9 Things to Help Guys and Girls Struggling with Porn

 Photo: By Flickr.com user "The Jamoker", via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: By Flickr.com user "The Jamoker", via Wikimedia Commons

If the stats are true, porn is a struggle for many of you. And it's not just guys. Girls can struggle with it as well. (25% of people who view porn are women.) If you're caught by the grip of porn and want to escape, here are 9 things that can help.

(1) Confession & Forgiveness
The Bible says that when we confess our sins to God, "he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness" (1 John 1:9). God wants to forgive and cleanse you. What are you waiting for? Talk to Him. He already knows what you've done and He's just waiting for you to come to him.

(2) A friend
Find a trusted friend to whom you can share your secrets (James 5:16), who can help bear your burdens (Gal. 6:2), and who can keep you accountable (1 Thess. 5:11, Eph. 4:25). You are not alone, and you don't have to battle this alone.

(3) Accountability Software
X3watch or Covenant Eyes (both free). Install it on your laptop, phone, iPad, Ti-83, everywhere.

(4) XXXchurch Teens Blog
Read real stories from real teens and young adults struggling with the same things you are.

(5) My Other Post - "9 Verses of Hope for Guys and Girls Struggling with Porn"

(6) You are More by Tenth Avenue North
A must see! Pause the video, read the chalkboard, and listen...then listen again. "You are more than the choices that you've made."

(7) Create in Me a Clean Heart
This is a classic worship song based on Psalm 51:10-12 that speaks of God's ability to clean and renew our hearts. I can't tell you how many times I've sung this to God.

(8) Knowledge
There are a lot of great BOOKS out there: Every Young Man's Battle, Every Young Woman's Battle, What (Almost) Nobody Will Tell You about Sex, Pure Eyes. Read one of them. If a whole book feels intimidating, check out some of these ARTICLES from Campus Life or XXXchurch. If you have the attention span of it flea on Red Bull and need something even shorter, check out these stats about teens and porn use. Knowledge is power.

(9) X3Pure Workshop
A 30-day online workshop designed to help you get control over your life and put you on the path to wholeness and healing. It's $99, but if your thoughts and behaviors are spiraling out of control, it could be the best investment you ever make. There are specific workshops for guys and girls.