Today, let’s focus on a critical aspect of getting free and staying free from pornography—winning the war in your mind.
If you have been born again, it means your old self was crucified with Christ, along with its sinful passions, and you’ve now been raised to life in Him. God has placed His Spirit in you and given you His nature.
Knowing this truth, the natural question that follows is this: if that is true, then why do I still sin? One of the reasons is because your mind needs to be renewed. When your mind is renewed, you’ll no longer think as the world does—according to the flesh.
The battle over porn is won on the battlefield of the mind. Paul wrote,
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2 NKJV)
So how do we renew our minds? By filling ourselves with the truth of God’s Word. Paul instructed,
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV)
Whenever you have a thought that is contrary to God’s Word, you have to replace it with truth. That means you must first know the truth by spending time getting to know God through His Word. Remember when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness? He countered every temptation the enemy threw at Him with Scripture.
If you want to win the war in your head and walk in victory, then you must begin doing the same. In another passage, Paul tells us that we must take up “the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17 ESV).
If you want to win the war, it’s time to pick up your weapon and start fighting back. Remember how freedom isn’t only about emptying the house, but filling it? A big part of breaking the lies that have held you captive is simply to fill your life with the Word of God. As you get God’s Word in you and begin to combat the lies of the enemy, the lies will lose their power over you. That will play a big role in you stepping into a life of freedom and ultimately, the mission He has for you.
Day 6 Freedom Exercises
Scripture Reading — Read 2 Corinthians 10 and Ephesians 6. Take notes on how the battle is won.
Journaling Exercises — Answer the following questions at length in your journal. Aim to write for about 5-7 minutes per question:
- Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you 4–5 lies you’ve believed that are keeping you stuck. Write a bit about each one, being completely honest.
- For each lie you’ve identified, ask God what He has to say about it. Try to find a scripture that speaks to what is true.
Prayer — Holy Spirit, you are the Spirit of Truth. I ask you to reveal to me the areas in my mind where I have made agreements with the lies. Expose them and bring them into the light. Lead me into truth, and help me to be aware of moments where my thoughts are going astray, so I can take them captive. Help me to get your Word deep into my heart, and bring it to mind in moments of temptation, so that I can effectively combat the lies of the enemy. Show me how to use the sword of the Spirit to fight back against the enemy