Ctrl - Alt - Del

Day 1 of 5 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Reboot and Force Quit Porn


Twenty years ago, when my desktop PC stopped working, I’d often see a little spinning hourglass on the screen. This moment is what techies call a "delay in system responsiveness," and I call "the reason I need a new computer". 


In that moment you’d press 3 keys - Ctrl-Alt-Del - which would close down whatever was stuck or even reboot the computer. If you’re a mac user, you’ll be more familiar with the 'force quit' command, but it's the same thing. With computers, there’s action to take if things get stuck or need to be restarted. 


Maybe you chose this bible plan because you recognise that's what you need when it comes to your porn use. If you’re honest, you feel stuck and you want to Ctrl-Alt-Del this part of your life. You want to reboot, to ‘force quit’, to see change.


Over the next 4 days, we’ll focus on things that anyone who wants to ‘force quit’ porn needs to know:     



  • Know what's being stolen     

  • Know yourself     

  • Know who has got your back     

  • Know your God


You’ve taken an important step today, because you’re not just staring at the spinning hourglass; you’ve decided to take action. You’re being intentional and choosing change for your life. That’s massive - don’t underestimate that!


Sometimes though, it can feel like change is impossible. Our mess, our mistakes, our flawed and failed attempts to 'just do better' overwhelm us, and we wonder if we'll ever be free. 


So, as you read the truth in today's verses, remember this: God hasn't given up on you.  He isn't overwhelmed by your sin. He overcame it! No sin, no weakness, no brokenness is too great for His love. He longs for us to experience forgiveness, freedom, and formation, in order for our hearts, minds, and behaviour to be transformed, becoming more and more like Christ.


This plan will point you towards important reflections and actions you can take, but it will also point you to the One who makes change a reality.


To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and for evermore!  Amen.  Jude 1:24-25