Back on January 2, we started this teaching series called the Sex Spiral: Forgiven and Free From Pornography. It’s a series that I taught to a men’s group here in Phoenix last fall. The Sex Spiral is a set of awareness triggers that explain the location as to where you are in the habit, bondage or addiction to pornography.
Make no doubt about it, pornography is a series of predictable habits that we have created for ourselves. The bad news is that we don’t realize it, the good news is that as you listen, review and start applying this material to your own lives….you (By God’s grace) will break free from the bondage of porn. Jesus Christ did not die for your sin and rise from the dead for your to remain an addicted Christian!
Today we are at the last trigger inside the Sex Spiral. It’s called Hopelessness. Obviously, it’s a horrible place to be, and I pray that you never have to go there. Unfortunately, I did and today you’ll hear part of my personal story. A story of how the bondage to pornography almost literally killed me.
There is power in stories, and that’s why I’m sharing mine with you. I pray that you learn a lot from it, and that you don’t choose to make the same mistakes that I did.
Our guilt without a solution leads to hopelessness. The choice to not trust leads to hopelessness. Man, this is is so big! Something must be done with our guilt and shame. I can either choose to trust in myself and my own abilities or I can trust in God.
If I choose to continue trusting in me, I will eventually lose hope. If there is no solution to my guilt, we end up just trading one addiction for another. The ironic thing here in doing so, is that we actually believe that we’re getting better because we’re moving away from the original addiction, but were not. The reason that we’re not is because we haven’t found THE solution that’s found in Jesus Christ.
Now I’m not talking about salvation – the accepting of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. I’m talking about being free from the bondage and being free in Christ.
Galatians 5:1 –It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Are you free in Christ? Are you free enough to give your phone, email account and browsing history to your spouse if your married or a close friend? Or is there something that they would find that would cause great shame in your life.
It doesn’t have to be that way. It just doesn’t. You can choose to protect yourself and your family from any more shame.