The Bible says, “Dear friends, I WARN you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to KEEP AWAY from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.” (1 Peter 2:11 NLT)
What is Peter WARNING us about? To KEEP AWAY from sinful desires which war against our souls.
If my soul wars against (struggles with) drinking alcohol, then I should STAY AWAY from bars, from drinking parties, from friends who love to drink.
If my soul wars against sex, lust of my eyes, porn, then I should STAY AWAY from watching nudity on TV, movies, perhaps STAY AWAY from gyms and beaches and dirty websites.
If my soul wars against fornication (sex outside marriage) or adultery, then I should STAY AWAY from the other person. Period!
These are just a few examples. There are many other things our souls war against. The Bible is WARNING us to STAY AWAY from those things. Notice it doesn’t say, just ask God to remove these things that your soul wars against? It says STAY AWAY!
Peter also said, “So GET RID of all evil behavior. BE DONE with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech.” (1 Peter 2:1 NLT)
Notice a trend: STAY AWAY, GET RID, BE DONE!