If you have accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, you (like the Jews who had lived their lives in the foreign land of Egypt) have been freed from the captivity of the Enemy. Specifically, I’m talking about being free from the slavery of Satan’s temptations here on earth and from hell and eternal darkness in eternity. Your temple (your heart) has been rebuilt – made new!
And yet, many of us still have little to no defenses against the attacks of the Enemy. We are like the Jews during the time of Nehemiah. They had a new temple, but there were no walls around the city to protect it. Likewise, our spiritual walls, which represent our relationship with Christ, are broken down, and our gates (ears and eyes) are open for whatever the Enemy brings our way. He assaults us with images and sounds, which we shouldn’t let into our minds, but we are weak without our walls. He can walk freely through our minds, because we have no way to keep him out.
God intended for us to be a light to all we meet. He intended for us to reflect His glory. But instead of shining, we’ve been sinning. Because of what we’ve allowed into our minds, they are full of darkness. Our mouth gates don’t send out wisdom; they send out perversity. We laugh at all kinds of sinfulness. We celebrate it along with all the unsaved people around us. They can’t tell that we are God’s people, because we look just like them.
If we are truly saved, this should cause us as great a distress as Nehemiah experienced when he first heard about the broken walls of Jerusalem. We will never rebuild our spiritual walls until we first weep over the ruins. In other words, we need to reach a place of repentance for the mess we have made of what God gave us. God warns that if we continue to be unfaithful, He will give us over to our sins just as he scattered the Jews to the nations. But if we return and obey, He will restore us to relationship with Him. Even those of us who have gone to the farthest reaches of sin. Even those of us who think we’ve gone far beyond what God will forgive. He will bring us back.