I’m hearing you, Butch. We have a choice. There are things we must overcome and God reasons with us and provides a way. Putting our minds on something else.
Having lived a promiscuis and godless life; “ Sex, drugs and rock and roll ” I had to learn to put my focus on other things when my mind would conjure up thoughts of habit.
These were a great help:
Job 31:1-4 King James Version (KJV)
I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
2 For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
3 Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?
4 Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?
Harnessing the Mind. --All are free moral agents, and as such they must bring their thoughts to run in the right channel. Here is a wide field in which the mind can safely range. If Satan seeks to divert the mind to low and sensual things, bring it back again and place it on eternal things; and when the Lord sees the determined effort made to retain only pure thoughts, He will attract the mind, like the magnet, purify the thoughts, and enable them to cleanse themselves from every secret sin. “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Mind, Character and personality Vol 2 Pg. 595. OHC Pg. 331
The first work of those who would reform is to purify the imagination. If the mind is led out in a vicious direction, it must be restrained to dwell only upon pure and elevated subjects. When tempted to yield to a corrupt imagination, then flee to the throne of grace and pray for strength from Heaven. In the strength of God the imagination can be disciplined to dwell upon things which are pure and heavenly.–Und MS 93.
This is when I started to put scripture to memory in order to distract myself from entertaining old habits. God does make a way in the wilderness.