How to Stop Dirty Thinking and Temptation
Answering two questions today:
How do you stop yourself from thinking ‘dirty’ things? I mean, we can control ourselves from our actions but how about our minds?
Pastor we are getting married soon and now we are tempted to lust.We love God so much but still we failed to resist the temptation to save sex before marriage. How to win over this temptation?
I think you can never stop the enemy from tempting you. Temptation is a test of our faith in Christ. It is to see where we find our sufficiency. People get into sin/lust/ addiction over porn because they think it would bring them joy, happiness and satisfaction but after they commit the act, they feel dirty and stupid for doing such a thing.
If you observe and analyze, people get into sin because of the idols in their hearts. Instead of looking to Christ for satisfaction and happiness, they choose the things of this world to satisfy them. The bad news is that what the world offers will never truly satisfy. That is why after committing pre-marital sex, the couple is bound to do it again because it is never enough. They go on a cycle of sin- thinking that it can fulfill them. Same goes with masturbation. Some men say they do it for the release of sexual tension. Yeah right!!! It does not release sexual tension – it heightens it more because man’s sinful nature is never contented.
He tries to fill it up with the wrong things. So what is the answer:
9How can(A) a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. 10(B) With my whole heart I seek you; let me not(C) wander from your commandments! 11I have(D) stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
The Scripture says that we need to fill our minds with the words of God. Pursue Christ who fulfills all our needs. I think John Piper hits it in the head when he wrote in his book “Desiring God”
I know of no other way to triumph over sin long term than to gain a distaste for it because of a superior satisfaction in God.
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