “The Holy Spirit”, maybe giving some legit advice about how to solve innocence problems would be a smart idea.

    • danieljkoren says:

      John, there are some things known in the heart that the mind cannot grasp. I wish I could convince you of the many ways the Lord has restored my innocence. You cannot find Him by challenging Him and defying Him. You come to know Him by simple trust and faith in Him. I pray you come to Him soon and experience His restoration, too.

  • Nathaniel Smith says:

    daniel,

    i just stumbled over your page from google. i typed in “pray to restore your innocence.”

    i am a serious follower living in china (from kansas city, usa). i’ve already overcome a lot of sickness by the kindness of jesus.. but the struggle has been intense for about 7 years. i know a good part of it is mental and emotional.

    i try to daily immerse myself in all the truths in the bible God as father, listen to worship music daily, and pray in the spirit.

    but i love your talk about windshield. i’ve done inner healing ministries a couple times and there were some powerful wounds that didn’t get completely healed.

    i know that we gravitate toward people that will perpetuate our current level when it comes to renewing our mind and forming christ within us.

    i live in a mostly athiest country so.. its very hard to find godly people and prayer groups. especially charismatic spirit believing .. in english.

    but this encourages me.. how can i get ‘on foot’? i know of a house for mentally disabled and another for orphans.. i’ve wanted to visit for over a year.. but its a little out of the way and i haven’t found it yet.. this maybe the only way i can think of now in communist china for me to get on foot but it could be powerful medicine.

    another ideas?

    • danieljkoren says:

      I don’t have any contacts in China. If you can find a church, get one that preaches oneness doctrine and the acts 2:38 plan of salvation.
      You can watch some great preaching if search Pentecostals of Alexandria, Louisiana or Christian Life Center in Stockton California. Also find all the Bible study resources you want at life2o.org .

  • tammy says:

    God can restore our hearts and mind.ive struggled with sin my whole life.if u can think of a temptation ive been tempted with.its only with the allowing the spirit of god to come dwell in me and knowing that he is god have i been transformed into a new creature.the lust of the flesh is not the same thrill for me.my innoncence comes because im not up to date with the filth of the world.everyday im enlighted with the beauty of god.

  • Jess says:

    I’m a teenage girl, and I’ll be starting high school next year. I feel really sad because…when I was twelve, I got a phone. i was completely innocent back then and just a happy child. 13 was harder, but I kept it together. Now year 14 had come and I feel so bad…I don’t think I can ever get my innocence back. Is it really possible??

  • smile says:

    people say that we cant get our innocence back ever again ? i cant feel the same heartwarming way about a song as we did a year ago before “I STARTED DOING IT” .. IS IT TRUE ? CAN I GO BACK TO THAT PERSON AGAIN ? :( tears used to come out of my eyes a year back when i listened to a heart touching song,but now they dont ? can i get those tears that innocence back ? :( PLEASE HELP ME :( !!

  • smile says:

    daniel i m so much thankful to u for leading me the way :) i am truly thank u so much :)
    daniel can u please tell me how to fight the devil of temptation?
    the thing is when it overcomes me , that desire of getting my innocence back just gets washed away :( i just want that burning desire which can help me fight it back and get my innocence back :( please help me daniel :(

  • smile says:

    daniel thank u so so so much for leading me the way :) thank u so much daniel , believe me , i did not commit the “sin” for 3 days exactly, which was impossible for me daniel but yeah i did it .. i set my PC’s desktop with pictures of my loved ones, and yeah those pictures helped me to remind that i was not that person…but daniel after 3 days i comitted it again daniel :( i tried my best but i lost :( how does jesus see it? i read somewhere that “u cant give it up easily,u have to give it up in spans of time” can u please help me through again daniel ? i pray to Him everyday now , and i just want my tears back , my innocence back daniel , please help me :(

    • smile says:

      what i mean is that does jesus understand this that i cant give it up all in one go i have to leave it slowly like 3 days.then 6 days . then 9 days. does he understand that ?
      OR do u think that this sentence that “u cant give it up all in once , u have to give it up in slowly in spans of time” is just a excuse ? u believe that a person can get rid of sins all in one go without ever commiting it again? or u think that he has to leave sin in time spans ? does jesus forgive us for the sins which we commit in those time spans ? does jesus understand that “if i have to leave it,then it cant go in one go,it has to be in different spans” ? does he understand this ? does he forgives us ? will he give me my beautiful soul back , my tears back , my love back ? daniel the thing is that BELIVE ME i did not commit the “SIN” intentionally..YES i did it by an accident…trust me i m not lying & i did not even know that what was i doing or what does it lead to or is it a sin ? i just started by an accident, and after that i..you know..please help me through :( i beg u daniel :( thank u so much for helping me before too :( thank u so so so much :(

      • danieljkoren says:

        First, I think you would do best to connect with someone in your local area who can provide accountability and good teaching. If you type your zip code in this site: http://www.upci.com/churchlocator/searchBy_Zip.aspx you will find a good church in your local area. By good church, I mean one where the Spirit of the Lord moves and sets people free from sin. If you have not yet received His Spirit, do that right away!
        Also, you probably know what was going on around you when you fell into sin again. Stay away from those influences as much add possible. Sometimes that is easy like staying out of the nightclub; other times it might mean getting rid of certain things like a DVD collection or shutting off the internet.
        Yes, the Lord forgives, but we still will face the consequences of our sins. His Spirit will give you freedom from the bondage of sin. After that, you submit your desires to His desires. He doesn’t just want you to stop sinning, He has a lot of good things He wants you to do if you will follow Him. Let Him fill your time and your thoughts with right things and you’ll find that those old temptations will one day just be a foggy memory.

  • smile says:

    daniel thank u so much for helping me , thank u so much daniel !!! i m really greatful to u for helping me :) i prayed to Him & said these words exactly:
    “Jesus i m so sorry for what i have done jesus , trust me jesus , i did not commit the “sin” intentionally , i did it accidently jesus , i did not even knew that what i was doing , and by the time i realised it was too late jesus, i m so sorry jesus :( please give my innocence back to me jesus , my love , my soul , that beautiful soul back to me jesus , please i beg u jesus please understand jesus it is not that easy for me to get rid of it fast coz i m neck deep in it , please jesus i beg u give me my tears back to me”..and daniel i m begging u to believe me , but trust me daniel , i said this prayer , went to bed , put my head on the pillow , and i start to feel something in my eye , and slowly a tear came out of it. i m not bluffing daniel , it did, and u know everyday i beg Him for my innocence back , and please please please believe me daniel , after the prayer there’s always a tear down my eye , i hope jesus sends me my tears back :(

    • danieljkoren says:

      Praise God! You keep talking to Him like that.
      You also need to find a good oneness Pentecostal Church so you can hear truth and have a strong support group.

      • smile says:

        thank u so much daniel :)
        please answer questions in order like ans1 , ans2 :
        daniel i prayed to Him a lot on my bday eve , i literally was lying on the floor & was lookin at his wallpaper in my PC and begging for His forgiveness , i prayed to Him so much & i begged him so much , so much to forgive me , and u know when i listed all my sins , it was like started to cry and i dunnoy i felt so beautiful that day, that bday was like my new birth daniel and i felt so beautiful after it , but 2 days later, i was in school & got tempted & tried to sin again , but controlled myself in the middle of it , and i fear that i do not feel as beautiful as that day i was feeling :(
        i prayed to Him that evening & I did not cry that day daniel , there were no tears in my eyes :(
        Q1- DID THAT MEAN THAT HE LEFT MY SOUL THAT DAY FOREVER & WOULD NEVER BLESS ME AGAIN?
        however daniel , in the morning my PC alarm tone (believe me daniel i did not change the alarm tone on myself,i did not even look at the alarm tone option , as i thought that the default one would play itself) in the morning my PC alarm tone played the jingle bells song & i was crying daniel :(
        Q2- IF I AM CRYING , DOES THAT MEAN THAT HE IS STILL WITH ME?
        Q3-I CRY SOMEDAYS , SOMEDAYS I DONT.WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
        Daniel i want to cry so much , like just cry really really hard for redemption .. i feel so beautiful after i cry daniel :(
        Q4- HOW SHOULD I PRAY TO HIM THAT HE MAKES ME CRY EVERYDAY AFTER I PRAY TO HIM DANIEL?
        Q5-TELL ME THE EXACT WORDS THAT I SHOULD ASK HIM EVERYDAY SO THAT HE CAN MAKE ME CRY?
        Q6-HOW CAN I KNOW THAT HE IS STILL WITH ME?
        Q7-HOW CAN I LISTEN TO HIS VOICE?HOW CAN I BE SURE ITS HIM ? I MEAN WHEN I HEAR A VOICE “i forgive u son” I KNOW IT IS JUST MY BRAIN SAYING THAT BACK TO ME.
        Q8-HOW CAN I JUST STICK TO HIM WITH ALL MY HEART & FAITH?
        Q9-I JUST WANT TO CRY & FEEL IMMENSELY BEAUTIFUL & BLESSED FROM INSIDE DANIEL .. PLEASE TELL ME THE WAYS..PLEASE ..

        • smile says:

          DANIEL IT WAS LIKE WHEN THAT TEMPTATION STRUCK ME THE OTHER DAY AFTER THE BLESSING , IT WAS LIKE I FORGOT THAT JESUS WAS WITH ME , HE HAD BLESSED ME A DAY BACK WITH A NEW BIRTH ON MY BDAY,IT WAS LIKE I FORGOT IT,YES I DID :( I DUNNO I FORGOT IT OR THAT TEMPTATION WAS SO STRONG THAT IT DID NOT MAKE ME LOOK THAT BLESSING COZ OTHERWISE I WOULD NOT HAVE DONE IT..TO MAKE ME SIN AGAIN , TEMPTATION DELIBERATELY MADE ME FORGET HIS BLESSING,YOU THINK SO?WHAT CAN I DO SO THAT I JUST FEEL THAT HE IS JUST SITTING IN MY HEART & I FEEL LOVING , BEAUTIFUL FULL OF TEARS AGAIN DANIEL , CAN I GET MYSELF BACK TO “WITH TEARS” PERSON I REALLY WAS ..
          THE PROBLEM IS DANIEL I GET BLESSED , I CRY BUT AFTER 2 DAYS , 3 DAYS MAYBE THERE’S A 99% CHANCE THAT I WILL SIN AGAIN, AND WHEN I SIN AGAIN & THEN PRAY TO HIM AT EVENING I DONT HAVE TEARS AFTER THE PRAYER DANIEL..AND AS MORE AS I SIN, THE GAP BETWEEN THOSE DAYS WHEN I CRY AFTER PRAYING TO HIM , AND THE DAYS I DONT CRY , THAT GA WIDENS DANIEL :( PLEASE HELP ME:(I JUST WANT TO RECEIVE HIM IN MY SOUL , AND HIS BEAUTY SO STRONG THAT NO MATTER HOW MUCH I AM ADDICTED TO THE TEMPTATION , WHEN TEMPTATION COMES HIS BLESSING JUST DISTRACTS ME AWAY FROM IT :( PLEASE HELP ME:( I WANT TO CRY REALLY HARD ONE DAY, RECEIVE HIS BLESSING,AND NEVER FORGET THAT BLESSING & THEN NEVER SIN AGAIN..

          • danieljkoren says:

            Just as it defeats the purpose to study for a test AFTER you take it, so prayer needs to be before we face temptation. Either way, keep praying and seeking Him. You are sensitive to your wrongdoing, and that is a healthy sign. Don’t just talk to the Lord about your issues, talk to Him the Truth that you know about Him.

  • Stella says:

    Hi Daniel, My name is Stella.
    I’ve recently changed my life a little over a year ago. I’ve always been a strong believer of God. But I just don’t know what to think anymore. As I headed out of high school. I was more open to sin, and seeing the world for what it really is as I started working at an apartment complex. The coworkers were trying to sell their apartments by sex appeal and my eyes began to see more lustful things…I gave everything I had to my boyfriend who doesn’t treat me badly, but doesn’t treat me well either. I have lost my purity and innocence…I have a picture up on my bedroom wall of me when I was younger…I was smiling in it and I had a sparkle in my eyes. I don’t have that sparkle in my eyes anymore…It hurts so much knowing that I have done wrong…and I knew I was doing wrong when I did it…I am an evil person…I’ve asked God to forgive me, and to fill my heart with peace, and love, and pureness, but either I can’t finish the prayer from distraction, or self doubt. I don’t believe in myself anymore…I’m just dirt. Please I want to be that girl in the picture again…I need your help.

    • danieljkoren says:

      After you have wholeheartedly confessed your sins to the Lord, you must accept by faith what He sees in you. Living in sin will continue to drag you down. He sees you as better than that innocent girl in the picture. He sees you with His own perfection. You have to accept that new identity and stop seeing yourself according to your past sins.
      Your new identity begins when you accept His name in water baptism and are filled with the Holy Spirit.
      Find a good church here: http://www.upci.com/churchlocator/

      • Stella says:

        Thank you Daniel. Your right…God has big plans for me and I can’t dwell in my past, or I’m going to miss out on what he has planned for me…Thank You. I want to be a full worshiper of Jesus Christ. I”m tired of always fighting with the Devil. I want to see the world as Beautiful and not dark and full of hate. I’m tired of having anxiety and depression. I want to be new in Jesus Christ. I’ve been baptized before, but I think I need to do it again…I was baptized when I was 10 and I didn’t really understand what I was doing…I think its important that I get baptized again.

    • smile says:

      STELLA I AM A PMO ADDICT FROM 4 YEARS . stella i am an exact copy of you . when i was a kid , i could no slap someone back, instead used to cry when someone slapped me back .. i was really innocent and still today when i get a slap i perhaps do get my eyes wet..so i guess we are still what we are inside. Stella Father God’s grace is infinite :) He will forgive you stella :) believe me and more than anyone of us , believe Him..When Father Jesus died on the cross , at the very moment my sins , your sins & the sins of the entire humanity were forgiven :) It started like this :
      Satan was a beautiful angel of God . but satan wanted the throne of Father God . Father God threw him outta heaven for this . since that day satan swore to destroy every good person , every good & beautiful thing , emotion(ur innocence) , memory , experience(ur childhood) ..satan wants to destroy everything that stands in favor with Father God . satan wanted to make us on his side , instead of God’s..now read this next line very carefully !!
      SATAN WANTS US TO SIN AND BECOME HIS FOLLOWERS ..
      Now Father God sent Father Jesus to seek & save the lost(u & me) and in the end Father Jesus died for our sins thus providing us Father God’s forgiveness ..
      WE SIN , SATAN wanted that we would sin & become his followers
      WE SIN , FATHER GOD still loves us , forgives us & loves us forever ..
      so stella i know what you feel like when you pray , you join ur hands , kneel , pray to 2 lines & then u r like “stella what’s the point , Look back at your past ur sins are incredibly heavy & horrible , u seriously think He will forgive you !” u remember ur past , ur past whizzes past your eyes & u feel incredibly guilty . dont feel it , He loves you , He will forgive you stella , u think it from ur perspective , think like Father God , He loves you stella , & He does not want to punish you either , not because then u will go & follow satan ,its because He is your Father & u r His child ! He loves you !!Stella imagine . He loves you , me & all of us so much that He had HIS VERY OWN SON whipped , killed & crucified ..imagine that pain , Someone’s Own Son being whipped & killed .. but He loves you too & loves His Son too .. Father God told us all how much He loves us that He could take that pain of having His Own Son go through all that pain .. AND SELF-DOUBT IS THE BIGGEST WEAPON OF SATAN STELLA !! SATAN WILL NOT STOP . HE WILL MAKE YOU SIN MORE & MORE SO THAT EVERYTIME U PRAY UR SELF-DOUBT IS MORE THAN IT WAS THE LAST TIME , AND ONE DAY HE WILL LITERALLY SEPERATE U APART FROM HIM ! DONT LET THAT HAPPEN !!!
      SATAN’S WEAPONS :
      1. YOUR FRIENDS (because he knows those are the people u expect the attack the least from , u trust them the most,and he attacks u through them)

      2.YOUR DESIRES (every possible desire)

      3.ATHEISM

      4.SELF-DOUBT about His grace & forgiveness

      if you want to block explicit content on internet THIS IS THE BEST SOFTWARE & IS FREE STELLA –
      http://www1.k9webprotection.com/

      after you have blocked all explicit content , do one thing .
      1.open notepad
      2.close your eyes , and randomly run ur fingers over the keyboard .
      3. without looking at the monitor , press CTRL + A (it will select whatever u wrote) and then press CTRL + X (it will cut whatever u wrote)
      4. in the password option of k9 setup , paste that random unknown text as password .
      5. due to this , u wont remember the password urself , so even if you are tempted to watch wrong stuff , it wont open without the password , WHICH EVEN U DONT KNOW !
      i hope this helps , but still if you need a friend :) i am here coz i need one like u too , coz u r fighting same what i am , for our innocence !
      MY EMAIL – skythehappy1@gmail.com
      REMEMBER THIS THE DAY YOU WILL SWEAR TO GET YOUR INNOCENCE BACK FROM THAT DAY YOU WILL BE TEMPTED MORE BY SATAN , COZ HE IS NOT STUPID ENOUGH TO LET YOU GO OUT HIS CLUTCHES INTO FATHER’S HANDS .

  • Kat Oliveras says:

    Hello Daniel,

    I feel like I’ve lost my innocence completely about five years ago my sister was raped by the pastor in the church we were attending. It was statutory rape. This man manipulated my whole family nearly destroyed us the worst part is that I was the main tool for him to get close to my sister. My mom was living with my stepdad they were not married yet he used that and other issues we had to divide us. I moved out of my parents house and my sister came with me. As far as I know my sister was 13 when they started to have sex he was a married man he came from south america to be a pastor for the Hispanic church in my community. He told me he loved my sister as a woman I panicked and moved back with my parents one day I confronted him in front of my parents and my sister but we didn’t call the police right away so he fled the country we told his pastor/supervisor. They couldn’t really do much. Since then my sister started going to another church my mom is going to different church her and my sted dad got married, my stepdad is going to the same church as my sister and I not going to any church the whole ordeal has been horrible, sad but most of all disappointing. I’m very angry at him, at my self for not seeing things when they were so obvious, at the church I have to admit, there wasn’t any support really from anyone at the beginning they seemed like they cared and a few weeks later we were put aside specially my sister. I feel like I failed her, I’m not mad at God I can’t be over all he has been good to my family my sister is trying to move on from that and I support her, I got married and my husband is not Christian but we do pray and he’s been good to me takes care of me. But I know we both need to get close to God. This is something that is very hard for me I can’t seem to find any innocence in me I know I have strayed from the Lord and I feel the need in my soul but at the same time I feel like I can’t trust anyone from church anymore I feel like I don’t belong. I don’t want to go back to the same church to just be one more attendant. At the same time I feel embarrassed. All I ask for is your prayers for healing because we all do my mom has gone to the extreme and my sister needs it the most. We all need peace and I just want to know that innocence for my family too.

    Thank you

Leave a Reply to danieljkoren Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Copyright © 2010-2017 Daniel J. Koren's All rights reserved.
This site is using the Desk Mess Mirrored theme, v2.5, from BuyNowShop.com.

Sharing Buttons by Linksku