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Iayos Mo - Part 11

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Intro:
Flash Background of the Series:
When we started the series: Iayos mo…
We are done with the book of Ezra
Nehemiah
Cup bearer to the King
Nehemiah 2:19–20 ESV
But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they jeered at us and despised us and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” Then I replied to them, “The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build, but you have no portion or right or claim in Jerusalem.”
19Ngunit nang malaman ito nina Sanbalat na Horonita at Tobias na isang opisyal na Ammonita, at maging si Gesem na taga-Arabia, pinagtawanan nila kami at hinamak, at sinabing, “Ano ang ginagawa ninyong iyan? Naghihimagsik ba kayo laban sa hari?”
19Ngunit nang malaman ito nina Sanbalat na Horonita at Tobias na isang opisyal na Ammonita, at maging si Gesem na taga-Arabia, pinagtawanan nila kami at hinamak, at sinabing, “Ano ang ginagawa ninyong iyan? Naghihimagsik ba kayo laban sa hari?”
20Sinagot ko sila, “Pagtatagumpayin kami ng Diyos ng kalangitan, at kami na kanyang mga lingkod ay magsisimula nang magtayo. Ngunit kayo'y walang bahagi, karapatan o alaala man sa Jerusalem.”
An important conviction was declared by Nehemiah.

VICTORY COMES FROM GOD

This is why it makes sense for his to pursue the plan of God (to help in the rebuilding of the walls) in his life.
He left his place in the King’s palace and made himself available for the plan of God.
This is why HE is passionate for the plans of God.
This is why He dedicated himself in prayer before taking action.
But the Victory/Prosperity that Nehemiah pointed out in his conviction is calling the people of God to rise and build the walls of Jerusalem.

GODLY CONVICTION + ACTION = SUCCESS/VICTORY

Action is what we will see in .
(I will not read the passages, it is quite long and will highlight few verses and note important observations)
(Show the picture)
While achieving victory/success from God, here are few observations from .
While achieving victory/success from God, here are few observations from .

Different tasks to fulfill one goal.

Each families has different assignments to fulfill.
Some are working to rebuild the gates and some are repairing sections of the wall.
Nehemiah 3:3–4 ESV
The sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate. They laid its beams and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars. And next to them Meremoth the son of Uriah, son of Hakkoz repaired. And next to them Meshullam the son of Berechiah, son of Meshezabel repaired. And next to them Zadok the son of Baana repaired.
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3Ang gumawa ng Pintuan ng Isda ay ang angkan ni Hasenaa. Nilagyan nila ito ng mga posteng pahalang, mga pinto at mga bakal na pangkandado.
4Ang kasunod na bahagi naman ay ginawa ni Meremot na anak ni Urias at apo naman ni Hakoz. Ang gumawa ng kasunod nito ay si Mesulam na anak ni Berequias at apo ni Mesezabel.
Ang kasunod nito ay ginawa naman ni Zadok na anak ni Baana.
Where is Nehemiah in all these? Nehemiah is the one probably assigned the work and making sure that they are progressing in the work.
Take note, in the previous chapter, he is the one who inspected the walls and noticed where the repairs are needed.
Different tasks to fulfill one goal
Reflected in various illustrations
In Sports;
— Basketball positions - PG, SG, SF, PF, C
— Baseball, fielders
----- When we were in elementary, the three fielders are running to catch one ball, they did not catch it...
In Music:
— Choir
— Band
What is the point?
Each one has a task that he can fulfill to glorify God and to be used by God…

Different Status working together for one goal

First, we have the priests
Nehemiah 3:1 ESV
Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the Sheep Gate. They consecrated it and set its doors. They consecrated it as far as the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Tower of Hananel.
They serve the temple, men with special status in the community but they are the ones who first answered the call to build the wall.
Next we have leaders of the land… the politicians...
Nehemiah 3:9 ESV
Next to them Rephaiah the son of Hur, ruler of half the district of Jerusalem, repaired.
Neh 3:
Nehemiah 3:12 ESV
Next to him Shallum the son of Hallohesh, ruler of half the district of Jerusalem, repaired, he and his daughters.
We even see the daughters of Shallum.
We even see the daughters
The district leaders are normally the one who give orders and have servants to do work for them, yet they joined the work in building the wall of Jerusalem.
Then, we have the businessmen… those who has the money...
Neh 3:8
Nehemiah 3:8 ESV
Next to them Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, goldsmiths, repaired. Next to him Hananiah, one of the perfumers, repaired, and they restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall.
Nehemiah 3:32 ESV
And between the upper chamber of the corner and the Sheep Gate the goldsmiths and the merchants repaired.
These Goldsmiths and perfumers and Merchants...
Mostly, for these men, it is about the price but here they are, working for free...
What is the point?
Whatever achievement you attained, or no matter how little was your accomplishment, you can offer your life and service to God.
Different Workloads but the same gladness
This is quite challenging because it is easy to think: “It is not fair”.
Since our childhood, we want things to be fair, or if we are honest, we want things to be in our favor.
In chapter 3, we see people doing different tasks and some are simple and others are doing more difficult task.
some are building gates, some are repairing walls.
Nehemiah 3:3 ESV
The sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate. They laid its beams and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars.
some are rep
Some are working in the uphill and some are working in turns...
Nehemiah 3:19–20 ESV
Next to him Ezer the son of Jeshua, ruler of Mizpah, repaired another section opposite the ascent to the armory at the buttress. After him Baruch the son of Zabbai repaired another section from the buttress to the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest.
If they are assigned on walls on a flat area, that is easier but if they are assigned to work on uphill or turns, that is harder.
Some are even assigned double (maybe they are fast)
Nehemiah 3:4 ESV
And next to them Meremoth the son of Uriah, son of Hakkoz repaired. And next to them Meshullam the son of Berechiah, son of Meshezabel repaired. And next to them Zadok the son of Baana repaired.
Nehemiah 3:21 ESV
After him Meremoth the son of Uriah, son of Hakkoz repaired another section from the door of the house of Eliashib to the end of the house of Eliashib.
What is the point?
What is our reaction when we are given the easy task? How about the hard task?
are we going to push away the hard task? Even though there are work that is hard, someone still needs to do it?
If we are into pushing the hard tasks, others might also want to push away the hard tasks. Then, if that is the case, the goal will not be complete.
Remember that we are serving the same God and he is our Master...
Parable of the Talents:
Master gave 5 talents, 2 talents, 1 talent according to his ability.

Not everything is perfect.

Nehemiah 3:5 ESV
And next to them the Tekoites repaired, but their nobles would not stoop to serve their Lord.
Not everyone joined the cause...
The nobles of the Tekoites don’t want to work
But these group, the ones that is working wasn’t affected bu those that doesn’t want to participate.
They even did more work.
Nehemiah 3:27 ESV
After him the Tekoites repaired another section opposite the great projecting tower as far as the wall of Ophel.
When there is little participation, we usually are affected and discouraged… When some people that are higher than us, do something that is wrong, we reason, I can also do that...
Let us be like those Tekoites that worked for the glory of God...

Conclusion

Are you going to join and take action
Victory comes from God…
But what will you do?
Iayos mo?
In our life? Are we going to take action?
We have a project in the church… will you join?
We want to establish more small groups and together grow in our spiritual lives… will you join?
In fixing things in our life, are you willing to do the hard tasks? you have encouragement and support from fellow believers, but are you willing to do the hard tasks?
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