Fighting lust

“For every look at yourself take ten looks at Christ. He is altogether lovely…. live much in the smiles of God. Bask in his beams. Feel his all-seeing eye settled on you in love. And repose in his almighty arms.” -Robert M. McCheyen You can read an excellent article on this McCheyen quote from Fred Sanders here.

(Jesus said): You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully, has already committed adultery with her in his heart.. (Gospel of Matthew 5:27–28)

(via) B.J. Stockman has a passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ and preaching and teaching God’s word. One of the things he enjoys doing is serving pastors around the nation through Docent Research Group. More from BJ Stockman or visit BJ at

B.J. Focuses on a biblical and grace centered way for men and women to resist the temptation to view porn. The key is point #8:

Stare at Jesus, Not Porn: 9 Ways to Fight Lust

1. Fight lustful images with the knowledge of God’s written Word. 

2. Realize that viewing porn unleashes insatiable craving but kills genuine satisfaction. 

3. Treat all women who are not your wife like sisters and mothers (1 Ti. 5:2).

4. Sever the sources of temptation to view porn.

5. Think about the eternal result of lust. 

6. Enjoy the pleasures of purity more than the pleasures of porn.

7. Avoid accountability groups and link up with believers radically focused on encouraging one another in the Gospel of grace. 

8. Stare at Jesus not at porn.

Trying harder and harder to stop looking at porn isn’t the way to stop looking at porn; you must look somewhere else, namely, the person of Jesus Christ.

Paul in 2 Corinthians 3:18 writes, “And we all with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.” True inward change comes from beholding Jesus not from not looking at porn. As it has been said, what you behold you become, or as biblical theologian Greg Beale puts it, you become what you worship.

Look at porn and become a person controlled by lust and idolatry or look at Jesus and become a glorious and whole human being that reflects the beauty and glory of God.

9. Fight as a son of God who has been freed to walk in purity. 

As a Christian the key to fighting lustful temptation (and any temptation for that matter) is by knowing who you are not by evaluating what you have done.

Becoming a son of God is not dependent upon your not looking at porn, but upon being united to Jesus by faith and the result of the Spirit of God’s work in your heart (Ro. 8:3-4, 14). No longer are you defined by your entanglements with porn, but by your connection to the person and work Jesus. Jesus was crucified for your lust, and he has made you objectively pure in him.

Therefore you can work from a place of purity as covered in the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21), not toward a place of purity to earn righteousness. Kill the urge to view porn because you are a son of God who is dead to sin and free to walk in purity (Ro. 6:1-14). Pornography is no longer your master—God is your father who radically loves you (1 Jn. 3:1) and Jesus is your sin-bearer who is not ashamed to call you, with all your inordinate lusts, “brother”  (Heb 2:11).

So, fight the temptation of pornography, to paraphrase John Piper, as a victor not a victim.

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