"The battle is not against any particular lust but against all sinful lusts which war against the soul. . . True mortifying of sin deals with the entire body of sin. It goes to the heart of the matter and lays the axe to the root of the tree. This is the mortification which the Holy Spirit drives the believer to do.
Mortification of particular sins arises from a guilty conscience. But mortification arising from the gospel principle deals with the whole body of sin in its opposition to the renewing of the image of God in us."
John Owen, The Holy Spirit: pp168-169