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How to Stop Watching Porn?

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Dear Heavenly Father, please 
do a mighty work in the heart of our friend who has come to this page. If they do not know the Lord Jesus, reveal him to them as the all-satisfying source of life that he is. Give them a new heart, a new mind, a new will by your Holy Spirit. If they do know Jesus, use your Word on this page to empower them. Give them resolve to leave their sin behind once and for all. Give them courage to endure the pain that denying themselves will cause. Give them clear vision of the worthiness of Jesus and make them wholly devoted to him. Strengthen them to run forward in righteousness and live a pure life. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. 
 

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1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV

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.

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Here's How to Stop Watching Porn

Here’s the deal. You can’t stop, and won’t stop, watching porn on your own. But you can. I know, sounds contradictory, but stick with me here.

Try as you might, resolutions and reform and rhythms can’t do the heavy lifting you need in this area. We are all for self-control, but merely finding ways to avoid porn or deny yourself the usual opportunities to indulge in it—Just. Won’t. Work.

 “Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom…but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence” (Colossians 3:23 NIV).

Behavior modifications can suppress what you want, but they can’t stop what you want. Sure, you might break your habit for a month, or six, but you won’t get rid of the hunger, the emptiness and reason behind why you watch porn. Before you stop watching porn, you have to stop wanting to watch porn.

And we all know the heart wants what it wants—you’re going to need a miracle. That’s just what you’re offered. 

There’s a tiny verse in the Bible filled with hope for you. It says this: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6 ESV). See that word grace? It’s not a churchy word or just a girl’s middle name. That word can change your life.

You find yourself enslaved to porn. You’re not alone. “The Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe” (Galatians 3:22 NIV). Friend, there’s no sin that we can escape from by merely trying harder. God has to perform miracles in our heart to make us love what we don’t love and want what we don’t want. Rescue from sin—for anyone—can’t be earned (Ephesians 2:8). But it can be received.

That’s why God promises grace to the humble. He will give you what you cannot earn or deserve on your own if you just ask him.

A proud person won’t receive God’s help, God’s Word, or God’s gifts. A humble person knows their need, their inability to improve. So they ask for help.

How will you stop watching porn? God will stop you if you will yield your life to him, confess to him your need (1 John 1:9), and ask him to do the miracles in your heart you cannot do for yourself. He will replace your spirit with His, your loves with his (Ezekiel 36:26).

If you’re serious about this, then grab your Bible and take a look at Galatians. It’s a letter written to a church who keeps trying to earn God’s favor. They keep trying to do for themselves what only God can do for them. Pick it up and read about the freedom God offers you.

God promises his grace to the humble person. This includes forgiveness for your past sins. God paid the penalty you owe in the crucifixion of his own son for your porn addiction (John 3:16). God can give you the grace of his presence—offering to clothe you in his perfect Son’s righteousness (Galatians 3:27). God says he will come make his home within you and will change your heart to love what’s good and hate what’s evil (John 14:16-18). God can give you the undeserved gift of freeing you from the chains you prefer (Romans 8:2), for if you ask him, he will change your whole identity—making you no longer a slave to sin, but his own son (Galatians 4:7). 

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A living, breathing relationship with the Savior of the world will drive porn out of your life quicker than anything else. When you turn your eyes to Jesus, there isn’t room for anything else in your heart because he fills it up. When you open the blinds of a pitch-black room, the sunlight drives away the darkness.

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1 John 1:5-7 NIV

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

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James 5:16 ESV

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

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Romans 8:1-11 ESV

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

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Philippians 4:8 ESV

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

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1 Thessalonians 4:3-6 ESV

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.

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