Overcome Porn: The 40 Day Challenge

Devotional

Day 1: Who sees your dirty laundry?

It's Day 1 of Overcome Porn: the 40 Day Challenge! Overcoming pornography temptations is difficult, but you can find freedom. Over the next 40 days we’ll look at Biblical strategies to break free.

Your first step is to find an accountability partner to encourage you through this journey.

Don't think of an accountability partner as merely someone who hears your faults and weaknesses. A good partner is there to remind you of the person you want to be. A good partner is not someone who can merely call you out on your sin, but someone who can call you up to the person you want to become.

Defining Accountability

“Accountability” is used to encapsulate a whole host of ideals God has for relationships in the Christian life.

James 5:16 – Mutual Confession and Energetic Prayer

This is the classic creed of accountability relationships. We are urged to regularly confess our faults to one another and pray for each other. The incentive offered is tremendous: “that you may be healed.”

Hebrews 10:23-25 – Motivating Others to Radical Love and Hope

This shows us that relationships are crucial to our perseverance and growth. There are three relational commands in this text: (1) meet together, (2) stir up one another, and (3) encourage one another.

Hebrews 3:13 – Unearthing Secret Sin

This is more than a general encouragement. It calls us to speak and listen to one another in such a way that we help one another see how sin is operating at the level of the heart. We must dig beneath the surface in our accountability relationships. We must go beyond mere behavior and look at motivations.

As you read each of the above Scripture passages, ask yourself: What would your life be like, and how would it be different, if you intentionally and regularly lived an accountable life seen throughout the Bible?

Action Step

Watch this video to learn more about choosing an accountability partner. Then invite someone to hold you accountable, especially for your Internet use (we strongly recommend you get a service like Covenant Eyes Internet Accountability). In your first conversation with your accountability partner, talk about how your lives would be different if you regularly met with fellow believers to intentionally live out the “one anothers” and “each others” of the Bible.

Reflection

What is one memorable take-away you learned from today’s video?