Overcoming Lust, Porn and Masturbation: Step 3 -Going further
Listed below are some scriptures dealing with sexual immorality to read daily, meditate on and verbally confess whenever the temptation to lust, watch porn or masturbate comes. Having the word of God engraved on your heart is the key to a life of purity. Psalm 119:9-11 says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word… I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
More often than not, when the temptation to sin sexually comes, it presents us with certain lies such as: "There’s pleasure in doing this." "It gratifies and gives a good feeling." "There’s nothing bad engaging in it."... So, the Scriptures below helps you fight these lies. Meditate on them, have them stored in your heart and be able to recite some, so as to be able to verbally confess them when the devil comes to tempt you.
Since sexual sins can attack you at any time or place, you should be prepared wherever you are to fight back with the Scriptures. That’s why you're encouraged to commit the Scriptures below to memory. Start by choosing one or two. Write them on your phone’s memo or write them down on a card or paper and place it where you’ll see it—in your Bible, in your room, on your laptop etc. Review them at least twice a day. After a week pick a few more. Keep going till you have them all hidden in your heart.
In times of temptation, confessing/reciting several of these scriptures can be a wonderful deterrent to sin. Sometimes you can even shout them and you’ll find renewed strength and grace to continue fighting.
LIE: I CAN’T CONTROL MY SEX DRIVE
TRUTH: “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality/ that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you”1 Thessalonians 4:3-6
“In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:11-13
“And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:24
“We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6
LIE: LOOKING AT A FEW PORNOGRAPHIC PICTURES/VIDEOS WON’T AFFECT ME
TRUTH: “Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18
“I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.” Psalm 101:3.
“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman/man.” Job 31:1
“Abstain from every form of evil [withdraw and keep away from it].” 1 Thessalonians 5:22
“Those who live only to satisfy their flesh will harvest decay and death from the flesh. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.”Galatians 6:8
LIE: I WON’T EXPERIENCE ANY CONSEQUENCES FOR INDULGING IN MY LUST
TRUTH: “God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.” Ecclesiastes 12:14
“So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God” Romans 14:12
“After desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” James 1:15.
“Do not deceive yourselves; no one makes a fool of God. You will reap exactly what you plant.” Galatians 6:7
“When you follow the desires of your flesh, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21
LIE: THE PLEASURE LUST, MASTURBATION and PORN PROMISES IS BETTER and MORE REAL THAN GOD’S PLEASURE
TRUTH: “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” Psalm 16:11.
“For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.” Romans 8:13
“Don't you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.” Romans 6:16
“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12
“Don't you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people--none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
LIE: FULFILLING MY LUST WILL SATISFY ME
TRUTH: “The fear of the LORD leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil.” Proverbs 19:23
“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their flesh to the cross and crucified them there.” Galatians 5:24
“God satisfies those who are thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” Psalm 107:9
“I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD” Lamentations 3:24-26.
LIE: GOD WON’T MIND A LITTLE COMPROMISE
TRUTH: “Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.” Romans 6:13
“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.”Colossians 3:5-6
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people” Ephesians 5:3.
“Flee from sexual immorality…”1 Corinthians 6:18
“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your flesh.” Galatians 5:13
“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide an escape, so that you can stand up under it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
LIE: IT’S MY BODY. I CAN DO WHAT I WANT WITH IT
TRUTH: “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body”1 Corinthians 6:18-20.
“You say, "Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food." (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can't say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:13
LIE: LUST, MASTURBATION and PORN IS NO BIG DEAL
TRUTH: “For Lust is a shameful sin, a crime that should be punished. It is a devastating fire that destroys to hell. It would wipe out everything I own.” Job 31:11-12
“Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life. Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?”Proverbs 6:25-27
“God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” Hebrews 13:4
“Those who have been born into God's family do not make a practice of sinning, because God's life is in them. So they can't keep on sinning, because they are children of God.” 1 John 3:9
LIE: A LITTLE SINFUL FANTASIZING WON’T HURT
TRUTH: “To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life” Galatians 6:7-8
“But clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”Romans 13:14
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-2
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
LIE: NO ONE KNOWS and NO ONE WILL KNOW
TRUTH: “For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.” Luke 8:17
“The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.” Luke 12:2
“God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.” Ecclesiastes 12:14
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13
Some benefits of living free from lust, masturbation and porn
You enjoy peace with God
You serve God better and enjoy His blessings
You live in ceaseless joy, rest and peace of mind
You have good and God-pleasing relationship with people
You have a joyful marriage and good sexual intimacy with your spouse
You have a very productive mind, you think well, reason soundly, and pursue your divine earthly assignment with uninterrupted focus
You live a delightsome life with the hope of spending eternity with God in Heaven
You live healthy and enjoy good sleep
You enjoy favour with God and man
You live above shame, hatred for oneself, low self-esteem, fear, depression, isolation, guilt and condemnation
You enjoy God’s constant presence, become bold, courageous and God-confident