Day 9: Ways to Overcome Pornography and Masturbation

Audio: Malik Ewan

Colossians 3:1-2: If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 

The Word of God offers guidance to deal with any and every one of life’s issues. Porn and masturbation are no different. We must acknowledge first of all that it is God’s desire that we live holy (1 Peter 1:16). The desire for a holy life in Christ will motivate us to give up every care of this world. You will find that God not only encourages you to want to live holy, but He gives you the power to live above sin! Colossians 3:1-17 gives us some important tools which we will use as principles to overcome porn and masturbation.

5 Steps to Victory over Porn and Masturbation 

  1. A change of heart and a change of mind. 

The scriptures are clear that the first step to a renewing of the mind is repentance. You have to spend much time in prayer for repentance. The other aspect to setting your affections right comes from meditating on what the scriptures say about these sins.

Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
  1. Put action to your prayer

Prayer and the word must then be combined with obedience. Your test of obedience will be whether you truly cut out these habits or not. This is what is meant by mortifying your members. You stop doing these works and become dead to their temptations as you meditate and put God’s word into practice.  

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 
  1. Throw out the old and replace it with the new

You will have to delete and block pornographic websites, pictures, and movies. You may need to change the friends you keep because the devil will use them to drag you back into his grip. Instead, do things that encourage productive and righteous thoughts, affections and behaviours. 

Colossian 3:9  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 
  1. Accountability

You are first accountable to God and His word. Next you are accountable to yourself to get it right. You also need, very importantly, a person to be accountable to – it could be a friend, a counsellor, a leader or a support group. This will also help to remind you that you are not alone.

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 
  1. Remind yourself daily of the reward for living in purity 
Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 

Prayer Starter

Jesus, there is power in your name to break every chain. Break these chains from me as I submit to your will today.

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