CAN SATAN CONTROL A CHRISTIANS THOUGHTS AND WORDS?
Let me explain how Satan can also control the thoughts and speech of a Christian. In Matthew, chapter 16, Jesus had just concluded His explanation to His disciples on the true nature of His earthly mission-that He must suffer and die (verse 21). Peter immediately spoke up in an effort to dissuade Christ from going to the cross: “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” (verse 22). The response of Christ was abrupt and stern. “Get behind Me, Satan!” Jesus said to Peter (verse 23). I’m not suggesting that Peter was demon possessed. I am proposing that Peter, while standing in the presence of Christ, was sufficiently influenced that he literally spoke the words Satan wanted him to say. Even more astounding is the fact that earlier in verse 16 of that chapter, Peter had given the confessional statement of faith on which Christ said He would build His church! In Acts chapter 5, Ananias and Sapphira, members of the early church, lied to the apostle Peter. They had sold some p