Set Free from Addiction to Pornography
It is quite unusual to address such a topic this openly but today there are so many people – and many Christians, too – who have a great problem with pornographic images and films. The access to such material has become much easier than ever: One click on the internet is all that it takes!
Because it is so embarrassing to talk about it, it often remains a taboo. It is a sin and many live with this sin instead of overcoming it! It was the same for me for many years. I have been a Christian since 2004 and experienced how God changed many things in my life to the positive. I am, indeed, a “new creature” in Christ. However, all those years I’ve been carrying this burden and many times I got into temptations and couldn’t resist them. On top of that, I was also not open about it. That was a perfect situation for our “adversary”.
I hope that my lines will help those of you who also struggle with this problem.
So, what has brought that dramatic change in my life? How could I achieve victory in the battle against the temptation of pornography?
In short: Through the Word of God! Let me explain…
Not long ago, a couple of scriptures became much clearer to me. Before that, I gave in to temptation again and again, even if I had managed to keep away from it at times. It only took one trigger: A picture or something that made me remember pictures I had already seen – and in my mind, it grew to something which could not be stopped. I never managed to really overcome it. But what does that actually mean to really overcome something? After all, the temptation is still there.
The most important thing is to cling unto the Word of God! That, and ONLY that, helped me to withstand those temptations.
Jesus Christ was also tempted in the desert and it is in His reaction where the answer lies. All that He did was that He faced the devil with the Word of God. This is the tactic!
I was sick of falling into relapse over and over again. I struggled with God: "LORD! What do you want from me? I want to get rid of it, once and for all!" Afterwards I turned to my bible. Here are some of the scriptures that opened my eyes. They showed me what God thinks about me, whenever I’ gave in to that lust.
2 CORINTHIANS 7:1
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
1 CORINTHIANS 3:16-17
”Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”
”Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
”Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”
The bible says that we should repent, be baptized (for the remission of sins) and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, the first step, the repentance, is something that is an ongoing process. I have to repent perpetually, die to myself and as a consequence become more like Christ. Hence I can’t push it and let go of that sin ”anytime soon”. In the long run, it is always a deliberate decision that I make whenever I would give in to it. The bible orders us to rule over sin and thus over lust (GENESIS 4:7).
I knew that I had to decide TODAY, whom I would serve: Myself (and my lust) or God (JOSHUA 24:15)?
After that I asked the LORD to cleanse me and to erase those pictures from my memory to no longer have these offensive images in my head. All those pictures, all those films are poisoning the mind. They defile and pervert God’s image of what a relationship and love should be like.
Since then I always remind myself that God has healed me from that addiction. Every time a temptation would come up, I call a close friend of mine and tell him (and God) what’s going on inside of me. It is everything but easy! However, I don’t want to give those thoughts any power over me in that I “keep them in the dark”. I always recite those scriptures in my mind and hold on to them. It is not simple but not impossible.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.“ Praise the LORD!
”He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.“
At first it is a hard fight but after time the temptations decline. Now I can say that I am free from it. It is a good feeling to be rid of such a heavy burden and I thank GOD for it with all my heart.
Further scriptures: MATTHEW 5:28-30; MATTHEW 6:23; PROVERBS 16:6; 1 THESSALONIANS 5:22
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