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7 Necessary Tactics to Beat Porn Addiction

Last Updated: October 3, 2014

How do you beat porn addiction? For the man or woman who has been fighting this battle for the long time, often its seems like there’s no hope in sight. When we want to change, what practical defenses can be put in place that make for lasting change?

Bob Reehm, author of The War Within, presents seven key tactics for maintaining sexual purity. Bob’s approach is both unique and refreshing because he weaves together his knowledge of Scripture with his experience in Naval warfare, painting a vivid picture of the spiritual battle behind sexual sin.

Tactic #1: Scripture Memory – Bob writes, “A ship in the water is a good thing. Water in the ship is a bad thing. A Christian in the world is a good thing. The world in the Christian or a worldly Christian is a bad thing.” The question is: How do we keep water out of the boat? We need to utilize the weapons God has given us, and the primary weapon we have is His Word.

Tactic #2: Armed with His Promises – Knowing God’s Word, we also need to apply it and meditate upon it. In times of temptation, in times of failure, and in all the ups and downs of life, we must have on the armor of God’s promises to fortify our hearts and minds. Just like a warship’s steel exterior, we must arm ourselves with His great promises, putting our trust in them, not in our feelings.

Tactic #3: Reckoning Ourselves Dead to Sin – The Bible says that those who have the Spirit of Christ in them are united to Christ in his death and resurrection. This means we are currently “dead to sin.” What we must do is reckon or count this to be true. Like a warship wrapped in electromagnetic coils to ward off magnetic mines, when we wrap ourselves in Jesus Christ, we can ward off temptation.

Tactic #4: Warfare Prayer – When an airplane attacks a ship on the open sea, the ship cannot outrun the plane. It must stand and fight. When Satan attacks with tempting thoughts, we cannot outrun him, but we can outgun him. Like Jesus in the wilderness, we need to have Scripture in our hearts and minds, ready to speak aloud when Satan whispers deceiving thoughts.

Tactic #5: Retreat – When tempting situations present themselves, rather than remaining and letting ourselves be entertained by the idea of sin, God commands us to flee. When a ship is in range of an enemy’s guns, and there is no way to counterattack, the best thing to do is get out of range.

Tactic #6: Cast Your Cares on God – When a submarine wants to attack a warship, it can hide beneath the “thermal layer” under the water. Similarly, often hidden motives and hurts in our hearts move us to act out in sinful ways. We turn to sin as an escape. Instead, we need to make God our refuge, learning the art of crying out to Him in times of frustration, exhaustion, and pain.

Tactic #7: Community – No one goes to war alone. When the enemy attacks we need comrades to help us fight well. When it comes to fighting temptation and sin, we need to have fellow Christians around us, challenging us to holiness.

  1. Okechukwu desire

    Please help me out. I have given my life to christ. But anytime i look at porn and nudes i will ask for forgiveness i preach to my fellow teens but when i watch it i fill guilty i started thinking that God gets tired of forgiving i even feel guilty asking God for forgiveness. Please my earnest desire is to make heaven having an intimate realationship with God.

    • Moriah Bowman

      Hi friend,

      Please know that you are not alone in this. God does not get tired of forgiving. We are all sinners, in need of daily forgiveness. If your heart desires to change, pray and ask God to give you the perseverance to quit porn. Recovery takes time, so it is important that you keep clinging to God for healing!

      I would also encourage you to reach out to someone you can trust to hold you accountable. Ask them to pray for you and regularly check in on you.
      Be strong!
      Moriah

  2. Michel

    My story is exactly like Brandon, except I’m 50.

  3. BRANDON

    I have been battling porn and sexual thoughts ever since I was 5 years old. I am now 33 and have been involved in porn, masturbation and promiscuity at some points in my life. There was even a time when I cheated on dnt wife emotionally and somewhat physically a couple years ago, and by God’s grace I am still married to her. There have been times of victory, but it’s never long lasting. In fact the longest I have gone without looking at porn or masturbating is about 6 months. This has become the plague, the black hole, the bane of my existence, and I’m sick of it. I want ultimate freedom, victory and the ability to help others in their battle of sexual integrity, but at times I believe the enemy’s lies that I’ll never beat it. I want purity, righteousness and healing. If it weren’t for God’s patience and grace, I’d have nothing right now! I don’t want to take the chance of that happening anymore but with victory follows the devil’s plots to thwart that my success by trying to cause me to stumble. It seems no matter how hard I try I can’t completely break free and I need help! And it seems I’ve tried everything in the book, but for some reason I feel that I act as thorny soil at best! Accountability spent always work, i have a hard time being in God’s word, my wife has too many issues of her own to try and help me with it, I know as I fall into that temptation that it’s wrong, but do it anyway as if it doesn’t matter to me. I need faith and discipline to just be obedient to God and present my body as a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to Him. HELP!!!

    • Chris McKenna

      Hi, Brandon – I can sense the sincere desire you have to break free. I’ve been there, and honestly, it’s still a daily struggle (at times) to choose the path of righteousness. It is not easy – not for any of us, at least in my experience. So, press on, brother. God can do this through you. Daily. One day at a time. It sounds like you still have access to porn. Can you eliminate that? Close the door! It sounds like you’ve tried accountability. But, keep on trying. Even when it gets better, accountability is a lifestyle, not a band-aid. I will continue to meet with an accountability partner for as long as I can. Are you serving or being generous with your time, talent, and/or treasure? I’ve found that when I’m being generous with the gifts God has given me, it encourages my spirit and gives me strength. It sounds like you’re ready to make some changes – so, let’s run through the window and get some stuff done!

      Here’s another post: https://www.covenanteyes.com/2016/06/30/stop-looking-at-porn-you-sicko-part-1/

      God is for you! Do you believe that? I do.
      Chris

  4. This is excellent for my youth group and even more real for teens club. I thank God for such people as you. Keep on doing the great job

  5. Barrister Michael

    YEA!

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