Ephesians 5:5 - "For this you know, that no whoremonger, or unclean person, or covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ."
Ephesians 5:12 - "For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret."
Questions for Reflection: Have you committed any form of sexual immorality, uncleanness or perversion? Do you ever watch television or movies that feature immorality and violence? Do you make excuses by saying "There's nothing else to watch"? Do you dress in ways designed to incite lust in the opposite sex? Are you in the habit of reading things that are suggestive or unclean? Do you watch today's filthy talk shows that regularly joke about immorality and perversion? Do you fund Hollywood's poison by going to questionable movies or purchasing videos?
According to Scripture, no one who does these things can be truly right with God. Our society is utterly depraved and many believers have become conditioned to accept pure filth as entertainment. God is infinitely holy. If you would know His glorious power and blessing, you must reject sinful movies, magazines and entertainment. We should realize that much prime time programming would have been considered R-rated just a few years ago. Yet, God's standards have not changed at all! (And neither should ours.)
As we confess and forsake the sins we sin with our eyes and ears, repenting of watching and listening to entertainment that exalts impurity and immorality, we must always remember it is "Christ in us, the Hope of Glory" (Col. 1:27). As believers, we are forgiven and empowered only by the covenant of Christ's blood and His indwelling life. As we plead His precious blood and wholly trust in His fullness, victory is surely ours!
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 - "Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defiles the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are."
Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and is to be spiritually holy and physically fit for use in God's kingdom. We are to exercise self-control over our fleshly appetites. In many ways, overeating and unhealthy diets are as much a sin as smoking and drinking. We are especially to avoid any form of sexual immorality. If God convicts you, confess this sin and do not rationalize or make excuses.
God will greatly bless your efforts to give him a healthy, holy vessel fit for His holy purposes (God-led fasting is clearly biblical and very useful as a spiritual discipline). For many believers, regular fasting will also help break the sinful grip of excessive eating. When we obey God's spiritual and physical laws, we save ourselves from many of the spiritual, emotional and physical problems that cause pain for so many.
Questions for Reflection: Have you abused your body through any form of immorality or excess? Do you sin against God's temple by harmful habits such as alcohol, smoking or overeating? Is any form of drug abuse a part of your life? Have you been so enslaved to food that fasting is something you make excuses to avoid?
Confessing and repenting of sins of the flesh, in which we harm our bodies, which Scripture teaches are the temple of the Holy Spirit, let us confidently claim the forgiveness and empowerment of the covenant in Christ's blood. We are fully accepted and justified in Him!