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Preparing for Pandemonium and Prevailing when it Comes

Preparing for Pandemonium and Prevailing when it Comes

Pandemonium can come from the movement of the Holy Spirit or from the work of evil spirits. In either case, God has a purpose in allowing it. Therefore, we need not be afraid, but we need to be prepared. When satan creates pandemonium, we will prevail because with our confession comes a promise.

Matt 16:16-18 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

God will have a church in this city that will prevail against the strongholds of darkness. As we see in Acts, that Church will be armed and anointed by the Holy Spirit, launching an assault on the kingdom of satan. The supernatural power of God will be at work in the people of His Church. Darkness will be dispelled, demons will be defeated, diseases will be healed, prisoners of sin will be delivered, and the Church will prevail in every counter attack of satan.

If we are going to be part of the Church God uses in this city, we must be prepared for the pandemonium created by the Holy Spirit. His purpose is to conform us to the image of Christ Jesus, so we become powerful and effective in Him. Therefore, we are prepared to do things differently, although we do not know what it will be yet. He will lead us. However, we can see from the Word at least 7 things to expect from the Holy Spirit and what response we should make.

I. We will be diversified in ministry.

1 Cor 12:4-7 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.   There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

We will have many ministries, but only one message, with Holy Spirit convicting sinners of their need for the Savior, Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit equips believers with a gift and uses them in ministry for the common good. We need to recognize each person’s gift and let him or her use it. Everyone needs to feel useful in the body, and everyone is needed. Perhaps we can let someone else grow in Christ by allowing them to do what we have traditionally done and move on to another ministry that needs doing. Some of us are overworked; we need others to step up and share in the work of the church. Leaders need to delegate responsibility to gifted members.

We know God is reaching out to all people in spite of manmade barriers. We will prevail over these barriers with the love of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we will prepare ourselves and become mature in Christ-like love. People will know we are Christians because of our love for one another and because we show the love of God to them.

II. We will remain unified in mission in the midst of our diversity.

Satan will counter-attack by using our diversity to attempt to divide us, weaken us, and divert our attention away from our mission. However, The Church has the grace and love of God to handle people with different backgrounds and opinions. (ACTS 15)

Certain Jewish leaders came from the Church in Jerusalem to Antioch, insisting that Gentile believers be circumcised, and convert to Judaism to be part of the Church, which they thought was a sect of Judaism.

These men identified with the Pharisees. From their background, they believed the converts must become Jews before they became Christians. They did not understand the doctrine of salvation by grace. It was difficult for orthodox Jews to give up their religious teachings and the Law, which was given to Moses by God. They had difficulty accepting the law was fulfilled in Christ and set aside by a New Covenant. The Book of Hebrews was written to help them understand what Christ had done and the meaning of the New Covenant in Christ Jesus.

The Church Council in Jerusalem met to resolve this issue. This example shows that disagreement can arise among believers. We need to prepare for that, and learn from this example how to respond when disagreements arise. After much prayer, the decree that came forth from this Council declared that the Gentile believers did not have to be circumcised. In return, the Gentile believers were not to deliberately offend the Jewish believers with their customs, but to act in love.

 Love prevails in these decisions and binds us together. Love fulfills the Law.

 Matt 22:36-40 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

Christian love means maturity and it will cause us to stay together and stand together during times of pandemonium. The Holy Spirit will make us a loving and forgiving body of believers.

Forgiveness is very important and it must be a quick, loving response toward one another, because satan also attempts to create pandemonium through misunderstanding, hurt, and bitterness. We will forgive as God has forgiven us through Christ. Furthermore, love keeps no record of wrongs and will prevail over the pandemonium created by satan.

2 Cor 2:10-11 If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven-- if there was anything to forgive-- I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

The Holy Spirit will also develop humility and submission in us toward one another. Those who are gifted, but lack understanding or experience, can use their gifts wisely by humbly submitting to those over them in the Lord, who are more experienced.

Humility and submission provide the channel for God’s power to flow through, like a well-trained army. The young private has more skill and ability to fight with endurance, but he lacks the experience and knowledge of the older general to make wise use of his talent and abilities. So the private submits to authority and trusts those over him to lead the way that will give victory.

On the other hand, the more mature in Christ will bear with the immature Christians, discipling and teaching them with humility, patience and love.

Col 3:11-17 Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.        Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

III. As the Holy Spirit increases our faith, we will learn to pray with power. For example, Peter was prayed out of prison. (read ACTS 12:1-19)

Prayer prepares us with God’s vision. Prayer brings God’s anointing on our ministries. Prayer moves God’s miracle-working hand. Prayer prevails over the devil and his tactics, no matter what kind of pandemonium he brings.

IV. We will disciple new leaders and the Holy Spirit will move them to begin new ministries.

Acts 13:1-3 In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

Discipling is a process, from being a new convert to an able minister. This process helps the believer to walk in the Spirit, trains them to obey the Word, and provides them with ministry opportunities. When they are prepared, the Church gives them responsibilities, assignments, and supplies while they are in the battlefield.

V. We will restore the fallen.
People get hurt in warfare by yielding to temptation, stress, and attacks. We must be prepared for pandemonium when someone falls in battle. We will act as a field hospital. We will not shoot our wounded or forsake them. We will love and nurture them to spiritual health as long as they are willing to repent, submit to more training, and wait to become strong enough to battle again.

Gal 6:1-10 Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load. Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

VI. We will become more like the Church in Acts in our giving and sharing.

Acts 2:42-47 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common.  Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.  Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Our income is not for the purpose of amassing worldly possessions, but for the purpose of meeting our needs and fueling the great commission, both at home and throughout the world. We will share our lives, homes, and food with one another to enjoy the benefits of fellowship and to encourage one another in our walk of faith. As the Holy Spirit adds people to our church, we will extend our fellowship and include the new members in our activities.

VII. We will help one another to stay focused on our purpose and not get distracted. Our activities will be for the purpose of accomplishing our mission.

Matt 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

If we give our life to fulfilling the Great Commission while living out the Great Commandment, we will accomplish God’s purpose. Love God, love your neighbor, love one another, and go into all the world, teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you. This is the ministry God has for every member in the Body of Christ; and every member is a minister.

God does not call the powerful and influential. God calls the humble and equips the faithful. God prepares us with His power to prevail through all pandemonium, regardless of its source. He gives us power through prayer, power through the Holy Spirit, and power through love.