Over the course of my life, I've had several addictions. Never addicted to drugs or alcohol, more like activities.
All throughout my high-school years and even a couple years after, I was so into music. Always online downloading albums, always looking for the next up and coming bands, and going to concerts and shows with my friends rather frequently. It consumed my life. I wore band shirts and apparel to school every single day to portray to others my interest. As I re-dedicated my life to Christ, I was able to slowly but surely break free from this addiction.
The couple years I was in college, I was majorly into movies. I was trying so hard to portray myself as this intellectual movie-buff. I went to the movies 3-5 times a week. I went to the local used-book store and bought low priced movies frequently. I subscribed to Netflix to further enhance my movie watching experiences. Movies absolutely consumed my life. But as I re-dedicated my life to Christ, I was able to slowly release my self from this obsession. I still like a good movie every now and then but this no longer has dominion over me.
Along the way though, I've been haunted and followed constantly by the temptation of lust and sexual desire. In high school when Jesus was nothing more than a last-resort option to me, I was in a sexually active relationship for 3 years. Even though I have been out of, and moved on from, that relationship for over 5 years now, the temptation of lust and sexual desire still plague me and even conquer me often.
I wanted to know what some of my fellow Christians have done to fight this.
Any encouragement, advice or scripture reference would be greatly appreciated.
1 Thessalonians 5:23