In my early battling against my pornography issue (addiction), as a young Christian God gave me a strong sense of “this was not pleasing to God”. In short, I felt conviction. I was 23 years old and a new Christian. Clearly, it took me several years to begin to fight the fight of faith effectively. But, at least I knew that it was a fight and if I did not overcome this sin it could destroy my marriage, integrity, spiritual growth, parenting, my family and life.
By God’s grace, I became disgusted with myself for looking at things that would displease God. It was like “How can you say you love God and yet look at this stuff?” And/or “How can you say that you love your wife and look at this?” Another question would be “How would you like it if your wife lusted after nude men? What a disgusting thought! My wife having thoughts for another man?
I have been happily married for 50 years now. I have seen many married couples suffer because of pornography addiction. By God’s grace, He spoke faithfully and strongly into my life in little ways and helpful ways; I listened. God gave me the victory very early in my life and in my marriage. I’ll talk about that in the days ahead. This is day two in my writings to make known the need to speak out faithfully against pornography and for personal holiness.
It is a winnable war, but it is a war where too many are losing, and sadly many aren’t even fighting. And, part of my burden in this increasingly godless day is that many don’t even see pornography as a problem, though their marriages are on “the rocks” or they are living a lie or …. so many other depressing and sad scenarios.
Ezekiel 44:23. They failed to teach the difference between the holy and the profane.
Prayer: Father, Help me not to fail to teach the difference between the holy and the profane in my remaining years of ability to speak and testify to truth. In your name, Amen!