Although God didn’t take back the power he gave to Lucifer when he became Satan, there’s a limit to his wickedness.
God has placed a check on him. He could counterfeit many of God’s workings but there’s still a limit. Satan can never create life, although he can make a counterfeit of God’s creatures. He has no life in himself, only Jesus Christ is the way, the resurrection and life. John 14:6
Remember what he did to Job? He destroyed all Job’s belongings and body save his soul. Yet still he could not know Job’s thoughts, Job still had unwavering trust in God.
Job 1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, 21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
The devil can only temp you and Cannot read your thoughts. However, the scenes that happened in Eden appears that Satan could read our thoughts but he can never do this. He couldn’t read Eve thoughts, neither could he read Adam’s. He can’t read but can study your actions to have a knowledge of your thinking.
He has being bending his powers to do evil for a very long time and have studied the human nature from generation to generation. But upon all these he trembles before those who trust in God and obey Him. Such he can never overcome.
With Jesus on our side, we should not fear the devices of the evil one. We should rather be on guard so that we might be able to discern his traps by God’s grace.
Eve went from the side of her husband, viewing the beautiful things of nature, delighting her senses with the colors and fragrance of the flowers, and admiring the beauty of the trees and shrubs. She was thinking of the restrictions which God had laid upon them in regard to the tree of knowledge. She was pleased with the beauties and bounties which the Lord had furnished for the gratification of every want. All these, said she, God has given us to enjoy. They are all ours; for God has said, “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it.” Con 12.4
Eve had wandered near the forbidden tree, and her curiosity was aroused to know how death could be concealed in the fruit of this fair tree.She was surprised to hear her queries taken up and repeated by a strange voice. “Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” Eve was not aware that she had revealed her thoughts in audibly conversing with herself; therefore, she was greatly astonished to hear her queries repeated by a serpent.She really thought that the serpent had a knowledge of her thoughts, and that he must be very wise. Con 13.1
She answered him, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Con 13.2
Satan cannot read our thoughts, but he can see our actions, hear our words; and from his long knowledge of the human family, he can shape his temptations to take advantage of our weak points of character. And how often do we let him into the secret of how he may obtain the victory over us. Oh, that we might control our words and actions! How strong we would become if our words were of such an order that we would not be ashamed to meet the record of them in the day of judgment. How different will they appear in the day of God from what they seem when we utter them.—The Review and Herald, February 27, 1913. MYP 328.1
“Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”