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Destory the enemy of Pornography

Hopelessly in love with porn… porn is a fungus

I feel hopeless.  I have tried to quit a hundred times, but it hasn’t worked.  I don’t think I will ever be able to quit using pornography.  It’s something I am going to have to live with. You are probably feeling this or have felt this way if you are reading this.  I can identify with this feeling.  

Throughout my teens and early twenties, I must have quit 30 times.  You know what quitting means right? Quitting means trashing your stash. Throwing out your magazines and videos or erasing the files off your computer and cancelling your membership to the porn site.  After trashing the stash I would be good for a few weeks. “I got this thing licked!” I would think.  Then something would happen that would pull me right back in. I would see a bikini model or something on television that would divert my thoughts into the sexual fantasy world.  I would then have to have some porn. I was out to get another magazine, video or computer file. 

This cycle was repeated over and over:  Porn – guilt & shame – trashing the stash – overwhelming temptation – Porn …. I was to the point where I felt I would never kick the habit and would just have to learn to manage it. I could not just manage it. Porn is not manageable! Something about porn makes it manage you. You are slave to it.  Can you play with fire and not get burned? Can you handle a poisonous snake and not get bitten?  Well, you can’t dabble in a little bit of porn and not get drawn into it’s dark world.  That helplessness you are feeling is nothing unique.  There are many others just like you who are secretly dying to get out of the grips of pornography.  They, just like you, are full of guilt and shame and don’t know where to turn. 

We know using porn is wrong, but we like it so much that it has a hold on us we can’t shake. We don’t have anyone close enough to us that we can confide in because we fear they will think we are perverts.  So we sit here by ourselves feeling hopeless.  The first step in breaking the chains of pornography is to share your struggles with someone. You need to stop living in fear of what others will think of you.  Now I am not saying you need to tell just anyone! You need to pick someone you trust who is also mature and wise.  Think about it and pray about it.  If you cannot think of someone, call your pastor, or a counselor. Seek out a recovery group locally. (like SA – sexaholics anonymous). Porn is a fungus. It grows in the dark.  It dies when exposed to the light.  If you continue to hide your addiction, the roots grow deeper.  If you seek help and get it out in the open, it will weaken and start to lose its power over you.

I admitted I was addicted to pornography at a men’s Bible study. The feeling of liberation after exposing my secret sin was incredible. Instead of being looked down upon critically, I was surrounded by men who thanked me for sharing something they struggled with as well. There are many of us around who hide our addiction and then hide behind the mask others see. Only when we let our sin made know will we begin to have victory over it.

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