But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. Romans 13:14
To put on Christ means to believe and receive the good news truths of what Jesus Christ has done. As a result, the believer cloths themselves with the interests and view point of Christ. To imitate Christ means not only to act like Jesus in deeds, but also in mental perspective, and personal convictions. Each of these aspect of our lives, deed, beliefs and passions, are transformed through the renewing of our minds with Scriptural revelation and exposure. It is a gracious working of God in our lives through prayer and trust in His grace
Jesus has said that we are seriously deal with our sin (Matt 5:27a). When the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, we are to respond with full repentance. Not just confessing and asking for forgiveness but also forsaking of sin. To forsake something means to leave it entirely. You don’t keep the door open for yourself or it to come back. This verse from Paul’s letter to the Romans is instructing the believers to not make preparation for future wants of the flesh.
What does this look like on a day-to-day basis? It means we put filters and blocks up on internet access to protect from sexually stimulating websites. It means we enter into accountable relationships to exclusively ask about the issues about masturbation, television and movie viewing, eye wandering and spiritual pursuits with someone who will actually hold our feet to the fire in love. It means cutting down or completely out a relationship that is unhealthy in this specific manner. It means sacrificing habits as specific as driving routines, renting movies or even flirtatious ways.
This may seem restrictive or ridiculous to you. Yet these are the very things you must do to conquer lustful temptations that come externally. These examples represent thoughtful ways that we feed our lust. As a result it causes it to grow. If you are fighting to keep any of these simple steps within your life, you must pause and ask: “Why do I do these things? Why am I fighting so hard to justify these habits for my comfort? Am I truly serious about dealing with sin in my life?”
Brothers: Do what you must do to cut off sin in your life!
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