1. You are tired of your stunted spiritual growth
You want to serve the Lord but you keep falling into the same trap over and over. You may have times of “spiritual highs” at church during the worship and message, but you then fall headlong into the depths, darkness and the pit of pornography. Sin penetrates your heart and you can’t seem to say “no” to the power that pornography has over you. Instead of spending time with the Lord, your time is once again focused on fulfilling the “desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). You want to escape but you can’t seem to get to a place of “godly sorrow” which brings true brokenness of heart over your sin. “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death” (2 Corinthians 7:10). You can feel the wedge that pornography has driven between you and the Lord. “Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2).
2. You are tired of your stunted relational growth
Just as pornography has stunted your spiritual growth it has also stunted your growth in all other relationships, especially your marriage if married. When we are out of tune with our Creator, we will naturally be out of tune with others. If sin separates us from the Lord it will obviously separate our “one flesh” union in marriage, and our “one spirit” union with Christ if single (1 Corinthians 6:17). Not only that but it skews the way we view others. They become the object of our fantasies and clouded minds. Our love for God and our love for others has been tainted by an impure mind with impure thoughts. “For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh” (Galatians 5:17).
3. You are tired of obeying your master
You may have resisted before but there are times when you cannot say no to your master. Like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde you transform into someone you wish you weren’t. At the time however it is gratifying, but guilt and shame are the true outcomes. The cycle of listening to your master and obeying and the power that it has over you is simply another term for slavery! Just as the Israelite’s were slaves in Egypt driven by “slave masters” in “bitter labor,” you can certainly identify with this slavery (Exodus 1:13-14). “A man is a slave to whatever has mastered him” (2 Peter 2:19).
4. You actually do hate pornography
In summary with the above list; your spirituality, your relationships with others, listening to your master and the time that it has taken from you. The time wasted when you could be helping others. Doing more with your life than wasting hundreds of hours in pornography. This really says one thing, you already hate pornography more than you thought you did! Isn’t that true? And because of this, namely that it is sinning against God, do you realize how much you really hate this sin? We need to fan into flame a true hatred for sin. When we truly hate what it has done to us we will inevitably desire to turn from it. That knowledge of separation of our relationship with God and our relationship with others, will fuel a true hatred for pornography. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19).
Author: Erick Hurt
From a slave to sin–to freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1). From an abusive husband verbally and physically–to loving my wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). Now an Elder at Family Bible Church, I speak, teach, and preach with the same passion I once had for sin. I work as a volunteer for Setting Captives Free ministry as a mentor and mentor coordinator helping people become freed from the grip of sin. Visit www.settingcaptivesfree.com.