Dealing seriously with my sin

For Fapstronauts who are disciples of Christ

  1. Traveller221

    Traveller221 Fapstronaut

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    My brothers, I wanted your input on here as I'm someone intensely involved in a battle against PMO that started about a year ago and then became cold turkey in mid-August.
    I don't want to overreact by trying to destroy every little enjoyable thing in my life like it's all sin but I've felt-since August-that I need to stop watching t.v. as well. Not all tv maybe but modern tv today and most tv that seems to have a lot of sensuality in it and actresses whose make-up, dress and behavior seem so indistinguishable from a lot of the things I lusted after. I seem to connect the two without even trying. Whether it's a pretty news anchor or cheerleader or lawyer on tv my brain sometimes goes the wrong direction with it. I confess during my addiction I objectified almost anything as if it were a challenge or a game and now that I'm out of it I still FIGHT ALL THE TIME NOT TO THINK THAT WAY.
    I don't think I've truly repented of this sin. I say this after spending four months in a recovery center for drug addicts telling everyone I was there because of porn. I think A LOT of men are deceived on what it means to truly repent judging by my study of the Word. I think the heart is wickedly deceitful and I don't want to bully my brain around into thinking a certain way I want this to be a genuine conversion. Mature Christians, am I thinking rightly about this? Thank you and God bless.
     
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  2. Hebrews 12:1 says (in part): "let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles."

    In this context, "everything" does indeed mean "everything." :)

    Jesus says, " If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell" (Matthew 5). If that is how seriously he takes the spirit of adultery that can grow up like a weed in our hearts and minds, then forgoing tv in order to remain free seems a very small price to pay indeed.

    Being a disciple will cost us something. Indeed, rightly done, it will cost us everything (Matthew 13:45-46). But there is no price too high to receive in exchange Christ's undying life within ourselves and to know as a beloved friend, elder brother, and most high king, the Master of All.
     
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  3. Traveller221

    Traveller221 Fapstronaut

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    Thank you for replying Tao but I reached the conclusion earlier that day that I can't trust men to answer these things for me, only to check my thinking. I think I just have to believe what's written in the Bible.
     
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  4. Absolutely! Always listen to and obey the voice of the Spirit. He speaks to us in Scripture, in circumstances, through others -- lots of different ways. Learning to discern his voice is part of the journey of discipleship. I am glad we are on the path together!
     

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