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  • 10 Practical Ways To Battle Sexual Temptation In A Christian's Life
  • For the sake of our marriages, relationships or just
    spiritual well-being, we need to be able to find the
    answer. You are in a battle against sexual lust. Here is
    how you win:

    1. Consistent prayer. Prayer is the act of communicating
    your thoughts, worries, hopes and dreams to God. Lift up
    the desires you are feeling and ask for help. God made
    you and knows you and can deliver you time and time

    2. Avoid pornography. Besides the obvious reason—that
    avoiding porn will help guard against lust—there are
    psychological reasons as well. Porn creates unrealistic
    expectations and desensitizes our minds toward our
    spouses. They can’t possibly live up to what is viewed,
    and would we even want them to? This pushes the focus
    of your sexual desires outside of the home and can only
    lead to paths of destruction.

    3. Use social media with caution. The benefits of the age
    of social networks are many. The pitfalls are equally as
    great. We are reunited with people from our past and
    introduced to those who are new. Old sparks can be
    renewed or new ones can be lit. For a married man, this
    can be extremely perilous. Always remain alert to true
    intentions when using social media.

    4. Consider the consequences. Fear is a great protector.
    While pondering the object of your desire, also ponder the
    consequences of action. Do you want to wind up in
    couples therapy? Could your lust lead to an STD or even
    an addiction? If you think of these things while your
    desires are at their peak, you will find them quickly
    receding to normal levels.

    5. Question your intent. Most times when our minds
    wander sexually, we aren’t really seeking pure sex. We
    are seeking to replace something missing in our lives
    and our relationships. For each man, these things will be
    specific to his experiences. Figure out the root issue and
    work to correct it.

    6. Practice sexual intimacy. Do you remember falling in
    love and the feeling that nobody in the world existed
    except the person you loved? The reason for that is the
    high level of intimacy that was shared while you were
    getting to know each other. While there is no reset
    button to start the marital relationship over, there are
    certainly plenty of ways to regain that level of intimacy.
    Improving communication, date nights, passionate
    kissing and thoughtful gestures are just a few examples.
    When our minds and hearts are occupied in the right
    place, sexual lust has little room to operate.

    7. Avoid tempting situations. The last thing you want to
    do is find yourself alone with the object of your lustful
    desires. If contact with that person is a must, then make
    sure it is always in a public space and others are
    around. Do not paint yourself into a corner where further
    action is possible.

    8. Choose your friends wisely. When battling lust, there
    are plenty of people we can find who will enable that to
    grow even more powerful. As men, we all have friends
    who are single and living that lifestyle, who are married
    but cheating, or who are just drawn to trouble. You can
    still be their friend, but by all means avoid joining them
    in their choices.

    9. Keep high standards. To be a gentleman is a choice—
    a very good choice, and this world today needs a great
    many more. Despite the vast amount of temptations life
    throws our way, we should hold ourselves to the highest
    of moral standards. Self-discipline in all areas of life
    leads to positive results.

    10. Harness your passion. In most cases, overwhelming
    sexual lust is really just a desire to release the deep
    passion inside of you that has nothing to do with sex.
    Instead, direct that passion in positive directions.
    Volunteer at a homeless shelter. Coach a youth sports
    team. Mentor troubled individuals. The satisfaction that
    comes from building and creating will defeat the
    destruction that comes from succumbing to the path of
    sexual lust and desire.

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