Psalms 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
Pornography comes in different forms. Most persons are aware of visual porn – the sex magazines, the porn films, the nude photos, etc. Included in this is a form of porn known as softcore porn. This is the form often depicted in movies which portray romance scenes. And this is the form many Christians are most open to so much that we don’t recognize it as porn. Closely linked with the visual is the auditory accompaniments with porn. We read porn in novels and encounter it in text messages. There is outright porn and there is subtle porn. Just like 50 shades of…sin.
Today’s verse gives us a few clues how to overcome pornography. First, we must acknowledge that we have control over what we put before our eyes. Ultimately, the switch is in our hand to remove pornographic material from our field of vision. But a state of addiction is reached when you lose this control. Dealing with addiction at that point will require much more work, much fasting and prayer. Some persons will even need the help of a counsellor at this point.
The next clue is the hate sin. To break free from pornography you must begin to hate the evil and love the good. It means that your mindset must become one that porn is repulsive. How do you achieve that? You must delight yourself always in the Lord so much that His constant presence surrounds you. You recognize that there is never a moment that His Holy presence is not near you and that He is not pleased with pornography.
Job says, “I have made a covenant with my eyes, why then should I look upon a maid?” (Job 31:1). When you distance yourself from pornography you must make conscious effort not to be drawn back into it. Not only should you make a covenant with your eyes, but ultimately your covenant must be with God.
Do you struggle with pornography?
Let us pray…
Prayer StarterToday, Lord I confess that I belong to you, every part of me. My body is your temple and I will have to give account of what is done in it. Jesus, have your way and purify my members in your blood.