I have battled with the sin of self-abuse for years, but I can honestly say that I have made great strides. What used to be an addiction truly isn’t anymore. Through limiting my access to things like pornography, prayer, and Scripture reading, I have been able to almost** defeat this sin.
Still, every few months or so, I fall back to the same sin. I recently went six months before falling back into sin. I can be doing great for so long, then out of nowhere, I get hit with a seemingly overwhelming temptation.
The most recent problem for me was that I was already planning to go to confession in a few days, so I got hit with the temptation saying why not? You’re going to confession anyway. I hope that maybe that’s just one of the last punches the devil has to throw at me. Looking at the future, it presents a bit of a difficult position. Obviously, I can’t stop going to confession to prevent this from happening. Should I plan to just go to a devotional confession in the spur of the moment when I decide to go? Any other ideas in that area?
Overall, I’m looking for advice on what to do after an addiction is broken, but that sin still lingers in some way. How do I get this sin out of the house and close the door for good?