Day 25: Paul's Death Blow to Addiction

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Day 25: Paul's Death Blow to Addiction

It’s Day 25 of Overcome Porn: The 40 Day Challenge. Let’s take a moment to summarize where we’ve been so far.

Over the last 12 days, we’ve been talking about the second strategy mentioned in 2 Timothy 2:22: run to. We must not just flee from sin and temptation; we must also run toholy pleasures that displace the power of sin. This means:

  • We must live lives experiencing pure, wholesome pleasures as good gifts from a loving God.
  • We must cultivate a heart of thankfulness and gratitude, which will foster genuine contentment..
  • We must repent of passivity and a constant desire for entertainment—which produces restlessness and boredom—and instead apply ourselves to creative pursuits, service to others, and activities that promote our health.
  • We must pursue genuine intimacy with others in community, and if we are married, also pursue emotional and sexual intimacy with our spouse.
  • We must find the idols of our hearts that drive our obsession with pornography. In the tempting moments we must turn away from those desires that are ruling us and look to Christ as the one who truly satisfies us.
  • We must practice God’s presence moment by moment, remembering Christ is better than the pleasures of sin.
  • We must meditate on the hope we have in Christ, relishing in God’s love for us, knowing a day is coming when we will be completely transformed by God, and allowing that hope to inspire us.

Yesterday we sent you an article about how Paul describes freedom from sin in his letter to the Colossians. Today, we’ll read how Paul outlines this even more fully in his letter to the Romans.

P.S. If you have any questions or comments about today’s lesson or the 40-day challenge in general, please leave your comment here.

Action Step

ReadRead “Paul vs. Porn: How the old apostle delivers a death blow to a modern addiction.” In this article I outline four critical truths we learn from Romans 6—truths that build on one another and lead to freedom from sin.

PenRemember: After reading the article, take some time to write down the most memorable take-aways in your 40 Day Challege Journal. Make sure to fill out your self-assessment charts for the day as well.

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