Week 2 – Pornography, Masturbation, and the Source of True Pleasure

Day 8: Pornography and Masturbation

Audio: Malik Ewan

Galatians 5:19 – 21: Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 

It is said that “the eyes are the windows to the soul”. While true, each of the 5 senses can be seen as windows to the soul. These are the gates to one’s heart. In considering pornography and masturbation one can see where the senses of touch, seeing and hearing play an active part in the process. 

While watching porn and masturbating are pleasurable to the flesh, they become snares in one’s life over time. Soon enough an addiction may develop which causes the person to not be able to function from day to day. I’ve heard of one case where a husband was so addicted to porn that he lost his desire for his wife and instead turned to porn to satisfy his sexual needs! As scriptures explain, a man becomes a slave to whatever overcomes him. (2 Peter 2:19). 

The consistent pattern we will see is that sexual lust starts out pleasurable, fun, exciting. But give it some time and these immoral seeds start to spring like serpents to cripple one’s soul. Ultimately, as James tells us, lust brings forth sin which brings about death (James 1:14-15). In order words, when you give in to these lusts, at the end they will leave you feeling tormented, unhappy, confused, and spiritually dry and empty. 

Tomorrow we will look at practical ways to break these sexually addicting habits using the Word of God. Today I want you to acknowledge that pornography and masturbation are indeed wrong and that God wants you to overcome these and live a sexually pure life before Him.

Let’s pray…

Prayer Starter

Lord, I recognise that both males and females struggle with pornography and masturbation. These snares have dragged many of us down the wrong road many times. Father, lead out of bondage and free us from these immoral habits, in Jesus name.

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