Reading: James 1:12-15, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Romans 8:1-2
What comes to mind when you see that word? Is it drugs? Is it alcohol? Is it to your phone? The big question: What is your addiction? According to Dictionary.com, an addiction is “the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.”
What about sexual addiction? Is that even a thing? It is, unfortunately, a very real thing. Sexual addiction is when somebody is trapped by pornography, masturbation, or lust to the point that it is all they think about. It is when somebody feels like they can’t get out of the vicious cycle of failing in one of these areas, beating themselves up over it, asking God for forgiveness, and then going and doing it all over again.
Sexual temptation is a really dangerous trap and a slippery slope for anyone to even start down it. Sadly, the world we live in is constantly bombarding us with it in the media, through movies, and even through books. It permeates the very fabric of our culture. Just consider Miley Cyrus’s latest performances and dress. I do not agree with how she has presented herself over the past few months at all. I am ashamed to be an American when stuff like that happens.
As a guy, I have chosen not to search for any of her recent performances. I know that I am not strong enough to protect myself mentally or spiritually, so as not to be drawn into the Devil’s trap. I know that I will subconsciously or consciously lust after her. It’s unfortunate, but it’s what the culture of the U.S. has done to young men’s and young women’s brains. I have been a Christian since I was 4ish. It might just be me not paying attention to it, but I firmly believe that the sexual temptation that the media has put forth has increased significantly over the last 5-10 years. Just recently, I have read internet articles that stated that the number of young women viewing porn increased dramatically and that all men at some point in their life have viewed porn. It pains me to realize that my some of my best friends have looked at pornography. It is such a debasing way to view women that it is a hard trap to get out of.
Thankfully, we as Christians don’t have to do it alone. We have other Christians to build up us and help us out. The world doesn’t have that. The world doesn’t have a way to be able to get out of this trap of sexual temptation and addiction. But, the Lord Jesus Christ has forgiven all Christian of their sins, and he wants to help all of his followers to get out of the clutches of Satan.
If you are struggling with sexual addiction and/or temptation today, go find a brother or sister in Christ and ask them to pray for and with you. Tell them what has happened and what is happening. Ask them to keep you accountable. And in turn, do the same for them. As the body of Christ, we should be building each other up especially when the world is against us. We should be doing everything in our power to help our brother next to us or our sister in front of us win the battles against the Devil. Sure, it’s difficult to get started… But just imagine if all the Christian brothers and sisters in the world banded together to defeat Satan. Where would we be then?
Prayer: Pray for those Christian siblings who you know are going through an addiction. Then, pray for those that you don’t even know who they are. Pray for the leaders in your church to uphold themselves and live by God’s standards, not the world’s. Pray for your family that you would be able to stand tall with them in every way the Devil attacks you.