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Unleavened Bread Ministries with David Eells

Satan Reads Minds & Inserts Thoughts

David Eells

I was asked this question: Can you substantiate in Scripture where it is written that Satan can put thoughts into our minds?

My answer was: In order for Satan to put thoughts into our mind he would also have to be able to read our minds. I will try to explain this in a moment but first you might want to entertain another question: Can anyone substantiate with Scripture that Satan cannot put thoughts into our mind or read our mind? Since we can't do this then we shouldn't believe it because it is not Scriptural.

(1Ch.28:9)... The Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts... In the spirit realm thoughts are audible to the mind of God and demons. God and demons can in turn impart the gift to read minds. I have read the thoughts of men by the Holy Spirit. A man once asked me if I knew what he was thinking. At that moment the Holy Spirit gave it to me and for several minutes the man was awed at the power of God. 

Also when I first went to a full gospel Church I witnessed Christians exorcising a demon-possessed man who thought he was a woman. He also demonstrated the ability to read minds when the unbelieving Christians asked for a demonstration. He did say that it was easier to read the mind of one person there and pointed to the only person there who was not filled with the Spirit even though he did not know anyone there. Familiar spirits or spirits of divination in magicians, wizards, mediums, etc. have demonstrated the power to read minds in front of audiences of people.

We wrestle with principalities and powers in the mind. {Eph.6:11} Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. {12} For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places].... {17} And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of GodWe see here that with the renewed mind of the Word our thoughts are guarded as with a helmet because we wont accept foreign thoughts.

We are then able to take back our thoughts and cast the enemy's thoughts down. {2Co.10:3} For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh {4} (for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strongholds), (The principalities and powers hold the strongholds in the thoughts of the mind.) {5} casting down imaginations (thoughts), and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. We win the battle by rejecting the enemy's thoughts and replacing them with God's thoughts.

We are at peace with God when we are full of His thoughts and our minds are guarded from the demonic attacks that cause outward actions of sin. {Php.4:6,7} In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Satan is able to insert thoughts within our thoughts. {Act.5:3} But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thy heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back [part] of the price of the land? 

{1Ch.21:1} And Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel. Now here we can use a little Holy Spirit reasoning. How could Satan insert thoughts unless he knows the context of your thought? If you went into your computer to edit a program, how could you insert the right codes unless you could read the context of the computer's program? If you just inserted a code anywhere without knowing the program you would make a nonsensical statement and anyone would know that someone inserted something that was out of place. So it is with us. If Satan or demons inserted something nonsensical into our thoughts then everyone would know that they are at work. They do their best work undercover and they know it. How would Satan be able to tempt us if he was so dysfunctional? We would know it was him immediately. How then would it be temptation?

Now here is the really important thing. Our battle does not depend on whether the enemy can read our mind or not. It depends on what he can do about what we know. When we read Job we clearly see that God has put restrictions on the Satan's ambitions for Job. Satan has to obey God’s rules of engagement even when he knows what we think. Satan admits he did not have the power to get at Job because of God's hedge and the same is true of us. (Job.1:9) Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for naught? (10) Hast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath, on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 

It is not important for our thoughts to be hidden from the enemy when he can do nothing about them. And he can do nothing about our thoughts unless by them we give him permission for we have authority over him. {Luk.10:19} Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall in any wise hurt you. {20} Nevertheless in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. It doesn't matter what the demons know that we know for as sons of God we are their lords just as it was with Jesus. {Joh.20:21} Jesus therefore said to them again, Peace [be] unto you: as the Father hath sent me, even so send I you. {Mat.18:18} Verily I say unto you, what things soever ye shall bind (forbid) on earth shall be bound (forbidden) in heaven; and what things soever ye shall loose (permit) on earth shall be loosed (permitted) in heaven.

Faith permits the sovereignty of God to be manifest through the body of Christ and forbids Satan no matter what he knows of our thoughts. Jesus' condition for receiving His benefits are plain: "As thou hast believed, [so] be it done unto thee" and "According to your faith be it done unto you" and "Thy faith hath made thee whole". As we believe, God's benefits will be given. Unbelieving thoughts and actions forbid God's benefits to us because He has made a condition and He cannot lie. 

Unbelief permits Satan to continue administering the curse. (Mk.6:5) And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. (6) And he marvelled because of their unbelief. Even Jesus was forbidden to do mighty works for those who would not believe. Whether we know it or not, we are constantly forbidding or permitting Satan, demons, and God’s angels by our thoughts, words and actions. Since all authority in heaven and earth was given to Jesus and He in turn delegated it to disciples, where does Satan get his authority? He gets it from our unbelief, words and disobedience.

Adding to or taking from God's Word in thought and deed permits the curse by Satan and forbids God's blessings for us or through us. This is by God's design to motivate us to come into agreement with Him. (Rev.22:18) I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto them, God shall add unto him the plagues which are written in this book (19) and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book. So in coming into agreement with God we forbid Satan to administer the curse to us.

So to win this battle we have to cast down the thoughts of Satan that are sent to get us to give him permission to destroy us. 2Co 10:3-5  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh  4  (for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strongholds),  5  casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Many think that the reason God gives the gift of tongues is so that Satan cannot understand what we say to God and his purposes will be thwarted. This is false. Satan and his fallen angels are much smarter than Christians give them credit. They certainly know the "tongues of men and of angels" or they couldn't communicate with one another and put thoughts in our heads. {1Co.13:1} If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal

When prophecy is uttered in one's own language the mind, doctrine and desires are permitted to be involved in what is said and the Word is polluted as 1 Cor. 13 says, "for we know in part, and we prophesy in part". In other words, the Prophecy can be part God and part man. However, the reason we speak with tongues is so that WE will not know what we are saying and will have no carnal reason to change it. In this way it will be a pure Word of the Spirit. {Rom.8:26} And in like manner the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself maketh intercession for [us] with groanings which cannot be uttered (by man); {27} and he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God.

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