I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me (How God Has Helped Me Deal with the Pornography Addiction)

Posted: December 12, 2011 in Articles, Religion, Uncategorized
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Philippians 4-13:  I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.

I was exposed to pornography at an early age.  It was introduced to me first by the watching of the supposedly “okay” shows but were really soft pornographic shows that litter cable channels such as HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax. 

Watching those led to being introduced to the real thing by a man that we looked up to in the neighborhood that I lived in that taught us that “it was cool” to watch them.

What was supposed to be something that was “cool” turned into an addiction for me that was impossible to break until I met the Lord Jesus Christ and asked Him to come into my life and be my Savior. 

I must admit though that it hasn’t been one of those things that God immediately deals with upon salvation.

When I first received salvation, the videos, the books, the programs were the first to go, but the thoughts, images and yes even some of the lust remained buried in my mind hidden by my exuberance and zeal to serve the Lord during the first throws of being saved.

As I continued to grow in Christ He slowly began to deal with the rest of the issues of the addiction.  First the lust, then the images, and to this day the thoughts.  Going through this process of “loosing” this addiction off of my life has been very interesting. 

When God was first dealing with me on the images I would pose the question of “how do I deal with the images that are in my mind when I am constantly exposed to them on a daily basis through ads on TV, magazines, and even the standard of dress that is so common in the world today?

God’s answer has always been for me to first and foremost remember that He loves me unconditionally, He will never forsake or leave me, and that I can do all things through Him because He strengthens me. 

Every time the thoughts or an image has come my way over the last five years it’s been like the training that I get from lifting weights. 

At first I wasn’t that strong and couldn’t put up a lot of resistance to what the enemy and my flesh was trying to do to me but as I continued to spiritually “work-out” through renewing my mind, having accountability partners that are going through the same issues that I have, denying my flesh, avoiding certain shows, and even looking away from the TV during certain shows when I know that a woman is probably going to be scantily clad has strengthened me to where the where the images, thoughts, etc., slowly but surely become a distant memory.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t suffer from moments of attack from the enemy or selfish lusts from the flesh from time to time and sometimes very strongly.  What it means is that I now have the strength and the courage to deal with them and put them in their proper place and the shame that I used to feel is replaced by a thankfulness to the “One” who has set me free though like an alcoholic I have to be wary and abstain lest I be consumed and have to go through the “detox” again and I’d much rather live for the pleasure of the Lord Jesus than to have to deal with that again.

If any that are reading this are suffering from this horrible addiction or if you are in the early stages of “checking it out” know that God wants you to turn this over to Him.  This addiction is particularly cruel because it insidiously takes the lion’s share of the affection that you should be feeling for the Lord and your significant other away from them and gives it to the addiction. 

Even though you may try to fool yourself into thinking otherwise you are cheating not only on the Lord and your significant other you are also cheating yourself out of time that you could be utilizing to further fulfill you ultimate call from God and that is to show the love of Christ to the world, preach His message of salvation, and reap a harvest for His Kindgdom that will come through and by Jesus.

God is waiting for those addicted to this and any other thing/addiction that separates them from Himself to bring it to His “Throne of Forgiveness”, repent of it, pray for Him to help them overcome it, and then trust Him to do so. 

Some of those “stripes” that He endured for us on the tree were just for situations like this and other addictions so take it to Him and He’s faithful and just to deal with it because no one has to endure the shame, guilt, hopelessness, loneliness, despair, and unworthiness that saddles them when suffering from addiction no matter what form it may come in.

He loves you today.  He’s thinking of you at this very moment. 

It may not be pornography but He sees your addiction today (whatever it is) and wants to help you deal with and overcome it but He can only do so if you let Him. 

He’s smiling at you right now because He loves you and wanted me to tell you so this morning lest you forgot because of that thing you did yesterday.  Ask for forgiveness because He’s already provided it and you just need to ask Him for it. 

Have a Jesus-filled day!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

(Originally written:  21 Mar 2011)

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