By whose Strength?
The chances are that in the past you have tried to break free from the ungodly hold that pornography, masturbation and immorality has over your life and have failed – most likely for all the wrong reasons.
– Who are you really doing this for? –
So what was your main reason for seeking freedom in the first place? Was it to save your marriage or ministry after being found out? Was it a pride issue, to feel better about yourself or to look good in the eyes of others? (self-preservation) Did you ever think of doing it to glorify God? Or maybe you have triumphed and found freedom for a season. However, before you were able to announce your success with great joy to the world, the enemy managed to hijack that victory through temptation, stress, hurt, pain, rejection, loneliness or some other external cause.
Even though we are led into sin and drawn away by our own evil desires James 1:14 self-centredness in the heart 2 Peter 2:14 and an arrogant disregard for God and others, we have also given notice to the enemy that there is a part of us that isn’t under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, an area that He can’t bless because of our rebellious behaviour Jer 5 23. That opening has allowed unclean fowl evil spirits to attack and oppress us.
We cannot be ignorant of Satan’s device’s 2 Cor 2: 11 this is why we need to look at Ephesians 6 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. This explains to us that there is also spiritual warfare in progress. When you can’t get rid of those ungodly images that bombard the mind any time they want, you are no longer simply fighting against the flesh, something else has gained entry and it won’t go without a fight!! Check out; the Quitters check list for help with this.
– Never made for this fight –
Through your habitual use in pornography, you have handed the enemy a legal right to hold you back, so each time you go searching for freedom without Jesus you just get knocked down, and each time you get knocked down a little bit of your spirit becomes more discouraged. So now it’s time to remove those legal rights and hand back over to God what belongs to Him. No matter how good the flesh looks or how loud we roar, it was never intended to fight a spiritual foe. We can’t go fighting against spiritual powers, we simply aren’t equipped for that; this is why we need Jesus to do the fighting for us (Gal 5:1). There is no technique, no gimmick, no prayer method, no principle, no book, program or ministry no other method of lasting freedom only Jesus. It was His death and resurrection that defeated Satan. We cannot do this by our own strength, efforts or hard work. Jesus did it all; so what are you waiting on.
– You Need a Spiritual Intervention from God –
Most believer’s I speak too concerning the issue of freedom from pornography seem to be wasting valuable time, hard earned money and resources pursuing freedom with the wrong mind-set. Through no fault of their own they are attempting to fight pornography as the world fights pornography with courses, books, meetings, prayer ministry, internet blockers etc. Striving to the point where they exhaust themselves spiritually, mentally and physically. So many have missed the goal and been distracted by pursuing freedom without Jesus, and to be honest freedom seems to be the bigger goal than seeking Jesus, to feel good about ourselves, to say “I’m a godly man, I have done this all by myself” which if you think about it, is a form of pride and selfishness, but without Jesus there can never be true lasting freedom. Lasting freedom is a by-product from enjoying a close relationship with our Saviour, His death conquered sin – not your efforts. You are so helpless that you can’t even do this for yourself your wife or children – if that were the case then you wouldn’t need Christ’s death and victory. You would have good enough reason to stop and seek freedom, but the sorry fact of the matter is that you can’t – the bondage is so deeply entrenched to your very core that you will need a spiritual intervention from God to release and birth in you a godly hate towards this sin.
– Has Porn stolen your Zeal? –
The scary fact is, Satan your motivator, has you where he wants you. Your relationship with Christ has stopped, your spiritual maturity has halted, you’re serving and giving your worship to Satan – not God – make no mistake about that. click here to see Who gets the Worship
You are worshipping Satan (pornography) more today than you were this time last week. You will be worshipping Satan (pornography) more next week than you are this week if you don’t make the decision to quit. You are changing little by little and you aren’t even aware that Pornography’s only aim is to corrupt society, break the church and steal the fight out of YOU. All the devil wants to do is to get the fight out of Christians and kill it. Pornography can finally rival the church for the souls of men.
So, have you lost your fight? Are you passive? How is your devotional time? Does it still excite you to spend time with the Lord? How is your prayer life? Is it filled with power? What is your zeal for Christ like? Is it still burning or merely flicking? Satan hasn’t changed his spots – he wants to kill every believer and he is using pornography to do that for him.
As head of the house how concerned are you about the ruin that you have brought into the family home? Does it even bother you that your family might be experiencing a living hell because you have removed their covering as you sacrifice your soul to the devil for another lust filled hour of pornography/sex worship?
Today is the day to close the door to the enemy and hand back to God His legal rights over your life. If you believe that God cannot set you free because of what you have done in the past, what you are actually saying is this “ there is a power in the universe greater than God, and that power is my sin” Listen, just one drop of the Blood of Jesus is able to cover every sin that you ever committed.
– Men, you are the Church –
Sooner or later you will finally come to the end of yourself because you will give God no choice but to remove (Rm 1 24) His protection and let you have your own way (Num 11:19-20). Until the pain of pornography finally out-weights the pain of change and you let the Holy Spirit run rampant to do that deep down soul searching inside, being willing to face up to all those issues that are preventing you from being a better husband and a better daddy to your children, a man who has experienced Godly sorrow and not worldly sorrow and knows how to share with others his real testimony, men who aren’t afraid of HELP. Godly men who know how to carry each other’s burdens – that is the man who God is looking for, then and only then will Christ reveal to you His power to cooperate with Him.
Christ will rise up His church to meet this persecution head on. Men you are the Church; you are God’s rescue plan here on earth. Take a look around you the next time you are in church. He doesn’t have any-body else. We have all read the Bible and marvelled at how the first century saints overcame Satan’s oppression and triumphed. They lived in an environment of paganism, idol worship, temple prostitutes, social, political and demonic opposition, and now they are all seated up in glory cheering and urging us on. They are the cheer leaders behind the last day saints (that’s us). It’s God’s heart to restore you to be a man of God – to be that daddy, to be a mighty husband who knows how to love one woman. Not to be idle but to be a worshipper, a praise warrior, a conqueror, an over-comer and a leader – to fulfil the great commission – so what are you waiting for? click here to go to By Whose Strength ? Prayer
You can’t wait for the right time or the right moment to come along – it simply won’t happen. Today is the day you die to your own efforts and rely on what Jesus has already done. Don’t let the knowledge of your sinfulness keep you from experiencing God’s grace and forgiveness in your life.
Gen3x – Fighting Pornography Together
“Hear, O Israel, Ye Approach This Day Unto Battle Against Your Enemies: Let Not Your Hearts Faint, Fear Not, And Do Not Tremble, Neither Be Ye Terrified Because Of Them. “Deuteronomy 20v3