The struggle with pornography is an issue that many face, but the good news is that there is a path to overcoming it. Remember, your struggle isn’t against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12). Here are a few things that can help you to overcome.
1. Depend on God, Not Your Own Ability
Jeremiah 17:5 warns us, “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength.” The battle against lust is not won through your willpower. You can only be victorious through reliance on the Holy Spirit.
2. Seek Deliverance: You’re Not Alone
As John 8:34 says, “Anyone who sins is a slave to sin.” Addiction makes you a slave, and only through Christ can you be set free. Ask your pastor or a trusted spiritual mentor to pray over you. Seek deliverance earnestly from God.
3. Identify Emotional Triggers
Be aware of what emotional state leads you into temptation. Stress, loneliness, and boredom can often be triggers. The story of King David (2 Samuel 11) serves as a Biblical example of how boredom can lead to sin.
4. Starve Your flesh
Cut off the causes of porn in your life. We are called to crucify our flesh, not give in to it (Mark 9:43-47).
5. Confession and Accountability
James 5:16 tells us to “confess your sins to one another so that you may be healed.” Finding an accountability partner to whom you can confess can help you break the chains of sin.
6. Memorize God’s Word
Psalm 119:11 states, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Implanting the Word of God in your heart through memorization can act as a spiritual shield against temptation.
7. Be Filled with the Holy Spirit
Walk in the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh, says Galatians 5:16. The more you engage in communion with the Holy Spirit, the less power fleshly desires will have over you.
8. Make a Covenant with Your Eyes
As Job 31:1 tells us, “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?” Your eyes are windows to your soul; protect them by making a covenant to guard what you look at.
If you’re addicted to porn you are a slave to it; and if you are a slave, you have a master.
That means that you have somebody that’s controlling you and calling the shots. That somebody decides what you do with your eyes and your time. It’s time to break free like a bird from the snare of the fowler.
9. Rise Up When You Fall
Proverbs 24:16 teaches us that “though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.” Condemnation can trap you, but remember you are a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
10. The B.R.A.C.E. Method
When temptation hits, remember the B.R.A.C.E. method:
- B: Breathe deeply
- R: Remember the Truth (Scripture)
- A: Ask for Help (Pray)
- C: Call or text your accountability partner
- E: Escape the situation
As you apply these Biblical principles, know that you are not alone.
Remember, victory is possible through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). You can be free from the grip of pornography and live a life pleasing to God.
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