I guarantee you the Lord is not against you. He is on your side. He is not trying to send you to hell. He’s doing everything He can, if He has too, to send you kicking and screaming to Heaven. He’s trying to get you there. He’s not against you. He’s not bringing bad things on you. He’s not putting bad things on you and He’s not causing bad things to come your way.
It is the devil.
See, there are two laws that work in this earth; and there are two kingdoms that are at work in this earth, and you must understand the laws and principles by which they function. And if you do not understand them, you can be in the wrong kingdom, functioning under the wrong laws and getting the wrong results in your life. The Bible says in Romans chapter 8, “The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has (past tense) made me free from the law of sin and death.” There’s a law of the spirit of life that’s at work in the world—that comes from the kingdom of God. Then there’s a law of sin and death that’s at work too, because Adam and Eve pledged allegiance to the devil. Because of that, mankind has fallen way beneath the pristine glory that God intended them to walk in and the earth has been under a curse ever since. And because of that curse, the devil is going about, seeking whom he may devour, trying to bring evil on people. So, what we’re basically saying is there are two kingdoms on this planet, and each one of them has a principle that they function by and you must understand that.
Number one—there’s a kingdom of darkness that Satan is the author and operator of, and he’s the one that runs it. His kingdom operates by one principle and one principle only, and that principle is fear. Whatever Satan can get you to fear, he can bring it to pass in your life. The Bible says the thing that Job greatly feared came upon him. A lot of people think that God put those things on Job. You better go read your Bible. God did not put them on Job. The devil did. How did the devil get in there? He got there because Job was praying in fear. He was not praying in faith. Just read your Bible and see it for yourself. Job feared that something bad was going to happen to his children, so he was constantly praying, but his prayers weren’t doing any good because he was operating in the kingdom of darkness, but he didn’t realize it. So Job opened up his whole family and everything he possessed to the devil.
Now there’s a lot entailed under that principle, but one principle you must understand—if he can get you to fear something, or talk bad about your life, or talk bad about your children or talk bad about your job—then he can get it into your life. I’m talking about speaking negative. You know what the devil does? He capitalizes on your words and makes them come to pass.
Now the kingdom of God operates by one principle as well. There’s two kingdoms remember, the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God operates by one principle, and one principle only. The kingdom of God operates by the principle of faith. The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6, “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him.” Whatever God can get you to believe, He’ll bring it to pass in your life.
So, the kingdom of darkness operates by the principle of fear, and the kingdom of God operates by the principle of faith. How do we know this? The Bible says so.