Overcoming Temptations (Part I)

How You Can Be Set Free From Porn

This isn’t a topic I wanted to start my blog off with, but I knew that the Lord wanted me to start it off this way. So, I had to be obedient. Sometimes, when this topic is mentioned, people may begin to feel shamed or feel embarrassed about it. If that is you today, know that you are not alone. If that is someone you love, they are not alone either. Let me just say, this post is not intended to condemn anyone because God doesn’t want us to shame anyone.

But I have to be brutally honest with you, because you deserve that much. It may not be talked about a whole lot, but many Christians struggle with viewing porn. The Barna Group shows that, “64 percent of Christian men and 15 percent of Christian women admitted to watching porn at least once a month. As for non-christians, the percentage is pretty close. 65 percent of men and 30 percent of women said they watch it at least once a month as well.” So, why is it like that? Why is it hard for people to stop watching porn? Why do Christians fall into that temptation? While I don’t have all the answers, I can offer some insight and remind you what God’s word says.

Watching porn does more damage than it does good. It may start as a burning desire within our flesh at first. We may be on social media scrolling and run across an inappropriate picture that we didn’t mean to stumble upon. That is why it is so important that we are careful who and what we follow on social media. If we’re not, we’ll find ourselves giving into temptation that could be avoided if we didn’t follow particular accounts, watch certain movies, or read certain genres of books (like erotica). Even music can play a part in what we’re feeding our flesh. Galatians 5:16 ESV states, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh”.

If we’re following or viewing social media accounts that are full of images of half-naked men or women, it is easy to be overtaken by lust because we’re not walking by the spirit. If we’re reading erotica books that glorifies fornication and sexual immorality, that will only fill our mind with lustful thoughts. If we’re listening to songs that promote being sexually promiscuous, it will only encourage us to engage in what we shouldn’t. We are in this world, but we shouldn’t be of it (John 17:14-19). The world is full of sinful acts, behaviors, and lifestyles that God doesn’t want us to partake in. So, we have to separate ourselves from anything that will lead us into temptation. 1 John 2:16 NIV says, “For everything in the world–lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes NOT from the Father but from the world.”

Now, don’t get me wrong, nobody is perfect. I’ve sinned probably more times than anybody reading this post. It took me realizing that I didn’t have enough power and strength on my own to change my life the way it needed to be changed. I had to surrender to God and ask for help from the One who already overcame the world. Yes, Jesus already overcame the world. Nothing that we’re going through or been through has caught Jesus by surprise. Jesus faced temptations just like us in the Garden of Gethesemane (Luke 4:1-13). In the end, the devil fled from Jesus because his temptations did not work. The same way Jesus resisted the devil when he tried to tempt Him, is the same way we have to do when we’re faced with temptations.

For example, the enemy may bring the idea of watching porn to our mind when we’re bored, depressed, or lonely. We may begin immediately rejecting the thoughts saying, “No” a million times. But somehow, we may find ourselves looking at what we know we shouldn’t in the end. Even if we hate we ever watched it, we may not seem to understand the reason we gave into that temptation.

When we’re weak in an area, we must ask God for help. Whether that’s watching porn or lusting in other ways. We don’t have the willpower to change our sinful behaviors on our own, but there is nothing too hard that God cannot do for us (Jeremiah 32:17). The truth is, some of us have not because we ask not (James 4:2).

So I pose a few questions for you. Have you asked God to help you regarding your weak area? Have you surrendered your life to God? Do you believe that God can deliver you from watching porn, lusting, or anything else that doesn’t please Him? I challenge you to surrender to God. Try God with your life, decisions, and addictions.

God wants to help us, if we’ll let Him. Revelations 3:20 NIV says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” What does that verse mean for us? That means, God is knocking on the door of our hearts. God is waiting for us to surrender. He is waiting for us to hand Him over those unbearable, painful, and agonizing problems. If we’ll just let Him into our heart, He’ll feed our spirit much better than porn could ever feed our flesh. He’ll fill our mind with good thoughts and set us free.

If he delivered me, somebody who lived in sin for so many years and made several mistakes, I know He can do it for you. So my question is, do you want to be free? If your answer is yes, my friend, freedom awaits you already. Just receive it.

Say this prayer:

“Dear Lord, I come before you humble. I lay down my burdens before you. I ask you to forgive me for all of my sins. Forgive me for thinking I could fix problems that were too big for me. Deliver me of my iniquities and cleanse me from all unrighteousness and sexual immorality. Create in me a new heart. Purify my soul. Give me the strength to not give in to temptation. Dispatch your angels all around me and help me to keep my eyes on you in the good times and the bad times. I decree and I declare that every word spoken out of my mouth is sealed in prayer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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10 thoughts on “Overcoming Temptations (Part I)”

  1. Sis! This blog is very much needed. So many people feel uptight talking about things like this, but I’m here to say, this was very informative and relatable on so many levels. Blog on my Queen! ❤️

  2. What a right now word! A topic that always been hid, not talked about as it should. Surely this blog will help so many who shy away from this subject. I’m looking forward to your next blog post!

  3. Blogs like yours are so needed and this topic needs to be discussed. I am a biologist who has taught anatomy. I remember once the Lord told me to talk about porn (from the physical point of view) with a group of Christian college students at an event I was teaching at. It was hard at first, but I knew someone or many needed to hear it. Thank you for your obedience.

  4. I just wanted to say that I am so proud of you. You finally stepped out on faith and shared your writing for the world to see. You have always been an extraordinary writer, and I knew one day you would bless us all with your amazing writing. I still look forward to you writing a children’s book one day😉 You did it Tinsi, you go girl!

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