Overcoming Lust and Temptation
A new loneliness overwhelmed us as we realized that, because of our addiction, we had become increasingly separated from God and our loved ones. We began to seek sobriety, and as we stayed sexually sober for some length of time, we discovered that even though we may not be acting out our compulsion, our obsession was still with us.
We began to recognize the many disguises the enemy uses to trick us into lusting. We learned not to rely on our failed and weakened selves, but rather, to turn to God’s pure love and absolute power. With an increased reliance on God, we worked on our recovery with altered attitudes, a changed heart and growing humility, and we gained a progressive victory over lust.
As we yielded to God, temptation began to lose its control over us. When we admitted we were powerless and gave our lives and our will over to God, He worked in us, and we began enjoying a healthy new balance in our lives.
Leaning on and learning from others in the program, we continue to walk in His strength, gaining true freedom from lust and sin through obedience to Christ our Lord.
• Commit to Jesus Christ and the 8 Recovery Principals.
• Form an Accountability Team:
Sponsor, Accountability Partners.
• Attend men’s sexual addiction (SA) Open Share and Step Study Group.
• Commit to a daily quiet time in The Celebrate Recovery Bible.
• Read SA materials. Learn about your addiction!
• Identify triggers.
• Avoid cross over addictions—food / eating disorders, alcohol / drugs.
• Avoid people, places, and things that tempt your addiction.
• Understand the root of each core issue you identify with and become willing to experience grief, forgiveness, and acceptance.
• Accept God’s standards for sexuality.
• Allow God total access to our minds (thought life) and through the program and change your belief system towards your sexuality.