In the last blog post, I dealt with overcoming temptations in a large airport with thousands of people milling all around. Of course, the principles I'm sharing can apply to any venue. In this post, I’ll give a few more points to help with victory.
4. Avoid the obvious places where you know you will struggle
If I had it my way, I would not have chosen to have the “4-Airport Day” that I mentioned last time. But sometimes it may happen. However, there are certain venues that are bound to produce some temptation that are best to avoid altogether. If you know you are going to have a struggle at the mall, or the ball game, a parade, or the annual fireworks display, etc., be wise and avoid the large gatherings. If you know that at certain venues there is a high chance of finding “trouble,” it is best to ask for God’s wisdom, come up with an alternative, and stay away.
Proverbs 4:14-15 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
5. Be in the spirit of giving out the Gospel
On trips such as the trip to Canada, I try to make it a habit to give out Gospel tracts to those who are sitting around me. Giving out a tract to a seat mate and perhaps getting to witness to them is a “mindset”. To stay in this mindset – to be ready always (ref) – means one cannot descend into sexual, lustful thoughts. If he does lust, it will take them out of the spiritual ballgame every time.
By the way, in the illustration in the last post of the young lady sitting next to me, I tried to give her a tract at the end of the flight. Guess what? She took it. Would I have given it to her if I was in a lustful mindset? I doubt it.
6. Have Scripture Memory tools at hand
If I can try to have a few verses to work on, it will help fill my mind, as opposed to sitting in an airport for an hour just mindlessly watching all the sights around me.
The real problem a man has with lust is in his thought-life. Lust lives and feeds on images in your thoughts and mind. When a man casts down the idea of letting his mind be a safe-haven and breeding -ground for sensual thoughts, and begins to line the walls of his mind with God’s Word, something has to give.
Conclusion: The temptations of this world are not going to go away. If you have a massive, day-and-night lust struggle, a few tips from this blog post will help you, perhaps, but they won’t completely root out the major problem you have on your hands. Only Jesus can do this. He will need to have your full permission to do a complete overhaul. Purity Plan Ministries is designed to help a man with major lust struggles. Please reach out to us if we can help you.
Remember, a victorious focus will always be found by “looking away to Jesus” [see Hebrews 12:2a]. Only walking with Him moment-by-moment is going to keep you from lusting person-by-person.
Having successfully helped men for years who have had sexual struggles, Dave has a real heart for those who are daily besieged by sexual temptation and sin. This blog is designed to be a help to those who are looking for answers.