Detoxing From Internet Addiction

Some of you are shuddering right now, haha, wait, what? You want me to give up my lifeline? It’s funny how easily we can get out of balance in our lives. All you have to do is look around and it is everywhere. People are transfixed, mesmerized, yes, even hypnotized by their technology, I get it. I know that the instant connectivity is so convenient, and even at times essential. The problem is it has become such an obsession for many that they have had their smart phones surgically attached to their hands! (just kidding, but I am sure it’s not far behind.)

For me it began when I got a management job with a company some 20 years ago. I was handed a Blackberry, I had to use the internet for work, and my spin into oblivion began. Eventually, it allowed me access to things I didn’t need to see and reinforced the broken-ness of my life with an insatiable desire to view pornography.  Fast forward to today and I can see the wreckage that resulted.

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I am not saying the internet itself is to blame, but my misuse of it certainly was.

Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer. James 1:13-15 (MSG)

My question is this; Are you always so right with God that you don’t allow anything to penetrate your relationship with Him?

None of us are. Vigilance in this life is crucially important because it is the little allowances we make that can lead to catastrophic consequences. I have sacrificed decades to sneaking a momentary peek that became a vengeful behemoth of destruction, tearing through every aspect of life, with no mercy.

I have experienced what I have come to see as a life saving blessing. I was virtually cut off from unfettered access to the internet for over a year and in fact still don’t have internet at home, I gave up my smart phone, and I installed software on my laptop that either blocks or filters content. This is what we use, http://www.covenanteyes.com it has been essential for my growth and freedom, I highly recommend it.

If you are letting little things in now, or already a full-fledged online addict, I plead with you to get the help you need through one of many available options. It may be through a sincere conversation with a friend who can hold you accountable, sitting down with a leader who will help you find solutions, specialized counseling, or a support group.

The point is it is up to you. No one else can make the changes in your life that will result in your peace and freedom but YOU!

I am in such a great place. I can see that through the giving up of things I thought I was entitled to, I am building something really powerful. It is testimony of Gods love and goodness to me through my obedience to His word. It is in relentless efforts I have learned that freedom is real,  I don’t have to ever again be caught in the grip of futility I once accepted.

..whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action. James 1:25 (MSG)

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