An Ever-Present Temptation
There is a limitless supply of sexually-graphic images and videos available through electronic media today. For many, the availability of these images is shielded from any sort of accountability by locked doors and computer passwords. And while everyone knows viewing such images is shameful, even explicitly condemned by Jesus Christ Himself (see Matthew 5:28), the power wielded by such images to entice curious minds can be overwhelming.
Pornography is extremely addictive, both emotionally and physically. A brief glance at sexually-explicit material to satisfy curiosity often turns into daily, hours-long sessions of indulgence in all manner of sexual sin. The once-curious viewer quickly feels powerless to turn off a constant stream of sexually-perverted thoughts in their day to day lives. It is important to understand that in the case of pornography addiction, satan himself holds this victim in his grasp, and escape can seem impossible.
If this describes your own journey into pornographic obsession, you are not alone. Millions of people have struggled through this dark obsession, and many have found forgiveness and healing after acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord of their life. There is a path away from pornography addiction that ends with a healthy mind and joy in daily life, free from a constant drive to satisfy lustful passions.
A Crippling Obsession
Pornography discourages and cripples many people with a constant, overwhelming craving for sexual sin. It rewires the mind and develops quickly into an emotional and physical addiction that cripples many people with a constant, overwhelming craving for sexual sin. This addiction twists the way an individual sees friendships, love, sex, and even themselves. It turns others into mere objects of their selfish physical pleasures. It is laced with violence and often leads to extreme behaviors, leaving many innocent victims in it’s wake. Untold millions of people, even Christians, become weighed down by shame and an endless list of failed attempts to escape lustful obsessions.
A Way of Escape
Freedom from the overwhelming power of sexual sin is available. To begin your escape, follow these important steps:
- First, you must admit that you have sinned and that you are powerless, admit that you are in need of God’s help. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). You must plead and say, “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13). You must be genuinely sorry for every sin you have committed, including your sexual sins, and beg God to forgive you. The Word of God says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Tell God how sorry you are for indulging in pornography and plead with Him to forgive you. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19).
- You must determine in your heart that with the help of God you are going to turn away from this sin. “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7).
- You must believe that God hears your eranest prayer, and that He will save you. Believe that God will break every chain that the devil has bound you with, even the chains of sexual sin. Believe that God who raised Jesus from the dead will likewise raise you from your fallen state into a life of continuous fellowship with Him. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Receive your salvation and the power of the Gospel to live a life free from the grasp of the devil. “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16)
- Finally, find a Christian brother or sister who can hold you accountable for your surrender to God’s standards of purity in your daily life. Keep in mind, it is very important that you do not share information about your sexual sin with others carelessly. Frankly, there are many other Christians who either are not spiritually mature enough to handle this information, and may judge you wrongly for your struggle. There are others who are struggling with their own battles, and may fall into similar sins themselves. Obviously, a man should only share this information with another man, and a woman should only share it with another trusted Christian woman. If possible, only confess your sin to someone who already knows about it, and only to someone who will celebrate your newfound determination to resolve the problem with God’s help. Pray about your decision for at least a few days before approaching the person, and ask that person to confront your about your situation on a regular basis.
Many who struggle with sexual sin find God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ and, in time, achieve freedom from previously constant, compulsive sexual thoughts in daily life with the help of the Holy Spirit. In fact, the victory is often so great that as their spiritual maturity takes hold, it becomes apparent that God has practically removed the the desire for sexual sin from the heart of faithful believer.
A new beginning for “Jim”
Consider the case of one we’ll refer to as “Jim,” who had struggled with pornography for a long time. He said it had affected almost every part of his life. He tried diligently to stop because he knew it wasn’t right, but said that all of his efforts to stop seemed to be futile. Sensing his world was crashing down around him, he turned to the One who alone was able to deliver him. In sincerity, he begged God to save him for he was helpless and like Paul said, “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.”
God heard Jim’s prayer and saved him, making him a new creature in Christ. With that beginning, Jim devoted himself to eliminating activities and entertainment that tempted him to sin. He threw out materials that violate God’s call to sexual purity. He began holding himself accountable to other Christians who knew of his struggle. Within a couple of months, he felt like a completely different person. While still needing to guard against television programs and other situations that would tempt him to sin, and continuing to hold himself accountable to fellow believers, he felt virtually free his harsh addiction to pornography.
Your turn to be free
You, too, can find freedom over the sinful power of pornography. Right now, earnestly repent and follow Jesus Christ with all of your heart. Click here for more information about giving your life to Him.