Breaking The Porn/Masturbation Habit

images-8Porn and masturbation addiction is a major struggle. 

Could it ever be broken? 

Since the fall of Adam and Eve, the imaginations of the hearts of men is evil only continually. Just like the days of Noah in Genesis chapter 6.

For years, man has been addicted to the sex act. It doesn’t make sex evil unless sex is done in adultery, fornication, and homosexuality. While there is no Scripture prohibiting or permitting masturbation, if you are just about controlling or managing masturbation, you are not free. When you do not need masturbation, that’s when it is completely broken. That’s when you are “free indeed.”

Only the Son could make us free and only when we know the truth.

The only thing that has changed is the methods and means to transmit porn to forever hook men and women into the seemingly bottomless pit of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (see 1 John 2:15-17).

The top four areas of addictions is food, alcohol, drugs, and sex. While these are different categories, they are all, in some way, interconnected with each other. They can work independently or in combinations.

A man of God once said that “if you want to know the purpose of a product and how it works, you must go to the manual of the manufacturer.” Since God created man, we need to return to the “manual”  because as the man of God said, “Only the manufacturer knows in his mind how the product works.” If you want to know the product, you have to get into the mind of the manufacturer.”

Just like cars, electronic devices, machines, and other items, the product always comes with a manual. When there is something wrong with the product, we return to the manual to see what we have done wrong, or what we have failed to do, or to fix, or troubleshoot the problem with the product. This man of God I am quoting was the late Dr. Myles Monroe.

I first read his books on Purpose over 27 years or more ago. For the child of God, the “manual” is the Bible and the “manufacturer” is the Lord. Therefore, we are the product or, if you are a child of God, you are “…His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.” If you are not saved, you can be when you repent of all sin and then declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. 

We, as humans, do this every day when we run into difficulty in the operation of our computers. On the computer screens, we have four letters when we run into difficulty with something on our computer, the program, or the device.

HELP

We click that link and we scroll the index to locate the topic so we could get assistance.

Jeremiah 32:26 says  “Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” Some of you believe that deliverance from porn and masturbation is impossible and you have confined yourselves to the prison of hopelessness.

There is a word from the Lord right here.  “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh.” God knows all that there is to know about your flesh. While this passage is talking about drawing men to certain places, I believe it also has meaning about God knowing all that there is to our flesh.

Note Psalm 139:13-17 “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them.”

God knows all about your flesh and what lurks within you that has yet to be crucified. When God created us, He did not create us in sin. Before the fall of Adam, we were in Adam, waiting to be born. It was God’s original intent to bring us forth in perfection.

Sin disrupted that plan but it never changed the will of God for man to live in the fear of the Lord to abstain from all forms of sexual sins.

That’s why He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to die for the sin of the world. To restore man back to His glory, plans, and purposes. In the manual is the instructions on how to break free of porn and masturbation.

Repent.

You may have already repented but you return to porn and masturbation.

When will you stop?

When you are serious about making critical adjustments in your day to day life.

You see, it’s in the small things that the enemy plans his traps. A magazine stand with salacious pictures. A woman that is dressed provocatively. Watching sexy TV commercials and women on the news shows and weather channels. Going to the beach or swimming pool. It’s these small things that get a man into a lot of trouble.

When Jesus said these words, He knew that it will take this to get the job done. Matthew 5:28 “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

While it is easy to blame the external sources where it may lead to porn and masturbation, we must be true to ourselves and place the responsibility on ourselves. There is unchecked lust in our hearts. AND there is the habits that we’ve incorporated into our lives that facilitate and foster porn in our hearts and minds.

So Jesus gives a solution. Matthew 5:29-30 “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”

What the Lord is advocating is that if the temptation to look and touch is too great, what are you willing to radically do to keep you from sinning? This is what prevents many men from breaking free.

Does this sound like you?

You thought that you’ve done enough to quit and then the urges and impulses remind you of the worldly pleasure that passes away. It’s only a matter of moments before you click or press the button on your remote. What are you willing to do to radically stop sin? Fasting and praying? Shutting off the TV, Internet, electronic devices? Chat rooms. Job related flirting with the opposite sex?

What are you willing to do to please the Lord Jesus, the One that died for you to set you free from sin? If you haven’t made every possible effort to get back into the Manual and live by it, then you have reached a place of hopelessness, but it isn’t over.

That’s because even in hopelessness on this side of eternity, there is hope from God. Breaking free is not a work of the flesh, but a work of the Holy Spirit as you are obedient to the Word of God. It’s always by grace, through faith, and that not of yourselves.

You cannot do it alone.

You need His help and the help of others that know well the pits and valleys of sexual bondage. Until you break free, this bondage is your god.

So let me ask you one more time.

What are you willing to do to radically stop porn and masturbation?