The Psalmist said in Psalm 119:37, "Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way." There is a serious reason why David prayed such prayer.
By estimation, nine out of every ten persons (both male and female) will admit to have once heard about the word "pornography" or viewed a graphic image or video (whether intentionally or unintentionally).
We grow up in a society plagued with moral decadence; a place where we're bombarded which sinful sights on daily basis. The rate at which pornography is being circulated and consumed by the world today is quite alarming. It has turned the porn industry into a lucrative business venture with uninterrupted cash-flow.
Viewers and customers of porn are not only limited to the heathen. Christians are among the various groups of people who view porn on daily basis. Many get introduced to it at a very tender age through peer influence, family or other sources. It was never their intention. And they never knew it can get as bad.
Like drugs, they gradually got addicted to it, only to realise that it becomes a problem in life; a problem to one's spiritual growth and relationship with the LORD. Why You Don't Need Pornography
Spiritually speaking, pornography is a tool in the hands of the enemy which he uses to sow more evil seeds in people. One of his overall goals is to do his best to ensure people become more sinful and evil on a daily basis, against God's original intentions for man.
We are not ignorant of the devices of the enemy and we can not afford to stoop down to his level; to be ruled and ruined by him through porn.
A Christian who is yet to overcome Addiction to pornography or isn't making serious efforts to overcome it is not ready to grow spiritually. A better relationship with the Lord demands purity. To walk in the fullness of His promises and blessings for us and be used of Him to the fullest demands purity.
It is also medically proven that pornography has damaging effects on the human brain. According to researchers, when people view pornography, a hormone called dopamine is released in the brain which is responsible for emotions and learning. The more pornography that gets consumed, the more dopamine that is needed to produce the 'high' feeling, just like in drug addicts. This is what creates the addiction.
We can now see that the addiction to porn isn't different from addiction to drugs. More porn means more demand for dopamine by the brain. And it gets to a point where the brain gets exhausted and stops producing dopamine. This causes the individual to go unsatisfied no matter how much porn they watch and seek out different means to satisfy their desire.
If dopamine is also responsible for learning, then that directly tells us that pornography (and fornication in general) has negative effects on the human retentive memory!
Since the brain is the control room of the human body, anything which affects it affects the entire personality and makes them less-productive, academically and otherwise!No doubt the bible says that fornication means sinning against the body(1 Corinthians 6:18).
I believe there are many reasons [some of which no man knows yet] why God demands that we stay away from sin. Not just so that we make Heaven, but also that we have good health and long life.
Pornography is a killer. It kills dreams, plans, relationships, marriages and destinies if allowed to rule one's life. There are presently many Christians who are faced with the challenge of successfully breaking away from the addiction to porn. If you’re one of them, know that you're not in the struggle alone. The LORD desires the best for us. He is willing to set you free if you’re ready.
Keenly follow the words on this blog post because it will help you in one way or the other, I believe!
How To Break Addiction to Pornography
1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.
It is the will of the LORD that we gain liberty from whatever is holding us back from attaining our very best on Earth; pleasing Him and making Heaven. That should also be the desire of every genuine Christian.
God is always steps ahead of every device the enemy crafts against His Church. No addiction is too hard for God to loose us from! Jesus Christ is the deliverer and He has made provision for all that we need to get free and stay free. We just have to harness them!
Let me use this opportunity to say that if you are not saved, you may not gain much from the teachings on this blog. Your deliverance starts from your salvation. You have to accept Jesus Christ into your life as your personal LORD and Saviour and be born again (John 3:4-7).
If you are yet to received Jesus into your heart, make the decision now and pray this short prayer:
Lord Jesus I come to you today recognising that I am a sinner. I submit myself to You, asking that you come into my heart and take absolute control of my life. Wash and cleanse me from all my sins. Make me righteous and holy. And write my name in the book of life. Thank you Lord Jesus for I know that you have done it. Amen.
If you just said that prayer, believe and it is done. Welcome to God's family.
Get Your Mind Renewed
The mind is the place from where thoughts emanate. Every action and decision is first of all conceived in the mind, before the are manifested on the outside.
God speaks to the mind that has been renewed and trained to know His voice. Voices of the flesh and of the enemy also suggests sin to the mind.
If anyone desires to end addiction to pornography, renewing their mind is one great step towards achieving that.
The mind is renewed by studying the Word of God on daily basis and watching over our thoughts so that we center our thinking only on godly and holy thoughts.
Romans 12:2 KJV And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Philippians 4:8 KJV Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Having a mind that has been corrupted by the world and sin to think unholy thoughts will only lead us to unholy deeds. When the flesh or the enemy suggests a thought to sin, if the individual dwells on that thought for a long time, they will definitely be compelled to act it out. There is 90% possibility that the individual will put that thought into action.
James 1:14 KJV But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
The human mind seems complex but it isn't. With the help of the Word, we can programme the mind to function the way God originally designed it to function.
Get Baptised In And Filled With The Holy Spirit
Breaking addiction to pornography can not be achieved by our human strength. It is a matter of following scriptural principles through the strength and Grace supplied by the Holy Spirit.
Mountains are removed only by the Spirit of God (Zechariah 4:6-7). Staying filled with the Holy Spirit will always empower us to live a life of purity.
Stay Prayed Up
We need much prayer to stay pure in today's society. Every genuine Christian who desires to live a life of purity; to please God and become all that He destined them to be should stay prayerful. There is not substitute for that.
Guard Your Eyes and Ears Gates
Avoid Ungodly movies and secular music. This is very important, if we must remain pure and untainted by the world.
Lastly, trust Jesus Christ to complete His cleansing and purifying work which He started in you when you got saved. Submit to Him and you will be free from all shackles of darkness!
God bless you!
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