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In my post I want to write how I ended up buying Covenant Eyes and what it did for me.
I used to love computer games. However, we did not have a computer in our house until highschool. Therefore, my friends, my neighbors, and I we used to go to a ‘computer café club’ that was located on our street. Our parents did not like that place, but we still used to go there as we loved playing games. One evening, a friend of mine invited me to join him for a game at our local computer club. I said yes, and there we went.
However, as we entered that place, we have noticed that something was different. We (my friend and I) saw a group of young adults watching a pornographic film. Right there in the middle of all the other people and children—with no shame and no hiding.
Those images I saw kept following me and sinfully impacted my heart and mind. I felt defiled and dirty. However, strangely I also felt attracted by what I have seen. I was 14-15, and I had many unanswered questions about sex and sexuality with no answer for them, and finally, I have found a way to receive responses. (Sometimes I pray for a filter for my mind, just as Covenant Eyes is a filter for the Internet)
No answer in the Church
You see, if the leaders in the congregation or the parents will not discuss these hot topics with their children, they will find the answers elsewhere. The world, the devil, the society, and the media will provide a solution. However, it will be lies. They will never tell the whole truth about a topic.
Therefore, if one learns about sex and sexuality from the world, they will learn only lies, but they will believe them as truths. In biblical language, this is called ‘being deceived’. People are being misled to accept an error as truth. Moreover, the path of deceitfulness is the path towards death.
An open door for the enemy
A door was opened in my life, a door that should never have been opened. I did not know to whom to talk about what happened and seek help.
Not long after that event, my parents brought my brothers and me a computer (without Covenant Eyes or any Internet filter). So, as you can imagine, Satan did not sleep either. A friend of mine heard that I have a computer and he gave me a CD of a pornographic film. The rest is history.
My friends at church and school they all had different CDs to share, and I was not able to say no. Now, that was around twenty years ago, in Romania. How do you think is the situation now? Better or worse? Quite a few of my friends from Church began their sexual life, and we all did consume a lot of sinful films. At the same time, we went to Church, we prayed, and some of us were even baptized.
I soon realized something is wrong and I wanted to stop. I remember praying to God and asking for help and I even tried to talk with some mature people. However, I was not able to stop. I wanted God to speak to me about my situation and give me a solution. I felt that all the sermons at Church were about the Tabernacle and the Temple and the sacrificial ceremonies of the Jewish people. Or they were about how to dress, talk or behave at your workplace.
The answer is always— Jesus. He is the only One who can help us overcome any temptation and sin. However, Jesus will not force any of us to choose holiness.
In my battle with pornography, I have realized one day as I was talking with a friend, that I need an Internet filter. He suggested a few free Internet filters that I should use. Therefore, I installed one of the most popular free Internet filters one can find (I will not name it). However, soon after I installed it, I realized that actually, the filter is not that good as they claim.
I have tried several Internet filters after that one— some were free and for some, I had to pay. However, I was not satisfied with any of them until I tried Covenant Eyes. In my opinion, it is the best Internet filter one can use! [I am not being paid by anyone to write this article]
Covenant Eyes is not free, but the help one can get through it is worth the money. If a person in Romania can afford it, I am sure anyone can afford it. There are no excuses for not using it. Especially as the Internet is more and more filled with sinful websites and dangers for anyone who wants to live a godly life. Not to mention if one has also children!
What is Covenant Eyes?
Covenant Eyes is a software which monitors your Internet activity on the computers or any other device on which it is installed. Then they create a report of your activity, and sent to your accountability partners. I have three people who receive my reports weekly. And one of them is my wife. It is very easy to use!
Protect your life and use Covenant Eyes
My advice: do anything you can to protect your life and family from pornography. Covenant Eyes is not the ultimate solution, but it is part of the solution. It can be a great tool to use in your walk with God. I use it for quite a few years now on my laptop and my smartphone.
Many people over the years told me: Oni, but if you are free from pornography why do you still need an Internet filter? My answer is: because I know myself. I know I have moments when I am weak, and I do not watch over my life— for those moments I need an Internet filter. Mainly, as I work a lot on the computer (as a blogger, etc.). God gave me enough wisdom to use anything I can to walk away from this sin. Because pornography is a sin!
I want to encourage you to buy an Internet filter for yourself and your family. And if you ask me, try Covenant Eyes. Many Churches, Christian Organisations, and Companies are using Covenant Eyes, as they provide excellent service.
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