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Every Man's Battle
By Gondor44646
9/6/2009 3:15:52 PM
This post is obviously similar to my previous one about Every Young Man's Battle. I am reading another book again. It's obviously the other book called Every Man's Battle.

To say the least again about all of my experiences, let it be known that no young man has to be trapped in sexual sin. And that it is possible to maintain sexual integrity even though it is difficult. It is one thing to be a male, it's a completely different thing to be a man.

Ok...so I'm 19 years old, and I've been stuck with this problem of masturbation and pornography for several years... and so its only been one month... 31 days clean... wooo... but finally in the face of humility I have fallen to the ground long enough to have all of my pride pushed out of me. I am not any better than anybody else. I can not judge incorrectly or be a hypocrite. I can not give any excuse, nor can I deceive myself into thinking that my behavior made things different than anybody else. Masturbation and Pornography all = sexual immorality.

The main theme of my problem has been my perfectionistic attitude. I am not perfect, and by pretending to be so, I took the Lord's name in vain and deceived myself in continuing in sin for so many years. God had a lesson to teach me, and unfortunately I had to learn it the hard way. It was the atonement of Jesus Christ. Because of the atonement I have learned to accept the fact that I can't win alone, and that I need help. I can now rely on his atonement to help me forgive myself from my own past, and my many years of wasted time.

Oh, and by the way... I've asked a similar question about masturbation several times in my past blogs, but now may own answer. Although it's not the end of the world, however innocent anybody might think, Masturbation, has a great negative influence that can slowly trap any individual into relying on sexual immorality for relief. It weakened my self-control and made it easy to become carnal by nature. I believe in the words of our prophets, that it is right for us to learn to control ourselves and to commit to sexual integrity for it is God's commandment. I am so very thankful for this and I can testify that although its only been a month, becoming and remaining sexual chaste is worth our purpose for being here. The true love you can feel by following God's commandments is worth everything.

Comments:

You're awesome!!    
"CONGRATULATIONS on 31 days clean!! You sound so upbeat it is truly inspiring! I wish at 19 or earlier, my now husband would have taken sexual sin seriously…I think your right masturbation is a negative influence, and can lead to other serious sins. If my husband would have taken masturbation seriously as a youth…maybe just maybe my heart and his wouldn’t have been broken. The atonement is real! Heavenly Father can forgive us, but sometimes it’s hard to forgive ourselves…finding a way to let go of our wrongs in our past is tough, but worth it!! Thank you for your post…it gives me much hope!!"
posted at 11:11:07 on September 8, 2009 by summer
35 days... again    
"Hello again,

sorry for all the posts, blogs, and updates, but I just keep getting excited, I just tied my record at 35 days. erm... so 35 days back in May of 2008... only 35 days, but it doesn't matter, tomorrow I will beat my record and keep going... Continuing trusting and relaying on my God for support. That is all."
posted at 21:10:30 on September 9, 2009 by Gondor44646
One day at a time Gondor,    
"Awesome!! Keep it up and remember that we only need to worry about the NEXT 24 hours. If we focus on what temptation or catastrophe may or may not happen in the future...temptation creeps in every time. But if we do everything we can, to do Heavenly Father's will-just for today, all the "tomorrows" will take care of themselves and we find that we've accumulated a decent amount of clean time. I've noticed how much your attitude has improved and it really becomes you. Life is good when we are being carried by our Redeemer, isn't it? Good luck to you."
posted at 00:02:44 on September 11, 2009 by Anonymous
Keep the posts coming, blogs, and updates coming!    
"Way to go!! Thanks for sharing your excitement!! I love the end of your post "The true love you can feel by following God's commandments is worth everything.", so are so right!!"
posted at 12:32:21 on September 11, 2009 by summer


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