Lust: There is Escape. Defeat addiction by learning how to Overcome Lust Biblically!

Running

“T-Rexaur!!! Squall, be careful! Sometimes it’s better to run!” the text box read soon after I encountered the fierce dinosaur monster. You see, in Final Fantasy 8 (and many other RPG’s), you want to avoid fleeing from battles. Why? Because when you run away you miss out on valuable experience points. T-Rexaur, however, was different.

This towering tyrannosaurus had a whopping 14,752 HP at level 12. For non-RPG player’s, this thing was tough! This particular battle was designed by the game creators to encourage you to use the “Escape” option. To put it simply, the battle was just too dangerous to justify sticking around (although, it gave you the option to try).

What does T-Rexaur have to do with Christianity, you ask? This ferocious menace has something in common with one of our biggest enemies. An enemy that is much bigger than any dinosaur! An enemy that is, in my opinion, more dangerous than most (and commonly ignored). The deadly enemy is lust.

When we learn how to overcome lust Biblically, we gain a great advantage.

What exactly is lust, and how do we handle it? Keep reading to find out more…

A Cautionary Note: This article is about how to overcome lust Biblically. This is not an article about Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaurs. Because I address this topic head on, a lot of this stuff gets serious. I believe the danger of lust is one of the most important topics, and one that is unfortunately often completely ignored. Just keep these things in mind if you decide to keep reading.

There is Escape

Escape

1 Corinthians 10:13-14 (ESV)

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

Before we get too far into this, I feel I should make one thing clear. It is absolutely, positively, without a doubt, possible to escape from sexual immorality.

I was exposed to pornography before I left elementary school. Who exposed me to this? A fellow classmate, believe it or not. Not a classmate with a shady family; but a normal kid, in a normal household, with a loving family.

The emphasis on his normal life is by no means meant to imply that pornography in elementary school is “normal” or “okay”. It’s not. Any form of pornography is appalling, and children being exposed to such a thing is just downright disgusting.

The emphasis is meant to stress that this kind of thing is not as uncommon as you would hope. By fifth grade I knew at least three other kids that had similar addictions. By middle school a huge number of boys treated pornography as if it were as common as Saturday morning cartoons.

As I aged it became clear that this problem had no longer stayed within a magazine, or computer screen. Kids at school would constantly objectify female classmates. In the hallways girls would be involuntarily touched in inappropriate ways. Couples would be together for a matter of weeks, talk about how they made-out, and then switch to new partners a few weeks later.

As I grew up, some girls who claimed to be Christians would talk about how they wore thongs. The sad thing was, this didn’t really alarm me all that much. Why? Because by this time I was already desensitized to this trash. Guys objectifying women was a common practice. Women flaunting themselves for the guys attention was also pretty common. To me, something so common had to be normal, right? Wrong.

For a period of time I honestly thought that every guy my age must look at porn. I couldn’t think of very many friends who would even deny it if they were asked. Some might even brag. I felt bad when I looked at that stuff, but I wrongfully assumed it was normal. I felt like something so addicting must be impossible to escape. Never, ever, make that same mistake. If you have any form of sexual addiction in your life, you need to understand that there is escape. Sexual immorality isn’t normal and it’s not okay.

I’ll talk more about protecting families from that kind of stuff later, so hang tight.

What Exactly is Sexual Sin?

CHAIN CHAIN CHAIN

Matthew 5:27-32 (ESV)

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.

And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’

But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Jesus gets to the heart of the issue in the above verses (I highly suggest reading all of Matthew 5).

One person might say that sexual sin is fornication, another might say adultery. Somebody else might say that looking at pornography was sexual sin. I wouldn’t argue with any of these things. I would, however, say that Jesus seems to go the extra mile in explaining to us what sexual sin really is… a heart issue.

Look again at the verses above. Look at what it means to even look lustfully upon a woman. Some people have the misconception that they can do everything but have sexual intercourse before marriage, and that as long as they keep pure in that one area they are fine.

Another misconception is that there is only one way to have real sex, and that everything else is free game. These viewpoints are silly legalistic excuses that we make in order to feel better about doing something wrong.

Don’t look at this issue as a list of ‘do’s and don’ts’. This is a condition of the heart that is rooted in a choice of obedience or betrayal of our greatest commandment of the law:

Matthew 22:36-40 (KJV)

Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Ask yourself:

  • When I look at those images on the computer screen, am I showing that I care about the people who are trapped in this industry? Am I loving the huge number of young people who stumble upon this stuff, and struggle for years, maybe never finding a way out.
  • When I fool around with my girlfriend or boyfriend, am I respecting their parents and families? Do I show the same care for their future spouse (if it ends up not being me), that I would want in return?
  • When I tell my coworker to check out this hot girl, would this make my wife feel loved and adored. What about my coworkers wife? What about the woman? What about that woman’s husband? Would he like this?
  • When I let my sinful nature form a wedge (small or large) between me and my mighty loving Creator, am I showing that I love Him? 

Is Sexual Immorality Really That Bad? Isn’t It Just Natural?

1 Corinthians 6:13-20 (ESV)

“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”–and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!

Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.”

But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

The issue of lust for a Christian goes far beyond the surface. Sexual addictions are known to cause marriages to fall apart. Pornography is an industry that makes money from your choice to use the poor people involved. If you view sexual sin as a heart issue, then isn’t pornography a form of prostitution? Even farther down the line, sexual addiction can feed into violence. Here is an eye opening interview between James Dobson, and former convicted criminal Ted Bundy. I must warn you that many of the topics discussed are disturbing, heavy, scary,  and graphic. This video is intended for mature audiences, that feel comfortable watching this. If you still decide to watch it, click here.

When you look at porn, you not only corrupt yourself, but support an industry that corrupts many more. Sexual addictions can lead to the spread of diseases. In many ways pornography is even a form of (and supports) sex trafficking. Take a few minutes and read this article about The Connections Between Pornography and Sex Trafficking.

All of the things listed above should be red flags for you, however, for a God follower there is an even heavier issue at hand. When you click that link, stare at that magazine cover, or take an inappropriate look at the girl who just walked past you; you are putting a love for lust in front of your love for others and God?

How Can We Overcome Lust Biblically?

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 (ESV)

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.

For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;

that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,

not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;

that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.

For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.

Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

Overcoming Lust is important, but how do we do it? The answer to this may vary between people. In my opinion, and from experience, here are a few practical things to consider:

Protect Your Eyes

Matthew 5:28 (ESV)

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

I believe that the issue of lust can often (if not usually) be traced pretty quickly back to the eyes. If you have been struggling with lust, ask yourself, “where have my eyes been?”

What TV shows have you been watching lately? What kinds of commercials were on? What music videos have you watched lately? What kinds of scenes are in your favorite movies? Do you look at the magazine covers while you’re waiting in line at the store? Do you look twice when you see an attractive person?

When we ‘feed these things to our eyes’ in a sense, we are storing images in our minds. If we eat a bunch of junk-food, our physical health will be affected. If we feed our eyes a bunch of junk TV shows, it will effect our mental well being.

Take the initiative to train your eyes to:

  • look the other way
  • change the channel
  • stay off of the pretty person who’s standing by you
  • not watch that controversial music/youtube video everyone else is laughing about

Train Your Thoughts

Romans 8:5-8 (ESV)

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.

Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Persistently work on changing your thoughts. Don’t view that website as “Just a little mistake that won’t hurt anyone but you”. View that website as an enemy who is trying to rob you, your family, your friends, the human beings who are selling their bodies, the human beings who produce the garbage, and everyone who is hurt by any form of sex trafficking.

Where are you placing your stat points? Where are you spending your time? Spending time in front of Tomb Raider for 4 hours, and refusing to open up your Bible isn’t a good way to kick that nasty habit. You have to take some initiative to make wise choices.

This is no small enemy. This one’s a big fire-breathing boss. We need to view it as so. Make sure you take every precaution you can to keep yourself, and others safe from it.

Flee

Genesis 39:1-12 (ESV)

Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there.

The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master.

His master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD caused all that he did to succeed in his hands.

So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had.

From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had, in house and field.

So he left all that he had in Joseph’s charge, and because of him he had no concern about anything but the food he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.

And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.”

But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge.

He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”

And as she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie beside her or to be with her.

But one day, when he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there in the house,

she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house.

When Potiphar’s wife went after Joseph, it put Joseph in a situation that I would think was very tempting. The way that Joseph reacts to this situation is awesome. He flees (and it wasn’t because he heard a T-Rexaur)! Joseph flees and gets out of the house, just like we need to flee from dangerous situations.

If you know you are tempted by someone, don’t schedule a movie night alone with them. If you have stumbled because of internet pornography 100 times in the past when you are home alone, don’t hang out at home alone (maybe go for a run or start a Bible study).

A surprising amount of difficult battles with lust can be avoided when we are proactive in avoiding dangerous situations. If you fall in the same way over and over again, chances are that deep down you know there is something you could do to avoid it.

Level-up your self-control!

Protecting Our Families

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According to an article at covenanteyes.com:

  • 9/10 boys said they were exposed to pornography before the age of 18 in a 2010 national survey
  • More than half of boys, and a third of girls say they saw their first pornographic image before the age of 13 according to a 2010 national survey
  • 56% of divorce cases involve one party having issues with pornographic websites according to reports from The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

For more statistics, head over to this Covenant Eyes article.

If you want to protect your families from the crippling side effects of lust, you have to purge it from your household. Make sure your own eyes are clean, work with your spouse, and protect your children.

Protecting Relationships

Staring lustfully at other people (whether it’s through pornography, or just at the grocery store), depreciates the value of your significant other. If you aren’t married, but are in a relationship, this applies to you. If you aren’t marred, and aren’t in a relationship, this still applies to you. When you stare at someone with lustful eyes:

  • You devalue the person you are staring at
  • You devalue anyone you’re in a relationship with
  • You devalue anyone the person you are staring at is in a relationship with
  • You devalue all of the above parties families
  • You devalue yourself
  • You devalue GOD

Plenty of people don’t look at pornography, but are more than happy to say to their buddy, “Hey check her out!” Plenty of people don’t sleep with anyone other than their spouse, but are more than happy to peek out the car window at the good looking person walking down the street (even while their spouse is in the car). If you want to protect the relationships around you, start with your own heart. The way that Joseph behaved with Potiphar’s wife is a perfect example. She pursued him over and over again, but Joseph chose to respect Potiphar, and even more importantly he chose to respect God.

Feel free to get super mad at lust and addiction. Not at any person, but at the evil itself. Sometimes we have to wage war against this kind of thing, (like Caleb from Fireproof, who becomes infuriated with his addiction, and smashes his computer with a baseball bat… although I would recommend trying a site-blocker first). Take initiative. Fight back. Flee. Be cautious! Pray! Open your Bible! This addiction can be overcome!

Protecting Your Children

A good indicator that your child may be hiding something from you is how they react to you being in their room. If they hate it when you clean the bedroom, chances are they don’t want you to see something. Keep this in mind, but by all means respect your children’s privacy.

Chances are that even if your child has an issue with these things, they don’t want to have that issue. I would be willing to bet that it’s not until children get older and have had prolonged exposure that they are more likely to develop excuses like “This is okay, it’s just natural!” or “Masturbation is good for me, and healthy!”

Your kids need to feel comfortable talking to you. This addiction is seriously shameful. I have kind and understanding parents, but I still remember thinking that my parents were going to kill me and hate me forever if they ever found out about some of the things I had seen. Why did I feel that way? Because I felt ashamed and guilty.

How do you protect your children? Locks on the computer are great, but they aren’t enough. You have to be deliberately careful about what is in your house. Carelessly leaving a Victoria’s Secret flyer (or even something more common like JC Penney) on the counter along with the rest of your mail can cause a child to stumble. If they know it is in the trash, they can sneak it out when you’re not there. Think your kid would never do that? To be honest, time and time again I have had people confess to their current/past struggles in this area. They can be the sweetest people, that’s not the point, this is a snare that has little bias for who it tries to catch. If you have provocative material in your household, shred that piece of junk into smithereens. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

There’s a dinosaur in the room, don’t ignore it! Talk to your kids about this stuff ahead of time! Something about this topic is very uncomfortable. It’s very easy and very dangerous to just ignore it, and let your kids figure it out for themselves. If you tell your kids the truth about what drugs are, why people do them, and why they are dangerous; they will probably be less likely to use drugs later down the line. Wouldn’t the same honesty be helpful for sex? The goal is to have your children feel comfortable talking to you about this stuff. Make it clear what is right and wrong, but don’t scare them off. This is a tender subject. Don’t let pornography be your kid’s way of getting sex education!

What About Masturbation?

Many people have the opinion that masturbation is in no way a sin, and that it is actually a blessing to be used to help us abstain from sexual immorality. Believers in this tend to argue that the account of Onan in Genesis 38 (a very commonly used argument against masturbation) is not a suggestion that masturbation is wrong when read in context. I would not argue against people who believe that, so Onan will be left out of this section from this point forward.

Another common argument is that it is possible to masturbate without looking at or thinking about anything that causes you to lust. Many argue that if masturbation can be done without lusting, and since lust is the real issue, then there is nothing wrong with masturbation.

Lastly, many people take the next step by saying that masturbation can diminish sexual cravings, thus preventing you from lusting. People with this viewpoint are not only impartial to masturbation, but enthusiastic about it. They believe that masturbation is to be commonly used without shame.

From my own personal studying, I can’t recall anywhere that specifically mentions masturbation in the Bible. There are, however, many passages that mention sexual immorality. The question that must be asked is, does masturbation fall under the category of sexual immorality?

I don’t think that many Christians would argue with the statement  that lust is a form of sexual immorality. I also don’t think that many Christians would challenge the statement that masturbating to physical or mental images is a form of lust. So by these standards, most forms of masturbation are probably already disqualified from the argument.

In addressing masturbation without imagery, I encourage you to ask yourself a few questions:

  • Is my masturbation an addiction?
  • Am I a slave to masturbation?
  • Where does the sexual energy that gives me the desire to do this come from?
  • Did I lust a few hours ago, and now am seeking to masturbate because in the back of my mind I’m stuck on those things?
  • Does it help me to love my significant other more? (or) Does it help me to find my significant other (if you plan on getting married)?
  • Do I feel guilt when I do this?
  • Do I feel joy or do I feel depression when I do this?
  • Does doing this help me to love God more?
  • If Jesus was going to return tomorrow, would I spend today masturbating? Why or why not?
  • Is this a heart issue?
  • Is this really worth the risk?

As you may have guessed, I don’t believe that masturbation is a good thing. I believe that it can significantly limit you in your walk with God. Beyond that I believe that the argument that “It can help you not to lust” is an excuse. Maybe it can temporarily slow down your sex drive, but what about in an hour? The more you masturbate, the more your body will expect to masturbate. If your body expects to do that 3 times a day, do you honestly think you’ll be lusting less?

I think that if your body expects to masturbate whenever you feel that desire, it will get used to doing just that. Don’t be fooled into thinking that accidentally glancing at the pictures on that magazine cover, getting aroused over time, and then “masturbating without looking at anything” is a good thing. From my point of view, you are essentially still masturbating to the picture on the magazine cover. Maybe not as deliberately, but it’s likely that it still fueled your behavior in some way.

To behave in this way can easily become nothing but an excuse to feel less guilty about your addiction. That is why you have to train your mind to think on different things. As soon as you feel the urge to do these things, flee to God. Stamp out the spark before it starts a fire.

Some people will likely still argue that sometimes they never saw any sexual imagery of any kind, never lusted over anyone, and simply want to masturbate because it is a natural biological desire to have. I would argue that those circumstances seem pretty unlikely, but I wouldn’t argue that it isn’t a natural desire. However, we should control over natural desires of the flesh too. In fact, we should be careful not to live in the flesh.

Romans 8:1-18 (ESV)

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,

in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.

Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.

For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Read all of Romans 8 (ESV) here!

I could eat a carton of ice cream a day, and trust me, my body tells me that would be awesome. I know, however, that it is bad for me to do that. Ice cream wasn’t intended to be used in that way. Ice cream is intended to be a good thing when it is put in it’s place, as a dessert to be occasionally enjoyed. Sex is meant to be enjoyed in it’s place, inside a healthy covenant bound marriage relationship.

With all of that being said, I encourage you to always measure what I say, meaning that my words are of no value compared to God’s. Don’t listen to any of my words just because I write them. Pray, read your Bible, seek fellowship with other trusted believers, and listen to what God says.

What About Girls Who Struggle?

Being a female who struggles with these things can be excruciatingly difficult. I have met a number of females who have struggled with sexual addiction in some way shape or form, and from what I can tell it can be extremely shaming. Not only do they struggle with these things, but they feel that they are particularly unnatural. It can feel as if something is especially wrong with them for feeling this way because it is so much less common among females.

Allow me to set all research, statistics, and technical stuff aside for a bit. From my personal experiences and the many women I’ve met, it doesn’t seem to be very uncommon at all for females to struggle, or have struggled, with this in some way. Many males often have pornography addictions. Females I have met, on the other hand, often confess to things like:

  • Practicing sexual acts with other young girls, in secret, as children
  • Feeling a need for physical attention from men, because their father never paid attention to them, or wasn’t around.
  • A need to sleep with guys they care about, so that they don’t leave them.
  • A desire to be physically attractive, eye catching, and sexually appealing.
  • Addiction to erotic novels.
  • Attraction to both genders, due to heartbreak, or something difficult in their childhood.

One of the saddest thing about this is how emotionally rooted these issues can be. These problems are deep seeded train-wrecks that sit in the heart. Girls can feel ashamed, abused, used, worthless, dirty, shallow, and lonely because of this junk. Often times girls refuse to talk about these issues because they are so filled with shame, and they feel they can’t trust anyone.

If you are a woman who struggles with any form of sexual addiction, I encourage you not only to fight the addiction, but to get to the root of the issue. Understand that you can have God’s love. Keep yourself out of questionable situations, and stay strong in God.

Find grace through Jesus Christ, and make a change. Understand that you are beautiful, and don’t need approval from a bunch of shallow people. Surround yourself with God who is full of love, instead of people who would choose to use you. Dismantle the lies that have been planted in your heart at a young age, and replant in it the truth, that the Creator made you.

For more about this difficult subject, watch the video under the It Can Be Done, and It’s Worth It section at the bottom of this article…

The Emergency Kit

First Aid Kit and Key

There is plenty of advice above about how to take out your addictions. Follow that advice, and let God have more of your life. These things can make a long term change!

Sometimes in the heat of battle, things can be pretty difficult though. Our mind might not be thinking straight, so this is a simple choice you can make right now. The next time you are facing sexual temptation of any form, use this emergency kit! Instead of giving in, force yourself to sit down and go through these steps!

  1. Take a deep breath, and think about Christ’s love.
  2. Consider opening up Calm.com in a background window.
  3. Open up your Bible and read Psalm 25, or something else out of the Bible. I recommend that chapter.
  4. Watch this playlist that was made just for you!
  5. Go on a walk, and talk to God.

If problems continue to persist consider installing a site blocker, or accountability program, here are a couple tools. You may consider finding some Christian counseling. Don’t feel bad about doing this, it’s a step you are taking to make yourself better. If you have any questions, you are welcome to message me, or talk to another trusted Christian friend.

It Can Be Done, and It’s Worth It

There has been a lot of information in this article. Maybe some of it is relevant to you, maybe some of it isn’t. No matter where you are at, if you struggle with addiction of any kind I encourage you to use that as an incentive to give your whole life to God.

No matter where you’re at, understand that you can escape sexual temptation with God’s help, and It is so worth it. Keep fighting this enemy, and encourage others to do the same thing.

1 Corinthians 10:8-14 (ESV)

 We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.

We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents,

nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer.

Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.

Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

Keep fighting the good fight. Don’t be discouraged from talking about this important subject. Pray, and take action in protecting you and your families. Feel free to message me at any time, I’d be happy to listen.

Love you guys.

Praying for you,

-Caleb

How to overcome lust Biblically

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6 Comments

  • Joe Wood says:

    Outstanding. Speak in love, act in power, spread the good news, “… to set the captive free”

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  • Trey Ellison says:

    My name is Trey and I’m 16 years old. I’ve been struggling with porn for about 2 years and I hate to say it. I want to be right with God and I fear that if I don’t stop this I never will. I say I am a Christian but don’t act like it or feel like one. I hardly ever read the bible and I hate not doing it. I want to stop this and get right with God. I want to spread his word and be a better person. Thank you for writing this article and letting me know it’s time to stop. I couldn’t thank you more.

    • Caleb Nisley says:

      Thanks for taking the time to comment this to me, Trey! I will be praying for you. It isn’t easy, but it also isn’t impossible. I know you can do it with God’s help! Have you checked out our YouTube channel? We have a lot of videos on this subject. Feel free to message me ANYTIME! You’ve got this, bro!

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