In order to overcome porn, you must first understand that you can not trust in your own ability to do so. Jeremiah 17:5 says, “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.” We cannot overcome our sinful nature or demonic spirits by our own strength. It’s not about discipline, it’s about reliance on God’s strength.
These tips are not a guarantee for your freedom (only Jesus can do that), but I encourage you to apply them in order to steer yourself towards freedom. Walk with humility and total dependence on God and be desperate for His intervention. Seek His presence, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17).
8 Ways to Overcome Porn
1. If you are addicted to pornography you need deliverance.
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The Scripture says in John 8:34, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.” If you struggle with a porn addiction, you’re a slave to porn; and if you are a slave, you have a master. This means that you have someone that is controlling you and that decides what you do with your eyes and with your time. It’s time to break free from the snare of the fowler.
I know what it’s like to have this evil spirit torment you, but I also know what it’s like to be free. There is hope for you, God wants to set you free. Seek deliverance. Ask your pastor to pray for you, ask your mentor to minister to you, and cry out to God, He can deliver you through self-deliverance.
Check out: 8 Steps to Do Self-Deliverance
2. Avoid emotional triggers: isolation, stress, and boredom.
There have been studies made that show that before a person looks at pornography, there is an emotional state that has been triggered. And as a result, pornography becomes an emotional medication that people take. Some people go to the fridge, to alcohol, gambling, entertainment, and others are drawn to pornography.
The story of King David is a good example of that. When David didn’t go to battle, he battled with boredom, which led to bondage (2 Samuel 11). It also states that “…If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).
When you don’t experience that fulfilling love and peace, you’re susceptible to lust. The Scripture says, “Flee youthful lusts, pursue righteousness, faith, and peace” (2 Timothy 2:22). We are not called to just run from lust, we are also called to maintain an emotional state of peace and joy.
When we are full of the joy of the Holy Spirit and surround ourselves with a community, it makes it very difficult for the enemy to tempt us with pornography. The reason it’s no longer appealing is that we’re already healed and made whole by Jesus Christ and don’t need to run to something to medicate.
3. Confess your sin and get an accountability partner.
In 2 Timothy 2:22, it says, “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord…” We also see in James 5:16 that it says, “confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed…,” not so that you may be forgiven.Sin grows in the dark. Click To Tweet
Sin grows in the dark. When you take it out of the dark and confess it to a trusted mentor, you break the power of sin off of your life and weaken the power of the enemy.
4. Starve your flesh by cutting off the cause of porn.
Mark 9:43 says, “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off…” This is straightforward. Be radical in your approach to sin. Don’t try and get near temptation and think, “this time will be different” and that somehow you’ll be able to be stronger. There is no point in getting as close to the fire as possible, you will get burned.
Fast your flesh and feed your spirit. Many times our flesh is being fed and it is so enlarged, that in the moment of temptation, guess who wins? Whoever you fed. If you learn to starve your flesh, your spirit will become strengthened to fight.
5. Feed your spirit by memorizing the Scriptures.
Psalms 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart,
that I might not sin against You.” There is this powerful weapon against the spirit of pornography, against the temptations, and against the lure of lust, and that is the Word of God. By filling yourself with the word of God through meditation and memorization, you are protecting yourself and feeding your spirit. Therefore, in the moment of temptation, whoever is fed more, conquers.
Jesus quoted the Scriptures in the wilderness, but He memorized them first. He memorized them before the temptation. Then, during the temptation, the Holy Spirit helped him overcome using the Scriptures. That is the same strategy for battle the Holy Spirit gives you today.
6. Stay full of the Holy Spirit.
In Galatians 5:16 it says, “…walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” To not fulfill the lust of the flesh, develop intimacy with the Holy Spirit.To walk in the Holy Spirit you have to talk to the Holy Spirit. Porn Addiction? 8 Ways to Overcome It Click To Tweet
The Holy Spirit is holy. He will give you fresh desires and new insights when it comes to purity if you walk with Him.
7. Make a covenant with your eyes.
Job 31:1 states, “I have made a covenant with my eyes;
why then should I look upon a young woman?” If you want to conquer your eyes, you must make a covenant with your eyes. The enemy has conquered many people’s eyes because of a lack of covenant.
Make a covenant to bounce your eyes. You must learn to control the eyes because they are the window to your soul. They are an open door, either to the enemy or to God.
Jesus’ eyes are aflame. May your eyes be on fire for God. May your eyes be pure. But in order to do that, you need to learn to control your eyes and to control them, you must make a covenant.
8. Fight back when you fall back.
In Proverbs 26:14 we find that it says, “For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again…” One of the biggest struggles, I’ve come to realize, is not porn itself but condemnation. Pornography lasts for a few minutes, but condemnation lasts for days, weeks, sometimes months. Condemnation is what satan uses to make you feel, “ahh what difference does it make??” “just watch it again tomorrow,” or “you don’t don’t have a clean slate anyway.” And he will use condemnation to get you back into sin.
That is why Jesus told the woman caught in the act of adultery, “I don’t condemn you, go and sin no more” (John 8:11). If you want to “go and sin no more,” you have to overcome condemnation.
To overcome condemnation you need to rise up, ask God to forgive you, receive the free gift of no condemnation and see yourself as Jesus sees you – not as a porn addict, but as a new creation, ” a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
See yourself like that. Get up, you’re a warrior. Get up you’re a conquerer. You can do it through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).