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Stepping Stones: The Law Of Diminishing Returns

Stepping Stones: The Law Of Diminishing Returns
April 13, 2010 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip

Some people involved in pornography think that pursuing sex is frivolous or will bring fulfillment, but the law of diminishing returns prevents them from finding contentment. This law is the idea that what satisfies today does not satisfy as much tomorrow, and even less the next time, and so on. They experience a continually increasing appetite for more, an appetite that is satisfied less and less and ultimately, never satisfied.

People may begin by visiting a pornographic website just out of curiosity or watching an x-rated movie with friends “just to be good company.” An occasional look often escalates to a daily habit. This habit can grow from viewing Internet sites or movies to magazines to hard-core pornography and then progressing to deviant behaviors. Nothing ever really satisfies, so then there is always a desire for more, with the hope that more will satisfy.

Most people are ashamed and embarrassed to admit their addiction to pornography. Christians may think that they are the only one in their church who has fallen into the trap. But statistics show differently. Sadly, a large percentage of Christians, and even pastors, are struggling with or addicted to pornography.

Today, if you or someone you know is addicted to pornography, it is important to step beyond that shame and embarrassment that keep the sin hidden. An addiction built on lies can only be overcome with truth. Truth to yourself about your addiction. Truth to someone you trust, admitting you need help. Truth to Jesus about your sin and your need for His help.

Jesus loves you. He will forgive you and wants to help you. Trust Him…He will show you the way and He will be your strength.

PS. For you, if lust is not your vice, substitute the item you use to replace God. Food…caffeine…anger…control…people-pleasing…guilt…work/productivity…kids… money…status…education…toys…substances…tattoos/piercing…relationships… endless list.

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Prayer
Dear Father God, forgive me for my sins. Help me to be honest about my problems. I thank You for treating me much better than I deserve. I thank You that Jesus paid the price for my sins. Give me the wisdom, the humility and the strength to overcome my weakness. Help me turn to You for satisfaction and fullness of life. I pray this and all prayers in the name of the One who sees all the best in me, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!

The Truth
All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins.
Romans 3:23-24

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