THE POWERLESSNESS OF MY STRUGGLE WITH PORN

Freedom from sin, captivity and guilt. Finding your Freedom in Christ.

Freedom from sin, captivity and guilt. Finding your Freedom in Christ.

Powerless, that is how I felt struggling with my addiction to porn. A struggle to escape its grasp over me.

Every Christian book or article I read on how to escape the grasp of porn had a common verse in its ‘solution’. Mentioned everywhere, many will know of it, 1 Corinthians 10:13. Even I have used it in earlier blog posts!

1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

A great verse for the struggling addict, the recovering addict, and the free addict, yet I never understood its practical side until recently.

If I had to ask you, how would you apply this the above verse to your life, would you be able to answer? I couldn’t, I couldn’t practically say I knew what God’s way out was, hence we (myself included) don’t take this way unless we know of it. I didn’t fully understand this, so my resort, was to figure out my triggers and avoid them so that I wouldn’t have to find a way out. God has since, opened this verse up to me in a new light through an analogy, which I would like to share with you all.

So we have a fly, or for the romantics out there, let’s make that two flies. Now the one is inside a house, the other outside, so what happens, the fly on the inside sees their love on the other side of the glass window, but does not know the glass is there, so what does he do, he keeps flying into the glass, time after time, trying to get out of where he is, to where he sees and wants to be. He continues though until death, as he can not escape, and dies of exhaustion and starvation.

It is the same with us spiritually in dealing with addictions, we may see what we think to be the way out, we can see the light of freedom, yet we  keep hitting a barrier the glass in front of us. Now we can try all we want, we aren’t getting out. There is good news though. The door behind us has already been opened by God our helper. We may not think it is the way to go, as what we want most is on the other side of the glass, but it is only when we turn to God and take His way that we can escape, be free. It is only when our trust for Him is stranger than our desires that we can find help and freedom. Once we obey Him we can then be set free  and then fly over the house to the other side to meet up with that which we saw, in the analogy, the other fly, our love. The desire for our love, sexual intimacy with a partner is not a bad thing, but if we go about getting it the wrong way, it can kill us spiritually.

The lesson from all this, God wants us to rely on Him, He doesn’t want us trying to do things in our own strength when He has provided greater strength for us. He gives us the freedom of choice though, as He loves us and does not want to force us to do anything. He gives us the freedom of choice so that we can choose Him and His ways to show Him that we love Him.

So reading 1 Corinthians 10:13, again, maybe for you, a new light will be shed on this verse as it was for me after hearing the analogy.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

 

Part 1 – THE POWER OF MY BREAKTHROUGH FROM PORN
Part 2 – THE POWER OF GLORIFYING GOD
Part 3 – THE POWER OF INTIMACY
Part 4 – THE POWER OF SAYING NO
Part 5 – THE POWER OF TELLING MY SECRET
Part 6 – THE POWER OF HOLDING A TRIGGER
Part 7 – THE POWER OF TURNING A BACK ON PORN
This is part 8
Part 9 – A REMINDER THAT GOD LOVES YOU
Part 10 – ACCEPTING JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOUR (This should actually be step one!)

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12 responses to “THE POWERLESSNESS OF MY STRUGGLE WITH PORN

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  2. Hi There, thank you for the like on my blog. I just read your post and I just wanted to say… wow. I know so many people with that same struggle and how they end up turning further away from God as they feel they can’t be in His presence in dirty clothes. Not knowing that He has new clothes, all the time. The best clothes. Anyways, thanks again. Have a good one.

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