my name's bree. i've been addicted to pornography for a long time. people know and they've prayed about it with me but i haven't been able to stop myself. there's been many times when i thought i'd overcome this sin but it just came right back. i know there's power in talking to people who could help me with it but i'm so afraid to reach out because i know that people will look at me differently. and i just wanted to ask if someone could pray for me i don't even mind if someone talked with me.
Dear Bree, thank you for this message. Just prayed for you! I pray that you are able to have the strength and willpower to overcome this sin. I know that it is difficult if it has been a long time, but I just want you to know that no sin is too difficult to overcome. God has placed obstacles and temptations in our lives not to stumble us, but to test us and help us grow even stronger with each tough situation. God is with you through everything you do, so believe and trust Him that you are able to overcome it!
Also, remember that for whatever you do, God is watching you. He knows, but He loves you all the same. Just how great is His love for all of us, that though we sin every day, He still loves us so much! He is even willing to forgive us if we repent, and let us start our lives on a clean sheet. We can easily fall into temptation, but do we really want to - and while doing so let God, our Father who loves us so deeply, down? God is waiting to see if you would obey Him or turn away from Him - do you want to disappoint Him? And while doing so, be unfaithful to Him though He still stays faithful to you? We want to do our best for God, don’t we? And that means we should not sin as much as possible, and stay far away from temptation or have the willpower to overcome any temptation.
I say this not to make you feel guilty or shameful, but just to remind you to do your very best for God. I too want to live a holy and blameless life as much as possible, for the very fact that God loves me and I want to love Him back too! Of course, we all still sin but God will always forgive. We can start anew, learn from our mistakes, live a righteous life as we grow stronger and more knowledgeable from our past experiences!
Always pray for strength and perseverance, for God to help you keep this sin far away and for temptation to be in control. I’m so glad that you tried talking to others, because it does help when they pray for you! Confide in a spiritual buddy whom you trust, someone who can keep you accountable and really constantly remind you to stay away from this sin. I am sure your friend will not judge you, but will try your best to help you. Everyone has their own struggles, so there’s nothing to be afraid or ashamed of. Just open up, it’ll be so much easier when people are fighting this struggle with you! And of course, you also have God with you in this :) all the best okay! I know you can do it!!
Do continue to persevere in fighting against your sin. Anything is possible with God :) lead a pure holy life in God’s favour to honour and glorify Him! It is not difficult if you remember how much He loves you :) compared to what He did for us when He sent us His son, fighting our sins is barely nothing. So just do your best! God bless you :)
Love, Ruth (enter-my-heart.tumblr.com)