Our Big Problem Needs a Bigger Solution ~ blog
Is porn addiction a Big Problem? Well, let’s consider how big a problem it is. If you need to do some research to believe me…though I doubt you will need to do that, here is just one statistic from the webpage Enough Is Enough https://enough.org/stats_porn_industry.
“Visits to the (largest porn site in the world) totaled 33.5 billion over the course of 2018, an increase of 5 billion visits over 2017. That equates to a daily average of 92 million visitors and at the time of this writing, Pornhub’s daily visits now exceed 100 million”
Also, either you already know or are learning it is a big problem in your own life as well. If it is still a secret to others you can live in the fear of knowing your life is going to blow up sometime the future. Mine did and I lost my job, destroyed my career, deeply damaged my marriage (only by the grace of God did she not divorce me), and wounded my 4 adult children.
Porn continues to grow with 4.5 million porn sites in the world and is not moving in a good direction. Because of the need for new and more exciting things the latest growth in porn sites is in child porn, violent porn against women, and other stuff I will not mention.
You are probably reading this or listening to the podcast because you have realized that this is a battle you cannot win but cannot afford to lose. If you are married it is destroying your relationship with your spouse. It is damaging your faith in God and pounding you down with shame and self-loathing. You have or are now probably doubting your salvation and satan has you living in a depression with high levels of anxiety.
Is there a solution? Of course, there is. There are a number of things we need to learn and put into practice on a daily basis that can help us get out of this addictive trap in which we find ourselves. I cover all of these in my 180 Recovery Program videos and workbook. However, I want to begin by focusing on the Big Solution we have been given by the Grace of God.
I know, you are probably thinking that the standard Sunday School answer of “Pray and Read Your Bible” is going to be the answer…once again. Yes, praying and reading the Bible is the normal daily spiritual food required if we are to be living the normal Christian Life. But there is something bigger than that. Something more central and more crucial for any Christian to use to battle against any kind of sin at all…not just against sexual sin.
This solution is something only God could have planned and executed. It is so amazing and so far beyond anything that anyone could ever imagine could happen. And yet, when you trusted in Christ as your Savior, it did happen. It happened instantly and it happened completely.
So…what is it? You know what it is but not many of us know what it means or how to use it. Because it seems so ridiculous it blows our minds that it is really true.
This truth of God’s solution to our biggest problem was first introduced by Jesus while he was eating the final Passover with His disciples. He told them He was going away. They would no longer be able to be with Him in His physical presence.
He said where He was going, they could not follow. Then, He said it was BETTER for them that He goes away because then He would ask the Father to do something for them since He would no longer be there. He would send to them the Holy Spirit who would not only be with them…but He would dwell inside of them and that He would dwell inside of them forever. (John 14:16-17)
As we saw yesterday Paul tells us more in Ephesians 1:13-14. That passage tells us that the moment we believed in Christ; God sealed us with the Spirit.
“…you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”
The solution to our BIG PROBLEM is infinitely bigger than the problem. The Spirit of God Himself, equal to the Father and the Son in being God, now resides inside of your body.
God lives inside of you.
Your body is now the Temple of the Spirit. And if that is true…and it most certainly is true…does He not have the power to change you and make you into a more Christ-like man? Into a man who no longer looks to porn and masturbation as a temporary pleasure which only brings more pain and suffering. He can transform us into more godly men and that is what we are going to turn out attention to next.
What do we need to be doing so that the Holy Spirit is filling us, guiding us, and enabling us to walk in the Spirit so that we no longer fulfill the desires of our flesh? How can we have the Holy Spirit extinguish the powerful fires of our lusts and to help us learn how to see each person as someone created in the image of God and that we have no right to treat them as someone or something for us to consume with our passions.
Come Holy Spirit … more tomorrow.