Avoid: The First Step to Defeating Lust

The first step to fighting lust is one many are unwilling to make — avoid it. In this lab, John Piper explains why this is such an important place to start.

Some questions to ask as you read and study:

  1. If you were to give counsel to a Christian friend struggling with lust, what would be a good first step to defeating it? What text might you share?
  2. Watch the lab. What help do texts like 2 Timothy 2:19–22 give us for how to go about fighting the monster of lust?
  3. What will you flee to this week when tempted with sexual desires?

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Six Steps for Defeating Lust (ANTHEM)

Step 1: Avoid all possible temptation.

Step 2: Say, “No!” to every lustful thought.

Step 3: Turn your eyes towards Christ.

Step 4: Hold onto a promise from God.

Step 5: Enjoy Jesus more than sinful pleasure.

Step 6: Move away from idleness and find something to do.