It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Mack Moore, a young man who struggles daily to live according to God’s wishes, not the worlds. Today he’s sharing with us how he has chosen to save himself for marriage and the difficulties he encounters. I find his honesty and openness refreshing.
Jesus has helped me in different ways in many areas of my life. To start with, He has saved me from hell and guided me through depression. The Holy Spirit has also given me the strength to remain a virgin until I get married. What I want to briefly discuss now is how Christ has helped me overcome porn addiction.
Yes, God has helped me overcome porn addiction. I am shameful and embarrassed to admit I have this problem, but hopefully I can help someone who is dealing with this issue. I will spare you readers all the disturbing details of my struggle with porn addiction. What I am ashamed about the most is, I originally didn’t see that there was anything wrong. I was unable to see it was a problem and it affected my relationship with Jesus and those closest to me. I was blinded by Satan into thinking it was okay.
Porn addiction is just like drug addiction, or gambling addiction, or any kind of addiction. Addictions of all types have a negative effect on the person and those closest to that person. Spiritually, it strains a person’s relationship with Christ if they are saved. In other words it hinders a persons spiritual growth. They are carnal-minded, instead of being spiritual-minded which is what Father God wants us to be. Believers of Jesus are called to be witnesses for Him. If we are struggling with any kind of addictions and/or sins, we become carnal-minded and are poor witnesses for Christ. This is what the devil wants.
As for unsaved people, addictions hinder them from seeing that they are lost and in need of Jesus (The Savior). This too is what the devil wants. Note: remember my fellow Christians we are dealing with spiritual warfare and we have to always have the armor of God to protect us from the schemes of Satan (Ephesians 6:10-18). Of course I couldn’t see that because I was so blinded by lust, a sin. I will be honest; porn addiction includes all sexual sins. It all started with lust and lead to some serious problems.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. ~ Ephesians 6:10-18
My addiction started at the age of 13 when I started watching some porn tapes my dad had hidden. Although I was young I was old enough to know better, so no one blame my dad please. I take full responsibility. I viewed it anyway and that was a big mistake on my part. Like a drug addict, I felt I had to watch it everyday. I was like a drug addict seeking a daily fix. This was sad and pathetic indeed. For years this was a problem that I did not realize was there, just like any addict.
Several years ago, Jesus opened my eyes to how I had been living. I threw away or gave away the porn I had bought. Nowadays, I consider myself a recovering addict. I try to take it one day at a time. Unfortunately, like any addict, I’ve had relapses, too many to count. It’s been awhile since the last relapse and I pray it stays that way. I pray and fast to Jesus constantly asking for strength to overcome and let go of lust. My eyes see more clearly now thanks to God.
I hate that I ever started to view porn in the first place. Not only did it strain my relationship with God, it left me with a distorted view of women and sex. I used to have the mentality that it was ok to have sex before marriage even though fornication is a sin. It was only in recent years that God showed me a passage like Proverbs 5:15-23 where it talks about sex being enjoyed, by a married couple only. I am thankful to God that He has helped me to see that my way of thinking was not like a child of God. Now I intend to stay a virgin until I am married, and hopefully my marriage will be an example to others of what God intends for marriage to be.
Before I close, I want to say that the Bible calls for us to renew our minds daily through Bible reading and prayer. Why is that? The devil wants us to be so carnal-minded that we don’t witness to the unsaved. Lucifer wants the unsaved to stay unsaved so they can join him in hell. Allow me to break it down like this: God calls His children to be like Abraham, not Lot. Thank you for reading my story and I hope this will encourage someone to not make the same mistakes I did. Jesus wants to have personal relationships with each and every person alive today. May God bless all who read this.
Mack Moore has written two books, Cordell’s Poems of Spiritual Inspiration and Tough Lessons from the Bible. He writes to share the love of Jesus and hopes to encourage others by sharing how God has worked in his life. You can find out more about Mack and his books at http://www.amazon.com/Mack-Moore/e/B00I8ZK6CQ.