Prevailing Over Pandemonium

Prevailing Over Pandemonium

Pandemonium (uproar, chaos) can be generated by the Holy Spirit or by evil spirits. In either case, God has a purpose in allowing it. Therefore, we need not be afraid, but we need to be prepared so that we will persevere, prevail, and accomplish God’s purpose. We can be confident of prevailing because Jesus made a promise to His Church.

Matthew 16:16-18 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Jesus will have a Church that prevails against the strongholds of darkness and the pandemonium Satan causes. If we are going to be part of the Church God uses to prevail against the gates of Hell, we must be filled with the Holy Spirit. We do not have the power to prevail nor the ability do the work of God without the Holy Spirit.

1 Samuel 2:9 He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail.

The Holy Spirit will conform us to the image of Christ Jesus. That transformation will cause some turmoil in our lives while we are going through the change. Therefore, we must trust God, and embrace what He wants to do in our life and in His Church.

From God’s Word, we can see at least 7 things the Holy Spirit will do in His Church so that it can be effective, persevere during persecution, and prevail over pandemonium.

1. The Holy Spirit will create diversification in ministry.

1 Corinthians 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.

Too often, a church relies on a preacher and paid staff to do the work of the ministry. This arrangement makes the church weak and ineffective. Contrary to this arrangement, the Holy Spirit equips all believers in the Church with a gift to be used in ministry for the common good. The Church of Jesus Christ will have many ministries, but only one message, Jesus Christ. Therefore, we need to recognize each person’s gift and let him or her use it. Everyone is needed and everyone needs to be busy in the Body of Christ.

Sometimes this means we need to let someone else grow in Christ by allowing them to do what we have traditionally done. And we need to grow by moving on to another ministry that needs doing. To be effective, we need everyone to share in the work of the Church.

2. In the midst of our diversity, the Holy Spirit will unite the Church in its mission.

We can expect Satan to counter-attack by using our diversity in an 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 gifts and backgrounds.

For example, In Acts 15, some Jewish leaders came from the Church in Jerusalem to Antioch, insisting that Gentile believers be circumcised. From their background, they believed the Gentiles must become Jews before they could become Christians. However, the Gentiles had received the Holy Spirit in the same manner as the Jewish believers.

The Apostles met to discuss this issue. After much prayer and searching the Word of God, the Holy Spirit showed them that the Gentile believers did not have to become Jews to be saved. In return, the Gentile believers were not to deliberately offend the Jewish believers by openly practicing their Gentile customs, but to act in love toward one another. This resolved the issue and maintained unity in the Church.

God’s love, given to us by the Holy Spirit, prevails over our differences and binds us together. Love fulfills the Law and it will cause us to stay together and stand together during times of pandemonium and persecution. The Holy Spirit will make us a loving and forgiving body of believers.

Colossians 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.

 

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

2 Corinthians 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.

To maintain unity, the Holy Spirit will also develop humility and submission in us toward one another. Humility and submission provide the channel for God’s love to flow through the Church and accomplish the mission He has given us.

Ephesians 5:15-21 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

3. The Holy Spirit will increase the Church’s faith and effectiveness in prayer.

Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Everyone has access to the Father and can pray. Prayer prepares us with God’s vision. Prayer brings God’s anointing on our ministries. Prayer moves us into God’s will. Prayer prevails over the devil and his tactics, no matter what kind of pandemonium he brings.

Ephesians 6:16-19 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel

1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

4. The Holy Spirit will develop new leaders and move them to begin new ministries that spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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.

The Holy Spirit will identify future leaders and empower current leaders to disciple them. Discipling is a process that teaches the new believer to walk in the Spirit, trains them to obey the Word, and provides them with ministry opportunities. When they are ready, the Church gives them opportunities, responsibilities, assignments, and supplies to do the work of the ministry.

5. The Holy Spirit will bind the Church together with love and it will restore those who fall.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

People get hurt in spiritual warfare by yielding to temptation, stress, and attacks. We must not allow Satan to create pandemonium when someone falls in battle and thus injure more believers. The Church will act as a field hospital. It does not shoot its wounded nor forsake them. We will love and nurture the wounded to spiritual health as long as they are willing to repent, submit to more training, and wait to become strong enough to enter the battle again.

Galatians 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.

6. As pandemonium and persecution increase, the Holy Spirit will cause the Church to give and share what it has.

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. As persecution increases and more needs arise among us, those that belong to the Church will share their lives, homes, and food with one another. Furthermore, as the Holy Spirit adds people to our church, we will extend our fellowship to them and include the new members in our activities and sharing.

7. The Holy Spirit will cause believers to stay focused on their purpose and not get distracted. All activities will be for the purpose of accomplishing our mission.

Our great mission is Matthew 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 Greatest Commandment (love God and others), we will accomplish God’s purpose.

The ministry and the purpose God has for every member in the Body of Christ is to love God, love your neighbor, love one another, and to go and make disciples of Jesus by teaching them to observe all things He has commanded.

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

Are you prepared for the pandemonium that is coming? A large percentage of society hates Jesus and His Church. They are very open about it now. Do you have God’s power to prevail? Do you pray? Do you love others, even your enemies? Apart from Christ, we can do none of these things. We must be born again of the Spirit of God. And we must stay filled with God’s Spirit.

Only God can do these things in our life and church. Come to Him this morning in repentance, faith, and submission. Give your life to Jesus and receive His life through baptism.

Maybe sin prevailed over you this week. Go to Jesus and confess your sin. His Blood, shed on the cross, has atoned for your sin. Go to Him for your forgiveness and cleansing from all unrighteousness.

Psalm 65:3 When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Through humility, confession, trust, obedience, love, and the power of the Holy Spirit, we will prevail over all the evil pandemonium in the world. Encourage one another to stay faithful until Jesus returns.