The statistics on the use of pornography by Christians are staggering: 30% of church leaders admit to accessing porn more than once a month, 42% of Christian men say they struggle with ‘porn addiction’ and 75% admit to viewing porn on a regular basis. (Stats as published by Premier Christian News, 16th January 2015). Pornography and masturbation is such an enormous problem that we could label it a global pandemic; one that is largely ignored and even considered normal behaviour.
Satan is cruel. After he leads us into sin, he entraps us into compulsions that lead to addictive behaviours. Then, for the final part of his strategy, he twists in the knife and seeks to overwhelm us with guilt, condemnation and feelings of failure and self-hate. You might very well be one of the many who love the Lord but has also found themselves overcome by a porn addiction or at least a knowing that the temptation and compulsion is never far away. You may feel desperate, defiled, lonely and living in the fear that things will never change.
Jesus is stronger than any prison bars Satan can trap us in!
The great news is that Jesus is stronger than any prison bars Satan can trap us in! But to find the way out we will need more than mere dogged determination. We will require God’s supernatural help as well as Godly wisdom and counsel. Here are some pointers that will help you to permanently overcome the compulsive desires:
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” James 5:16
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Be aware of underlying issues that empower the need for porn.
There is no promise of a quick fix.
There is no promise of a quick fix. It is of course possible that the Lord delivers you supernaturally in one moment but most of the time it will be a process of a deepening discipleship walk with Him. It is in this discipleship walk that you will discover the true key to freedom – learning to love Jesus more than the sin. This is God’s restoration in your life as the enemy’s hold will be gradually disempowered and you will find full and lasting freedom in Christ.
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