The Lord knows the thoughts of man…

One night, last year, during my women’s bible study, we got to talking about Satan’s powers, or lack of…

Part of the discussion was capturing our thoughts and watching what we speak outloud. It went something like this:

Satan is powerful, but his power is limited. He is not able to read our thoughts. Therefore, what he learns about us and how to work on us, comes from watching and observing our actions or listening to our conversations.

I was pondering this last night, as I was trying to fall asleep. Last night, I was suffering from some severe anxiety (though not a panic attack) and was thinking about God’s spirit. It is not of fear. So obviously, what was driving my anxiety was not coming from Him. I found myself praying these admissions of fear silently, not wanting to give out any more ammunition.

But then I think of the Lord’s hedge of protection.

Does it extend to deafening the ears and shielding the eyes of the supernatural trying to harm us? I know the Lord is the God of all things and has performed greater miracles than that. But the supernatural is such a mystery.

These are just some thoughts I was pondering.

What are your thoughts?

But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you
For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
Psalm 5:11-12


*Updated to add: I had a good question posed on this: “How do we know that Satan and the angels can’t read our thoughts?”
I posted two REALLY good links for an answer in the comments**


  1. I have been wondering this same thing. I look forward to comments from others.

  2. Anonymous says

    The devil is powerful but not more powerful than God.
    Take a look at jezebel even the Prophet Elijah ran scared. The devil was before kicked out of heavan God’s personal servant. But pride made him fall. He wanted to be like God. And grew tired of serving God.
    God SPOKE the world into existance. What we speak and say matters big time. Our confessions should be I am blessed, I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me, Greater is HE who is in me than he that is in the world and so on… Believe it is not easy at times but remember we wrestle NOT against flesh and blood but against principalities and the rulers of this dark world. Because the devil will use the unsaved and the saved to come against us and change our confession.

  3. Anonymous says

    Just one more comment, our weapon of warfare IS the word of God. Just like Jesus did when the devil attached Him. Jesus always used the word and the devil has to flee. Submit to God resist the devil and he will flee from you.
    You can not have a victory with out a battle, so we need to constantly fight for our rights the rights and authority that God gave to us.

  4. Another question, if I may. How do we know the devil can’t read our thoughts? How do we know angels can’t read our thoughts? I keep hearing that he can’t read our thoughts, but what tells us that?

    I’m not biased one way or the other. Just wondering if there is Scripture that supports this.

  5. You know, Karla, God created us all to be different. You are such a thinker and have always asked questions in order to learn. Not everyone is that way. Many just take everything at face value without ever questioning. I have never known you to just question without seeking answers. That is the way you have continued to grow. Those with the answers are not necessarily closer to God than those who ask questions, so keep right on asking and seeking. God will give you the answers.
    Love you so much,

  6. I’ll look into it Christy.

  7. I found this good link from John McArthur (a respected Christian theologian)

    Here’s one little brief statement from it for you Christy:

    “But in terms of being omniscient and being able to, as Jesus could, read your thoughts, I don’t believe the Bible would support that at all. It never tells us that angels are omniscient and Satan is nothing but a fallen angel. If a holy angel isn’t omniscient, one that is fallen would have less capacity than a holy one; certainly wouldn’t have omniscience.”

  8. And another (from Randy Alcorn)

  9. Sista Cala says

    I too am a Carla from TN. So happy to find your blog. I have added you to my favs. Will read more as time permits.

  10. Michelle-ozark crafter says

    God’s power and protection extends to all things seen or unseen.

  11. carrie*postma says

    awesome question Karla. I have this spiritual warfare in my mind often. I have learned to praise the Lord outloud to let the evil one know who’s in my head during these times.
    Thank you for providing these links and backing it up with Scripture.

  12. For many years, I was part of a denomination that gave a lot of power to the devil that he may, perhaps, NOT have. When our baby daughter died, one of the first questions that was asked of us went like this: “Did you ever speak doubt aloud regarding her healing? Because, if you did, then the angel carrying the answered prayer to you would have had to go back to heaven and start the journey again.” (refer to Daniel) Seriously. The first person to enter my hospital room took a deep breath, said, “Uh, I guess you had faith….?” Now, the devil and his cohorts had ample opportunity to interpret my tears during that pregnancy, even without words. CS Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” uses an interchange between demons to address the issue of our humanity, etc.

    I’ve wondered what you have asked. Thanks for including the links!

  13. Thank you for those links, Karla!


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