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Where do evil thoughts come from? Does Satan put them there? Sometimes I think he must, because they just seem to pop into my head without any effort on my part. In any case, how are we supposed to deal with them?


At times, the devil apparently does put evil thoughts in our head, or even directly incites us to do evil. I think of Judas, for example, who made a secret arrangement to betray Jesus to His enemies. When Judas went to inform them where they could find Jesus, the Bible says that “Satan entered into him” (John 13:27).

But the ground was already prepared (so to speak) for Satan to work in Judas’ heart and mind. Although he was part of Jesus’ band of twelve disciples, Judas did not really believe that Jesus was the Savior sent from God to save us from our sins. In fact, the Bible says that Judas “was a thief; as keeper of the money bag (for the disciples), he used to help himself to what was put into it” (John 12:6). The lesson is clear: The farther we are from God, the more vulnerable we will be to Satan’s attacks.

Don’t be like Judas, but make certain of your commitment to Jesus Christ. If you’ve never done so, turn to Him and by faith ask Him to come into your heart and life. Then ask Him to fill your mind with His truth and His Spirit every day. The Bible says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

Not all evil thoughts come directly from Satan, however. Often they come from within – from our own sinful hearts. When they do, ask God to cleanse your mind and fill it with Christ.

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  1. Laura says:

    I so wish I’d read these comments when I was a teenager.
    I suffered severe problems with evil thoughts about God. Thoughts that deeply offended me and thoughts I tried everything to get rid of. I even told the Lord that I’d submit to having some kind of head injury to get rid of them.
    I now know that this was the devil’s tactic to cause me to doubt how much God loves me. satan tried to make me believe I’d committed a sin so bad that I couldn’t be forgiven. What a liar! Jesus the Son of God died for my sins, Jesus can and has forgiven all my sins.
    The fact is God picked you out from the start and he loves you so much! His promises are for whosoever believes, that’s you! God is so in love with you, I promise!

  2. Paul says:

    To : Mark
    Take every thought captive immediately. You can also quote Phil 4:8 (personalize and put I)
    Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

  3. Mark says:

    I’ve had these thought since I was little. I ended up in prison at 19 and did 5 years. Now I am 28 about to get my bachelors degree and haven’t been in trouble since. I have confessed to God and accepted Him into my life but the thoughts are always there. Even at times when I’m watching a movie or even just waking up. Thoughts are of hurting people, robbing banks (which I don’t even need the money) and just being mean period. I fight these thoughts and have not done any of them that is in my mind. But I am afraid that they may over come my mind because I have done bad things in the past. I even have thoughts of trying to join the Military just so I can have license to kill at war. Any thoughts of why?

  4. faith says:

    Good to know I am not only one in this struggle…

  5. Victoria says:

    I have been struggling with thoughts as well. It’s been a real struggle. At first, I was angry and asked why me. Then later I realized why not me. I know these thoughts don’t come from Jesus but I have come closer to God through this. Keep on praying and stay strong.

  6. Candy says:

    I am finally in control of my thoughts, my thoughts dont have me, Thank God I repented and renounced them in the name of Jesus, and Held each thought Captive to obey my Lord Jesus Christ.

  7. Babs says:

    I oddly feel comforted by these posts. I am a born again Christian who still has lots of unwanted tormenting thoughts. I fight these thoughts more when I am hurt or scared. I take my rage out on God and have just asked Him to forgive what I cannot. Peace to all.