Can Satan Read Our Minds and Thoughts?

by Jack Wellman on May 22, 2013 · Print Print · Email Email

Is it possible that Satan can read our minds?  Can he hear our prayers?  What does Satan know when we pray or think?  What does the Bible say about this?

The Omniscient Jesus

Jesus can not only read our thoughts, He knows the intent of our hearts.  This is an attribute of God.  Look at how often Jesus knew not only what they were thinking but what their intent was:

Matthew 9:4 “Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?

Matthew 12:23 “Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.

Luke 6:8 “But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” So he got up and stood there.”

Luke 9:47 “Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him.

John 2:25 “He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.”

It is obvious that Jesus, being God, can read our minds and our thoughts.  Psalm 139:2 declares,You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar” and so “would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart (Psalm 44:21)?  So clearly God knows our thoughts and can read our minds and know not only what we are thinking but what we are thinking about doing!  But what about Satan?  Can he read our minds?

Satan’s Power

There is no doubt Satan is the god (little “g”) of this world.  He rules over those who are not Christ’s.  He has blinded the minds of those who do not believe and he rules, under God’s sovereignty, even in high places.  He is the deceiver of the whole world with the exception of those who believe in Jesus Christ.  Just look at what our Enemy has power over:

2 Corinthians 4:4 “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

John 14:30 “I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me.

Revelation 12:9 “The great dragon was hurled down–that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 2:1-2 “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.”

Satan’s Limited Power

For those who have yet to put their trust in Christ, they still have this prince of darkness as their ruler.

For those who have yet to put their trust in Christ, they still have this prince of darkness as their ruler.

When people say that they believe Satan is attacking them and I hear this quite often, I must inform them that Satan is not like God.  He can not read our mind.  That is an attribute of God.  Satan is not omniscient.  That is, he is not all-knowing.  Neither is he omnipotent. Only God is Omnipotent (all-powerful).  And finally, Satan is not omnipresent.  He is a created being.  He can not be in more than one place at a time anymore than we can be and so when two people say that they are being attacked by Satan at the same time, we know this can not be true.  It may be that the Enemy’s agents, fallen angels called demons, may be the culprit, but we should not give the Devil too much credit. He can’t be everywhere at once.  He can be directing his evil spirits to do his biding but he can not be everywhere at the same time and neither can he overcome His Creator, God.  And he certainly can not be all-knowing.  There is no biblical evidence that Satan can read our minds.

Jesus’ Victory Over Satan

Satan does know our weaknesses but this is from his observations.  He knows where we are weak in the flesh and so he accuses the brethren day and night before the very throne of God (Revelation 12:10) but this doesn’t matter, even though he may be right.  We are seen by God the Father as having Jesus’ righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21) and so even though the Enemy accuses us and may want to sift us like wheat (Luke 22:31), God forgives us (1 John 1:9).  Anyway, Jesus has conquered the Devil as it is written,The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you (Romans 16:20).

Our High Priest understood that,Since the children have flesh and blood he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15) and Jesus disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (Colossians 2:15).  Jesus testified that the prince of this world now stands condemned (John 16:1b).

Conclusion

The Devil has been defeated, Jesus conquered him, and by His sinless life, sacrifice, and death, has the right to rule over the world and the Kingdom of Heaven and one day believers will finally see an end to the adversary for all time.  For those who have yet to put their trust in Christ, they still have this prince of darkness as their ruler. He desires to bring as many to hell as possible, yet once a person believes in Jesus Christ, they have escaped this eternal separation from God.  Jesus has destroyed death itself (2 Timothy 1:10, Romans 8:2) and He tells all who would believe in Him, I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this (John 11:25-26)?  I pray you do believe for there is no other way to escape the wrath of God than by trusting in the only name given to us by which we can be saved and that is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).

We have several articles about Satan and his angels in the following collection under the title “Angels & Demons”, take a look:

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Ipinko Ann May 22, 2013 at 6:03 am

I am blessed through what i read here.

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Jack Wellman May 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

Thank you and you blessed me by your encouraging words.

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Cindy miranda May 22, 2013 at 7:44 am

Jesus blood has power!!!!

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Jack Wellman May 22, 2013 at 10:35 am

Amen Cindy…there is no more powerful agent in all the worlds and universe.

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Paul Jansen May 22, 2013 at 8:29 am

Thank You Jack, everyone needs to be reminded of this and often. 1 John 4:4 “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” It is awesome to know that we can overcome all his attacks if we are in relationship with Him, staying in tune with the Spirit in us. Then we can recognize the attacks when they come.

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Jack Wellman May 22, 2013 at 10:36 am

Amen Mr. Jansen…that is so good about staying in tune with the Spirit. I thank God for you sir and appreciate your words of wisdom.

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sandra chestnut May 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

The bloos of our father is so powerful just listen u will hear all ur answer 2 every question u have ever wanted 2 ask. I’m a child of god just starting 2 realy belive in my father 4 he has done some wonderful thing’s in my life that I wasn’t even given him his praise’s but now that he is around me each and every way tat I turn I’m startig 2 belive even more I no longer am I sick and suffering 4 he has stopped so much confuesing thing’s in my life but I still have a way 2 go not just when I’m feeling bad but when I’m feeling good I give my thank’s 2 him he the only one that has the power 2 do great thing’s in my life

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Praveen C. Gethsemane May 22, 2013 at 9:28 am

I am Blessed after reading this article and thanks for sharing GBU.. :)

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Jack Wellman May 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

Thank you Praveen. You blessed me by your words of encouragement.

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Derek Hill May 25, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Thank you for clearing some things up for me. I honestly thought that Satan did know what I am thinking and I am glad he can’t read my thoughts or that he can’t be in 2 places at once. It makes sense when you think of him as a fallen angel. God’s angels can’t read our minds or be in 2 different places at the same time either. Great job as always brother! I always learn from you. God bless!

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Jack Wellman May 25, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Thanks Derek. As always, you are more than too kind and to be sure, all glory and honor to our Great Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Elakhe Ifidon May 26, 2013 at 10:48 am

Thanks for the wealth of knowledge that God is using you to pour on us, his children. Remember prov. 11: 25, “He that watereth shall be watered”. God bless you richly in Jesus name.

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Jack Wellman May 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Hello Elakhe. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and blessing too.

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sheela socito May 29, 2013 at 6:52 am

Glory to God for knowing this. Through it, it enlightens me. Truly, the devil is like roaring lion just waiting to attact. I realize how it was important to pray all the time, and meditate his word. Because, even me christians, are fall from this. Amen! all who have faith and walk in the Lord Jesus will have victory, through the help of the Lord Jesus Christ!

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genesis November 26, 2013 at 9:03 am

i am having these nonstop thoughts everytime i pray read or meditate onthe bible, like “am i believing?’ or “i dont want to meditate. i have been trying to get rid of them by ignoring it or trying to let god help me but it seems to be making it worse and it really hurts my relationship with goid cause these are very discouraging thoughts and cant even seem to enjoy god cause of these thoughts they are making me very discouraged and worried cause i have been having these thoughts for months. i want to know if it is satan so i can deal with the problem properrly, cause i dont think it is anything else. If not satan then i dont know where cause i dont even have to think about these thoughts they just pop up and i try and not focus on them but at the same time the bible and it is hard cause i feel like i am doing it on my own.

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Jack Wellman November 26, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Satan wants to discourage you so its not from God. Satan can NOT read your mind. I strongly urge you to talk to your pastor about this and tell him just what you told me. Singing praises, staying in the Bible and praying are all going to help. We ALL get these from the enemy. If you are worried, then you are basically telling God I don’t trust you. I will pray for you friend.

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Barry January 20, 2014 at 2:48 am

ONE-THIRD of all angels fell / followed satan..they are demons…(there are so many angels they are referred to as innumerable in Hebrews 12:22 …so you can imagine how many demons exist)
The demonic realm DEFINITELY attacks / tempts / and brings condemning thoughts (amongst countless other “wiles) against the Christian.

I don’t think we should split hairs over whether it’s the Devil or his demons attacking us…the reality is that it’s very real and more active than most pastors comment or properly address.
* I can tell you first hand that I’ve experience “countless” mental attacks in my Christian walk and continue to.

Here is one of many good websites that addresses the VERY REAL and active attacks by the demonic on Christians:

http://www.abideinchrist.com/selah/sep19.html

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Debbie January 24, 2014 at 11:36 pm

I’m not so sure…angels can and do communicate by thoughts only and satan is a (fallen) angel….

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Joe August 25, 2014 at 2:30 am

I was having so many questions but after reading this article most of them are cleared. Thanks a lot Father! may god bless you.. Amen (:

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Barry August 25, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Demons can read our minds…. and are very observant to the immediate details of a situation…and very quick to respond and plant thoughts and impulses in us.
And just to give an example of how prevalent and present the Satanic/demonic forces are present we can read the account of how shortly after Peter had been given revelation by the Holy Spirit – Matthew 16:16 … how just moments later Satan -observing what was being said amongst the disciples PLANTED the thought in Peter’s mind to rebuke Jesus – Matthew 16:22-23

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Jack Wellman August 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Thank you Barry for your observation and opinion. Demons are very observant and see the details of a situation and can hear what we say and what we are doing and yes, they are quick to respond to plant impulses and thoughts, but do demons have omniscience? Really? Are any created being able to read minds? Satan did observe Peter, and head his words and observed his actions but this one verse does not provide evidence that Satan read Peter’s minds. Peter wanted Jesus to avoid the cross, just like Satan did in the temptation in the wilderness to “bow down before me and all these kingdoms of the world can be yours.” Satan did implant the thought but what biblical evidence is there that Satan read his mind from Matt 16:22-23? I see nothing like this else occurring in the Bible. Could you provide evidence Scripture other than this one since it never insinuates or states as a fact that Satan read Peter’s mind? Isn’t reading our minds only an attribute of God?

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