Matt and Braden discuss the lies we believe when we are battling a porn addiction. Whether it is lies about our identity, our relationships, or about the battle we are in, these lies are destructive and keep us stuck. In this episode, the lies will be exposed for what they are and you'll learn the powerful truths that can set us free!
Here is a brief summary of the episode.
Contrary to the Lie #1, this lie magnifies the issue. Believing the lie that the issue is too big to ever conquer keeps us stuck and beaten down. It creates a defeatist attitude that stops us from having urgency around our issue and reaching out for help.
Lie #3: "It doesn't effect anyone but me."
Lie #4: "One more time won't hurt me."
One big lie is that acting out "just one more time" isn't that big of a deal. However, each time we view porn, we become more inclined to view it again because it is so highly addictive and creates neurological and emotional patterns that are now even more ingrained in us. This makes breaking free from our patterns that much harder than it already was.
Lie #5: "I look at porn because I have sexual needs that aren't being met."
Sex isn't a need! Needs are air, water and food; things that keep us alive. God did give us sexual urges so that we can learn to control our bodies in a way that honours Him. We are better off when we learn to deal with our urges in a healthy way - not through turning to porn or casual sex for relief.
Lie #6: "I look at porn because I am a victim."
We all have hurt and pain in our lives, some much more so than others. But when we take on the identity of a victim, we can never move away from destructive patterns because we are giving power to the things or people that hurt us. Instead, we need to choose to heal from those experiences and move away from victimhood. God calls us "More than conquerors," which is the exact opposite of being a victim.
Lie #7: "Porn can be beaten on my own."
Part of the reason why porn is so destructive is that it is often hidden. Shame and pride tell us to keep it hidden so that we never have to put up with feeling inadequate or judged around other people. However, God's design is that healing can be found only in community and He doesn't intend for us to beat this battle on our own.
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