What if I need personal help?

Everyone nowadays is working everyday on changing something about them. People are trying to change the way they eat, choosing more healthy fare. We’re all on diets wishing to change the way we look.  It’s been shown that being on a diet with a friend is better than going it alone. She will be there to guide you into better choices. So chins up.

Admitting the need for accountability is not surrendering your individuality. It is not about giving up your right to view or do whatever you wish. It is not the sign of a weak person. It is not a crutch that might allow one to think he or she can walk alone without assistance when in fact, he or she can’t. For a teenager, it is not about giving up your independence or freedom. Instead, it is the sign of a person, whether young or old, who is big enough to admit that he cannot do everything on his own.

Lesson One

Quote of the day…

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”  (1 Cor. 10:13 – NKJV)

The Beginning…

“Is it true that the beginning of freedom for the porn addict can be found in prayer.”

The truth is that the porn addict who is not religious has exactly the same need as the one who attends church every time the door is open. He has a need for a real, true relationship with his creator, a relationship that gets down where the rubber hits the road. The road to freedom for any person begins with a heart to heart talk with God.

Understanding that prayer is conversation between man and God, the addicted man must come to God and begin communicating with Him on some level. The conversation that leads to freedom is one that expresses the honest  truth about your life. The man whose life is falling apart around him will usually not feel like talking to God with eloquent speech. And that’s quite okay. God is not hung up on the old English of the King James Bible. God hears the cries of a desperate person, a hurting or lonely person, a confused person and He hears them in any language. Anger and frustration are not too much for Him to bear. In fact, He much prefers that we come to Him as we are, rather than try to put up a front in an effort to look more “together” or spiritually mature. He does, after all, know where we are and what is going on. There is no fooling or surprising Him. He knows about the cobwebs in the closets of our hearts and minds.

Broken marriages, ruined finances, lost jobs, and destroyed reputations are the fertile soil that brokenness can take root in. That brokenness results in the realization that we are nothing aside from God and the work that He does in us. We are not big enough, powerful enough, or knowledgeable enough to bring about our own healing. But God is.

When God begins to work in that person’s life and brings him to the place where his brokenness leads to what the Bible calls Godly sorrow, that man is in the position to receive a repentant heart. A repentant heart is the building block upon which true freedom is built. When true repentance comes about, changes begin to take place in the hidden recesses of the heart. With time, those changes will begin to manifest outwardly. As the Bible says, “Old things will pass away. All things will become new.” A new man begins to surface – a man with no desire for porn.

The road to freedom almost certainly won’t be a short, easy one. In fact, it can be demanding and even painful. But whatever route the road takes, it begins with prayer.

 

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