Confusion is the work of Satan. You need to identify and recognize the conditions of confusion. God is not the author of confusion. Everything the devil does is an act of deception and crafty confusion.
Confusion is a commixture of things both good and evil. It is an intermingling of true and false doctrine, instruction and teachings. False religion is full of confusion. Confusion comes within an environment of spiritual disorder.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
Envy and strife is the fruit of the carnal nature. When a person is carnal they are more easily confused. When a person is confused they are more likely to cause harm because they do not understand what they are doing or the consequences of their actions. The word confusion means that the person is unstable and disorderly. When a person is unstable and disorderly they will cause harm to others in the congregation who are also unstable and disorderly. For this reason children are not qualified to correct other children. Carnal people are not yet spiritually mature and may fall into a confused state. Un-sanctified people need a mature, spiritual person to advise and correct them. If there are no spiritually mature people in the congregation, there will be envying and strife and every evil work. This is the unfortunate state of many religious congregations. The leaders of these congregations are not full of faith and the Holy Spirit. They have not the wisdom and discernment of the Holy Spirit to provide correction to those who are carnal, who are walking in the flesh.
1 Corinthians 14:29-33
29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
In the churches/congregations of the saints, there are sanctified servants of God who are able to give godly counsel. There will be those who have Holy Ghost discernment to give correction to those who are unstable and disorderly. A sanctified pastor is full of faith and the Holy Spirit. He is qualified and equipped to counsel and correct the confused person.
23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.
24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;
25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.
26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:
27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.
28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.
30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.
31 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.
32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.
Remember what the scriptures say, “God is not the author of confusion.” When a carnal person begins to strive with others and the spirit of striving is at work, the people will be confused. They will become unstable and disorderly.
Have you ever heard the expression that some people “don’t know their left hand from their right hand”? God said that about the people who lived in the city of Nineveh.
10 Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:
11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
There was 120.000 people living in Nineveh of whom the Lord has said that they could not “discern between their right hand and their left hand.” They were so spiritually confused by generations of wickedness that they has no concept of holiness and righteous laws of God. There are people in our world today who have been raised in such dysfunctional homes that they also do not know their right hand from their left hand. Can you have mercy and compassion on those who are ignorant of righteousness and have almost no knowledge of what the word of God teaches.
Consider these important sequence of events which should instruct us in the way we must operate today.
1. The people were wicked
2. God sent Jonah to preach to them
3. The people repented
4. God saw their repentance and accepted it
5. God had mercy and compassion and forgave them
6. We must desire repentance and reconciliation more than judgment and condemnation.
To avoid or overcome confusion, a person must be humble and willing to take counsel from the spiritual leader of the congregation.
2 Tim 2:23-26
23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.