Guard your heart.
Prov 4:23 "Above everything else guard your heart."
You will not fall into temptations anyhow if you guard your heart effectively. This is the same place from where all the issues of life spring forth. How then do we ensure that we are always on our best guard to guard our hearts?
1. Set your affections on the things above.
Col 3:2 says that we should set our affections on the things above.
Make sure that your spiritual antennas are on point to be sensitive in the things of the spirit. This will get you out of situations that the Spirit of God sees beforehand and cautions you against.
You'll guard your heart in 2 ways.
The internal security. Guard whatever is already in your heart that it is not affected by other forces.
The external securiy. Guard your heart against any external forces that would want to get into your heart.
2. Be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Eph 5:18 "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;"
According to the above verse,we should not be drunk with wine but with the Spirit of God.
There are so many dangers that come with getting drunk with liquor.
It is thanks to the alcohol dens that we have so many broken homes today and widespread perversion.
When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we can never make any provisions for the flesh.
On the contrary, we will bear the nine fruits of the Spirit.
When it comes to infilling of the Holy Spirit, we are supposed to be immersed fully.
3. Set no wicked things before your eyes.
Make sure to guard your eyes against anything that is evil or rather wicked.
To see is natural but to observe is choice.
Psalms 101:3 "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me."
Whatever you allow your eyes to see goes straight to the heart, which, as mentioned, we ought to guard always.
Eyes are gates and whatever you allow entry at the gate has full access to the city.
How then can you guard your heart if you consume wicked stuff such as pornography?
In Psalms 119:37, the Psalmist cries to God to turn his eyes away from beholding vanity.
In Matt 5:29, Jesus illustrates the seriousness of the matter by talking of plucking a right eye if it causes you to sin.
It is better to inherit life without a right eye than to go to hell with proper sight.
In Job 31:1, Job makes a covenant with his eyes to never look upon a woman lustfully.
There is a lot of power in sight. We ought to literally lock up our eyes from things that we should never see.
A thief sees something first before they are tempted to steal it.
Guard your heart by guarding your sight.
Matt 6:22 Your eyes are lamps to the body if they are healthy. But if they are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness.
Whatever you allow your eyes to see determines the type of person you are.
No wonder the Psalmist in Psalms 119:37 asks that his eyes are turned away from worthless things.
Many people have opened doors to demonic invasion/attacks as a result of what they see or watch.
1 Cor 6:19 tells us to flee fornication/adultery/sinful sexual behaviour.
If we allow not our eyes to wander where they should not, we will manage to flee the same.
Prov 20:12 Ears that hear and eyes that see— the Lord has made them both."