Today, we are going to explore the work of one of the more renowned Christian philosophers of the modern era—Dallas Willard. Later in his life, he spoke extensively to the subject of pornography, and the vivid example it provides us of how spiritual formation must play out in our lives if we are to be free.
Rather than try to recap his thoughts on this subject, we will simply direct you to take between 7–10 minutes and read his article titled “Beyond Pornography” here. We think this will prove immensely valuable to you in your journey toward freedom. For many, this may be one of the most important readings in this entire Freedom Experience.
Only once you are done reading Willard’s Article and taking careful notes on it should you proceed to today’s freedom work below (without reading it fully and carefully, the questions below will not make sense). It may also prove useful to bookmark that link for future reference.
Day 11 Freedom Work
Scripture Reading — Read James Chapter 1 slowly and carefully, taking note of the journey we must take in order to sin—and the way out.
Journaling Exercises — Answer the following questions at length in your journal. Aim to write for about 5-7 minutes per question:
- Where has your vision of God, reality, and sexuality been in disagreement with God? How has this led you to a worldview that serves sexuality and the fulfillment of desire rather than God?
- How have you used your will in service of pursuing sexual gratification in sinful ways rather than submitting your will to God and His desires for you?
- Regarding the means of living out a different vision and intention, in what ways must you live with more openness to others and resolute avoidance of pornography? What practical actions would someone in your situation take if they were truly looking to be free, not just in words, but in deed?
Prayer — Father, I have had a vision of reality that is bent toward serving my own desires and my own vision of goodness. By your Spirit, reveal to me where I have walked in deception and reveal truth. I see that I am stuck in the areas of my life where I disagree with you, and that has only led me to death. I want to see things the way You see things. I surrender my will to yours, and I ask that you help to live according to your Spirit that you have placed within me rather than giving my will over to the desires of the flesh. I repent of thinking that my vision for my life is better than yours, and for calling sinful things good and justifying my pursuit of them. I stand on your word that says every good and perfect gift is from you—and I ask that you help me to get this truth firmly into the deepest places of my heart. Help me to trust you to lead me into goodness, and help me to stay away from any deception that would lead me elsewhere. Amen.