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Q:

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?


A:

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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14 Comments

  1. Carla says:

    Wow. I have been looking everywhere for some guidance in this. I am a new Christian and getting involved in a great church. I will be sitting in church really trying to concentrate on the teaching and my head goes in the direction of truly EVIL thoughts. I know it comes from both warfare (my father is a missionary and has told me Satan is not happy he lost me…I sure am) and a very depraved past. Thank God through His Son He forgives me for the past and I am a new creation, but my word these thoughts are just overtaking my time somedays. I gained comfort from your posts, especially the one about saying Get thee behind me Satan. I try to hold onto the verse in the Bible that says Behold the old is gone and the new has come (paraphrasing).

  2. GEORGE SAMUKELENGA says:

    In the beginning, man was created for purity in purity to live with God. now the issue is what runs in the mind of man which was created to live in purity bu God, invites the devil to put his thoughts into man. good example is what happened to eve in the garden.

  3. saul says:

    There comes moments where I just hate what I’ve become, there seems to be nothing good inme and I been trying to change but it seems that when I try the battle in my mind gets harder and I just start to cave in. Then to make matters worse I start getting angry even with God and I have cursing thoughts towards him that make me think I’m doomed for life and there is no more yope for me.

    1. gladys says:

      I went the same way at one point. I was so angry inside, I would think evil thoughts everyday sometimes all day. I prayed and prayed and at first nothing changed. It took months for change to come about, but each time a thought would come about I prayed it turned up my Christian music. It gets easier everyday. It does not happen over night, but if your patient and faithful the end result is well worth it. Never give up on god… Remember live never fails and god loves us xoxoxo

  4. mogerane says:

    what if you think you have blasphamed God thats what been dominating my mind most of the time i feel God has turned His back against me for tht sir

  5. joy says:

    Jesus is my life

  6. Claudia Miller says:

    I know that my evil thoughts come from my own sinfulness and life experiences. I’m repenting all the time and most of it is never verbalized. I think it’s a cop-out to blame Satan even though he started spreading his lies in the Garden of Eden and continues daily. The Holy Spirit fills my heart when I pray for that and my attitude becomes more Christ-like. My grandmother used to say, “Get thee behind me Satan” quite often.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I grow weary in my walk with God @ times, especially when I fast and pray for smthing, bt no result! I begin to think negative n assume God has abandon me! Or I assume God is using my past sins against me! How do I stop thinking negatively n start believing beyond reasonable doubt, that God isn’t acting d way am thinking?

  8. Gabby says:

    I feel like I dont really know/understand God… I fear him at times… And I fear the devil. How can I overcome this?? I love God and Jesus Christ. I believed he died on the cross for my sins but I still dont seem to understand…

    1. Kenneth Keppen says:

      Hi Gabby. Just remember that God loves you and that he cares for you. The Devil will do anything to try to rob you of your relationship with Jesus and sometimes you will have doubts about your relationship with God. I have had a lot of those feelings myself lately and I have also been thinking bad thoughts about God and even though I want them to go away, I keep having the thoughts. The best thing to do is to continue to pray and talk to God about your doubts and your thoughts because he wants to help. God sent his only son Jesus to die for our sins because he loved us so much.

    2. nicole says:

      Dear Gabby, your post touched my heart, so I hope to write something that helps. You don’t have to fear God. He absolutely loves you. He took precious time to create you (Ps. 139), He chose you for salvation before the world began (Eph. 1:4), He sent Jesus to die for your sins, which you already know (Jn. 3:16), and He has prepared heaven for you to be with Him eternally (Jn 14: 2-3). You don’t have to fear satan either. God has promised that he cannot harm you (Lu. 10:19), and that He Himself will strengthen and protect you from satan (2 Thess. 3:3). This is the truth, so please allow it to set you free (Jn. 8:36)!

  9. david says:

    I keep bad thoughts in my head about god and using his name in vain! I have tried everything to stop it but it keeps popping up in my head…the closer I get to god the worse it gets..

    1. Jordan says:

      Hey David, the closer you get to God the harder the devil tries to take you away from him. Always stay in faith, pray for restoration, It says in the bible, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” For inspiration on how to deal with stuff like this I suggest you go read the book of Job in the bible and see what Job was tempted with, because the devil tried to break his faith but he never did. God wants to test your faith to see if you truly want to worship him as our lord, the devil tempts us to bring us farther away from God. God is faithful, he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. I hope this helps you. God Bless.

    2. Andrew says:

      I know how y’all feel. I have had thoughts in my head about The Lord I know in my heart I don’t mean! And about family, murders committed by me and things like that. I know it’s the devil and probably from me watch The Walking Dead. I am stopping with that. I tell the devil to get behind me and to leave me. You have to have faith in God and that is what helps me continue on. The Lord said He won’t fail us. Don’t believe these evil thoughts. They’re lies. Even I have to understand that. Sometimes is question my faith: Am I saved? I know I am I just gotta lean and cling to the Loving, Holy Father God. He won’t leave or forsake us. Please pray for me guys. Thank you!! Praying for y’all!!