What a simple yet very profound question. One I know has been asked many, many times in my life and by others.
You don’t have to be an addict, of any sort, to feel the need to ask that question.
You could simply be struggling with finances, dealing with co-worker issues, battling depression or praying for years for your wayward child.
An addict, who wants to be free from their bondage, will fall and ask how long Lord before I am finally free…free from the desire to use, the craving to partake, free from the images stuck in my head…
For me, it was how long Lord will I continue to allow the devil a foothold in my life. My struggle with porn took me places not only physically but mentally that I would not wish on my worst enemy. That saying, things seen can not be unseen, is so true.
In the beginning of my recovery process scenes from porn videos would simply pop into my head for no reason at all. Sadly, in the beginning, I would let them linger for a bit before trying to shake them.
Now, when those scenes pop up I fight. And by fight I mean pray. And I had to do it just yesterday at work when a certain song by ZZ Top came on the radio.
I thank God for the days of no scenes in my head. I thank Him for the friends He has placed in my life that are there for me. I praise him for who He is and what He has done in my life. And the scenes fades to black.
For just as the psalmist wrote…
I trust in God and His plan for my life. I know there will come a day when the porn scenes will no longer be a problem.
Guys, praise Him during your storm. Give your urges and desires to Him, even on a daily basis if need be. For He WILL see you though to calmer waters.