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Question: We were recently talking about the devil in one of our Wednesday night Bible classes and the topic of whether the devil had the power to read our thoughts (like God does) or not came up. What does the Bible teach on this?
Answer: Without a doubt Jesus christ could read the minds of others.
4. But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, said, "Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? (Matthew 9)
47. And when Jesus perceived the thoughts of their hearts, He took hold of a little child and set it by Him, (Luke 9)
The word of God reads and judges our thoughts and attitudes. Everything we think can be clearly seen by him.
12 What God has said isn’t only alive and active! It is sharper than any double-edged sword. His word can cut through our spirits and souls and through our joints and marrow, until it discovers the desires and thoughts of our hearts. 13 Nothing is hidden from God! (Hebrews 4)
The devil knows HOW humans think because he thinks the same way. He knows the weaknesses of human beings and therefore knows how to tempt us. Jesus referred to this commonality of thinking when he rebuked Peter (who was not yet fully converted) at a moment when the devil was influencing him to think and say certain things.
22. But after taking Him (Jesus Christ) aside, Peter personally began to rebuke Him, saying, "God will be favorable to you, Lord. In no way shall this happen to You." 23. Then He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, because your thoughts are not in accord with the things of God, but the things of men." (Matthew 16:21-23)