The following are verses I would recommend to memorize and meditated upon to combat the sexual temptations of porn. It should always be our desire to glorify God in all that we do and this includes our sex lives.
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slaver”
In Christ, we are set free from our old habits and master. Why then would we choose to resubmit ourselves to the “yoke” or slavery we were once under?
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
Rejoice! You no longer stand condemned for the sins you were once trapped in. Christ has saved you and you are now empowered to live like it!
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
I have been bought through the price paid by Christ on the cross. I am no longer my past self. What’s more, Christ now lives in me through his Holy Spirit. I have been given everything to follow His good and perfect will. This is NOT of myself, it is from God.
2 Corinthians 5:9
“Whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him.”
Our greatest joy and fulfillment can now be found in doing what pleases God.
“Sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.”
Persevere! Christ is with you and grants the strength to do this. If feeling lost, turn to Christ and pray! Depend upon Him; we do not need our own strength to do this. Christ provides us the strength.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
Take heart! Only those in Christ can bear fruit. Be comforted by the fact that you can see your sin and can seek to do what pleases Him.
1 Thessalonians 4:3
“This is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality.”
We have been made holy in Him. As such, He wishes us to be holy and this includes viewing sex from God’s perspective. This does NOT mean a life of celibacy but instead a life that submits to what glorifies God which is where we find our greatest joy.
It is obvious when viewing our culture that we do not view sex highly enough. We commonly see it as mere procreation or something enjoyable and/or relationship cementing. While such views have truth in them they fall short from viewing sexual intimacy in the grander view we see between Christ and the Church. What’s more, we fail to see the greatest ecstasy that can be achieved that occurs when Christ comes to claim His bride in the end!
Note: these verses will also be making an appearance in the delayed video for the Anti-Porn series on Awaken.