Saturday, August 05, 2006
Purity Download: Tip 6 & 7
The following is excerpted from Sex is Not the Problem (Lust Is) and is the final two installments of a seven-part series on resisting internet porn.
6. Use website filters, blockers, and accountability software as a final line of defense, not the first. Programs that e-mail a list of all the websites you visit or block bad content are a wonderful tool. But they can’t replace a heart that truly hates sin and desires to please God. Utilize them after you’ve taken a look at your heart and examined the lies you tell yourself in the process of temptation. Do the work of digging into God’s Word, meditating on Scripture, making yourself accountable, and other steps listed above. Otherwise you’re likely to find yourself looking for ways and times to get around the technological fence you’ve put in place. Instead, get your heart convictions in the right place, recognize your dependance on the Spirit and then your blocking and accountability software can serve to support your commitments.
7. Fight this sin the hardest when you’re feeling strong.
Many people experience a level of “victory” over Internet porn for a season—only to be lulled into a false sense of security and fall again. If you’re experiencing a time of relative freedom from impure behavior online, that’s good…but don’t stop watching this part of your life carefully. It’s when you’re feeling strong that you should fight the hardest. In other words, kick sin when it’s down. You don’t have to fight like a gentleman here. Redouble your grace-motivated efforts. Keep “backing up” your definition of on-line compromise. Memorize Scripture. Pray for God’s power. By doing so you’ll weaken the power of this sin in your life even more.