I am no longer addicted to pornography or masturbation. What was once a daily cycle of sin is now an occasional temptation for which God has given me a way out. If you're like me, you may have tried keeping track of how long you "went without." If you're like me, it may not have worked very well. Sure, I felt great when I got up to 4 days, but "falling" on day 5 made the whole thing feel worthless. Maybe you've worked up to 2 weeks or more. If you're like me, it still didn't end the cycle! I lived in this cycle for several years until God revealed to me that I needed to CHANGE MY PERSPECTIVE. God did not intend for us to live a life centered around not sinning. When our main focus is "not sinning" it will never work. God didn't design it that way. God designed us for relationship with Him. One problem. He is perfect and holy. Therefore sin can not exist in His presence. Do you feel distant from God after looking at porn or masturbating? I do. This feeling does not mean we have lost our salvation until we repent; it's the conviction of the Holy Spirit - His way of bringing us back to Him. Now take a step back, and look at it this way with me. THE VERY THING THAT SEPARATES US FROM GOD IS THE ONLY THING THAT CAN BRING US BACK TO HIM. God is perfect and holy, therefore sin can't exist in His presence. This is why we want to stop lusting, right? Instead of being frustrated by this barrier, look at it this way. SINCE GOD IS PERFECT AND HOLY, AND SIN CAN't EXIST IN HIS PRESENCE, WHAT SHOULD WE DO TO STOP SINNING? RUN TO THE ONLY PLACE THAT SIN CAN't EXIST - HIS PRESENCE! THE MORE TIME WE SPEND IN HIS PRESENCE (prayer, Bible reading, fasting, etc.), THE MORE SIN WILL NATURALLY FADE AWAY!