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Dealing with an Internet Porn addiction (or any addiction)

December 13, 2009

I received a very moving message from a young Christian who shared with me their addiction to internet pornography.  They stated,

I am scared and worried about my future. I believe i will have this fight til i die. I dont want it to ruin my relationships, my career, my marriage, my job and my future. I can’t stop it. It’s extremely hard.

I thought I would share my response as I am aware there are many who struggle with an addiction and my advice might help others.

1) Matthew 5:30 reads, ‘And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.’

What are the conditions or environment when you engage in the internet porn? Late at night? While you are drinking? You need to remove the conditions and avoid the environment completely. So if you usually engage in the practice after say 8pm in your bedroom, then either move your computer into a public area (so where others are) or just don’t turn the computer on after 8pm. So you avoid the conditions and environment completely.

2) Psalm 1:1-3 reads: ‘Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.’

You need to go deep into the Lord, immersing yourself in His Word, praying often. You need to come into the presence of God. And the more this happens, the harder it will be to engage in internet porn. Imagine, you are sitting at your computer, your mind starting to fill with lust and desire, and suddently the Bible passage you were meditating on an hour before comes to mind, and you remember that God is with you right now. So not so much what would Jesus do, but ‘Where is God Now?’ (WIGN) Where is God now? God is with you, present with you as you sit at the computer.

And come before God often and receive the forgiveness of your sins that God offers!  You can be washed clean!!

But please don’t try and battle it alone: share your struggle with your pastor or someone mature who you trust.  You need God and those around you to get through an addiction.

I am passionate about supporting you in this, to encourage you deeper into God’s Word, more prayer and facing your sin!  To receive my encouragement, subscribe to this blog where you will receive most days a short reflection for free..  To subscribe: CLICK HERE.

Lord I pray in earnest for those who are struggling with an addiction today.  Be with them, guide them, give them a clear, strong sense of your presence Lord.  Amen.

God bless,

Mark

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154 Comments
  1. robert edington permalink

    Dear Rev Brown, thanks so much for posting this little bible lesson on addiction. I was actually on my way to look at a site, when before i left facebook, your post showed up. It is simply amazing how God uses little things to get us to concentrate on Him and avoid temptation. Thanks again for these posts.

    • chris permalink

      exactly robert, i was looking for something like this, some advice, all though its laughable it is a becoming a problem for me;thank you rev brown, and yes god does work in mysterious ways

    • Sam permalink

      It’s amazing how God can use anything to help us. Struggling with addiction is impossible to deal with alone, though it can often be humiliating and terrifying to share your problem with another person, but it’s key. I’ve been putting off telling my close friends of my struggle with addiction, but just in the last couple days I’ve been unable to avoid it. It’s hard but it’s necessary. I can’t call the fact that between this and many, many other places I’ve been told the exact same things, coincidence.

    • Tracy permalink

      All addictions are strongholds and bondage. We were all set free at the cross. We are no longer slave to the old law OR sin and we DO have a choice in the matter.

      I struggle daily with certain sins and imperfections. The greatest help I have discovered is that I MUST walk WITH the Lord, and in His ways. This must be practiced as A WAY OF LIFE for when I forget so easily, I stumble everytime. When I truly “walk in the spirit” and stay as close to God as possible, if it occurs to me to sin the Holy Spirit is there to remind me He abides with me and is all around me. I can choose to ignore His voice and sin, therefore grieving Him and my OWN spirit, or I can obey it and remain peaceful, joyful and blessed knowing I have overcome BY and THROUGH His power.

      I personally find it very difficult to actually follow through with sinful behavior with God’s love in the front of my mind and the center of my heart. But it truly IS a cross to be picked up DAILY as Christ said. It IS a transformation ONLY when we abide and walk in HIM as a WAY OF LIFE. It is the ONLY way to overcome.

  2. i liked this devotion very much! cuz i know we all r struggling with some form of adiction in our lives..i know i am, i these verses were just what i need to make it through the day..i continually pray that the lord will bless n keep u REV Mark,cuz ur daily devotion helps me understand the daily struggles in life..i pray that he also bless ur audience as ur ministry grows!!amen &amen!!!

    • Beth Moore has a fantastic study called, When Godly people do Ungodly things. I think it is a must read for ALL Christians. I wish that every believer realized that we are ALL going to be tempted and most of us will fall at some point to being seduced by a temptation. We need to stand together in the Faith and help one another!! Stop judging and start helping.

      • Rodney Redvine permalink

        Amen,Amen

      • MARILYNN permalink

        Praises to the Lord God Jahovah,
        Melinda you hit the nail right on the head instead of praying for one another and giving each other help we talk, redicule and gossip about each other and then point a finger at a non christian like they are so bad and we are right when the truth of the matter is we are no better, for all have sinned and fallen short of his glory, oh if we would just stop now and identify the same jesus who saved and continually petition the father for us can and will for all. I too have struggled with things that I put under the blood alnd drag back out, we just need to remember and teach once they are in the Sea leave them there. Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there. once we go and dig them up they will overtake us again and then it starts all over only intensified. Thanks be to God for those of us who truly realize We are in this thing TOGETHER. Soldiers of THE CROSS.
        Peace & Love,
        Marilynn Ya Sister in DA Battle

      • Jamie permalink

        AMEN!!!! you said a mouthfull there brother!!!! wow… the TRUE body of CHRIST, has that “built in forgivness” inside of them because JESUS resides there and he is forgivness, mercy, and compassion. Oh you might get mad,sure we have our carnal nature to deal with but in the end God always wins and you will forgive because Jesus is in you heart. My pastor has great books out Rev. B.R. Hicks at christgospel.org ! Awesome vessel of God!

        Love and Prayers,
        Jamie

    • Hey Rev ! i like the way u speak the truth in love !
      i am addicted to cigarettes as im in the ministry and cant stop . please pray for me.
      Danny

      • Anicia permalink

        Danny,

        You CAN stop. It’s a daily choice. Not an easy one either. I was a smoker for 23 years. I chose to stop on June 26th of this year. I continue to choose daily, sometimes even hourly. May the Lord almighty give you strength.

      • CATHY permalink

        I’ll pray 4 u
        GOD BLESS
        Cat

      • Glad to pray! May God remind you of His presence during each hour by hour battle.+

      • Maryann permalink

        Danny…….I was addicted to Cigs to..started smoking at 14 parents would buy them for me..lol smoked until age 40…three packs a day……My Mom died of lung cancer so I really wanted to quit…….I tried a group type thing but found five days i i got really sad…….The lady told me It was because the Cigs were my best friend………So when Welbutrim came out i gave it a try and It worked….You have to want to quit……..once u do u will………….But if u are like me you might need extra help….Good luck……………..Maryann now I am addicted to the net….lol oh well

      • Sandra permalink

        I was a two pack a day cigarette smoker, I had developed chronic bronchitis and other breathing problems. I missed days and sometimes weeks of work. After many visits to doctors and spending money on the gum, the zybans and the patches, nothing worked. I felt like I was at the end of my rope. One day on my sick bed, I brokenly cried out to the Lord, and I just told him that I had this nicotine addition, and that I couldn’t break it by myself; I surrendered my will, my spirit, and my life to the Lord. I asked him to take away this addiction because I didn’t have the strength or will power to do it. I remember rising from my sick bed, grabbing the brand new pack of cigarettes and breaking each and every one of them. I felt something actually breaking off of me. From that day eleven years ago, I was and still am instantly set free. To God be the Glory. So I encourage all who are addicted to something, turn it over to Jesus, he will and he can deliver you out of everything. I freely wanted to be set free from the addiction. Thank you Lord for answering my prayers!Amen!

  3. Dr. Danette Billups permalink

    Grace and Peace Reverend Mark. The words you share are very similar to the ones I share with people struggling with homosexuality issues. May God continue to bless you and keep you as you work in his service.

  4. just not men as well woman get caught up in this mess .

  5. Donna permalink

    Purelifeministries.org is a wonderful resource for sexual addiction. It also has live-in and at home programs for men and women. It has a program for the spouses of the sexually addicted. Please look at it. It is an awesome tool in this fight.

  6. Michelle Meyer permalink

    In my studies, I have found that these addictions can be related all the way back to childhood for reasons such as starvation of love or physical abuse. I think pornography addictions can be the worst of all addictions because physical intimacy is one of the primary needs God instilled within us. When these needs get taintedly warped in attempt to fulfill other primary needs that were unmet, then porn addiction or related ones become a powerful and near uncontrollable driving force to secret sin. Sexual sin is against the body physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. It is a taunting that takes much work to control and a constant willingness to place self and will, under submission to Christ. Whatever the cause of this type of addiciton, it comes down to needing to emerse oneself into scriptures, repentance for every wrong thought and praise to God!
    Thank you Rev. Mark for sharing this vital message with us.
    God bless you!
    -Michelle Meyer

    • Jamie permalink

      what about homosexuality??? i know it’s wrong but how does one overcome this??? i have a friend who reeeally wants to serve GOD but she is gay. She said she has repented, prayed, fasted everything she knows how to do and to wake up the same. what do I tell her??
      Jamie

      • For obvious reasons, homosexuality is, really, a far less serious sin than some of us make of it.

        The sin we are warned not “to die in” is not homosexuality but the one of which we are all guilty, viz.: the sin of not knowing, firsthand and personally, who Jesus Christ is, i.e., “I Am Who I Am” or self-sufficient life revealed, once and for all, in his perfect and transfigurative death on the cross complete with “God’s powerful weapons” against all our sins (John 8: 21-28; 14: 15-21; 19; 30-37; Rom. 1: 18-32).

        Here is the good news! If we believe the words of Jesus, God will show more mercy to homosexuals than others on condition that the former take advantage of God’s unadulterated salvation as presented on the cross (Matt. 11: 23-24).

      • Allen (AGF) permalink

        Good one Ephrem! I agree. But here’s even better news.

        We, they, homosexuals or whatever, whoever – don’t have to wait or risk rejection. As you know, humans know Rejection, and the enemy uses that fact against us. All of us.

        BUT GOD! But God has (past tense) forgiven ALL sin. Understanding that has taken me 60 years and lots of study, prayer and walking with Him. It really takes a major paradigm shift and letting go of a religious – Phariseeism.

        We find people on a ledge and tell them to ask, trust and leap. The Truth is “It is finished”, sin has been removed, the Way is complete, He’s not mad, there is no longer any barrier. NONE!!

        Only the one in our mind and as such, we hide like Adam, loving the darkness. But, even so, we are separated – until the New Birth, when the breathe of God, eternal Life, returns to our spirit.

        Jesus said, “You must be born again.” That doesn’t happen because we file a petition or ask His forgiveness. He moves to us, He HAS forgiven!
        As carnal minded men we would do it the way we are used to seeing it done. That is, paying the debt they owe but only doling it out IF certain condition were met. God is not interested in payback. He is Love and a perfect Lover. Women get this quicker than we do.

        Entrance into Kingdom life happens the moment we are moved by Love, through His grace, and call on Him. Only believe. And confess Him as Lord. Then it’s about intimacy with Him, not “going to heaven”. Come on! He wants His sons and daughters back! What do you think this is all about? He has a work to do here, and after the honeymoon of learning who He is, and who you are in Him, He’s got assignments that
        will… gently, turn the world upside-down, again.

        So tell people God’s in a good mood. He loves you just the way you are – because He understands. He’s been there all along the way (It’s surprising just how many people feel that), just waiting for you to call. Now’s the time. God does not require anything from you. He only wants to love on you.

        If they will accept that, and they will if you believe it, then you can have the privilege of watching Love transform a life, broken by the world, into a shining example of His love and redemption.

        Sadly, many souls go to hell every day with their sins completely forgiven – because no one told them. What do you think all the tears and gnashing of teeth is about?

        If you still believe in a God of [human-like] Judgement, reexamine Jesus, the expressed image of God. Heb 1:3, 2 Cor 4:4

        Paradigm shift: A fundamental and complete change in perspective and position, as opposed to a modification of belief or understanding.

      • I think your friend has the first and most important thing which is the desire to serve God. In 1 Cor. 15:31 Paul says, ” I die daily”. She doesn’t have to be concerned about the long haul just live life for him one day at a time.

      • WifeOf permalink

        Sin is sin… all are equal, so homosexuality is just as bad as any other and any other are just as bad.
        You commented your friend repented. Did she stop going the way of sin and turn (make a 180) & follow Jesus? This is true repentance, not just saying you’re sorry & keep on with the sinful behavior. I am not making light of her struggle, any sin we struggle in is a stronghold and needs to be broken to have the walking relationship with God.
        I will pray now for your friend and know you are a good friend for praying for her. Don’t give up. I waited 13 years for someone I love to come to Christ & change their sinful ways.

      • Suzanne permalink

        Great words Alan, I completely agree with all you said, it does take a great deal of prayer and meditation to come to that conclusion! It’s hard for us to understand this concept of complete forgiveness but when we do the possibilities are endless!

  7. Dear Rev,

    Thanks alot for sharing this. Well im not addicted to the above, however this desires do come upon me. I have been able to overcome them alot of times, but sometimes it really gets difficult and it goes out of mind. But, what you say above gives me strength to overcome the sin & praise the Lord.

    Your’s Sincerely in Christ,
    Jim.

  8. Dutch permalink

    God Bless you! This was a great message! I pray for anyone with any addiction, Lord, be with those struggling with addiction. Help them replace it with forgiveness, and love, help them live for You, Lord. In Jesus’ Mighty Name! Amen!
    God Bless!

  9. william permalink

    i am really feeling that message….i will definately be trying that.

  10. william permalink

    its funny because i never really read your postings and today as i was scrolling down, i happened to catch it and follow it to the webpage….its amazing how he works so subtly

  11. Evans sang permalink

    Thanks bro. Mark. That article is quite insightful and practical. God bless you greatly. Amen.

  12. Dot permalink

    Please, whoever you are, listen to Pastor Mark! I know he’s right and that you can beat this. I was addicted to my ex husband and sex. It was tearing me up because I knew it’s against God. I did what Pastor Mark suggests and it really does work! I finally had the nerve, by the grace of God, to tell my ex that it’s over and that I never want to see him again. At that moment I realized I gave up all hope of ever getting back together with him because he was only in it for the sex. It’s been hard to deal with but well worth it, I sleep better and know that Jesus can come at any second and I won’t be in that situation. God is even, as we speak, taking the love for this man out of my heart. Something I didn’t think was possible but is possible with our God, who is bigger than any problem we have!
    Do get into the Word and pray pray pray. God will heal you and give you all the courage and strength you need to beat this problem.
    Lots of prayers and blessings for you!

    • Ruth permalink

      If it is possible to be addicted to sex with your HUSBAND, is that a bad thing?? God gave us sexual intimacy in marriage and commands us not to keep sex from each other unless it is only for a mutual time of praying and fasting and then tells us to come back together again. Sexual intimacy is encouraged in marriage, and divorce, well, definitely discouraged!

  13. JOSEPH permalink

    I MYSELF, LIKE OTHERS IS FIGHTING THE SAME THING, WHAT HELPS ME IS TO IMAGINE GOD OVER YOUR SHOULDER, MY PASTOR, DID A LITTLE SKIT, BY TURNING OFF THE LIGHTS, AND USING A FLASHLIGHT. I ALSO PRAY FOR THOSE STRUGGLING WITH ANY ADDICTION. THE SPIRIT IS STRONG BUT THE FLESH IS WEAK. GOD BLESS 🙂

  14. dennis permalink

    particular of sexual sin in all its forms the world has it backwards
    bondage is called freedom and freedom is called bondage.
    Freedom is with Christ. Protect yourself from so much hurt by waiting for what God wants for u. Some of u will by alone it this life as a result. This will enable
    you to serve God without the worry of family and wife. Its when I feel alone that I have to be more carefull about what I see. Also when winter turns to spring, when the layers of clothes come off quickly. Tempation happens quickly pray and to not entertin sin in your mind. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

  15. Sterling Skiffington permalink

    This is something that really hit home with me. I have been having the same problem and now I am trying to quit this addiction.

  16. Jennifer Fernandez permalink

    I have been following you for a while now and I have to say each and every reflection helps make me stronger in God. This one is no different but I had to leave a comment for the young Christian you were talking about. There is a Christ-centered recovery program for those who have addictions, hurts and hang-ups that is very helpful. I have been through this program myself and by following these steps they give I am very close to fulfilling a prophecy given to me a few years ago. For information on this please feel free to go to http://www.celebraterecoveryonline.com/

    I wish you the best and may God bless you all!
    Jennifer

  17. John permalink

    Thank you!

  18. Wow Dot! You’re words moved me, and of course Pastor Mark’s words moved me as well.
    Dot, at this very moment I am dealing with the same issues you were dealing with. I have been trying to get away from my addiction to a man and sex. This man filled my head with lies to get me to fall in love with him and afterwards I learned the truth of his lies and that he too has a sexual addiction, amongst other addictions. But he is not a believer, I am! Reading your message has filled my heart with hope that I can beat this addiction and I can move forward from the pain and shame I have inside for wanting to have something that is not of God, but of the flesh and I want to be cleansed of my sins and transgretions.
    I thank God that I have read this today and that you were able to touch someones heart with your testimony and fill me with hope.
    God Bless!

  19. Cloy McWilliams permalink

    Love to read your messages.I have been in the jail ministry for 15 years just with women and it has been such a blessing for me, also do prison once a month and that’s hard, I have made friends with a lot of the ladies that are in jail and now they are in the big house. My son was addicted to drugs and in prison for a year, he has been out for 18 months now and so far is clean, have to take one day at a time and pray and trust in our Heavenly Father. Pray for my family, we struggle as all human’s do. I love my Lord Jesus with all my heart.

  20. Becki permalink

    I am a woman and I as well have and do struggle with this. I have never told anybody because I am so embarassed. I thought I wanted a dominate/submissive relationship and got into some things that were just dead ends and I am a christian!! Thank you so much for this devotion. Thank you for sharing young person. You took the first step. I will hold you and anyone else up in prayer for victory over these addictions no matter what kind they are. The children of God all praying, the devil does not stand a chance! We will have the victory in Jesus Name!!! I am soooooo happy to find this “Journey Deeper into Gods Word” It helps me know I’m not alone – God Bless you all!

  21. Some of the points made in the comments are stupid. I struggle with porn. To my knowledge – though I’ve often wondered – I’ve never suffered any form of abuse; my childhood has been pretty much perfect. I know that almost all my friends have used porn. It’s not just something that affects Christians, it’s something that affects everyone. I guess non-Christians just don’t think it’s a problem?

    Anyway, this is an awesome devotional. Thank you, and God bless. =)

  22. Mike permalink

    There is only one easy and simple way to overcome this addiction and that is to have an Internet filter that allows you to have accountability partners. I use Safe Eyes and have 2 people who are alerted if I try and search for porn. It’s simple and effective and has ended my struggle. I could have waited until the Lord ‘gave’ me the strength to resist this temptation but sometimes we just have to ‘run’ from evil. Get a friend you can tell and a filter. It works!

  23. Becki permalink

    I am a woman who has and does struggle with this on occassion. I have never told anyone because I am so embarrassed. Thank you young person for sharing. I will hold you and anyone else who struggles with this or any other addiction up in prayer. Bro. Brown is right. We need to stay in the scriptures everyday and pray everyday! We need to pray for each other! satan will not be the victor over God’s children. satan is subtle and we all need to be alert to his cunning ways. Run Run Run from it!!! Don’t let your eyes look upon it!

    Please everyone who struggles with this pray for each other – Blessings to you!

  24. Greg B permalink

    Thanks for your message, but often the problem is a lot deeper than just he circumstances. I’ve been a sexaholic or sex drunk all my life and I will cross any boundary to get my fix. I have, over the past few hears found hope and strength through A 12-step program I know God led me to. I used to look at porn and masturbate every day for 14 years. I haven’t masturbated since September 2004. Their are many groups for sex/porn addicts out there, but only one I know that sets the bar as high as Sexaholics Anonymous. Their website in So Cal, where I live and know there are many good meetings, is http://www.sasocal.org. It has links to he national website and all the basic readings are there. It is a comrehensive program to get to he root of the problem, Spiritual emptines. I’ve learned how I use sex and primarily lust to cope with life instead of turnig to God. In this process I’ve learned better how to turn to and trust God in my life. I recommend this group to anybody out there struggling with porn/lust problems. May God lead you to victory.

  25. Lynette permalink

    I would add also that the spirit of addiction has to be bound in the person and cut off all future generations in Jesus Name. This spirit goes in families, so the children have to be protected from it. I agreed with everything you said – removing the environment, reading and meditating in the Word, spending time with God, forgiveness of sins and also choosing friends wisely. If it is drinking, then don’t spent time with people with an alcohol problem. Teen challenge and other christian organisations have support available also, including deliverence and deep emotional healing. I pray you are delivered from this addiction and free to live the life God intended for you to have.

  26. Eric permalink

    Use the computer for Good instead of evil. Use it for a one year bible read like http://www.gnpcb.org/esv/devotions/one.year.bible/ where you can also listen to it being read to you. Read the posts on The Bible facebook page and Praying People facebook page. Find online devotions to do. Go to these when you feel the temptation. Come into God’s presence in His Word

  27. When were going thru struggles to me the best method for me is to suffer 1 peter ch 4 1-4 says if suffer from sin it will cease the more we feed it it becomes bigger.

  28. cody permalink

    holy cow i was just looking at porn and was thinking to myself how i have been wanting to quit and then i got on facebook and followed this link, god does act in amazing ways; cody member of our savoir luthern youth group

  29. hello mark that was a good way of tell someone how to deal
    i was into some stuff and i ask god to help and i beat my self up so to speak i was always feel i was a bad person and now i thank god he toke it all from god bless you brother mark in jesus name the burdette brothers

  30. Roland permalink

    All I can say is WOW… What a great site….

  31. Chris Hendershot permalink

    I had been struggling with porn for over 16 years, i had been a slave to it. It controlled me and I lost my fiance of 7 years over it before we were married. A few months back i decided I need some help. After prayer and finally getting up the courage to talk to my pastor about it, he recomended http://www.xxxchurch.com He said install the x3watch program (its free) and put in his email address for accountability. Basically what it does is send him a list of sites that are porn sites if i visited them. This is what helped me overcome it, prayer and accountability. I can now finally say I am free from its grasp on my life. Thank you Jesus. And remember Jesus loves us, even when we are struggling. I pray those of you who are struggling seek prayer and get some accountability.

  32. All you can do is to pray for that give all of that to the Lord so it can take it away from you and ask for him for deliverance!

  33. I’m struggling with emotional/internet addiction. My dh is in prison and don’t know when he will be able to come home. Someone has come into my life that wants to fill the sexual/emotional void I feel. I’m a born again Christian, and know this is totally not right. Yet, every time he comes online I am quick to answer. He has all the right words at the right times. I’ve even found myself praying for him to come online. It gives me a few moments where I don’t feel lonely. I’m very much in love with my husband and it disgusts me that I have these thoughts and feelings.

    • Darlene permalink

      I can understand how you feel. And my advice would be to try and call a halt to this activity before you get too involved.

      I know what I’m talking about. Some years back, I got over-involved with someone online. Started out with me just wanting to be nice, and kind. But for a while, it turned into something else. At the time it was exciting, but I really regret it.

      I know that God has forgiven my sin, but there’s no getting away from it, because there was a witness (the other person involved). I can’t eliminate that person from my life, because they are needy, and I don’t want to hurt them. Not least because I don’t want them to seek revenge. There’s no point in confessing to my dh, because that would only hurt him, and he isn’t a person who can understand emotions and womens’ feelings very much – if he did understand, I would not have got involved with the other person. At the time, the other person was giving me a kind of intimacy – listening to me, making me feel needed, etc.

      I have to ask God daily to take all the stuff done by me – the prayers, the caring, the advice, and the less-than-noble stuff, and ‘fix’ it. But I’d really rather not have to be asking for God to fix up the mess I made.

      I will pray for you. I do understand.

  34. Sandy permalink

    God bless you Rev. Mark, this issue is really serious, I myself had been there too, i used to be tempted by porno on internet or on Tv, and every time i tried to stop it i failed!! but now that I am in Jesus, i give it all to Him, i try to fight back all the temptation, i try not even to think about it, instead i fill my mind with Jesus presence, and YES IT WORKS, i confess everyone of us might be weak at some point, but with Jesus we can conquer the evil, we can conquer the temptation, we are stronger than any addiction or any other problem, I can say how blessed I am that I know Jesus, what a privilege!! as i look around me, I see people’s lives revolving around sex or money.. and i really pray for them to know Jesus!! they think that they are happy but they have no idea that REAL HAPPINESS is just with Jesus!! let’s all pray for people with problems, addictions, homosexuality, or anything, let them all know Jesus and test the greatness of His love!! thank you so much Rev. Brown, God bless you and use you more and more to spread His word all over the world 🙂

  35. Rick permalink

    Thankyou Father God for this Website in the name of Jesus

  36. I am an addict, it is part of my past and a daily struggle to keep my eyes from it. It has been easier lately after God lead me to think about those my eyes seek to see. The lost souls that are part of this horrible adult industry. I pray for them and ask God to reveal himself to them and for them to seek God’s forgiveness. They directly seek out the Christians with this filth. A majority of the titles have the word ‘sin’ in them, which reveals that they have a focused target group, us, God’s children. I once thought that we could make Las Vegas discontinue the use of the alias ‘sin city’ because to use the word sin is an admission of good and evil, satan and God, which the ACLU loves to hate.
    God Bless You and keep the faith!

    • Jeff.
      Check out the site attached to my comment. I hope and pray you get free from this sin. It just destroys who you are, who God wants you to be, and the ability to find fullfillment. Continue to seek God on this issue, as He wants to set you free!
      Love J.

  37. Carrie permalink

    I had this same addiction and thanks to God (hallelujah), I am now free of this your 2 last points are very good bt for the 1st one tht hardli worked. It took much tears and forgiveness from God and MUCh praying to get over it. Now i am free of that addiction and its all thnx to Him who abides in me. I love that God is always with me and I can never hide what I do for He helps me to keep my actions in check. I realli don’t want the Holy Spirit to be a witness of my wrong doings. God Bless You Rev. Mark.

  38. Liv permalink

    I use to have alot of computer related addictions.. Online games from MMORPG to master/slave chatrooms.. I however have broken free from them, and I am so happy I did. Yes, God speaks to us subtly. I never thought I would stop playing those games and going to those chatrooms because it happened for a very long time. Don’t give up hope, because you will see your way through it! God’s love, understanding, and Jesus’ forgiveness will be what brings you through all your pain and addictions.. I have been free from this for 4 1/2 years.. Thank You Lord! I love you! Praise Jesus!

  39. Mia permalink

    People who consider themselves victims of their circumstances, will always remain victims unless they develop a greater vision for their lives.“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.All things are possible to him who believes.

    The lord knows your thoughts even before you think them.

    I say that any addidction starts with a thought produces itself as a seed and when that seed is watered it grows into sin the thought is always better then the action I call it short term gain long term pain.

    If you are a married man or married woman just think that every thought that you produce in your might that becomes a fantacy is a moment taken away from your wives-husbands your taking away your intimacy away from your marriage.

    When your satisfieing your needs your mind body soul is taking a piece away from your partner.

    Dont lose what you worked so hard to have for a quick fix REMEMBER SHORT TERM GAIN!!! LONG TERM PAIN!!!! The Lord says STOP the comprimising SPIRIT

    • Mary D. permalink

      Mia….Thank you for some very solid advice…I was once very shapely and was hit upon for many years…I most always said “yes”…There were many reasons I told myself this was OK…I was a faithful wife for many years and the infidelity of my husband was so blaitant, I finally divorced..The hurt and pain I suffered over the years was unbearable….I made myself “cushioned” with fat so not to be attractive anymore….Yes, I am a born again Christian….and my Lord has helped me through some very tough times….Now, I am suffering with many illnesses and conditions due to being overweight and need to stop or will continue to suffer, and I really need help and prayer..It is hard to keep away from food..it is everywhere…..This site is just what I need to gain wisdom and insight to help myself to loose weight….Thank you …this is the first time I have actually written or shared this with anyone…

      • Aef permalink

        Dear Mary,

        I was addicted to food for 20 years. After being born again, the Holy Spirit showed me how to let go of the cushion. It was not easy, and I still have other issues to deal with, but God has been good to me. Don’t be discouraged…every day that you allow the Holy Spirit control over your eating habits will add up over time. Pray and ask Him what to do daily and He will lead you. God keep you.

  40. Check that site.. It really helps…! Ultimately its Jesus – the TRUTH.. thats going to set one free.. all theories..and philosophies..psychology smartness.. all turn out to be like trail and error experiments.. only.. when the son sets some one free.. HE IS FREE INDEED! But, always His grace is sufficient…

  41. Hey Mark,
    This is a serious malady that is easy to get caught up in.It’s a shame that such a powerful tool like the internet,capable of reaching billions with the love and message of JESUS!It would be nice to see this changed!
    Something that helps me is to hang a cross in front of the computer,so when our enemy tries to attack,we can remember who we serve,and remain victorious!

    PRAISE GOD AND GOD BLESS!!

  42. http://WWW.ILLBEHONEST.COM
    Check that site.. It really helps…! Ultimately its Jesus – the TRUTH.. thats going to set one free.. all theories..and philosophies..psychology smartness.. all turn out to be like trail and error experiments.. only.. when the son sets some one free.. HE IS FREE INDEED! But, always His grace is sufficient…

  43. Hey Mark,
    This is a serious malady that is easy to get caught up in.It’s a shame that such a powerful tool like the internet,capable of reaching billions with the love and message of JESUS, has been turned into such an immoral tool of satan !It would be nice to see this changed!
    Something that helps me is to hang a cross in front of the computer,so when our enemy tries to attack,we can remember who we serve,and remain victorious!

    PRAISE GOD AND GOD BLESS!!

  44. justagirl permalink

    i am also a woman who has a problem with this. i’ve had an addiction to sexually graphic stories and pictures since i was 14 (i’m 27 now). the biggest thing is, if this doesn’t get turned over to God quickly, it will progressively get worse and worse. i remember making excuses that i was ok since i wasn’t going out with boys and physically engaging in sexual activities. but it progressed into that and much more, much worse. it opened doors that never would have been opened had i followed the Biblical instructions for sexual relations. i have desires that probably were never intended for humans to have. because, like someone already said, if you feed the sin, it will become bigger and bigger.

    • AGF permalink

      ~Here’s a thought. The One who is known as The Word has no trouble with talking – and know that He uses imagery a lot. That’s the real purpose for the imagination, communication with Him.
      ~In a quiet moment, really trust His love and ask Him a simple question, “Show me my heart.” Stick with whatever happens next. I’ve never known Him to be slow to answer honest personal questions.
      ~When I was challenged to do this He first showed me my concept of my heart, then transformed it into HIs perspective. When we see as He sees, we are changed.
      ~Here’s the brother who challenged me. http://www.BradJersak.com

  45. Lydia Reyes permalink

    Sandy, You said it well . If your looking for true happiness, Look to JESUS. We can try very hard to change our sinful ways but we fall short. But with God nothing is impossible. We give our lives totally to him and he has a way of transforming us to the person he wants us to be. Surrender everything to him. The same way God’s spirit empower his son Jesus to die for all our sin is the same Spirit he gives to us freely so we are able to ward off the temptations that are sent to us. Prayer, Study the Bible, Fellowship with others who live and serve the Lord. You will see the changes in your life, done by the Great Almighty. I pray for all those who are having trouble letting go of any addiction. May the Holy Spirit fill your heart with Peace, Love , Joy and Happiness that only Comes from GOD . Amen

  46. Victoria permalink

    Dot and the other lady who commented about Dots post, I truly truly agree with you. There was a man who I fell in “love” with, because he also filled my head with lies, but God literally sent me into a nervous breakdown after he broke up with me because I refused to have sex with him. He was addicted to porn and fantasized about sex all the time. I couldnt see it at the time, but my breakdown was the biggest blessing of my whole life because while I was in the hospital, God spoke to me and I was filled with the Holy Spirit and was able to speak in tongues. Every night I prayed in tongues not knowing what I was saying but prayed anyways. After I got out of the hospital the guy called me and said that he wanted to be friends but at that time, I was strong enough to not contact him again and I never did. I know that if I had given in and had sex with him, it would not have been so easy. Thank God for peoples testimonys and thank God for His grace that gives us overcoming power and leads us to do what God wills for our lives!

  47. tnx for the advice about tje environment GODBLESS!

  48. thank you…

  49. LOVE GOD!

  50. Tanya permalink

    My husband is in prison because of his internet porn addiction. I had known he watched pron, but I didn’t realize how bad it was until the police came and arrested him for downloading child porn. He admitted that as his addiction grew worse, nothing was enough to satisfy him. He turned to worse and worse things. He’s been in for over 2 years. Our relationship is very frail, because I have trouble feeling love toward him. Please, pray for us.

    • Tayna:
      Please read my post below. I have included a web site for your review. This is an excellent site to help those who suffer from this sin (both spouses). My X was just incarcerated as well. This sin will fill one with darkness, and open the doors to other forms of evil. I will pray, and I want to comend you for sticking this out with him. Mine didn’t last, but I hope and pray the Lord will work this out for you.
      God Bless
      J.

    • I’m glad to pray….that God will restore your relationship through Christ. And that when your husband is released God will provide the help he needs, like Celebrate Recovery. That you will both see God’s mighty working in each of your lives, and that God will help you to forgive.

  51. True permalink

    i am addicted to alcohol and drugs and i hate being an addict in or out of recovery

  52. The key to overcoming addiction is not necessarily developing laws to live by, but determining why a person is dependent on a particular sin. Someone addicted to porn, for example, believes they are getting the deepest needs of their heart met through engaging in that sin. For someone enslaved to a sin they must ask what they believe they are getting from that sin that they don’t believe they are receiving from God? We were designed by God to receive unconditional love, acceptance, meaning and purpose to life from Him. When we don’t believe we are receiving this from Him our only alternative is to turn to the world. And all the world offers can only be received through sin. This individual needs to start with what they believe about the Gospel and their identity in Christ. When they know who they are in Him and the inheritance they have been given by God they will see an increase in their dependence on Him and a decrease in their dependence on porn. Be blessed.

    • You are so right however it is still good to be cautious in fact Proverbs 4 gives practical steps to avoid sin…

  53. to help remove the environment: check out opendns. It provides a totally free, and offsite (so its not a computer program that is easily bypassed). Way of preventing every computer on one access point (router/modem) from accessing these sites according to your preferences. Let someone you trust set the password and you create another wall between you and temptation!

  54. Nothing less than “God’s powerful weapons” underlying the specific “Law of the LORD” consistently applicable in his self-revelations (John 6: 62-65), for our firsthand and personal knowledge, can divert us permanently from porn or other addictions and place us in a new direction!
    (Jesus Christ’s perfect and transfigurative death on the cross refers)

  55. Please pray 4 My Cousin who is going through this…..
    Thank u very much

  56. The following may be helpful to anybody wanting Biblical resources to help recover fom an addiction:

    http://www.homepages.paradise.net.nz/taliesin/dward_files/Biblical%20resources%20for%20pastoral%20care.pdf

  57. Mal permalink

    It`s so amazing that an incredible amount of children of God struggel with these issues.
    1st..) the fact that they struggle is a sign that the Holy Spirit is at work, those who are not legitimate children of God don`t recognise they have a real problem.
    So be encouraged that the fight has begun.
    2nd) I had been a Christian for nearly 20 years and was still being tormented by loneliness and lust etc.
    The Lord allowed me to continue in the hell I was making for myself until I did as Mark said ” cut my right hand off ” or “Plucked my eye out” because it was causing me to sin.
    Of cours hopefully this is figurative for most of us. But it shows how drastic the meaasure that needs to be taken to dal with the problem.
    3rd) However I believe this cannot be done if the person has not had a deeper revelation of how much our heavenly Dad loves us and freely forgives us CONTINUALLY.!!
    There is a balance of a) the fear of eternal damnation for continued disobedience , causing a hardening of the heart…b) the true fear and reverance of God our Father.c) and not least a deep deep understanding of His love for the person in bondage,!!!
    If you are truly struggeling , be encouraged God has promised to finish what He started in you… this is part of the journey.
    Make those steps to cut the hand or pluck the eye out , in what ever way you know that means. When you make that one step and lift the obedience to Him, then just thank Him and watch what He does, you will suddenly find all sorts of things falling away, your mind will start to be come into correct alignment with Gods thinking. There will be repeat testings because the evil one wants to trick you into thinking nothing has changed. BUT…. the tests will decrease in there intensity, you will manage with continued prayer and Bible reading to OVERCOME, for that is what we are called to be. not just Believers>>> Disciples but then OVERCOMERS..!
    Don`t ever give up.. Gods grace to us in Christ Jesus, is eternal, everlasting, His Love endures for ever, His mercie are New everymorning. He never said it would be easy, the powers of darkness are very strong… as HUMAN BEINGS, we can`t defeat them, but as SPIRITUAL CHILDREN of the living God , He that is in us IS greater than He that is in the world.,
    Be encouraged, if you woke up this morning and drew breath, there is more grace.
    If you woke up, drew breath and feel terrible…. go immediately to the Throne room, there is more grace to be had there. NO CONDEMNATION for those in Christ Jesus.
    If you think i am writing this telling you it`s easy, you are very much mistaken.
    BUT , the Father I have in heaven , is amazing and He is NOT like us, He thinks , acts and loves SOOOOOO diferently.
    Go to Him now. He is waiting… He knows the sin, and will bring the answer. You might be blinded to the reality of the answer at the moment, but He has promised to shed light if you ask.
    My prayer is the same as the apostle Paul, in Ephesians. ch1 v17 onward.
    That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, may give you the Spirit of Wisdom and revelation so that you may know Him better. I also pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints , an His INCOMPARIBLY GREAT POWER for us who believe. TAKE a read of this.
    Press on. don`t give, God has not finished with you yet.. The blood of Jesus is still working.
    God bless you all and lead us on into peace , joy and freedom. Amen

  58. patricia permalink

    i am an addict of MANY different things..started with the internet and chatting..but when the bible says to cut off ur hand i dont understand…i have read my bible many times not all of it but i dont comprehend what its sayin to me and i feel just becaause i dont comprehend im not getting full effects from God…i know he has been there through my addictionsssss…but i still feel my soul is lost..gone

    • Aef permalink

      Whatever you do…DON’T Trust your feelings! Feelings ebb and flow like the tide. If you lost your job today and win the lottery tonight, you wouldn’t feel so very distressed, i think. Please talk to your pastor or to someone you can trust who knows God. God loves you and is wanting to take you up in His arms right now. I am praying that He will help you to see how much He loves you and wants you for His child. God keep you

  59. MARILYNN permalink

    Pray ye one for another, before our Lord and Savor stepped upon that cloud and went back to his Father he gave us this command and also for us to Love and He has Loved us. I give thanks and Praise to the most high God first for you Pastor Mark and then For your faithful followers, you are touching lives all over the place and I pray that it continues to uncover not only additions but every rock will be turned over and every hiding place found You are bringing to life the words that was spoken by him, Go Ye into the Highways and Byways and compel COMPEL Men to come. I Keep refering to us as Soldiers on DA BATTLEFIELD for our Lord. I Pray that all of you keep yourselves Girded up and remember in these last days Satan knows it’s time and we need to remember that as well so keep on the whole Armor so that we might be able to STAND and having done all to STAND-STAND THEREFORE.
    I’m just another Soldier standing on DA Front Line with Ya so every now and then look not only up but look to ya right and ya left cuz we got to keep the line strong and tight so he can’t creep in and rob, steal and kill. we are all fighting something lets just take that same power of addiction and turn it into a battle cry. Ain’t no Rock gonna call out for me.
    Love all of you,
    Sister Marilynn Smith Martin

  60. Everyone’s testimonies have really moved me! Thank you Pastor Brown, thank God for that boy who had the strength to share his story, thank you Victoria for your response as well!!!

    God Bless all of you for being so courages and sharing your testimonies that I know is helping me and I know it will continue to help others.

    Thank God He as placed this site in my path to strengthen my relationship with Him and for me to grow as a Christian and to be ready for His eternal blessings.

  61. James permalink

    Thanks Rev for that word of encouragement. I have also been struggling with the same due to the effect of my teenage years but am seeing God helping me, though the temptation is very strong!!

  62. I am a christian woman who got caught up in the lies of the devil about porn , it started out with curiousity as a child. A couple of my family members had pornographic material and wondering lust rose up in my heart as a pre- teen girl, of course my family never knew about me viewing these awful things and that is where my struggle began. This is why we need to guard our household and our children from the wiles of the devil for he is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, in other words GET RID OF THE SMUCK OUT OF YOUR HOUSE, PROTECT YOUR FAMILY. The older I got I turned to porn images in my relationships and after I got married and became a Christian I was led to believe that this would ” spice up” my marrige and in reality it only made me feel alone. I felt like this was a big secret that no one knew about, but I knew that God knew about it.The Lord began convicting me of this and I repented, I was ok for a few years and then the monster reared its ugly head and I fell back into the pit again. I would sit on the church pews feeling ashamed of this and then when I got home all alone when no one was around and would fall into the temptation, believing again the lie, that this would make my marriage better, it only stirred up lust for unclean things and made me feel seperated from God. I would pray for Jesus to take this away, then one night in a dream He showed me exactly what would happen to me. I went to hell in my dream and I was calling out for Jesus and all the demons were laughing at me saying He is not here. Then I asked ” why am I here. I am a Christian?” then another soul who was in hell pointed to writing on a wall in big letters it read “PORNOGRAPHY”. Through many struggles, Jesus delivered me and when the temptation came I pleaded the blood and I stayed in His word. I assembled myself in the house of God and I stayed at the alter. Remember no one is exempt from Satans devices, but we have power and authority over him in the name of Jesus.

    • JaMor permalink

      victory this is how it started with me as well, curiosity as a child, but I’m still struggling. Just today I was sitting in my gallery & these thoughts started to plague my mind but I believe God is the author and finisher of our faith and he will see me through. Thanks for sharing your story

  63. dont know permalink

    i jst cant stop i dont know why its just way to hard i mean i love it so much it calms me down when i mad but when i need to releas a load also i turn on my computer i just wish i knew what to do

    • Dont know.
      Please read my post.
      Also, visit this web site.
      You are going to need support through this addiction. But I know you can do it. I watched first hand how this addiction can destroy a person. Please don’t delay brother, get restored through the Lord!
      God Bless

  64. Joris permalink

    I’m not sure whether it was mentioned before, but this site I know, tries to help people battling addictions in a course of? four? six? weeks – http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com/

  65. jesus said “who the son sets free is free indeed” I can speak for myself that this passage is so true…

    If you struggle with addictions… Sexual, food, drugs…etc.

    http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com I was set free by biblical teach taught at this site, now free fir 2 years from a 29year addiction to pornography and sexual impurity…

    Blessings all… 🙂

  66. Nsikan permalink

    Rev Brown may God continue to bless you for the message youve sent out. I dont know why but for once i dont feels so alone. I always thought i was the only one or the “filthy one” dealing with an addiction like internet pornography. Thank you so much for your message. I know that we are all going to get better. All we need to do is hang on to God. Sometimes when im sad about it i just remind myself that God wouldnt have allowed this problem to get into my life if he knew it was not possible to be overcome. In one way or the other i believe these problems we all have are an answer to someone’s prayer yet to come. You may never know that in the future someone may need someone to talk to and advice them on their problem.
    God bless you all.

  67. Brothers and Sisters in the Lord.
    I have been working on a book about this very issue. Hope/Pray it gets published some day. This is such a hush hush topic, but have so many bound! My X husband was addicted to porn. It ruined our ministry (yes, he held a ministry position), marriage, almost his career, and recently he was incarcerated,in jail-sexually assaulted some women.
    Please Please Please browse this web site. It offers so much information and a study to help become Free from Porn. It also helps spouses who suffer because of this sin.
    http://www.porn-free.org/
    Also, read Romans 1. Porn can lead to ‘all other forms of evil’ to enter into your life, as well as a depraved mind.
    Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 6:22-23 “22 The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”
    Get God’s help! I saw first hand how great the darkness is!!!
    God Bless you all. I pray for all of you!
    Much Love
    Julia

  68. Thanks for your thoughts on this. The church really needs to be a place where addict find hope. If you ever want to use any of these videos to talk about this subject, feel free:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/CovenantEyes

  69. This ministry in Cape Coral, Florida deals daily with people who lives and the lives of those around them have been shattered and broken by addictions. It is heartbreaking to see the many years they have walked this path without hope and not knowing how to get out or not caring any longer. We work diligently to help them get into faith-based programs. Waiting lists are long. Pray for our vision, God’s Place; a faith-based refuge and rehabilitation facility. Information can be found on our web site.

  70. Tim permalink

    I hope to grow with the BIBLE lessson you have … thank you Tim

  71. Lynn permalink

    i know about this sexual addiction because my son suffered from it. my son is gay and is unsaved. he plastered his apartment with posters of gay men involved in different acts, and he also went to many porn sites including child porn. i had a very hsrd time dealing with this being a child sexual abuse survivor. but he is my son and i love him. then one day a little boy came to me and told me my son was always playing with the little boys in the neighborhood. i had a talk with my son a few weeks later he moved. about 2 months later a teen that i knew came and told me that my son was offering money for anyone that would bring little boys to his home. it was hard, but i had no choice. i knew i had to call the police and tell them what i had been told. they investigated and within a month my son had been arrested. when he got out of prison he was soon up to the same thing except now he was using the internet to find children. he was caught and sent back to prison this time for 7 years. he is out again and all i can do is pray that the help he’s receiving will change him. but i know the only thing that will really help him is Jesus in his life. please PLEASE pray that he will open up his heart and let Jesus in. it’s his only hope. i will not give up hope as i know that as long as he draws breath there’s hope. thank you.

    • Grace permalink

      Hello Lynn,

      Praise GOD for the hope you have in Christ, our best Redeemer from any bondage and stronghold !!!
      Though your son is deeply addicted to such sin, GOD is ABLE to draw him out of that deep pit !
      As the HEAVENLY Father, GOD is much more concerned about your son, than you are as an Earthly Father, and as HE is not a derailed FATHER, HE would definitely release your son from his strong bondage. AMEN !!!

      I too will pray for your son.

      In Jesus
      Grace

  72. AGF permalink

    Addiction = a Lie that I have embraced and made my lover.

    Wake up! We truly are sons and daughters of Light. Nothing less.

    Invite Jesus into the pain. Don’t medicate it.

    Where there is Truth, there is peace and calm.

    It’s that embrace that we all desire. Let Him embrace you.

  73. Recently I found that with a regular temptation I struggle with that I needed to change my prayer words. I was always asking God to help me fight the temptation etc and thus was frequently speaking about it. So I experimented with not praying against it, but instead praying for the opposite, positive, Godly outcome. It worked much better! Try not even mentioning the words of your temptation, give them no power. ‘Good overcomes evil!’ Hope this helps someone.

  74. Thank you for sharing this with us. Your words are helping to remember over and over again that Lord is with us and that we are not alone. Thank you very much!
    Tamara

  75. Lynn, I’m so glad you talked about your son’s story. When this teaching was posted I was literrally living the reality that I have an addiction but I realized that someone I care about deeply has an even bigger addiction than I do. I realized that we were feeding off of each others addiction which makes it easier to sustain and easier to deny and neglect.

    I do know now that the cliche is true: in order to heal from an addiction you have to first admit you have a problem.

    I am aware now of my issues but I don’t know how to confront my friend (and might I add ex-lover) about his addiction. I’ve spoken to him about the Word of God in hopes that’ll help but I think I need another source of intervention for now until he is ready to receive God.

    I’ve considered contacting his mother and disgussing it with her in hopes that she is a better influence on him than I am but I’m scared he might retaliate against me.

    Can you or anyone that reads this PLEASE give me your advise? I will be praying on this, like I have these last few days, but if anyone has some words of experience and of wisdom on this issue I will truely be blessed!

    Thank you all and Pastor Brown! Our Heavenly Father never seizes to amaze me! He always gives me what I need exactly when I need it. This posting has completely changed me and it could have not come at a better time.

  76. Anthony permalink

    Enjoyed the blog.
    RBC.Org has a set of excellent videos discussing the pornography battle.
    Biggest thing I learned was to share the battle. admit that it is an issue. The more you discuss it, the less effect it has on your life

  77. Jock permalink

    I’m a bit worried that some folks might take Matthew 5:30 literally and cut their right hand off to prevent themselves from taking themselves in hand. I think you might need to take that into consideration when posting quotes.

  78. tim permalink

    how bout wives quit using sex as leverage and give it up whenever their husband wants it. and vice versa

  79. JaMor permalink

    I have to say thank God for seeing this post. I too struggle with this internet porn and its so hard at times. When I feel tempted I start to pray, quote scriptures but I still fall into the same sin. I want to seek help but I’m afraid to open up to my fellow sisters and brothers in Christ. What can I do?

  80. I read most of the postings…all comments were true. I agree mostly with the last few…ADMITTING is key, however, some may not view it as ‘a problem’. I have been seeing someone for quite sometime and he has this problem. When I bring it up he gets defensive. I dont know if we will last with that attitude. He says he has been watching/reading them for years and refuses to discuss it.

  81. Anonymous permalink

    I just wanted to thank you for posting this. I am addicted to online cybering and I have been trying for awhile now to get myself unaddicted. It’s hard because I am a computer major in college and I am always needing on the computer for one reason or another so the temptation stares me in the face. I love the suggestions you made about how to overcome the addiction. I am too ashamed to say anything to anyone and tried everything I could think off, but always fell back into the trap. I have a good feeling about overcoming it now though. Thank you for this message!

  82. Trevor permalink

    Thanks. God is working through you to change lives and it’s appreciated.

  83. Leo permalink

    thank you

  84. Marti permalink

    I like your message on addiction, I suppose we could all find we are addicted to something at one time or another whether it be internet porn or just watching soap opras. I like your prayer and will remember it to use along with my own words added. Thank you!

  85. Nicholas permalink

    Hi Reverent Mark Brown. Someone sent me an invitation to her Facebook webage and somehow, oh, it had a Flirt pop up and spmehow I saw you webpage again, something bout porn adiction. So I followed the link. It is really hard to cope with but He can lead us away from the thoughts and draw us to Him. I think this is what happens to me and often and more frequently I am lead to His good works to see what He has and I am lead from porn. I am still fighting porn.

  86. Pauljok1 permalink

    Great blog! So simple – some solutions.
    Just like becoming born again – just accept God’s gift – so simple.
    To solve internet addictions as you say – either move your computer into a public area (so where others are) – how simple but effective.
    Just got to have faith. I pray we all have the faith in God to do the right things.
    Thanks for this blog and God Bless all the commenters as well.

  87. Peter permalink

    Dear Pastor Rob,
    I too have to deal with this Internet Porn addiction…..and it’s not easy…..there are times where I am just bored…and then I get to do that. I have struggled to deal with this , and it sucks. This year I really want to make a difference for myself of this….
    This battle is only won by God’s hand and by his glory and his glory alone….not mine.

    I thank you!!
    Peter

  88. Donald permalink

    I’m 33 years old and have been addicted to porn for nearly 20 years. It started with magazines and now the internet makes is so much easier. I have prayed about this but I lack the will power to take appropriate steps to avoid it.

    I will definitely follow Rev. Mark’s advice and pray that this time I am successful.

  89. Dan permalink

    Pastor Mark,
    I too strugle with addiction and am prayerfully working on overcomming it.
    We must also join togeather and pray for those who taking pictures of themselves, wether by choice or being forced, that they can go to the Lord and ask for forgiveness for causing their fellow bretheren to go astray from God’s teachings. They also need prayer that they can leave this life style and change their lives to a more Godly way of living.
    We must be the ones to reach out to these people, not to pleasure ourselves, but to save them and help them give their lives to Christ before it is too late for them.
    With the world fixsated on when this world will end, many forget that our lives are like a vapor and our days could ceace today. We must be dressed and waiting with the lantern so that when the master returns we will be ready to meet him.
    God Bless You
    Dan

  90. Kathleen permalink

    Dear Rev. Mark Brown,

    i am a 19 year old girl who grew up in the house of the Lord with a pastor/theology professor for a father and who loves God with all of her heart and soul. However, for the past 4 years, i have been struggling with internet porn addiction. No matter how hard i tried to stop it, try to quit, something would always pull me back whether be it some “innocent” joke or some random pop-up. I would always try to pray for God to help me overcome this horrible sin and addiction however the next day i would just go back to it. And this pattern continued.
    A couple of days ago, however, i came home from work and on top of my father’s desk was a book called “Pornography” and it was about a religious man telling his story about his internet porn addiction. And as i read his story it truly moved me because the things he was going through, i was (or i am) going through. And just now i was just browsing my facebook account and i was actually just about to log off when i saw your post on my home page.
    Now i know that God knows my struggle and that He is trying to tell me that He loves me and is going to help me.
    I just wanted to say thank you so much for posting this up because it let me know that God still loves me and that He is going to help get rid of this addiction.

  91. Divanshu permalink

    Very encouraging for me…Thank you soo much brother….I don’t have addiction of watching porn but these verse really help me and encourage me in my circumstances.

    I hope it will really helpful for me to be a desperate for Lord Jesus Christ.

  92. I was blessed by your blog! I am sure that people especially porn addicts found it so encouraging to fight their addiction.

    Searching online for help with such a delicate matter can be confusing. Who can you trust? What will really help? By taking time to research and reading a wide variety of articles, websites about the issue, you can learn a lot.
    For others, they simply need some assistance to remove the constant temptation of pornography on the Internet. A porn filter can do the job and prevent their problem from turning into a full fledged addiction. Others may find a spiritual solution more helpful. The Church and other religious groups and individuals (like you) with a blog like this are a great help already for porn addicts to overcome their addiction.

    Also, if someone seeking help to recover from a porn addiction, then recognizing that they have a problem is already taken a big step. Reading is also a big help for they will find help that is right for them.

  93. Xeng permalink

    i dont really know u but i just passed by this after looking at a site earlier and those verses u posted helped me think about it more deeply and what god wants us to do ty

  94. The Jack-o-lantern permalink

    as of right now i have this addiction, and today i was on my way to do those things, about to sin, then i stopped, and shut down my web browser,

  95. Ryan permalink

    You have good advice, but from someone who has been there, mired deep in the addiction, I also recommend a recovery group. Seeing there are others out there who know the exact same load of guilt & shame being born is the only way to see there is more than the addiction. It was a recovery group that helped me find the God of grace & love who is helping me to overcome the addiction.

  96. Michelle permalink

    Thank you so much for this message. I know it will help me a lot. Even though I felt that it was an answer to prayer, I felt saddened when you said to share this struggle with someone to help me through this. You see, I’ve done that, and was rejected and moved to one side. They never spoke to me again. I trusted them and a got a dirty look and no help. I felt so hopeless. I know I can’t contact you directly, but please pray for me. I need help and have no one to trust now. I will follow your advice, and with God’s help, I will prevail. Thank you again for this. It is an answer to prayer.

    Be blessed!!

  97. Robin permalink

    My heart is overwhelmed at how big a problem this has gotten to be.
    Praying for all the dear ones who struggle that they truly will attain victory and be overcomers for it is in Christ Who strengthens us that we can do ALL things!

  98. WifeOf permalink

    As the wife, I know how devestating porn is on the souls of our men. The best book I found to learn more is the “Every Man’s Battle’ series. Randy Alcorn also has a good read, “The Purity Principal.”

    But porn is only 1/2 the problem, the other is masturbation. Self gratification and pornogrpahic images stored in the mind go together. Masturbation should cease as well to remain pure.

    God does not say to be strong…He says to FLEE temptation! Get out before you do something more, like an affair.

    If this has happened to any wives, I recommend “Every Heart Restored” and prayer. God Bless you all.

  99. ambrose permalink

    Just want to thank God for you on this tropic,ADDICTION,it came to me just in time that i was about to surf the wed, to God be the glory great things he have done,i pray that God keep useing u because it was so clear to understand

    May GOD bless you and your

  100. Beau permalink

    Go to http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com and do the Way of Purity course…it’s a free 60 day BIble study. You will be supplied with a mentor as well.

  101. Cynthia permalink

    Hi Mark
    I am Compulsive Gambler. Here in Winnipeg,Manitoba, canada Gambling is very easily accessible. I have 5 plus years of being free Thanks to Jesus.
    On Sept 28/2010 it will be 6 years. Everyday I have a choice to Gamble or not Well let me tell you I choose not too. And everyday I pass some sign of Gambling. Today, because of Jesus in my Life and a 12step group I am free. I attend 2 12 step groups One is Bibical based and that one is where i got real healing from. My othe group is Gambles Anonomous.
    Today I speak openly of what Gambling did to me.. and pass the message of truth which is Jesus
    Thank you Mark for these fine words. as it is not easy to stop a addiction
    Cynthia

  102. Tim permalink

    Thank you so very much for posting this. I have a habit I am currently struggling with, and have been every single day, without fail, since last Sept/Oct – I am really doing my body in. I know that, but I cannot seem to stop. What this post has given me, is a renewed spirit to look to God for guidance, and really ask him to just help me get away from this. I can slowly see how my finances, relationship, family, etc are all now being threatened – for nothing more than trying to alter my state-of-mind.
    God bless us all, and thank you again for the post. I will try to cease my bad behaviors, with the help of God, starting ………………………………….. NOW!

  103. calvin lines permalink

    you cannot be adicted to porn. Its a falsehood. End of. No amount of your bible bashing will ‘cure’ something that isnt real. Christians are just kids who never really grew up.

  104. Gilbert Ngunjiri permalink

    Indeed it is a very good way forward on how people should learn ways to avoid internet porn addiction. It is actually a heko. Kudos for this and keep it up by your good counsel and advise.

  105. Thanks for this Mark..

    For porn addiction also check out XXXchurch.com they are doing great stuff with this…

  106. Nathan permalink

    It is great to see so many people comment that they have a problem, because this is the first step in overcoming the issue, admittance. The fact that we admit our sins and lay them out to God rather than just say sorry, is pleasing to him. I hope Pastor Mark does not mind but I would like to recommend a book for those who are struggling called ‘porn again christian’. By Mark Driscoll. It is a free download, easy to read and will help in your struggle.

    All I would say is hang in there. Christ never gave up, never walked away from us, don’t walk away from him. Be patient and he will help us if we give him our yoke.

  107. jen permalink

    Addiction comes out of a need to be loved. It can be inherited of course. Tell God you are sorry for chosing a false comforter and ask him to send you his Comforter. Stand up in your generations and ask say hey I will stand up in my generations and break this curse in my family line…ask forgiveness in your generations for serving addictions, appropriate the cross in prayer–Jesus bore our curses. So in the name of Jesus of Nazarth release yourself from addicition and unloving. When you do this, sometimes what seems impossible is now possible. You get to get out from under and get a breath of air. It still requires a lot of resist the devil and he will flee. Before you address any of this, forgive..anyone anything in your heart. Any level of unforgiveness holds back Gods hand from delivering you from addictions. When you pariticpate with the addiction again, you jsut agreed with the curse so after you repent, release yourself from the curse of addiction again. Its a simple prayer, and often very helpful in the battle. God Bless!

  108. Prerna permalink

    my elder brother is an alcohol addict frm last almost 10-12 yrs.. his age is 27 he got married 2yrs back but due to his addiction his marriage is on rocks.He is a very nice person by heart but alcohol has made him as an villain in my family and especially in my father;s eyes.We have tried everything possible for him but everything is failing.Alcohol has effected his health badly and d happiness and peace of my house is vanished.I have been praying for him frm all those yrs i want you to remember him and my family in ur prayers for his healing.

  109. Thank you dear God for hearing my prayers —
    Thank you for releasing me from my addictions —
    Please continue to watch over me —-
    In you Holy name I pray
    Amen and Amen

  110. Aiban permalink

    Thank you lord for your answer and blessing

  111. maryann permalink

    what if the person says to you, it’s always in my heart that is why i stay in the christian recovery,(12 step).
    what if you loose trust with this person.

  112. Caleb K permalink

    “live for the urge, make like a tool, wait for it to come around, just to feel it again. Hands shaking cold, bound by the dancing fire, reluctantly craving warmth, call your conscience a liar. …Just let go.” this is a portion of a poem I made about urges. Basically stating don’t be a tool to your senses, let them tool for you. Otherwise you’re free will, in a very big way, is gone. The gift of choice is what it comes down to. I’ve had an addiction, and have been able to rid myself of it for a long time. I should have gave in many times because I nearly taunted it and myself by being so close and resisting, but it didn’t seem to matter cause my free choice didn’t change. Look at Jared Allen for the vikings. I’ll be vague with his story. He had an alcohol problem for some time. Lost a significant other because of it, I think, and fell on hard times because of this. He worked it out, and now he’s able to sit in a restaurant, surround himself with his urges, and laugh. True professionalism.
    Think of this, if you have the will to change an insignificant habit of your life, like opening a car door with your right hand from your left hand, or something like putting the toilet seat down, or if you’re in good habit of that, then purposely leave it up. If you can change something like this, you can change the biggest problem you have. If all you do is search for instant happiness and pleasure, than you’ll only exist for an instance of life. Take care, be smart, live freely, and pray often.

  113. Lila permalink

    Focus on The Family is an excellent resource for anyone who struggles with, or has a loved one who struggles with a porn addiction. They have an 800 number you can call and talk to a counselor, which I did. It is:
    (800) A-FAMILY (232-6459)
    They also have a website specifically for those who struggle with sexual sin or addiction: http://www.pureintimacy.org/
    Focus on the Family has really done their homework on this issue, and the best ways to deal with it. The counselor I spoke to was a licensed counselor who had been studying the issue for many years and was even in the process of writing a book on it. She offers counseling specifically for people who are dealing with addictions. Her website is: http://renewingintimacy.com/
    I highly recommend Focus on the Family and/or the other site I posted. From what I have been told by the counselor I talked to, a porn addiction can be even more difficult to overcome than some drug addictions, and trying to overcome it by yourself can be practically impossible. I hope this helps.

  114. Egidio Batisra permalink

    Please pray for me! I was intoduced to porn at the tender age of 11. It’s been a strugle ever since, I’m 37 now and feel that my addiction has held me back from the Blessings that GOD has for me. I’ve been trying to for many many years now. everytime I make some kind of progress, the urges are a 100 times stronger than before. I’ve always wanted a Family of my own, and because of my addiction I believ that may never happen. It’s already been the main reason why my relationships never last. Altough they never know the real reason, I know that’s why it never works out. Please PRAY for me…. Thank you

  115. I myself suffer from addictions, Tobacco is a fiend and Porn is a beast. Thank you for the links Lila. I use to beat myself up mentally when ever i feel into my sins. Sin is like a tree that is planted. The Longer you rest in it the more it grows. Jesus is like the Tornado that uproots the tree. As a tree grows good roots it is easy to uproot in the begining of it’s growth. The longer the tree grows the harder to uproot the tree it is. I have recently turned to Pslams 119 http://www.zcpress.org/psalm119lp/ to help battle this. I found lots of relief and inspiration through all of 119. “Oh that my ways where steadfast in obeying all your decrees then I would not be put to shame when I consider your commands” The Psalmist is saying that he struggled with sin possibly even the same ones I stuggle with.

    “I have gone astray like a lost sheep”

    Ezra F

  116. Al Negron permalink

    Not to minimize Scripture in the least, but this person also needs a support structure around him in the form of people walking the same path to spiritual wellness, that will keep him accountable, and encourage him to continue in spite of inevitable setbacks. He needs to follow a time-tested method of fighting addiction that incorporates Christian perspective and values. I am a recovering addict myself, and I personally recommend (and cannot overemphasize the importance of) a supportive church with a perspective of grace, a place where a person is safe to fail and to share those failures with others who will edify not villify.

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