Does the enemy (Satan/demons) have the ability and control to know a believer’s thoughts, and then control circumstances to influence their actions?
Scripture tends to suggest that the enemy can be influential concerning a believer’s emotions and may also have a degree of power in their thinking in some ways. Nevertheless, the enemy’s power (no matter the degree) is always under the authority of God. The enemy does only what the Lord permits, and therefore the enemy’s ability to influence a believer’s thoughts or actions is limited to what the Lord allows as a test of the believer for our spiritual good.
The Bible says the Lord allows these tests for our good, but never to tempt or encourage us to sin. Therefore, if the enemy’s tests should succeed in causing us to stumble, then we are at fault for willingly following the enemy’s temptations or falling to the enemy’s deceptions through circumstances.
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