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8 Practical Steps in Overcoming Porn Addiction

Eight practical steps to overcome internet porn addiction

Why can’t I stop watching porn? Around 33% of males between 16-34 years old browse porn daily. Teenagers are most vulnerable, and Christians are not exempt. Our sinful desire draws us towards sin. But there is hope. You can overcome porn with practical steps.

1. Admit you have a problem

Until we acknowledge that there is a “sin problem,” we will not know the cure. Acceptance does not mean defeat but a step in overcoming addiction. (Psalm 32:5)

Whether it’s straight or gay porn, the root of the problem is the same, which is a sinful and immoral pleasure.

Rachel did not become straight.

Remember: Admitting you need help is a step ahead.

2. Change of mind

Repentance comes from the word “metanoia,” which means “a change of mind, heart, and attitude towards sin.”

It’s a daily mindset because temptation is constant (James 1:14). A habit that proves you have turned to God. (Matthew 3:8)

Remember: Hate sin.

Is repentance a requirement for salvation?

3. Quiet time

God’s word helps us overcome (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We do not live by bread alone (Joshua 1:8, Matthew 4:4). The Bible penetrates hearts to reveal sin and redemption. (Hebrews 4:12)

Set a specified time each day for reading the Bible, prayer, and fasting.

Remember: Hunger for God’s words starves sin.

How to pray like Jesus.

4. Regular exercise

One of the science-based ways to overcome pornography is regular daily exercise. A meta-analysis of 22 studies found that physical exercise boosts abstinence rates from Substance Use Disorder (SUD), which has the same symptoms as porn addiction. [NCBI]

Regular and rigorous physical activity has been shown to stimulate dopamine production in the brain, thereby reducing the desire to seek out pleasure-inducing hormones triggered by pornography.

Remember: Your body is God’s temple.

The science behind porn.

5. Accountability

Bearing the burden of sin alone may sink you deeper into it. Look for church accountability. Being to someone about your sexual struggles enables others to encourage and pray for you (1 Thessalonians 5:11; Proverbs 27:17). Praying as a group is powerful.

Remember: Ask others to pray for you.

Examples of Accountability Questions from the Bible.

6. Consider spiritual warfare

We must walk in the Spirit and yield to His control (Galatians 5:16-25). Runaway from sin instead of chasing it.

If something entices you, close your eyes and ask the Holy Spirit to replace your desire. If your sexual struggle is consuming you, spiritual warfare is needed; rebuke foul spirits.

Remember: There is power in the name of Jesus!

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7. Remove triggers

Joseph, son of Jacob, became a powerful man in Egypt. He was tempted by the Queen to have sex with him. He knew he couldn’t resist her, and the only way for him to not sin was by physically running away.

If you’re addicted to internet porn, remove from your room computers, tablets, and smartphones that give you opportunities to sin.

Avoid friends who are worldly and stick with those who are godly. (2 Timothy 2:22-24; Proverbs 13:20; 1 Corinthians 15:33)

Dedicate your room

King Hezekiah wanted to do what was right in the eyes of the Lord. He ordered the temple to be consecrated, and everything detestable was removed (2 Chronicles 29:5).

Porn, smut, and sinful objects belong to the garbage. Dedicate your dwelling by putting scriptures in it and playing Christian music.

Remember: Run from temptation.

→ How Jackie’s same-sex attraction testimony.

8. Focus on Jesus, not on the sin

If overcoming sin consumes you, you may depend on yourself rather than on God. Instead, focus on Jesus, not on sin or failures.

Your sins were nailed to the cross, and God will remember your sins no more.

Ask Jesus to give you a pure heart (Philippians 4:13; 2 Timothy 1:7). Remember, two steps forward and one step backward is still progress.

Remember: Look to the cross of Christ!

7-Examples of Jesus we should imitate.

Been there than that?

If you think you’ve done all these in the past yet remain defeated, go back to repentance. Only the cross of Christ can we truly overcome. “Resist temptation, and the devil will flee” (James 4).

“Be careful, little eyes. What you see is the second glance that ties your hands. It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away and thoughts invade. Choices are made, and a price will be paid when you give yourself away.”

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