“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5)
1) We need to have a growing realization that the Lord is SO pure, so clean and so majestic in comparison to us. This will only come from reading the Word. (Refer to points below)
2) Sin in darkness thrives, so get it out. Tell someone you know is more mature than you spiritually.
3) I find that sin has a tendency to fluorish when our living environment’s are unclean, untidy, and disorganized. My parents would always say, “Your room is an EXACT representation of your mind.” I always thought they were crazy for saying that, but it’s a quote I live by—chances are if I’m living in a “pig-sty” it’s transferring over to my spiritual life as well.
4) You need to have tactics in place. First you need to be aware of your triggers, be as honest with yourself as possible and work against those. THIS IS A WAR WE’RE FIGHTING. Ex. if you have a laptop, make sure you decide to a) keep door open, b) laptop away from your room and or c) to remove the ‘fuel’. What I mean by fuel is, the Jersey Shore episodes you are watching, or the sleazy movies, or the places you end up visiting with friends, it all adds fuel to the fire. When temptation comes you can be sure that your own choices triggered it.
5) Accountability needs to be ongoing, so it doesn’t end with a confession. You need daily check ups at first, or weekly ones where you are acknowledging your struggles to someone else regularly.
6) THE BIBLE. You need to figure out a time for yourself where you are going to delve into the word and hear what God has to say. Come before the Lord in reverence, and don’t just flip through pages selfishly till you find a verse that “resonates” with you. Pray over the word, and BE DISTRACTION FREE. That means no cell phone, youtube, texting, facebook, or music unless you use it to soften and open your heart (I put on worship songs before my quiet time sometimes but need to be on guard or else I’ll get distracted and simultaneously check my email–def not reverent to Christ. Read Revelation 4 to understand who we are worshipping and how great He is.)
LORD. Thank you for your magnificence. I’m sorry for only understanding you with my miniscule brain, and placing you in a box. You are so great and mightly Lord! Grant me the strength and power to overcome temptation, let me heed your word and the promptings of the Holy Spirit. I pray in your name, Amen.