9 Bible Verses of Hope for Guys and Girls Struggling with Porn

 Photo: Holy Bible by Vinicius de Carvalho Venâncio, Public Domain

Photo: Holy Bible by Vinicius de Carvalho Venâncio, Public Domain

9 out of 10 of you reading this post have seen porn online. Half of you view it frequently. If you've tried to stop, you might feel that it's hopeless. But don't lose give up. God offers you hope in promises found in the Bible. Here are my top 9 favorites. Read 'em, think about 'em, pray about 'em. Then repeat.

(1) 1 John 4:4 (God in you is more powerful than the porn.) "My dear children, you belong to God and have defeated them; because God’s Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil, who is in the world."

(2) 1 John 1:9 (Want to be cleansed of all the stuff your eyes have seen? Here's the answer.) "But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness."

(3) Psalm 51:1-19 (David's prayer of confession after committing adultery with Bathsheba.) "Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there. Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me— now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you."

(4) Philippians 4:8 (Here are some things you can replace lustful thoughts with.) "Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."

(5) 2 Corinthians 10:5 (You can't be the master of your thoughts, but Christ can.) "We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ."

(6) Joel 2:25 (God can restore the years you've lost to porn.) "I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten..."

(7) Ezekiel 37:1-6 (God is in the business of bringing dead things back to life. Remember Jesus?) "The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, 'Son of man, can these bones live?' I said, 'Sovereign LORD, you alone know.' Then he said to me, 'Prophesy to these bones and say to them, "Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD."'"

(8) Psalm 107:19-21 (Cry out to God and he will save you. Then praise Him for his wonderful works.) "'Lord, help!' they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death. Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them."

(9) 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (Sexual sin isn't just pleasure or recreation; it's is serious business.) "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. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body."