I have been asked by people if the demonic world can hear our thoughts.
With a great amount of experience in this, I have no doubt at all that they
do indeed hear our thoughts.
This is shocking to some. They have been taught by the precepts of men
that if they silently pray to the Lord, the enemy can not hear their prayers.
(1 Tim 4:1) There is no particular scripture that proves whether the demonic
world can or cannot hear our thoughts. However, reading the scriptures as
a whole does bring some understanding about the spirit world.
COMMUNICATION IN THE SPIRIT WORLD
All angels, whether good angels or demonic fallen angels have celestial
bodies and they communicate via thoughts, impressions, ideas and concepts
without laboring over the language of words or creating them into sound.
(Rev 12:7-9, 1 Cor 15:40-4, I Cor 2:14)
In scripture as well as in the experience of saints, angels have been
recorded as speaking through dreams and visions. The receivers are actually
hearing the angels in their thoughts and they are also communicating back
to the angels through the same means. (Matt 1:20, Acts 10:2-3)
There are instances when other people have been present while the dream
or vision was taking place and they do not hear or see the angel. For instance,
husbands and wives have had this experience when both are in the same bed.
The person who does hear, has a very difficult time realizing that it was
spoken only to his thoughts, because the experience is so real. (Dan 10:7)
Jesus Himself said that the audible voice of His Father was for the benefit
of the people in the crowd, not for Himself. Through this statement, Jesus
implied that His relationship with the Father was not audible: "Father, bring
glory to your name." Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, "I have already
brought it glory, and I will do it again." When the crowd heard the voice,
some thought it was thunder, while others declared an angel had spoken to
him. Then Jesus told them, "The voice was for your benefit, not mine." (John
Jesus only did what He heard and saw the Father do. He also said that
the Father lived inside of Him and it was the Father doing the works through
Him. Jesus was given the Holy Spirit without measure and understood what
it was to walk in the Spirit. Jesus also perceived the thoughts of men. These
communications in the spirit world were for the most part, without physical
sound or sight. It is our destiny to do the same works and even greater ones
then Jesus did on earth. (John 5:19, 8:26, 28, 14:10, 3:34, Luke 5:22, Matt
9:4, Heb 4:12, John 14:12)
Documented testimonies of people who have either died and gone to heaven
and come back to tell about it, or have been translated before the throne
room in the 3rd heaven as Paul was, say that communication is immediate thought,
much faster than using spoken words through the mouth and tongue. Not only
that, but with the mere thought, instant travel and instant understanding
are also possible.
Along the same concept, I met a prophetic man, who in the new company
he was to work for, was introduced to the company prognosticator. The
prognosticator was actually hired to manage the company funds via the stock
market through using his occult skills. As they were introduced, they shook
hands and he looked into the dark depths of the prognosticators eyes.
At the moment of contact, this prophetic man heard in his thoughts the
prognosticator say to him in his thoughts, "I know who you are!" And the
prophetic man thought right back at him, "And I know who YOU are!" It was
the most remarkable experience this man had ever had. Not a spoken word took
place between them. He was then taken to his new office to unpack his desk.
Suddenly the procrastinator appeared in his doorway and said out loud,
"Ill cut you a deal. You stay away from me, and Ill stay away
from you, and we wont have any trouble." They both agreed!
It is known and experienced through various means in the deliverance
ministries that demons can hear mans thoughts. For some, it is just
as easy to cast out a demon (accompanied with demonic manifestation as evidence)
by taking authority via the thoughts as it is through the spoken words. I
have done this on a number of occasions over people. I know others who have
I have also experienced demonic resistance hundreds of times in my mind.
This occurs while waiting upon the Lord in prayer to hear His still small
voice or see pictures and visions. To impede, the enemy puts up a fight.
I see and hear demonic spirits giving me all kinds of resistance to whatever
I am thinking about or praying. I rebuke and resist them in Jesus Name and
they flee. Resistance against breakthroughs to hear the Lord is just a part
of the package. This all takes place without my speaking a word out loud.
THE OCCULT WORLD
In the occult world, they consult with demonic spirits and make inquiries
of such. The inquirer also receives answers. The scriptures do not express
exactly how the communication between parties occur, however the scripture
does say that the devil transforms himself into an angel of light. This means
that the devil has the power to counterfeit the ways God speaks to man, including
through the thoughts. (Deut 18:11, Gen 44:15, Isa 19:3, 1 Sam 28:7-8, 2 Kings
1:2-3, 2 Cor 11:14-15)
Our awesome God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. That means
that He knows EVERYTHING, is EVERYWHERE, and ALL POWERFUL. (Ps 14 7:5, Isa
40:28, Isa 46:10, Isa 44:6-7, Ps 139:7-8, Jer 23:23-24, 1 Chron 29:12, 1
Chron 29:11, Dan 6:26) The great news is that the enemy is NOT. He sends
out demonic spies all over the land to collect information. And this is how
the occult sometimes prognosticate with a degree of accuracy the spirits
spy on Gods real prophets and anointed preachers, etc. (Job 1:7)
WARFARE IN THE THOUGHT LIFE
Paul says that part of our warfare is in our thought life: "For though
we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons
of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the
knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience
of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience
is fulfilled." (2 Cor 10:3-6 NKJV)
He also inferred that the devil beguiles us through our minds: "But [now]
I am fearful, lest that even as the serpent beguiled Eve by his cunning,
so your minds may be corrupted and seduced from wholehearted and sincere
and pure devotion to Christ." (2 Cor 11:3 AMP]
OUR LIVES ARE OPEN BOOKS
It is my personal belief that our entire lives are open books before all
of the spirit world. This means the angels, the demons, the cloud of witnesses
who are in heaven, and the Lord. If we really understood this, we would live
much holier lives. To think that an uncountable number of people in heaven
can check in on us anytime they want to, is quite embarrassing if we are
sinning. "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses
to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down,
especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with
endurance the race that God has set before us." (Heb 12:1-2 NLT)
"And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked
and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account." (Heb 4:13 NKJV)
Ps 139:1-10 NLT
O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know
when I sit down or stand up. You know my every thought when far away. You
chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment
you know where I am.
You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD. You both precede
and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge
is too wonderful for me, too great for me to know! I can never escape from
your spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven,
you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I
ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there
your hand will guide me.
Let us not fear what is exposed to the enemy. Rather let us fear God.
1. There are also scriptural instances where the demonic world cried out
the secrets of God.
Mark 3:10-12 NLT
And whenever those possessed by evil spirits caught sight of him, they
would fall down in front of him shrieking, "You are the Son of God!" But
Jesus strictly warned them not to say who he was.
Mark 1:23-26 NLT
A man possessed by an evil spirit was in the synagogue, and he began shouting,
"Why are you bothering us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are--the Holy One sent from God!" Jesus cut him short. "Be
silent! Come out of the man." At that, the evil spirit screamed and threw
the man into a convulsion, but then he left him.
Mark 5:6-8 NLT
When Jesus was still some distance away, the man saw him. He ran to meet
Jesus and fell down before him. He gave a terrible scream, shrieking, "Why
are you bothering me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? For God's sake, don't
torture me!" For Jesus had already said to the spirit, "Come out of the man,
you evil spirit."
Luke 4:33-37 NLT
Once when he was in the synagogue, a man possessed by a demon began shouting
at Jesus, "Go away! Why are you bothering us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you
come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One sent from God." Jesus
cut him short. "Be silent!" he told the demon. "Come out of the man!" The
demon threw the man to the floor as the crowd watched; then it left him without
hurting him further. Amazed, the people exclaimed, "What authority and power
this man's words possess! Even evil spirits obey him and flee at his command!"
Acts 16:16-17 NLT
One day as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a demon-possessed
slave girl. She was a fortune-teller who earned a lot of money for her masters.
She followed along behind us shouting, "These men are servants of the Most
High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved."
2. THE SCRIPTURE SAYS THAT IF THE RULERS HAD KNOWN, THEY WOULD NOT HAVE
CRUCIFIED JESUS. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
NOTE ABOUT THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURES: Jesus clearly and verbally told the
disciples He was going to be killed. His death was also promised in the OT.
The disciples even when clearly told that He would die, did not receive this
truth until after the fact. Their preconceived interpretations about the
Messiah blinded them to the truth.
The scriptures say that the church teaches the principalities and powers.
How can this be, when they know the scriptures better then we? The answer
is in our quickened faith that aligns with His scriptural truth and this
releases the supernatural to understand.
1. JESUS VERBALLY TOLD HIS DISCIPLES HE WOULD BE KILLED
Mark 8:31-32 NLT
Then Jesus began to tell them that he, the Son of Man, would suffer many
terrible things and be rejected by the leaders, the leading priests, and
the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, and three days later he
would rise again. As he talked about this openly with his disciples, Peter
took him aside and told him he shouldn't say things like that.
Matt 16:21 NLT
From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that he had to
go to Jerusalem, and he told them what would happen to him there. He would
suffer at the hands of the leaders and the leading priests and the teachers
of religious law. He would be killed, and he would be raised on the third
Matt 17:22-23 NLT
One day after they had returned to Galilee, Jesus told them, "The Son
of Man is going to be betrayed. He will be killed, but three days later he
will be raised from the dead." And the disciples' hearts were filled with
Matt 26:23-24 NLT
He replied, "One of you who is eating with me now will betray me. For
I, the Son of Man, must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how
terrible it will be for my betrayer. Far better for him if he had never been
Matt 26:53-54 NLT
Don't you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to
protect us, and he would send them instantly? But if I did, how would the
Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?"
Mark 9:30-32 NLT
Leaving that region, they traveled through Galilee. Jesus tried to avoid
all publicity in order to spend more time with his disciples and teach them.
He said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed. He will be killed,
but three days later he will rise from the dead." But they didn't understand
what he was saying, and they were afraid to ask him what he meant.
Ps 22, Ps 69, Isa 53, Zech 13:7, Luke 24:46, Acts 17:3, 1 Cor 15:3-4,
Heb 2:8-10, Heb 9:22-23, 1 Peter 1:3, 1 Peter 1:11
2. YET THE RULERS OF THE AGE DID NOT KNOW IT
1 Cor 2:6-8 NKJV
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God
ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this
age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of
[Note: The word rulers in the Greek is translated to be both human and
3. BECAUSE THE DISCIPLES WERE BLIND TO THE TRUTH UNTIL THE MOMENT OF QUICKENED
Luke 24:13-16... 25-33 NLT
That same day two of Jesus' followers were walking to the village of Emmaus,
seven miles out of Jerusalem. 14 As they walked along they were talking about
everything that had happened. 15 Suddenly, Jesus himself came along and joined
them and began walking beside them. 16 But they didn't know who he was, because
God kept them from recognizing him....
... 25 Then Jesus said to them, "You are such foolish people! You find
it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. 26 Wasn't
it clearly predicted by the prophets that the Messiah would have to suffer
all these things before entering his time of glory?" 27 Then Jesus quoted
passages from the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining what
all the Scriptures said about himself. 28 By this time they were nearing
Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus would have gone on, 29 but they
begged him to stay the night with them, since it was getting late. So he
went home with them. 30 As they sat down to eat, he took a small loaf of
bread, asked God's blessing on it, broke it, then gave it to them. 31 Suddenly,
their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he
disappeared! 32 They said to each other, "Didn't our hearts feel strangely
warm as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?"
4. BECAUSE THE CHURCH MAKES THE WISDOM OF GOD MANIFEST TO THE RULERS
Eph 3:8-12 NKJV
To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given,
that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the
beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through
Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be
made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly
places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ
Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through
faith in Him.
5. BECAUSE THE WORD MUST BE MIXED WITH FAITH
Heb 4:2 NKJV
For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word
which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those
who heard it.
Words from the The Quickened Word are excerpts from the journals of Sandy Warner. To
better understand how God speaks, read Sandy’s book, “101+ Ways God
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