I am amazed at how quickly we are to blame the devil for our own issues sometimes.
Recovery is hard work - there are highs and there are lows.
The road to full freedom (and sustaining it afterwards) is marked with temptation.
Some of my greatest breakthroughs came because I persevered. And some of yours will come that way too.
While it is easy to simply rebuke a temptation or blame Satan, it may not be your best option in every situation.
Take Jesus as an example. After fasting for 40 days, he’s tempted by the enemy to turn stones into bread.
Jesus didn’t rebuke the devil and he was literally right in front of him!
Instead, he kept his cool, and used the TRUTH to fight the temptation and move forward.
He was tempted two more times, on one of those occasions he did actually rebuke the devil (his words in the NKJV were “get behind me Satan”).
…But he didn’t rebuke the temptation. Warding off the attacks of the enemy is part of this, but it’s not all of it.
We must have eyes to see and ears to hear, so we understand when it’s time to wage spiritual war, and when it’s time to rest in God’s protection over us.
For me personally, when I’m tempted now, I have learned to give thanks.
I give God thanks for my sex drive.
Thanks for the attention.
Thanks for the strength to persevere.
Whatever it may be, I lean in, make the most of it, and move on.
If you’re feeling tempted today.
If you’ve hit a low point in your recovery.
If you feel like the enemy is throwing everything at you.
Give thanks and persevere. It will get better.
And if you want to take your recovery efforts to the next level with a systematic process for tackling the root issues of porn addiction, book a strategy call with my team and we can see if your situation is a good fit.
Cheering you on,
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