When your head is full of naked women and secret shame, there's not much room left for divine imagination.
I want to tell you about one of the least talked about consequences of porn.
A lackluster life.
When I look back at the multiplied thousands of hours I spent in my world of porn and sexual vice, I can't help but ask myself these questions:
What if I had put the same amount of time into prayerful imagination of what life could really be?
How much more discerning would my heart have been to clearly see my future?
How many times did guilt and shame limit my belief that God was really for me?
When porn's powerful chains wrap themselves around your mind, it paralyzes you from experiencing the beauty and wonder of what life can really be. You are literally sacrificing your future for a few fleeting moments of heart-numbing gratification.
I know. It happened to me.
My porn and sexual addiction stole years from my life. I stopped dreaming about my future. I lost my ambition and desire to grow as a human being. I was baring existing.
Today, my world sans-porn is filled with the joy of imagining and creating a life without limits. Without the crippling darkness of pornography clouding my curiosity, creativity and passion for for living.
Jeremiah 33:3 sheds some amazing light on what happens when we reach out to God in our darkness...
Call unto Me, and I do answer thee, yea, I declare to thee great and fenced things -- thou hast not known them. (Young's Literal Version)
Hmmmm.... fenced things.
It's as if I was once locked in a dark, dingy prison cell and suddenly all four walls fell down and there it was... right in front of me for the first time in 25 years... the sunlight, colors and creation of God inviting me to explore!
Wow. How could life be this good?
And all I can do is thank my gracious Savior for patiently waiting for me to finally cry out for help.
If you are struggling with this terrible stealer of dreams, I am here for you.
May Jesus be more real to you than ever,