Overcoming Masturbation and Impure Thoughts
Overcoming Masturbation and Impure Thoughts
A Letter to a Friend
About the Book
This book will not help you. Not unless you’re serious. How serious do you have to be? Jesus says, “If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to go into hell” (Matt. 5:30 NASB).
This book will help you — if you're serious, but can’t figure out why you haven’t gotten victory.
There’s more to overcoming sexual sin than willpower. You will need the Holy Spirit. You will need the tools He has provided in His toolchest, the Bible. You will need prayer, fasting, and other disciplines. You will need to identify and know how to fight on three fronts at once: the world, the flesh, and the devil. The Bible gives us everything that we need for life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3), but like most wars, it will take training (Luke 6:40; Heb. 12:11) in how to use God’s tools and methods. Too many people give up because all they have tried are weak weapons rather than the weapons that are “mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4). For those committed to laying down their lives for Christ, this book gives you guidance that has already helped hundreds, young and old, to gain complete victory in this area of purity of thought and body.
Jesus says, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). You can’t even catch a fish without God’s help. Just ask Simon Peter. He said, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net” (Luke 5:5). It is only by faith that you can see Jesus do the impossible. May this book usher you into impossible victory after victory.
Table of Contents
1. The Letter
- What Masturbation Is and Is Not
- Why Is Masturbation Wrong?
How May We Overcome Masturbation and Impure Thoughts?
- Don’t be Double Minded
- Confess and Commit
- Ask for God’s Strengthening Power — Lay Claim to His Grace
- Make Affirmations of Faith — Put Off Negative Affirmations
- Engage in Spiritual Warfare Prayer — Abide in Christ
- Memorize Scripture
- Meditate on the Word of God — Guard the Mind
- Personal Testimony on How I Used This to Resist Satan
- Be Serious! Be a Soldier!
- Make Sure You Are Fighting the Right Enemy
- Exercise the Same Discipline as Needed in Sports
- Engage in Occasional Times of Fasting
- Find Two Accountability Partners
- Look for God’s Ways of Escape
2. Affirmations of Faith to Help You in the Battle
- When you think, “It’s impossible”
- When you think, “I’m too tired”
- When you think, “Nobody really loves me”
- When you think, “I can’t go on”
- When you think, “I can’t figure things out”
- When you think, “I can’t do it”
- When you think, “It’s not worth it”
- When you think, “I can’t manage”
- When you think, “I’m afraid”
- When you think, “I’m always worried and frustrated”
- When you think, “I don’t have enough faith”
- When you think, “I’m not smart enough”
- When you think, “I feel all alone”
- 3. Scriptures to Claim for Resisting the Demonic
- 4. Scriptures to Counsel Self and Others
- 5. Appendix: Prayers for Spiritual Warfare
6. More Resources for Overcoming
- 23 Costs of Sexual Sin
- Developing Sales Resistance to Porn
- Yielding Rights Homework
- Roots of Lying in 8 Areas of Life
- Mastering Your Curiosity
- Hope After Porn Testimonies
- Sin Facilitators and Impediments Worksheet
- Dr. Kayser’s Favorite Counseling Verses
- King David and Missing Sexual Hedges
- Bathsheba and Missing Sexual Hedges
- Covering Sin
- Pagan Thinking in a Christian Family
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