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What The Devil Does NOT Want You To Know

Even the demons learn Scripture. For them, that must really suck!

Special Note To My Readers:
I originally wrote this article as part of a series of articles on doing Scripture memory. However, I’ve noticed that many of you are finding this article via a search engine. So, I’ve decided to expand the scope of this topic to include even more helpful information regarding what the Devil does not want you to know. Scroll down a bit and you’ll see a list of additional spiritual warfare articles, with excerpts and links for each. The list is entitled:

Eight Things The Devil Does NOT Want You To Know

Read the articles and be blessed! ~Jan

The Devil hates you because he hates Jesus, and Jesus loves you.

God longs for you to get to know Him by way of internalizing His Word. There are many benefits that will be yours if you choose to do Scripture memory. Still, it’s normal for you to feel no urge to begin doing Scripture memory.

What you may not know — YET — is that Satan and his demons have been working overtime to keep you from discovering, reading, believing, and then acting upon the things you’ve read thus far.

But knowledge is power! Once you know you’re being manipulated by invisible spiritual beings, and having now read the truth, you can choose to disregard the lies of the Devil, and begin to obey God.

So, the purpose of this article is to give you much-needed information about what the Devil is up to, and how you should respond.

Eight Things The Devil Does NOT Want You To Know

  1. Fear is not just a physiological response to circumstances. Fear is also a spiritual phenomenon, inflicted upon you by the Devil. Somehow, Satan and his demons have the ability to influence our thoughts and emotions. BUT: once you know what’s going on, and know how to use the Word of God as a weapon against these demons, you can truly live free from fear…
     Read The Article 

  2. Just as we know that God cannot lie, we also learn from Jesus that Satan and his demons cannot tell the truth! Did you know that we can actually use that bit of wisdom against those demons from hell? Think about it: if we know that the Devil always lies, we also know that the opposite of what he says is the truth. So our job, then, is…
     Read The Article 

  3. First of all: Satan and his demons are finite, created beings. Also, God keeps the demons “on a leash” so to speak. So, there is no reason for you and I to fear the Devil. God is in you, and He’s more powerful than all of them combined, and He’s on your side. Still, you may ask, “If God is right there, why does He allow this to happen to me?” I know of six factors…
     Read The Article 

  4. Jesus has given us the perfect “how-to” strategy for gaining victory over the temptations, lies, and attacks of the Devil. In Matthew 4:1-11, Satan tried to tempt Jesus three times. But Jesus deflected each temptation by speaking the Truth of Scripture. In each response Jesus said, “It is written…” followed by a statement of Truth from the Word of God…
     Read The Article 

  5. Throughout the Bible, God promises He will never leave nor forsake us; that He will be with us always. Because we have a free will, God will not force His help upon us. Train yourself to turn to Him immediately when troubles come…
     Read The Article 

  6. As you think about going to bed tonight, do the words, “sleep peacefully” seem ridiculous? That need not be so. You have more control over the situation than you may be aware of. Let God help you, by using His Word as a weapon against the devil just as He intended…
     Read The Article 

  7. The devil’s goal is to keep you focused on your problem to the point where it overwhelms you. God’s goal is for you to partner with Him, so that He can help you defeat the devil, to live free from fear, and become one of His disciples…
     Read The Article 

  8. Do you have what God inspired the prophet Isaiah to call “Perfect Peace”? Do you have it? Are you living in the comfort of that supernatural blessing? Do you want His perfect peace? You can have it–and a big part of the “HOW” involves you choosing to think God’s thoughts. That’s what you’re doing when you choose to commit selected Scriptures to memory. Here’s another thing the Devil does NOT want you to know!
    Read The Article 

Did You Realize This? You Are The “Rope” In A Spiritual Tug-Of-War!

That may not be a perfect analogy, but do you see my point? On one end, Satan and his demons are pulling you toward hell, trying everything in their bag of tricks to keep you from doing Scripture memory, and thus learning the Bible and then helping others do the same.

On the other end, God is working for your good to draw you to Himself, while at the same time respecting your free will.

The demons, as they always do, are exploiting the fact that God has given you a free will; they will stop at nothing to disrupt, discourage, distract, and deflect you away from obeying God by doing Scripture memory.

Demons have the ability to put thoughts into our minds. | Word Blessings | Scripture memory

Satan and his demons have the ability somehow to put thoughts into our minds in such a way that we think those thoughts are our own thoughts. Quite often, they are not!

Does The Scripture Above Alarm You?

It alarms me, because of all the people I know who are not ready yet to step into eternity. Some think they are ready–but they may not be. Some don’t seem to care. Many have been beaten down by religion, and want nothing to do with anything associated with churches.

The Devil loves that! He so wants to keep you from understanding the Word of God.

Here’s how Jesus describes what the Devil does:

18 Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom [the Scripture read from the Bible] and does not understand it, the evil one [the Devil] comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. (Matthew 13:8-9)

Here Are Seven Strategies The Demons Use

1 STEALTH: First and foremost, he doesn’t want you to believe that he exists. If God is the great “I AM”, Satan is the great “I AM NOT”! But Jesus, Paul, Peter and all the New Testament writers knew demons exist, and they strongly warned us to be on guard and not fall into the Devil’s traps.

2 IGNORANCE: Whether you believe demons exist or not, they do not want you to know things such as the incredible power of God’s Word and the awesome benefits of Scripture memory.

3 ANESTHESIA: If somehow you throw off your ignorance of God’s Word and begin to read it, the Devil wants to keep you “anesthetized” such that you read the words–but they might as well be written in a foreign language. They have no meaning. The Gospel is veiled, and you are in danger of perishing. (See 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 above)

4 UNBELIEF: If they fail to keep the truth from you, their next strategy is to keep you from taking these truths seriously. The demons will plant thoughts of unbelief in your mind, and try to get you to think that doing things like Scripture memory are really not important…other things are much more important. They try to get you to doubt that God exists or doubt the accuracy of the Bible.

5 DISTRACTION: If you are still determined to believe and press on, the demons will try to distract you. You’ll feel hungry; you’ll feel tired; you’ll think about your grocery list or your to-do list; someone will call; you’ll feel inclined to spend hours on the internet, etc.

6 DOUBT: The Devil will try to make you think you cannot do Scripture memory. That’s a lie, and I can prove it: Obviously, you can read. Do you have a sound mind? Yes. Can you remember your phone number; your address; birth dates of friends and family members; details of how to do your job, etc.? Did you have to really work at committing those to memory? Of course not! So you see, you CAN do Scripture memory!

7 OUTRIGHT LIES: See John 8:44 (Scripture photo at the top.) EVERYTHING the Devil says is a lie. He tells half-truths, but those are like a pan of chocolate brownies… with dog poop baked into them! You would NEVER eat that if you knew what was in it! Neither should you “eat” the words of the Devil.

Satan And His Demons Have No Truth In Them; They Always Lie!

Thoughts put into your mind by demons are ALWAYS LIES! Your success or failure depends on how well you learn to recognize when your thoughts are lies and promptings from the Devil, and to disregard them! Act according to the Truth of God’s Word.

Using the analogy of the Word of God as spiritual food, the writer of Hebrews said,

But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:14)

Once you’ve made some progress in Scripture memory, you will find that you have acquired the discernment you need to be able to distinguish the Truth from the lies.

There Are Only Two Spiritual Kingdoms! There’s No Middle Ground!

Read these Words of Jesus:

Whoever is not with me is against me (Matthew 12:30, Luke 11:23)

There is no neutral position. With every word and deed, each one of us serves either heaven or hell. And some day, each one of us will be held accountable for our choices.

The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. (John 12:48)

How can we live according to God’s Word if we don’t know what it is? How can anyone claim to believe in Jesus, yet have only a vague notion of what He taught? And yet, there are churches filled with people who honestly don’t know what the Bible teaches or who believe that they must not read and apply principles from the Bible!

Someone has counted about 3,900 Bible verses that command us to know God’s Word. So we know what God longs for us to do.

And now you know what the Devil wants you to do.

So now you have to decide two things:

  1. BELIEF: Do you believe the things you’ve read here? Everything is based on the Truth of God’s Word.
  2. IMPORTANCE: Is Scripture memory important to you? If it’s important to you, you’ll do it. If it’s not important to you, you won’t do it.
Read Deuteronomy 30:19 below. See how God gives them (and us) a multiple-choice test? BUT NOTICE: He also gave them (and us) the right answer! God is, so to speak, bending over backwards to help us be successful!

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

Note the urgency in those two passages:

  • “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today…”
  • “choose this day…”

Take Action! Here’s What To Do:

Decide NOW to walk in obedience to God, by beginning a discipline of learning His Word. (There is much more on how to do that in the next article.)

The Devil is likely talking to you right now, telling you to put it off. Don’t listen to that voice. It’s a lie!

Take a stand NOW!


GO IMMEDIATELY to the next topic,” Memorize Bible Verses “. There you will find everything you need to get started. I’ve even put some verses into a couple of PDF files, which you can download and print out for free!

~ jan

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~ Jan

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  • Anatoliy Bantya April 14, 2014, 5:34 PM

    What is ur opinion about the devil speaking in peoples ear saying( to read the bible promising for thing to prosper and to come true) only to come back and speak negative thoughts into the persons head about god to trick them. What I want to know is what you think, would the devil tell people to read the bible to that very same purpose or no??

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    • Jan Smith April 15, 2014, 4:09 PM

      Hello, Anatoliy,
      I shared your question with my wife, Joanne. She wrote a great reply:
      Yes, for when you consider it, what is Satan’s purpose in anyone’s life? To mess up your God-given desire for God and His ways, and to mess with your opinion of yourself and of God. That’s always been his intent…to pull you out of the Hand of God by messing with God’s original programming. When God created you, he built in a sense of desiring to be intimate with Him, and wanting to do things His way. Satan hates that. He goes after that programming from the beginning of your life, attempting to rewrite your operating software to have you conclude that “God doesn’t like me, God isn’t fair, God is fickle, or impotent, or uncaring, I’m not lovable, and God isn’t going to answer my prayers.”

      Why would the Devil speak into someone’s ear, “Read the Bible, and God will prosper you and what you want will come true?” (We call this the ‘Health and Wealth Gospel.’) He, being very well read in the Bible himself, would only do it if he figured he then could move in and distort the Truth of the Word in your mind. And it would be easy enough to do. God never promised that He would prosper each one of us, and He never said that He would be our Cosmic Butler and give us anything we wanted. What DID God say? That He would never leave us or forsake us, that He would always answer our request for wisdom, that we would never be left alone to handle life, that He provided a way for us to be forgiven of our sins and a way for us to spend eternity with Him, that He would be our protection, etc…but that all of this would be dependent on our turning to Him with our full hearts in obedience to Him and His Word.

      What is Satan banking on then, when he suggests that “reading the Bible will cause God to have to give us what we want to prosper us?” He is betting that we will get pissed at God when things don’t go our way. He is betting that we will harbor anger and resentment toward this ‘supposedly loving God’ who “didn’t do things my way.” Does this game work? You bet it does! People often assume that a want or dream that came into their mind was put there by God, and that of course God is going to make it come true. So when it doesn’t come true, do we choose to get angry with God, or do we instead question where the thought came from originally? Was the original idea in actuality from Satan as well?

      Spending time in the Word allows us to get to know God, and to hear His voice through His Word. The more time we spend, the more likely we are to hear accurately whether the voice we are hearing whispered is from God or from his enemy and ours, Satan. You are right; Satan will stop at nothing to get Christians to turn against God, even if he has to use such righteous-sounding ideas like “Read the Bible and God will have to prosper you.” When you are in a right and intimate relationship with God, you will be asking Him how you can serve Him, not asking Him what He is going to give you.

      Being aware that Satan never gives up on trying to pull us to his side will help you to keep a wise ear to what you are hearing. Ask yourself always, “Does what I am hearing match the Word of God, or could this be the enemy calling?” We as Christians will never be immune to Satan’s devices and attacks, just as Jesus never was. Remember what it says in Luke 13 about Satan’s attack on Jesus at the beginning of his ministry: “Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.” An opportune time. That’s what our enemy is always waiting for. Will you be listening with your ear attuned to the Word of God? Or will you easily be fooled? ~ Joanne Smith

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  • Thomas April 14, 2014, 5:44 AM

    Thanks for sharing. Its something we take for granted yet it carries our victory. We are too busy praying yet having no time to feed on the very Word if life. The enemy has deceived the Church into fighting and battling in that we are drained off the life of God. The Word has all that we need for our nourishment in the faith, health and wealth. The Holy Spirit revealed to me the other day that the Word is the Blood of God, when we hear and meditate on it, His life begins to flow withing us reviving us into devine beings that overcomes the world and all evil.

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  • damilare david o. April 8, 2014, 12:09 PM

    May God help u more and more,its owesome

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  • Dave March 30, 2014, 10:46 PM

    I praise God for this page. I believe God directed me to this page. The enemy has planted some horrible thoughts in my mind. I just knew they were of demonic origin. Although I am saved, I truly needed some reassurance. Thank God for you!

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  • Tamara Higgins March 11, 2014, 4:25 AM

    hey this page has helped me at 5:25 this morning and i want to thank you for these scriptures because i need them.

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    • Jan Smith March 11, 2014, 6:58 AM

      Hi, Tamara,
      I’m so happy to read your comment, and to see that the Scriptures have helped you. That’s exactly why I’m writing all this stuff.

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  • thea james March 2, 2014, 12:41 PM

    Thanks so much for this ive been trying so hard to follow god and everything in tbis passage explains to me how the devil works. I know its true because sometimes I cant shake the negative thoughts and I dont know why. I try and read the bible then I just quit. Sometimes I read but never understand what I read or what it truly means. I have a lot of Unanswerd questions. But I really appreciate whoever took the time to write this article. I am going to move on tho the next. Thanks so much and do pray I find my way

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    • Jan Smith March 2, 2014, 3:58 PM

      Hi, Thea,
      I really appreciate your comment. My wife (Joanne) and I are both committed to shining the light of truth on what those liars from hell are doing to God’s children.
      I noticed that you said you can’t shake the negative thoughts. I have another article that tells all about that. Here is a link to that article:


      If you click the “Blog Index” link in the top menu bar, you’ll see several lists of articles I have written.
      Each list has a clickable heading, to take you to a page with an excerpts from each article in the list.
      Thanks again for posting a comment.
      Blessings to you,
      ~ Jan Smith

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