How the devil speaks thoughts into your mind

As I grow older (and hopefully wiser), I am becoming more attune to the schemes and tactics of the devil and his angels.

Most people believe that the devil has great power to inflict harm and physical danger into peoples lives, that he’s extremely powerful and should be feared. But, I don’t believe that. I don’t believe satan and his angels are to be feared–maybe recognized, revealed and better discerned, but not feared.

Satan once had great power and authority over all the earth. Adam surrendered his God-oradined authority and power to satan back in the Garden of Eden. It was lost for years, but then Jesus came to earth, died on the cross and restored our position of authority and released great power into our lives. Out first Adam lost it all, but our second Adam got it back for us (1 Corinthians 15:47).

To those who live their lives surrendered to Christ, you have great power and authority over the devil. Incredible power and authority! But, that doesn’t change the fact that devil will try to convince you otherwise. He will yell and scream (1 Peter 5:8) and lie to you (John 8:44) and find subtle ways to steal, kill and destroy you (John 10:10). His greatest weapon against humanity is the ability to speak into our thought life. He’s referred to as the Accuser (Revelation 12:10). He spews lies and accusations constantly into our thoughts and minds.

His primary strategy is simply this–to get you to agree with his accusations and lies. Maybe they are lies about God, our Father. Maybe they are lies about yourself, maybe how God sees you and loves you. Maybe they are lies about your spouse, your family, your friends–whatever. The devil will constantly, relentlessly, viciously spew accusations into your thoughts to get you to agree with him, because that’s where his greatest power lies–the power of agreement.

If he can get you to agree with him, then he’s got you. This was his key tactic against Jesus when he was being tempted in the wilderness. The Bible says that the devil came to him in the wilderness and tempted Jesus. I don’t believe there was any physical snake or apparition or evil voice. I believe Jesus had these thoughts, “If I’m really the son of God, I can turn these stones into bread.” It was a thought in his mind that the devil spoke. He was trying to get Jesus to agree with him. But, Jesus overcame the enemy by quoting scripture, by speaking a God thought, and rejecting a “me thought”.

It is absolutely imperative that we learn to police our thoughts, take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). And, we must change the way we think and perceive things (Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:23).

The other day, my wife and I got into an argument about something, and as we went to bed, my mind was spinning with thoughts. She doesn’t understand me. I thought we were happy. Maybe I just need to move out for awhile.

In the moment, it was feeding my anger and frustration. It was hard to take those thoughts captive because they were so prevalent in my mind. But I realized where they were coming from. They were not my thoughts. She does understand me, more than anyone on this earth. I love my wife. I have a great future ahead with her. It’s obvious now that the enemy was lying to me, speaking confusion and deception. He was trying to get me to agree with him. And, if I had, it would have taken me one step closer to marital problems.

When it comes to physical sickness, I’ve heard it said that more than 80% of the documented illnesses don’t have a known physical cause, implying that the majority of sicknesses start in our mind and thoughts. I believe if the enemy can get you to agree with him about some physical sickness or symptom you’re experiencing, then you will let your mental, emotional and spiritual guard down. And WAM, you’re sick.

Learn to fight the good fight of faith (believing). Learn to police your thoughts and not just accept what comes into your mind. Guard your mind. As it says in Proverbs, “Guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life!” (Proverbs 4:23)

17 Responses to “How the devil speaks thoughts into your mind”

  1. Carl February 9, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    Very well said. I am seeing this more and more. May our heart and ears harden to the lies, and may we draw near to God our Father and know Him more and hear His truth.

  2. Kelsey June 24, 2009 at 10:56 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this. For about a month now, Satan has been taking over my mind. With thoughts and images that sicken me. I know that I would NEVER do those things that he wants me to do, but for some reason he is very determined. I have prayed to God to help me, I have yelled at Satan to leave me alone, but he won’t leave. Apparently he knows something that I don’t. I am staying strong with God, and with the help of my fiance, and my wonderful family and friends. I know that he will leave me alone. I just want to thank you for sharing this. For awhile there, I thought I was going crazy and that I was the only one.

  3. Russ Pond June 28, 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    Kelsey, I think one of the most powerful weapons the enemy has against us are his lies. He will convince us that we are powerless against him, which just is not true. We have to balance that with the fact that sometimes, there are legal rights for him to harass us and create havoc in our lives, things like rebellion, unforgiveness, word curses, generational iniquities. All of which have been dealt with at the cross, but we must appropriate (apply) that work in those areas. It usually takes someone to come along side and show us and help us see into those dark areas that need the work of Christ.

    I want encourage you in this — you have the authority over the enemy. You can command him to leave you alone and to stop speaking into your mind. As a child of God through Jesus Christ, there is no weapon formed against you that can prosper. You are victorious!

  4. makinde T.Peter May 17, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    I like this message, I am treating a topic in my church -The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Jesus Friends parish, Oyo, Nigeria.
    I find it very helpful

  5. Yonapeter June 22, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    Indeed i have realized that it is not a physical thing/satan that comes in our mind but the thoughts in us lead into sin  Peter Yona , Malawi

  6. Monte from Houston May 28, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    Trust god not the meds. Let god control your mind,body and soul for everything and you be heal

  7. alexis June 18, 2013 at 2:40 am #

    Kelsey you are not in this alone I am also going through the same exact thing. its good to know I’m not the onlyone.. god is god.

  8. Josephine Laifaiga Filivaa July 17, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    thank you very much for this message, im currently facing that and right now i know in my heart that i do have the authority in Jesus name to rebuke him out of my mind my heart my body and my soul! God bless you 🙂

  9. Caleb August 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Oh Lord Jesus! We need to deny the soul and turn the The Spirit!

  10. Miracle December 12, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    I’m 14 years old and I’m a Christian. I have been scared for my salvation because the devil has been trying to get me to sin (blasphemy). I live god and I believe in jesus Christ and I have been baptized but now that I know what blasphemy is, the devil has been trying to get me say things that are horrible and I just want the devil to get out of my life. I have supportive family to help me not fear the devil, but the fear goes and comes and goes and comes right back. I learned a lot from this and I want not to be afraid anymore.

  11. tom j January 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

    I have this devil in my mind constantly. I had two dreams recently after i quit using drugs and refused the devils concepts. They make no sense to me but after my family left the house I know its him putting these thoughts into my head. I accused my family of stealing, gluttony, and laziness. I’ll copy paste my dreams for discussion. I never have dreams usually until I chose to stop smoking marijuana recently. Maybe its just chemical reactions but I choose to believe the devil is influencing me. Tell me what you think this means: dream 1 – I was working in some kind of warehouse. It was the graveyard shift. I saw a few people come and go but I mainly kept to myself and continued working throughout the night. I don’t remember what kind of work I was doing.
    At some point I realized or was told that everyone at the warehouse had been murdered. I was confused because I was working all night I don’t remember anything like that. As I was telling someone this the police walked by me with the
    murder weapons. One was a black baton used by police. The other was a hand gun. There was blood on both. I denied any wrongdoing and refused to believe I did it. The police wanted to take me away but I wouldn’t go. I wanted to write
    down what I had actually done that night. They gave me pen and paper and of course I couldn’t write anything. Every pen they gave me was used up and wouldn’t write. They went to get me another pen and when they came back I realized who
    I was talking to. It was a white woman with bad teeth. She gave me a bag of McDonald’s and a pen. As she gave me things she got close and whispered in my ear that there was marijuana joint in my left coat pocket that was hers. If I gave
    it to her I wouldn’t get in any trouble with the police over it. I looked inside the bag of McDonald’s. Inside were several sausages sizzling hot and that was all. They were juicy and oily. As I closed the bag I thought about the joint
    in my pocket. Somehow I knew it was there. I wondered how she knew it was there and continued trying to write what I had done that night…

    Dream 2 – I bought a red car from someone or somewhere it had to be at least 2400-3400 dollars. It was a nice car with a v8 engine. I found out somehow by a man that this car was not mine. I had bought a stolen car. I left it somewhere
    and came back to it later. When I came back to it the same man was scraping off the tint on the rear window from the outside. He scraped so hard he broke the window. I looked towards the front of the car and saw that the hood was up
    when I looked past it I noticed the engine had been removed. I looked around a realized I was in a dealership of cars. I felt I had been robbed and asked the man what I should do. He didn’t have an answer. As I walked around the
    dealership in between cars some angry Hispanic ladies were destroying cars breaking windows and hitting them with something I didn’t look to see what it was but the woman in front definitely had something in her hand. She looked angry.
    Somehow I realized what was going on. They were selling stolen cars then storing them here to swap parts to sell other cars that needed the parts. I knew then that I needed to talk to the owner of the lot. Why was he allowing people to
    take parts from cars on his property. I felt like if I didn’t move forward the woman would attack me. So I looked around and saw a very long wooden ramp leading up to a structure above the lot it wasn’t very high up but for some reason
    the ramp was very long. When I entered the structure I asked who owned the place and was directed to the back of the building. I’m not sure but I think I was directed back outside on a porch or balcony. I was very angry and realized
    there was a mob of people that had followed me in and were also very angry. I didn’t see the mob. Somehow I just knew. I asked him why he allowed people to take parts from my car. I don’t remember him saying anything but I remember
    seeing his smile (devious). He had two narrow front teeth. They were thick and yellowed. I wanted to punch him right there in his teeth. I was filled with rage. The kind of rage I saw in the Hispanic woman. Everything went black…

    Obviously a lot of things don’t make sense because it was a dream but it felt real at the time and because I hardly ever dream and it coincided with a fight with my family. I have reason to believe both of the people with bad teeth were the devil speaking to me in my dreams. Just now he wanted me to do more drugs. Thankfully the number i dialed to my dealers were disconnected and and i found this web page. respond with your thoughts. I’m interested to see what others think about this experience. Mind you the two dreams happened consecutively on the same Saturday when my family left the house. I feel I might be possessed. The family dog barks at me constantly and this weekend he seemed particularly agitated about my presence. I do everything I can to provide for my family. I try so hard to be accepted but I feel like whatever I do is a waste. I made a deal with the devil awhile ago not knowing the consequences and now I feel like I’m an empty shell here on earth awaiting my death. I had actually died at some point early in my life and was resuscitated. There is something I need to do but I don’t know what.

  12. Rahim Pasha April 1, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

    I love this page, I’m glad the page is still alive, I wish you guys would just keep talking and more people can find this page because it is the number 1 step you take to choose god’s presence in your life everyday…… thank you Christ Jesus!!!!

  13. Jessica January 17, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

    Miracle, I’ve been in the exact same situation. GOD loves you and wants you to know you are his. He died for all of your sins. He loves you and the only unforgivable sin is believing you’re not forgiven…which you are!!! God is LOVE!!!!

  14. Cana Lugo April 21, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

    Praise Jesus for giving us the Sword of the Spirit, that no weapon formed against us would prosper! Even when satan gets in our minds, Jesus’ TRUTH remains the same! May God grant us favor in our walks with Him, wisdom and understanding! May our hearts be full of His Praises, and may we one day know Him, even as we are fully known!!! I pray He makes His Will known to us!

  15. Cana Lugo April 21, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

    Tom. I am praying for you. Grace and peace to you in the Name of our Lord Jesus! May He grant you patience in this difficult season, and clarity of direction! I pray for you to be strong against the enemy, strong in the Lord!

  16. Akira September 20, 2018 at 11:08 pm #

    Im Only 18 So Things Are A little Crazy…. I Want The Devil Out Of My Head.. I Recently Had A Thought Where God was Trying To Give Me Everything & I Said It Coukdnt Be Him And Fell In A Hole & The Whole Time I Was Falling I Prayed And Prayed. What If It Was Jesus That Time And I Messed Up. I Haven’t Given Up Fate. What Should I Do. Any Suggestions ?

  17. Russ September 21, 2018 at 5:34 am #

    With God, everything is “yes” and “amen”! Receive from him when he gives generously!

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