Your daily dose of true beauty advice…
Now if you’re gonna stop lusting – here’s the second thing. Number one, abstain from fleshly lust – 1 Peter 2:11. Number two, make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lust. If you’re going to stop lusting then you have to refuse to accommodate fleshly lusts.
I mean it’s just simple. If you struggle with gluttony, then don’t go to the market with a massive grocery basket and go directly to the junk food section and then take it all home and try to prevent yourself from eating it. If you struggle with lust then don’t turn things on the television or the Internet or whatever other source that you have that are going to feed that. Don’t fill your mind with images that feed your lust. If you don’t want to fall then don’t walk where it’s slippery.
You really need to refuse to furnish your mind with the means to entertain evil thoughts…it’s that easy. Stop lusting means stop providing the stuff that generates that lusting. You have to stop sin before it starts. You have to deal with it in the heart or you’re never going to be able to deal with it in your life. This is not something we don’t know about. It’s just something we need to be reminded of…
James 1:14: “You’re tempted when you’re carried away and enticed by your lust.” As I said, it’s lust that conceives, gives birth to sin. Sin produces death. So if you’re going to abstain from lust then you have to make no provision for the flesh regarding lust.
~John MacArthur in “Aggressively Attacking the Sin in Our Lives“