Here's a question from one of our readers. I'm Michael Pearl here at The Door.
Can Satan read your thoughts? It'd be scary for anybody to read your thoughts other than God. Only people that can read your thoughts other than God is Google.
No, Google can't actually read your thoughts, but you know what they can do? I'm not going off here. This is to answer your question. You know what they can do? They can take all the different things you've said online, which is not as much as you say in private life and at home. They can take all those things, take the things you've bought, the things you've looked up, and the movies you've watched, and they can create a profile. They can know out of 10 books, which one you'd want, out of 10 movies, which one you'd prefer. They know what you might do if you went to Las Vegas. They know what kind of entertainment you'd want in Las Vegas. They know what kind of car you'd like. They know more about you than you're willing to admit about yourself.
Now, how do they do that? Not because they can read your thoughts, because they're good psychologist putting together information on you. A good psychologist, psychiatrist, practiced and experienced, along with other people who are in business can look at a person for a very short time and tell you all about them just by their mannerisms.
Now, the devil can do all that. The devil's better than Google. He's got all the information on you from the time you were very young. He cannot read your thoughts, but he can anticipate exactly how you're going to respond to certain temptations and what kind of temptation it'd take to bring you down.
Now, if you look at the book of Job, that's interesting. You'll find out that the devil couldn't read Job's thoughts. He didn't know that Job would endure, that Job loved God for who God was and not for what God gave him. The devil made a critical mistake not knowing Job's thoughts. He challenged God to a contest. He lost. God won because he didn't really know Job. He just knew him from the outside. But he thought from what he knew from the outside and relating it to what he knew about other people, that Job would respond in a way, and he told God he will. And he didn't respond that way. God gave the devil a second shot, and Job still didn't respond the way the devil thought he would because the devil didn't know Job's thoughts.
Now, Luke 22:3 says, "Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being a number of the twelve." Now, Satan can enter into you. A devil can enter into you. I've seen people with devils in them. I've talked with the devils in people. That sounds weird, I know. I don't do it all the time, but it has happened.
Luke 22:31, "And the Lord said, 'Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat.'" What's interesting about this, not that Satan desired to have him, but that Satan didn't have him. Satan didn't have the power to control Peter, didn't have it. He had to ask for that power, like he had to ask God could he do certain things to Job.
So the devil had to say, "I want to sift Peter. Would you turn him loose, take your hands off of him?" God said, "Okay, I will." But he said, "I prayed for you that your faith won't fail." God let Satan do something. Satan's like a bad bulldog on a chain. He'll lunge at you and bite you if the master gives enough chain. Or he might just scare you to death, and you don't realize that his chain is short. Jesus Christ now holds the chain of the devil, and he cannot hurt a Christian. I laugh at him. He cannot hurt because I am victorious in Jesus Christ.
So if he knows my thoughts, come on. I'm thinking there's power, power, wonder working power in the precious blood of the Lamb. Take that and stuff it. So if the devil wants my thoughts, my thoughts are Jesus is worthy and the devil's defeated and a liar. That's what my thoughts are.
Now, if you're thinking some other thoughts, I can see why you'd be upset because he might take those thoughts and do something with them. But he can't.
Acts 5:3, "And Peter said, 'Ananias, Satan had filled thine heart to lying to the Holy Ghost.'" So how does Satan fill your heart if he can't get in your thoughts? Satan fills your heart with today, TV, music, conversation, things you read, your imaginations. He fills your heart. Or externally, he fills that sensibilities, your sensibilities, teach you to love something that you shouldn't love.
2 Corinthians 4:4, that, "In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not," Satan blinds the minds, "lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them." Now, how does Satan blind your mind? Through the universities, through the public schools, through CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. The devil blinds minds through the media and the things that you see and say and do and hear.
James 1:14, "But every man is tempted when he is drawn away with his own lust and enticed." So that tells us where temptation comes from. A man has to be drawn away by his own lust and enticed.
1 Corinthians 10:13 "But no temptation has taken you but such as is common to man, and God will not suffer you to be tempted above that you're able, but will with that temptation make a way to escape."
Now, the devil's best tool is fear. The Bible said, "Perfect love casts out fear." (1 John 4:18) I don't fear the devil anymore. Now, if I were to walk his paths, I would have a fear because in the book of 1 Corinthians, Paul told them to turn one of the Christians over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh. If the church or if Jesus Christ turns you over to the devil, he can mess you up bad.
But if you're walking in faith with the Lord Jesus Christ, you've got no reason to fear the devil, and you can denounce him in the name of Jesus Christ. You can cast him out of someone else. You can demand him to leave your family. You can tell him to leave your body alone. You've got authority over the devil. Don't walk timidly where the devil's concerned. He's a defeated foe for all Christians.
All right, I've been answering your question here. Michael Pearl at The Door. Tune in again.