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    Defeating Pornography

    I want to share this praise report. I've struggled with pornography and masturbation. It would be a repeating cycle where I sin, repent, fall back into sin, repent and the cycle repeats itself.

    Last month, I became so disgusted with myself that one night I just cried out to God for deliverance. I had done this before, but I think THIS time, my heart was really desiring to change and to honor God, rather than just saying it and hoping this would be the time things click and change.

    Well, it's been about 3 weeks now since I've even looked at pornography or masturbated. I know there's a debate out there amongst Christians whether "masturbation" is sinful or not, but I know deep down that it is because it involves lust.

    Anyway, in the past 3 weeks I haven't had any 'urges' either, which is a miracle in and of itself. Please keep praying for me though, because I'm still human and the enemy will be attacking me. I want to continue to honor God with my purity.

    Thank you, saints! And thank you LORD!

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    It's a brave thing to testify about your convertion, and it's even braver to testify about something difficult to testify on. I have been through the same thing, what you're experiencing. At least one of the things I've been through. But out of all those sins I turned away from, this form of lust is something that I will never go back to. It destroyed my spirit the way none can ever imagine (but if you can, then thank God I'm not alone). Mind you that I'm still single, but I felt the hands of God reprimanding me one day on this form of bodily desecration. I thought this sin is the lesser evil; I thought to myself that I'd rather do this than kill or steal, for I was only sinning to myself. I was so wrong. I sinned to God in a way that marred and destroyed my spirit. I thought it was okay, never have I been so deceived. And I played with this deception for almost 2 decades. I'm really happy for you. Keep up the good work and always trust in Jesus Christ and his steadfast love! I'll leave you with this reading:

    1 John 4:4 - Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than d he who is in the world. Amen!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jecelpabor View Post
    It's a brave thing to testify about your convertion, and it's even braver to testify about something difficult to testify on. I have been through the same thing, what you're experiencing. At least one of the things I've been through. But out of all those sins I turned away from, this form of lust is something that I will never go back to. It destroyed my spirit the way none can ever imagine (but if you can, then thank God I'm not alone). Mind you that I'm still single, but I felt the hands of God reprimanding me one day on this form of bodily desecration. I thought this sin is the lesser evil; I thought to myself that I'd rather do this than kill or steal, for I was only sinning to myself. I was so wrong. I sinned to God in a way that marred and destroyed my spirit. I thought it was okay, never have I been so deceived. And I played with this deception for almost 2 decades. I'm really happy for you. Keep up the good work and always trust in Jesus Christ and his steadfast love! I'll leave you with this reading:

    1 John 4:4 - Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than d he who is in the world. Amen!!!
    Amen, I share many of your sentiments. I thought "Lord, I'm only sinning to myself here... no big deal right?" but it was distancing me from God... and that IS a huge deal.

    I've only been Christian 2 years, so whereas you struggled for 2 decades, I've struggled only 2 years. Praise God He lifted you up out of that cesspool. I pray I will be able to stay clean from now on for Christ.

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    But everyone should rejoice, for this affliction is but temporary, something that cannot be compared to the glory Jesus has set for us in heaven now that you believe and can finally see(2 Corinthians 4:16-18). SteveL, now that you have submitted yourself to Christ, you will be tested. But just like my dear Christian friend who told me about this truth, you should remain faithful. The adversary will throw several different kinds of deception and lures at you, but I pray, and pray deep, that you remain in truth. Believe me when I say that sometimes even if you already know the truth you will doubt it. This is a spiritual warfare now, but rest assured that Christ that's in you is greater than anything, I say ANYTHING, in this world (1 John 4:4). Keep the faith, brother! Amen!!!

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    No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

    Went through this struggle too. You're not alone guys. Keep fighting the good fight of faith; serve as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. This is what I did that helped me a lot: I cut off all porn sources. I deleted all the porn off my harddrives. Second, I took out the wireless card in my laptop so that I'm less likely to use the internet in a private place. Third, I asked people to help pray for me. Fourth, I installed an accountability program on my computer that reports my internet history to another person (Norton Family Minder). Lastly, here are some verses that may help you to stop sinning (meditating on these when temptations came up helped me a lot):
    LUST OF THE EYES: Flee youthful lusts. 2ti 2:22 The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace. Ro 8:6 Everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Mt 5:28 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. Jn 6:63 We put no confidence in the flesh. Php 3:3 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Col3.11 Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes. Pr 6:25 Charm is deceitful. Pr 31.30 Never satisfied are the eyes of man. Pr 27:20 The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. Eccl 1:8 Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness. Lk 12.15 LOOKING ON THE OUTWARD APPEARANCES: Beauty is vain. Pr 31:30 What is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God. Lk 16:15 man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. 1Sa 16:7 All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of God stands forever. 1pe 1:24-25 We walk by faith, not by sight. 2co 5:7 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment. Jn 7:24 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. Jn 8:15 His appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind. Isa 52:14 Show no partiality. Jas 2:1 No one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. Ro 2:28 We behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God. 2co 1:12 LUST OF THE FLESH: Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. Ro 13:13-14 I said in my heart, Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself. But behold, this also was vanity. Eccl 2:1-3 My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jer 2:13 Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. Jn 4:13-14 Fornication and all uncleanness or greediness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints, Eph 5:3 I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 1pe 2:11 I will not be brought under the power of anything. 1co 6.12 Keep your way far from the forbidden woman, and do not go near the door of her house. Pr 5:8 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Mt 10:39 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, Eph 5:18 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. He 13:4

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    Re: Defeating Pornography

    Yea, this is the one sin that is against your own self. Distinct sin from the others.
    God loves you but hates the sin. So you can't love the sin and God. Most people don't have the strength or want to change.
    But you will find God releasing all the blessings he has withheld from you.
    Alcoholics go through the same feelings so you can now understand what they go through every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svfox View Post
    Yea, this is the one sin that is against your own self. Distinct sin from the others.
    God loves you but hates the sin. So you can't love the sin and God. Most people don't have the strength or want to change.
    But you will find God releasing all the blessings he has withheld from you.
    Alcoholics go through the same feelings so you can now understand what they go through every day.

    Yes! God has already been unleashing blessings to me in the past 30 days I've stayed clean and living for Him. He's blessed me with a 2nd part-time job, an outreach short play at a convalescent home put together in the shortest amount of time possible, blessings on my current 1st part time job, etc. etc.

    I never want to go back to my old lifestyle again. I've buried it and burned the key. Of course, it's easy now, with life so hectic and winter time. The real challenge will be spring/summer when women start wearing less and less. God, help me keep my eyes on You!

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    Hey everyone, a quick update and confession.

    I slipped up on December 11 or thereabouts. I went 30 days clean, and had a slip-up. That slip-up was followed by me falling back into the same trap. However, I have stay cleaned for almost 2 weeks as I write this. This thing ain't going away without a fight. Please lift me up in prayer. I had read somewhere that 2 years clean is sort of the magic mark where the chemicals in your brain are washed away and if you can go 2 years without masturbating or viewing pornography, you're "out in the clear" so to speak.

    Thank you in advance for lifting me up, saints!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveL View Post
    Hey everyone, a quick update and confession.

    I slipped up on December 11 or thereabouts. I went 30 days clean, and had a slip-up. That slip-up was followed by me falling back into the same trap. However, I have stay cleaned for almost 2 weeks as I write this. This thing ain't going away without a fight. Please lift me up in prayer. I had read somewhere that 2 years clean is sort of the magic mark where the chemicals in your brain are washed away and if you can go 2 years without masturbating or viewing pornography, you're "out in the clear" so to speak.

    Thank you in advance for lifting me up, saints!
    Keep on keeping on brother!

    Check out the web site settingcaptivesfree. They have a 30 or 60 day course (can't remember how long because I think it has changed) that really helps.

    Also, Steve Gallagher has a book called "Living in Victory" that is a great help about victorious living in general. But his specialty is victory over sexual sin.

    Thanks for sharing your testimony and keep on keeping on!
    Matt 9:13
    13 "But go and learn what this means: ' I DESIRE COMPASSION,AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
    NASU

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    Bravo! It's a tough thing for guys to face and admit to, thanks for sharing.

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    My brother, I am praying for you. I fully understand what you are going through, as I have had the same past issues. And honestly, even in marriage I have performed this sin. I cannot say how long it has been anymore (I think 5 years, but unsure), but there are times where it comes back at me, and I can only close my eyes and pray that the Lord will deliver me from the temptation.

    I am praying for you, my brother. This is not an easy thing to speak of, in any format.

    In Him,

    CC

    Romans 8:15-17
    "You're gonna make a difference when you lay down your life, and in complete submission to God, choose to die with Him in service to other people."
    "Sometimes it concerns me, you know, the number of people that can quote my songs, and-- or they can quote the songs of several different people, but they can't quote the Scriptures."
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZLFGZ6zpeI
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    For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father

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    Update: Thanks for all the prayers.

    So, Nov. 11-Dec. 11 2011 I was clean. I slipped after I realized I passed the 1 month barrier and got a little prideful.

    In January I went 3 weeks clean until slipping on February 2nd.

    However, the good news is, I've been clean since February 3rd. I'm again going on about a month clean. I think for me it's to take it one day at a time, and not get caught up in "wow, it's been ____ long since I fell into it" because I think the enemy uses that as a foothold.

    I know tough days lie ahead. I'd like to stay clean through Easter at the very least. I have found as I focused more on what God wants me to focus on, it's a lot easier to not fall to old vices.

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    Great job. It is good to hear such an update.

    And I will continue to pray for you.

    In Him,

    CC

    Romans 8:15-17
    "You're gonna make a difference when you lay down your life, and in complete submission to God, choose to die with Him in service to other people."
    "Sometimes it concerns me, you know, the number of people that can quote my songs, and-- or they can quote the songs of several different people, but they can't quote the Scriptures."
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZLFGZ6zpeI
    Rich Mullins

    For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristianCoffee View Post
    It is good to hear such an update.
    It is good to be able to give such an update!

    Without God I wouldn't care. And I probably would do it everyday. But because Holy Spirit lives in me, and I in Him, and I know my temple was bought with a price and that it is not my own, I'm striving to walk like Jesus did. Only through His grace and our obedience to the calling placed on our lives are we able to do so.

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    That is great congratulations! Pray for me - I have the same problem. Thank you.

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