Overcoming Pornography And Masturbation Addiction

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When I was fourteen years old, I saw my first Pornographic image. It was very appealing and stuck in my mind for days or maybe even weeks, but it also did something far worse than just haunting my thoughts. It led to a life of habitual sin. As a sinner, it was liberating and often comforting in times of discouragement and disappointments, but when I saved my life to Jesus Christ, it became a massive obstacle in my journey to spiritual maturity in God.

I have always loved to read. Reading has been one of the contributing habits in helping me to build confidence, so I was always doing research, diligently seeking for an answer to overcoming this problem. I tried prayer, asking God to break me free but that yielded no satisfactory and satisfying result. I thought maybe I was not listening or hearing what He was telling me to do, so I decided to take it up a notch and tried fasting. I knew that the Word of God said, "These things cometh not out but by prayer and fasting" (St. Mark 9:29 | St. Matthew 17:21). It soon became evident, after many attempts, that when I am fasting, I experience freedom. But I could not possibly fast every day for the rest of my life so of course when the fast ended I would quickly slip back into my old sinful ways. There was another principal at work on the days that I was fast that we will talk about later. I have shed many tears and fought many battles to rid myself of this ungodly habit, but I was losing miserably. The harder I tried, the worse it got. I was at a point where I was masturbating up to three times a day, and I had to view Pornography every time.

At the end of my rope, I went to see a deliverance minister. I was very nervous, but I persisted. I received counseling and I was prayed for. There was no convulsion or bombing up of lizards and frogs as I had expected, but I did feel free. That had been destined for seven days before I was again in chains. I never stopped praying, never stopped looking for an answer within myself; never brave up trying.

I started going to youth camp, which was seven very powerful days and nights in the presence of the Lord per year. I would be free those seven days, but as soon as I got back home, I would fall right back.

One day, I was online seeking help as usual when I was directed to a website that hosted a course for people like me. Obviously, there is an increasing number of Christians, including Ministers, struggling with the same issues I was besieged with. I read many testimonials and felt encouraged and a glitter of hope. I thought and accepted, though a bit skeptical, that God had finally bought me to the right place.

I took the sixty-day course that taught one basic principle; a disciplined and daily study of the Word of God and accountability was the key to freedom. At first, I thought there was no way the answer to my dilemma could be as simple as reading the Bible, but I was willing to try anything. Accountability was a little more challenging. I found that when I confessed my sin to others, they made a greater attempt to avoid me, or the subject identical, than keep me accountable.

Pornography and Masturbation became a real Giant in my life, and it held me tightly in bondage for over fifteen years. I do not know how long you have been entangled in this, but I can tell you, there is freedom available to you. God has already delivered you, and set you free, but it is up to you to enforce this.

You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master. (Genesis 4: 7 – NLT)

Today, I am a testimony that you can be free too. I am no longer bound by chains of immorality because the Word of God set me free and taught me the principle of 'dying daily' to self by daily sitting at Jesus' feet and listening to His teachings, which is the allegory to reading my Bible every day.

I am going to use a very simple premium in sharing my story.

(David) picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd's bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd's staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine (Giant). (1 Samuel 17:40)

David picked up five stones when he was about to challenge Goliath. He only used one. The very first stone used killed Goliath. When facing your Giants, you will find that you have at least five stones in your bag. Your Giant may fall with the first stone, or it may take all five. You may even find that you have to visit the 'stream' several times to reload. But if you keep on using what you have against the Giants in your life, they will fall. For many of us, it may take only one stone, but for some, we may find ourselves using up all the stones.

God has made you a Giant-killer, and that is the reason God has not come to take care of your Giant for you.

I have given you authority to traample on snakes and scorpions and to bypass all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. (St. Luke 10:19 – NIV)

God made you a warrior. It is time to wake the Giant that is within you because you are far greater than the Giant that has come against you.



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