By Ray Gano
For the past several months I have gotten a LOT of emails asking me something like this…
Question – “Why is it that when the enemy is attacking me all my rebuking, binding and casting out is not amounting to a hill of beans? My commanding in the name of Jesus just isn’t working. “
My first question that I always ask, “Are you vocalizing this request, or are you saying it in your head?”
Nine times out of ten, the person tells me that they are saying it in their head, and that is the problem.
Many times, we as Christians pray in our mind, God hears our prayers, answers them, etc.
So why doesn’t it work with demons?
Simple, demons and for that fact angels both fallen and heavenly can’t read our minds. They are not capable.
So, the next question that usually follows is “Then how did they know what I was thinking?”
As humorous as it sounds, they (the demons) made a really good guess.
What we forget is that demons are beings that are thousands of years old. They have been studying us humans now for a very long time and they have great memories. See, they are really good at reading our body language, knowing our past in depth, knowing our habits, character, even the buttons that they can push to help cause us to sin. They play us like a fine violin in the hands of maestro.
I mean think about it for a moment. They see us when other people don’t or can’t. They watch what we watch on TV. They see us eat, drink, go to the bathroom. They know all our physical responses and they know what we do when we are alone and by ourselves.
They are masters at observing us as humans and if you have a demon that has been following you around for a long time, they get to know you really well.
For example, as I am writing this I put up a mirror so that I can see what I am doing as I write this.
You know what I do when I am writing like this? I have both of my eyebrows raised just a little bit. Why do I do this? I have no idea. It is just something I do.
IN FACT, when I just wrote that question and I typed the question mark (?) I lifted my right eyebrow as if I was asking you that question in person.
Imagine a demon who has been watching me for a very long time, they are going to know every little subtle move, twitch, grin, fidget, that I make.
After a while they will be able to associate my “body language” and they are able to observe so keenly that they could “guess” what it is I am thinking.
Here is another thing that my body does, and I have no power over it.
Do you know that when I am really happy and super content that my eyes turn a bright blue?
When I am not so happy or angry, my eyes turn a deeper shade of blue.
So, can you see how much information our bodies put off when we are thinking?
Now couple that with all the secret things that demons know about us and what they have seen us do behind closed doors as well as all those things we do in public.
If you were the one doing the observing, odds are that you would have a pretty good understanding of that person to the point that you can start guessing what they are going to do, where they are going to go and even what they are probably thinking.
Now multiply those observation powers by 1000 and you have what demons are able to do right now.
They have studied us so well that they can “guess” what your next action and thought will probably be.
They are not 100% perfect, but they probably have a 98% chance of hitting the nail on the head when it comes to knowing what you think. Especially if they are using their powers of persuasion against you and telling you those little evil things that they want you to do.
Which then leads me often to the next question that I get in this arena of thought…
Question – What mental abilities do demons have?
Demons have the ability to influence our minds.
- They can speak to us in our minds
- They can infiltrate our dreams and we can interact with them in our dreams.
- The can cause us to dream certain dreams, as in the cases of incubus and succubus sex demons, where those sorts of demons often cause people to have perverse sexual dreams.
- They can overwhelm our minds, thus causing confusion, fear, anxiety, worry, doubt and a boat load of other negative feelings and emotions.
The mind is the demon’s battleground and when we do not know how to fight, demons will often gain control of our minds and be able to lead us down a path of destruction.
How do we fight against a demon who seems to have the upper hand when it comes to mental abilities?
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Ephesians 4:20-23 But ye have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
The mind is the key to the Christian life. It is also the primary battleground with which we fight the enemy daily.
How we fight on this battlefield of the mind is by changing our way of thinking.
Be ye transformed – when we become born again Christians, our old ungodly ways are changed into our new godly minds. Instead of thinking on things of the world, our minds desire thinking on the ways of God. It is on the battlefield of the mind where true forms of conviction takes place, which then become convictions of the heart, which then translates into action.
BUT… to do that, we need to first renew our minds.
How do we renew our minds? With God’s Word, the Bible.
There are no shortcuts. There is no magical formula for renewing our minds. We must fill our minds with God’s Word.
What this does is shore up our minds and help prevent and protect us from the attacks of the enemy.
BUT… when the enemy does attack, and he will, then we need to remember that demons can not read our minds and we literally have to say …
“I rebuke you demon in the name of Jesus Christ. I command you demon to stop the ___________ and I bind you in the name of Jesus Christ and in the name of Jesus Christ I cast you out and command you to the feet of Christ and let HIM do with you as He wills.”
First, we know demons aren’t omniscient, since they’re just spirit beings, like angels, created finite, and we know that angels don’t know a lot of things, including the time of Christ’s return (Mark 13:32). We’re told that God alone can know the future (Is. 46:9-10).
Demons are personal beings who are self-contained and are limited in space and time, not omnipresent and therefore presumably not able to drift in and out of people at will. On the other hand 2 Cor. 10 and other passages suggest demons can influence our thinking. But can they read our thoughts? Well, we know Jesus knew people’s thoughts (Mt. 9:4; 12:25; Mark 2:8; Luke 6:8; 11:17). God knows people’s thoughts (Gen. 6:5, Ps. 139, etc.). But nowhere are we told Satan or demons know people’s thoughts.
It would take omniscience for Satan and his demons to read our minds, which they do not have. God is the only One who can know our thoughts. However, Satan and his demons have been observing and tempting human beings for thousands of years.
In Ron Phillips book “Everyone’s Guide to Demons and Spiritual Warfare” he states …
“Demons are like cockroaches, they tend to increase in number if not evicted by the power of God.”
We have the power within us, we just need to learn how to use it.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Be of good cheer!