Many think that sobriety only refers to alcohol. However, it refers to abstinence from any addiction. Sobriety from any addiction is a daily choice. Sexual addictions are no different. We have to make a decided and dedicated effort to overcome our addiction(s).

We must do as Jesus did. We cannot parlay with the devil and his temptations because we will not win. Jesus met the devil with a solid “Thus saith the Lord,” and an “It is written.” Read the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4. Jesus never gave in to the temptations of the devil because he made that daily choice to rely upon God.

Sobriety is a day to day choice. Quite often, it is a minute by minute choice. The devil will try to overcome you with temptations so strong that you feel like giving in. Even though you may feel like you can’t handle it and you feel like giving in, 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Remember also the promise of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,” and the promise in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

In the book, In Heavenly Places, page 26 and paragraph 3, the author Ellen G. White said this:

“Sanctification is the work, not of a day or of a year, but of a lifetime. The struggle for conquest over self, for holiness and heaven, is a lifelong struggle…. Paul’s sanctification was the result of a constant conflict with self. He said, “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31)…. It is by unceasing endeavor that we maintain the victory over the temptations of Satan. Christian integrity must be sought with resistless energy, and maintained with a resolute fixedness of purpose.”

Again in Desire of Ages, page 123 paragraph 4, the same author says:

“Every promise in God’s word is ours. “By every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” are we to live. When assailed by temptation, look not to circumstances or to the weakness of self, but to the power of the word. All its strength is yours. “Thy word,” says the psalmist, “have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.” “By the word of Thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.” Psalm 119:11; 17:4.”