One man i was speaking to this past fall about his addiction to lust and pornography expressed the brutal reality we all must face and conquer as pornography and lust addicts when he said: “It’s inside me.”
He said an alcoholic needs to go obtain a drink. Likewise, a drug addict has to score some dope. But porn and lust addicts don’t have to go anywhere, we carry the “drug” inside us all the time.
This is true, and it’s what makes the battle for purity and freedom unique and all the more challenging for us.
We carry with us an extensive archive of pornographic images in our minds which we can call upon anytime. That means it can happen anywhere, and regardless of who is with us.
Riding the train on the way to work; sitting at a traffic light; sitting at the dinner table with friends and family; or even sitting in church.
This is why the man i was talking to was in distress: he could not escape the images to which we is addicted. And it often leads to immense frustration and even self-hatred. The dilemma seems without a solution.
Scripturally we know that lusting after a woman is akin to adultery. And we know we are called to be holy.
How? We become warriors. We fight the impulse to access the archive by surrendering to God and taking every thought captive to Christ (2 Cor.1o:3-5). We offer ourselves moment my moment to God; our bodies as spiritual acts of worship and we call on God to transform us by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:1-2). We must train as warriors against the thoughts, the lies and the impulses with the understanding that they are attacks from our Enemy. And our flesh has been corrupted by our years of giving ourselves over the the Enemy.
We must become Intentional Warriors. Start with Intentional Warriors: Fighting For Purity And Freedom In A Sexually Saturated Society.
It is inside us. But the power of God is stronger than we are, and He brings transformation. Surrender 1 step at a time.