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Step 1 - Confession: Confess that pornography is a sin. It hurts me and it hurts others. Studies show that it is as addicting as heroin or cocaine. I must confess that I have a problem and need help.
Step 2 - Repentance: Turn 180 degrees from pornography and to God. I must beg God for real sorrow and repentance that leads to salvation. (II Cor. 7:10-11) Many people struggle here because sex addictions cause experiences that we are likely to enjoy remembering. It’s easy to feel guilty for our sin, yet still inwardly cherish it.
Step 3 - Accountability: One of porn’s strengths is secrecy. This power is broken through exposure. (Eph. 5:11) We expose it by confessing it to a trusted pastor, counselor, spouse, or friend and having them ask us specific questions on a weekly (or even daily) basis.
Step 4 - Radical Removal: Purity precedes power! Get rid of your source or porn. (Matt. 5:29-30) Destroy magazines, movies, books, etc. Get rid of your computer, TV, iPod, phone, game consoles, etc. If you absolutely can’t get rid of these things, try accountability software, filters, and blockers on these devices. Check out www.covenanteyes.com and www.xxxchurch.com. They have some great resources in these areas.
Step 5 - Radical Replacement: (Read Luke 11:24-26) Don’t just try to cast out the “evil spirit” of pornography and fail to replace it with God, His Word, His Spirit, and daily time in worship and prayer! Enjoying God continuously is the answer! “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”(Matt. 5:6)
Step 6 - Plan: Have a battle strategy. Be prepared! The enemy loves to attack when we’re tired, lonely, depressed, and vulnerable. You’ve programmed yourself to just give in at these times. That’s what you’ll do again, if you don’t have a concrete, workable plan ready to use at a moment’s notice, and USE IT!
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