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Addicted

Joshua Huff

devozine Joshua HuffI have been tempted by pornography for years. I first started looking at porn when I was 10 years old. I was watching TV late one night when a commercial advertising the porn industry flashed across the screen. Immediately, I logged on to the computer and looked up the ad. As always, one thing led to another; and before I knew it, I was addicted to porn. For five and a half years, I continued to look at porn every chance I got. I would sneak a peek early in the morning or late at night, when no one else was awake. Porn was controlling my life.

 

Not Alone

When I went to church camp for the first time, some of the speakers talked about their addiction to porn and how God helped them to get through it. Hearing their stories made me realize that I wasn’t alone, that God could help me too. They encouraged all of us, saying we could do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). Then the camp leaders prayed for anyone who was struggling with porn or with other addictions or temptations.

Finding hope at camp, I began to develop some habits that make it easier for me to walk away from temptation. Now, whenever I have the urge to look at porn, I listen to music, read my Bible, or pray. The desire to look at pornography gradually decreases and fades away.

 

Hope and Strength

Sadly, temptation will never go away completely. People will always have temptation of some kind in their life. Different things tempt different people, but we are all tempted by something. Yielding to temptation doesn’t mean that we are less worthy than others or that God loves us any less. It means that we’re human and we need help to get through life. It shows that we still have some growing to do in our life and faith.

As Christians, we have hope in the promise that God is always with us, no matter what we do or in what situations we find ourselves. Even when we feel all alone in our struggles, God is right beside us, waiting for us to ask for help. We simply have to admit that we can’t do it on our own and turn to God for the help we need. Even Jesus turned to God for help and strength when he was tempted. Jesus’ example assures us that, with God’s help, we can beat temptation.

 

DIG DEEPER

No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NRSV)

PRAYER: Lord, you know the temptations I am facing today; and you promise that I will not be tempted beyond what I can bear. I ask for strength to stand against temptation. You also promise to provide a way out of temptation. Please, Lord, give me the wisdom to see this way out and the courage to take it. Thank you, Lord, for being a faithful deliverer in my time of need. Teach me always to turn to you. Amen.

REACH OUT FOR HELP: If you are struggling with temptation, go first to God. Then talk with a pastor, youth pastor, family member, or trustworthy friend who will pray with you, offer wise advice, and help you stand against temptation.

Joshua Huff , 18, from Wagoner, Oklahoma, is a member of the devozine Teen Advisory Board.

—from devozine (January/February 2013). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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