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How to Stop Watching Porn?

You need a miracle. According to the Bible, victory over a pornography addiction doesn't begin with trying, but with a transformation that God works in you. "With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God" (Mark 10:27). Begin with honestly asking, "Do I want to change?" And if so, ask God to help you do the impossible, and he will.

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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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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 ESV

How to Stop Watching Porn?
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Is It Possible
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Article: 10 Min

A Plan for the Problem of Pornography

by Phil Ryken at Reformation21

Article: 7 Min

Praying for Freedom from Pornography

Prayer is an expression of our dependence on God. It's asking God to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. We have asked the Lord that he would deliver you from pornography. 

by Bibles.net

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With man
this is impossible,
but with God
all things are possible.

Matthew 19:26 ESV
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30 Things to Do
When You're Bored

So many times when we are wasting our time in sin or sloth we cry out to God for help. We may, however, feel like heaven responds with silence. After all, God can’t tell me what to do with myself when I’m bored... or can he?

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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.

Video: 3 Min
by Helen Thorne at The Good Book Company
Article: 10 Min

The Life-Changing Insight of Thomas Chalmers

Friend, there's a 200 year old sermon you must read. It will take an hour of your time, but it will change your life. To encourage you to read it, pastor John Piper has written this compelling introduction to Thomas Chalmers' work: "The Expulsive Power of a New Affection."

by John Piper at Desiring God