Don’t light the match, and you won’t start a fire.
You cannot “taper down” your addiction to porn, any more than you can taper down burning down your house. To win, don’t light the match.
Every image of porn you look at ignites a fuse inside of you that demands more, more, and MORE.
Each time you SET YOUR EYES on images designed to stir up the inner desire of sexual satisfaction, you build a wall in your spirit that actually keeps you from having true intimacy with your spouse; and spiritual fellowship with God.
“I’m doing better”, you say; but you don’t realize there’s a monster of lust growing inside of you. Sooner or later that monster will not only devour you, but also those who really love and care about you.
Do you really want to be free from the monster of lust?
1. Don’t feed it, STARVE IT. Get rid of it. Not just the hardcore stuff, but even the “soft” stuff that gets your motor racing. Things like television shows, movies, books, and even certain restaurants.
2. Make your eyes obey you. YOU decide what things you’ll focus on. And don’t listen to the advice of those who think “eye candy” won’t hurt you.
3. If you’re married, talk to your spouse about your problem. Ask her/him to pray for you and support your decision to live pure.
4. Find a friend who loves you enough to speak truthfully, prayerfully, and confidentially with you. And I HIGHLY advise choosing a friend who’s of the same sex as you are.
Again, if you don’t keep matches in your pocket, you can’t readily start a fire.
Let your spouse keep the matches. Let them be your ONLY desire for sexual intimacy.
I repeat – don’t light the match and you won’t get burned.
“When you run out of wood, the fire goes out…” (Proverbs 26:20 MSG)
“…There are three things that are never satisfied –
no, four that never say, “Enough!”: the grave, the barren womb, the thirsty desert, the blazing fire.” (Proverbs 30:15-16 NLT)
“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts…” (2 Timothy 2:22 NLT)