Case Study: Rebuilding Walls –  Nehemiah        

The story of Nehemiah in the Bible and the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls is an excellent model for how Christians can rebuild their walls of defense against pornography.   To best digest this study, we recommend that you read the book of Nehemiah in the Bible first, then follow along for the more in-depth study below.

Setting: Our initial state while we are addicted to porn is basically defenseless and broken down. That’s how Jerusalem was when Nehemiah started his campaign to rebuild the city’s wall and the city: "Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire." Jerusalem had been defeated, pillaged and abandoned in 586 BC, and it took until 432 BC for the effort to rebuild the city’s walls to begin.

Nehemiah, as the cup-bearer to the King, held an honored position with King Artaxerxes, the King of Persia. Although he no doubt enjoyed the luxuries of working for the King, his heart was in Jerusalem, the city of his people.

Initial Actions:

  1. He affirms God’s faithfulness to those that love God and observe God’s commandments (1:5)
  2. He asks God to hear his prayer
  3. He confesses he and Israel’s corporate sin (1:6-7)
  4. Identifies the specific sins that were committed (1:7)
  5. Reminds God (respectfully) of his promise to the Israelites (1:8-9) that God has redeemed them by His great power and His Strong Hand (1:10)
  6. Request’s God to grant him the King’s favor

The above initial actions paint so vivid a picture of an effective approach, confession and petition to God for help. You can do these very same things as you approach God to ask Him to help you break porn addiction.

Rebuilding the Wall (Chapter 4)

Chapter 5 – Nehemiah deals with oppression

Chapter 6 - 10 – Last ditch efforts from the enemy – Wall completed

  1. Threatened to tell the King false rumors and discredit Nehemiah (6:6-7)
  2. Hired a spy to persuade Nehemiah to sin by hiding in the temple (he was not a priest and therefore not allowed to enter the temple) (6:13)
  1. Worship: All the people gathered to worship God and to hear the reading of the Holy Scriptures (chapters 7 & 8). I am still worshiping God for the deliverance he gave me a year and a half ago. It is very important to get in the habit of worshiping God in song, word and spirit.
  2. Confession: They confessed their sins and their forefathers’ sins (Chapter 9). Confession is also important, as it helps us to receive Christ’s payment for our sin over and over again, as we could never be good enough to earn our way to Heaven by living a "good" life. Confessing your ancestors’ sins helps bring healing to us from consequences we might be experiencing resulting from their sin.
  3. Commitment: They took oaths to serve God only (Chapter 9 & 10). An oath is a very serious commitment. Serious porn-breakers need to be very committed to getting free.
  4. Celebration and dedication of the wall to God (12:27) – the gathering emphasized praise, using many choirs. This underscores what our natural response to God should be, as our sinful bondage is lifted from our shoulders.
  5. Reform: Nehemiah made legal reforms to ensure that the Sabbath was kept and that the Israelites did not intermarry with people of pagan religions. You will need to reform areas of your life to avoid falling into tempting situations. One example from my life is our family’s agreement to not view any rated "R" movie. Another may be to not surf the internet alone.

We hope this case study gives you special insight for rebuilding your spiritual wall of protection. God will help you build this wall one brick at a time. He will give you the good mortar that will hold your bricks in place, no matter how fierce the enemy’s attacks become.

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