Lesson 1 Power that Changes Your Heart and Life

Question 2 and 3

You no doubt understood from Purity Bootcamp, and also from your own experience, that involving ourselves in pornography or any form of sexual impurity is spiritual slavery. Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin” (John 8:34). A slave has lost his freedom and is unable to decide to break free or make a commitment to stop doing a specific behavior.
There are other words the Bible uses to describe this condition such as “trapped,” “captive” or “prisoner.” Notice how Isaiah 42:22 uses several of these metaphors in one verse to describe the condition of the nation of Israel while they were involved in idolatry:
Isaiah 42:22 ESV But this is a people plundered and looted; they are all of them trapped in holes and hidden in prisons; they have become plunder with none to rescue, spoil with none to say, “Restore!”

Question 2. What are some words Isaiah 42:22 uses to describe the condition of the people?

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As I shared with you in Bootcamp, I went for years trying to stop viewing pornography, and turn from sexual immorality thinking I would “get better” or somehow break free. In my job as a pilot I would find myself at a hotel layover immersing myself in pornography, either on the TV in the room or my personal computer. It was my way to “de-stress” after a long day at work, or find “comfort” when gone from my family. Or so I thought.
I began to experience firsthand that sin is slavery as I lost my ability to say no to the temptation. Each time I gave in it would become harder next time to say no. Even when I would plead with God for help, or make promises to Him that I would quit, the impure images in my mind would be so clear, so sharp, and so compelling that they would drag me into sin. After so many years of this, I had to admit that I was “trapped” in the pit of impurity, hidden away in the “prison” of lust. I was a slave to passion.

Question 3. Do you identify with this type of slavery to pornography or other types of sexual impurity? Please share your personal experience:

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