September 16th

Thought Training 

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.  Philippians 4:8 NIV 

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 KJV 

Porn’s impact on our “thought life” can be profound. The thoughts of a typical porn addict are seasoned with the images and fantasies they’ve feasted their eyes on.  Jesus explained that the eye is the lamp of the body in Luke 11:34.  We can fill ourselves with light or darkness simply by what we look at. Since porn offers a smorgasbord of sexual perversion, our thoughts will reflect that perversion if we’re regularly looking at porn.  

If we’ve decided to seek God’s help in breaking an addiction to porn, we can start by making a habit of daily Bible study. The Quiet Time may be the best place to implement this.  God’s word is a purifying agent.  It helps break down the lies of sin and reprogram our thoughts according to the truth.  We can supplement this regular diet with teaching tapes and Sunday sermons as well.  

Next, we’ll need to train our minds into Godly thought patterns. This could be the biggest challenge we will face on the road to freedom. It requires discipline and tenacity. Thankfully this is an area where the Holy Spirit will help us. One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).  As we heed the promptings and convictions of the Spirit, our ability to control our thoughts and actions will increase. 

There are several actions we can take when we realize we’re being tempted.  Here are some examples:

As we practice such responses when we’re tempted, our skill in overcoming the temptations will improve.  As we continue to fill our minds with the word through our quiet times, the porn residue from the past will erode.  No matter how much crud we may have allowed into our minds, with God’s help we have hope for complete recovery.  With God nothing is impossible! 

Questions for further thought: 

Prayer:

“Dear Father in Heaven, Thank you for the renewing work of the Holy Spirit in my mind.  I repent from any sinful fantasies that I’ve entertained in my thoughts.  I submit myself to you and ask for your help in bringing my eyes and thoughts into obedience to you.  Thank you that you are with me and will never leave me nor forsake me. I praise you in Jesus’ name, Amen.”