Beating Porn

David victorious over Goliath

The shepherd David slew his enemy, Goliath, and he didn’t stop there. He severed Goliath’s head.

David ran and stood over the Philistine. He took Goliath’s sword, pulled it out of its sheath, and made certain the Philistine was dead by cutting off his head. When the Philistines saw their hero had been killed, they fled.–GOD’S WORD® Translation

David finished the job. Beating porn is like this- you need to be brutal in battling pornography.

Close this chapter of your life

To close and move on from this chapter of your life, you need to attack it head on. Use your available weapons, such as your sword- the the Word of God. You will lose without it. Memorize what Paul wrote in a letter to the church at Phillipi:

Flee from fornication. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body; but he who commits fornication sins against his own body.–I Corinthians 6:18

The word Paul used written in the original Greek language for ‘fornication’ is porneia. Its root meaning is ‘the surrendering of sexual purity.” Another terrific verse to help you win your battle:

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 3:23

If you want victory in this area, think on the above verses. For the one-two punch, quote them out loud when tempted (whispering in public is legal). Those two scriptures- on fornication and death- are enough to reshape your brain in your war on lust. The Word of God is powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword.

Practical Steps to close this chapter of your life

  1. Remove all sexual images from your life. Clean out your home, your closet, your computer. Disconnect cable if you have to. Can you live without cable? You may be dying with it.
  2. Arm yourself against yourself. Download Covenant Eyes or a simliar program. Use promo code “purpose” for one month free service of Covenant Eyes. Set up a Porn Blocker on your computer, phone, etc. Learn more about CE here.
  3. Remove from your life paths of temptation.
    A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.–Proverbs 27:12, New Living Translation
    Think about the where you walk, where you drive. Do they put you in tempting situations? Avoid them.
  4. Learn to bounce your eyes.
  5. Breathe spiritually.

Now what about the lingering images in your head? Give it time. Be patient with yourself. The first step is to remove the recurring physical stimuli. The mental cleansing takes time. You may confess to God hundreds of time a day. He will forgive every you every time and cheer you on. He’s your biggest fan.

 

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About Scott St. Onge

I help men become better husbands and dads through sexual purity.

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