Our culture has become so sexualized, so saturated with negative images on billboards, television, movies and commercials, and we’ve become desensitized to it too easily.
I was exposed to pornography at a really young age and it got a hold of me. Throughout high school, I really struggled with this sin. When I went to college, it was even harder because I was suddenly on my own, with no one watching over my shoulder and no one to report to. And I got carried away with it. Then during my sophomore year, I was amazed when I went to the Ivory Coast on a missions trip and realized that for those eight days, I barely had any sexual urges or temptations before me. But once we entered back into the States, greeted by a Victoria’s Secret billboard, I realized how hard the purity battle really is.
I would often try to tell myself that since I didn’t smoke or drink, I was OK. What was the harm in porn? But I was deceiving myself. To think that you’re not hurting anyone by looking at porn is a lie. You are destroying yourself, and in turn, hurting those around you.
The Bible says sexual sin is the only sin in which you sin against yourself. It’s one of the most secretive of sins available to us. You don’t have to tell anyone about it! It’s something Satan likes to use to separate us from God and distance us from His Spirit. When we’re trying to hide something, our minds can easily become clouded and our judgment skewed. As addictive as the most addictive drug on the market, porn will rewire your brain, making you feel stuck.
Whenever I struggled with porn, I would feel embarrassed. I didn’t want to be completely open and honest with my friends or pastors; I wanted to run and hide, thinking I could get over it on my own. But the ways I’ve been able to overcome this battle is by telling a few good friends who will talk and pray with me about this. The Bible talks about bringing your sins to light and confessing them to other Christians. This has been a game-changer for me.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” — James 5:16
At the end of the day, it’s not me who is going to get over this by myself. God is continually revealing Himself to me and freeing me from this sin. Like with any other sin, Satan presents the opportunity, we make the choice and God provides the power for us to overcome. As someone who has been through this, I know it’s tough. We truly do need God’s power to free us from the grasp of sin. He can and He will.
— Trey Burton, Chicago Bears tight end
Trey Burton is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing monthly articles and opinions.
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