VICTORY OVER PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION
The use of pornography has gotten to be of epidemic proportions in the world today, even among Christians. It is a sin that is extremely easy to get into but very, very difficult to break free from. What if you, or someone you know, is struggling to be free? What should be done?
First, here is a prayer you can pray to help have victory over the spiritual part. You don’t have to use these exact works. This just gives you a general idea of what to include in prayer.
“Father, I confess that at various times in my life I have been powerless against the continuing attacks of the enemy on my sexuality. I have chosen to sin in various ways and ask You to forgive me for the following: (specifically confess each and every sin). I agree with Your verdict on my sin, that it is deserving of death. I renounce these sins in Jesus’ name. I ask You to cleanse my memories, heal the hurts and forgive me. In Jesus’ name I take back any access I have given to Satan’s forces through my sin. In Jesus’ name. Amen”
Often the source of demonizing comes from ancestors who were open to pornography. This is called generational sin. When a demon claims access to one person he then claims their descendants as well. Generational bondage can be broken by personally repenting of and confessing the sins of past generations. Claim the blood of Christ as stronger than your blood line and put that access under the blood of Jesus (Romans 5:15). Claim that you are a “new creation, old things have passed away, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Ask God to turn curses into blessing (Deut. 23:5).
Of course a good spiritual life (connecting with God in devotions each morning, reading your Bible, etc.) is a must. So is getting involved in a Bible believing and teaching church. Fellowship with other Christians is a must. Finding a godly person of your same sex and asking them to mentor you and hold you accountable is essential. Seldom does anyone get free from this sin alone!
One other thing to have victory. You have to do all you can to not be in a position to be tempted. Probably online porn is what gets most people, men and women, for its so easily available. All my boys and I have Covenant Eyes on our computers. It monitors where we go and sends a report to whoever we choose to be our accountability partner. It doesn’t prevent us from accessing anything we shouldn’t, but knowing our accountability partner will find out at the end of the week is a major deterrent. You can find this at https://www.covenanteyes.com/. There are other sources available to get porn, too, so you have to make plans to stay out of those stores, away from cable TV alone, or whatever it is.
Now, when you first get tempted, when the first thought pops into your mind, you must get victory over it. That only happens by quoting scripture. Jesus had victory over Satan by quoting scripture and that is our sword of the Spirit. Her are some passages you can use. Start quoting or reading them when tempted and don’t stop until well beyond the temptation.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation ; the old has gone, the new has come!
Psalm 51:10-12 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.
James 4:6-8 God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you.
1 Peter 5:8-9 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.
Job 31:1 “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl.
Matthew 5:27-28 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If you, or someone you know, struggles with pornography pry for them. You can adapt the prayer above to them or use it for yourself.
by Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer, Christian Training Organization