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Dealing with an Internet Porn addiction (or any addiction) Декабрь 13, 2009

Posted by Alyosha Kolodiy in Today's Devotional.
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Rev Mark Brown

I received a very moving message from a young Christian who shared with me their addiction to internet pornography.  They stated,

I am scared and worried about my future. I believe i will have this fight til i die. I dont want it to ruin my relationships, my career, my marriage, my job and my future. I can’t stop it. It’s extremely hard.

I thought I would share my response as I am aware there are many who struggle with an addiction and my advice might help others.

1) Matthew 5:30 reads, ‘And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.’

What are the conditions or environment when you engage in the internet porn? Late at night? While you are drinking? You need to remove the conditions and avoid the environment completely. So if you usually engage in the practice after say 8pm in your bedroom, then either move your computer into a public area (so where others are) or just don’t turn the computer on after 8pm. So you avoid the conditions and environment completely.

2) Psalm 1:1-3 reads: ‘Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.’

You need to go deep into the Lord, immersing yourself in His Word, praying often. You need to come into the presence of God. And the more this happens, the harder it will be to engage in internet porn. Imagine, you are sitting at your computer, your mind starting to fill with lust and desire, and suddently the Bible passage you were meditating on an hour before comes to mind, and you remember that God is with you right now. So not so much what would Jesus do, but ‘Where is God Now?’ (WIGN) Where is God now? God is with you, present with you as you sit at the computer.

And finally come before God often and receive the forgiveness of your sins that God offers!  You can be washed clean!!

Lord be with those who are struggling with an addiction today.  Amen.

God bless,

Rev Mark

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