(1) Avoid temptation by making sure you don’t have a source of temptation readily AVAILABLE and that you do not put yourself into a position so that you have the TIME to even be tempted. “Pray that you may not enter into temptation (Luke 22:46).” Pray for wisdom to have no unhealthy situations or relationships, but if you do find yourself tempted, flee the temptation (I Cor. 10:13, 6:18)! Fleeing is wise and your flesh will fight you on this, but Jesus is your helper (Heb. 2:18).
(2) God’s design for fighting lust is agape love in marriage (Heb. 13:4).
(3) Truths: God designed sex for pleasure and procreation.
We should worship the Creator and not the creation (Rom. 1:25).
Saying “NO” to sin hurts your flesh and involves suffering. It is not easy to die to your
flesh, if you don’t see that you find your life when you lose your life.
Saying “YES” to enjoying God in righteousness and Spirit led living is all satisfying fullness of life (Ps. 16:11, John 10:10,15:11)
(4) How to root out the DESIRE for lust: As you seek God, the Holy Spirit convicts you of sin through your mind being renewed in the Scriptures (John 16:8, Rom. 12:1-2).
(5) You need the body of Christ to encourage you, challenge you, teach you, and pray for you. This means faithful weekly worship on the Sabbath day, small group fellowship, and personal accountability (Heb. 10:24-25). A journey alone in the fight against lust is too hard, even impossible (Ecc. 4:12).
What do you treasure and value?
It is not as much about saying “No” to sin, as it is first saying “Yes” to God.
“Yes God I want to enjoy seeking you and being satisfied in you alone.”
I have messed up, what does this mean?
Life is sweet because God is sweet and gracious. We all sin and we all need grace—every day. The gospel is for those who sin, not just lost non-Christians. If you have already surrendered your life to Jesus to save you and to be your Lord, then pray what Jesus says to pray in the Lord’s Prayer: “Father, forgive me my sins” (Matt. 6:12; Luke 11:4). At the foot of the cross, the ground is level, meaning we are all sinners. Don’t let other people judge you, only worry about God who judges us. There are real earthly and real eternal consequences from sexual sins (Heb. 12:6, 13:4). But the good news is that Jesus has taken your judgment for all your sins. All sins are equally forgiven! Confess your sin, repent, and God will forgive you (I John 1:9). Read John 8:1-11 and Psalm 51, which is what King David wrote after he committed adultery with Bathsheba. Commit afresh to stay pure! Get with a Christian friend and review how you are doing with these 5 keys to fight lust.