Porn Addict: How I broke free

Like most guys I was exposed to pornography when I was a child. When I was about 9 years old, a family member showed me a few pages pulled from a porn magazine. As I grew older and more curious about sex, I started experimenting. I don’t want to get to detailed, but by the age of thirteen I was addicted to fantasizing and the actions that go “hand-in-hand” with it (pun intended). I couldn’t stop. When I gave my heart fully to the Lord, I still couldn’t break the addictive habit. I failed multiple times, but kept seeking after God and asking him to help me! He did. After several weeks of prayer and wholehearted determination — combined with the grace and power of God — I was set free. I am all for practical steps to break addictions (which I’ll share in future posts), but — truth be told — God is the ultimate bondage breaker. He is the Undefeated Resurrected King of setting people free! As Romans 6:7 (NLV) declares, “When we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin!

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). You too will be blessed when you hunger and thirst for God and his ways! Another way to put it, is that when you are filled with God, you don’t have as much room to stomach sin. In a very real way, you lose your appetite for it. You don’t crave your old graveyard ways. The love of God absolutely changed my life. I started going to church and praying alone in my room almost everyday! I was so enraptured with Him that I was rarely tempted to get wrapped up in sexual sin. Don’t get me wrong. I had to fight against lustful thoughts and temptations (I still do), but Jesus really did fill me so full of passion and love, that I wasn’t trying to find it online or with some girl.

The best thing you can do to overcome any addiction is to hunger and thirst after God. Seek after Him with all your heart and soul. Pray and read God’s Word. If you don’t have a desire to seek God, then ask God to give you the desire to want to seek Him. He will gladly fill that request. After all, Philippians 2:13 pronounces, “ . . . God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.” He promises that when we are weak, He will be strong for us (II Corinthians 12:10 NLV). As Paul said, “Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size — abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become” (II Corinthians 12:10). We must seek after God with all of our hearts. This is the greatest step we can take to break free from every sinful addiction! Again, in the posts to come, I will include practical recommendations that will help you or those you lead to overcome an addiction to porn (and, really, most addictions you might be wrestling with).

I have created a resource that has helped so many of my adult leaders and my students to break free from porn and sexual addictions. It’s called, Walking like Zombies. Every youth leader needs this resource. You can work through it with a group or by yourself.

To discover more about Walking like Zombies, please click here.

 

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