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For Fapstronauts who are disciples of Christ
What were one or two key takeaways in this for you? What would you mostly highly recommend to someone else after watching this?
I had quite a few takeaways one of them being the preacher talking about not actually seeking repentance, there have been times when I've confessed to God after doing something wrong thinking that it's repentance but what I really wanted was relief from the guilt. So when it comes to pmo specifically I could confess that I had relapsed but would still keep videos or links back to the same pornographic materials because deep down I wanted to be able to come back to it.
This sermon is a reminder that the Word teaches to flee temptation not fight temptation, we need to make sure that we don't make provisions for sin.
Probably most importantly for me is being conscious of our identity in Christ. The enemy will try to get us to question our identity. The preacher talks about those who truly understand that they're forgiven have an easier time resisting sin than those who dwell in shame and act is they have to work for forgiveness.
Great stuff! These are all really good points to meditate on. Thanks for getting back to me.
These are excellent points and I wish to testify to their validity. I can see that for many years, I clung to my guilt with the notion that deep guilt would stop me from sinning again. Clearly, that did not work for I relapsed time after time. I am in no way proud of my sinful behavior but thanks to the words in Romans Ch. 6, I have accepted that my old self is dead. Now I am free to relish the feelings of a huge burden lifted from me and the desire to remain free outweighs any desire to return to the shackles and chains of sin.
I can also attest to the need to flee from temptation. I have no doubt that if I succumb to the temptation to stare at tempting persons or images, I will eventually give in to sin. My willpower alone is pathetically insufficient to keep me from sin (another point I have proven too many times). It is only by clinging to Christ through daily, sincere, peaceful and beautiful prayer that I am able to stay free.
"Deep down I wanted to be able to come back to it" - Admitting this was a key step for me in my own recovery. I was lying to myself when I claimed I wanted to give up PMO. I confessed my error, and asked God to make it easier for me, but deep down I really just wanted Him to make PMO okay. Such is our sinful nature. This is why we must pray for God to change our hearts, not only our habits.
Before I found freedom, I frequently began a reboot by cleaning my computer as best I could of all P links and files. Still, I fell many times and on one binge after a fall I recall searching the net for an old video that once appealed to me. It took me hours of sinful, ugly searching to find it but eventually I did. After I found it, I recall thinking - what a colossal waste of time! How I must have warped my brain to construe this as alluring and attractive?
God did not rescue me from this addiction with a bolt of lightening. It took many attempts and many small lessons to find freedom. Fortunately, when I recall that episode, it is clear to me how ugly and vulgar all of my lustful attractions were. I no longer need to see them to recognize they were never worthy of my time and they were never as attractive as I built them up to be in my mind. I created these twisted thoughts in my brain to make something ugly appealing. Thankfully God slowly untied most of the twisted pathways and constructions I built in my mind. I am sure the straightening of all I bent is not yet complete but each day brings more clarity and wisdom. Thank You My Precious Lord