In order to avoid the enemy's attacks, recognize some of his strategies. Satan is the father of lies. Even though they are outside of you, unclean spirits can still talk to you (John 8:36). Satan is also called "accuser". You may find yourself feeling guilty for having had unclean spirits, or for your past sins, and the enemy may try to intimidate you with demonstrations of his power.
Recognizing the enemy's strategy is helpful, but it will not win the battle for you. It is more important that you learn to follow the steps below.
• Commit Yourself to Christ — Be determined that every thought, word, and action will reflect the very nature of Christ. Faith and trust in God is the greatest weapon against demonic lies (Ephesians 6:16).
• Honesty — Be honest with yourself. Ask God to help you see yourself as you truly are, and bring to light anything that is not of Him (Psalm 32:5; Psalm 139:23-24).
• Humility — Recognize you are dependent upon God and His provisions for deliverance (James 4:6-7). Be completely open to the people who are ministering deliverance (James 5:16).
• Forgiveness — Just as God freely forgives you when you confess and ask for forgiveness (I John 1:9), He expects you to forgive all others who have ever wronged you or caused you pain (Matt. 6:14-15). It must be your will and desire to forgive them from your heart, even if you don't think you can, and tell God you want to (Matthew 18:21-35).
• Confession and Repentance of Sin — Be determined to turn away from sin and satan (Amos 3:3). You must forsake sin, otherwise a worse thing can come against you (John 5:14). If you slip up, repent and renounce it quickly, and command any demon that is attacking you to leave.
• Resist Your Flesh — Take up your cross daily and follow Jesus (Luke 9:23). You must bring all fleshly appetites, desires, and lusts to the cross, otherwise they can become an open door for demons to return (Galatians 5:19-24).
• Resist the Devil — Be sober and vigilant, resist steadfast in the faith, and the devil will flee from you (I Peter 5:8-10). Forsake evil. This action is a result of repentance (Matthew 3:7 and 8), and may involve destroying things or making changes (Acts 19:18-19). Tell satan and his unclean spirits to go away and leave you alone in the name of Jesus. Make it clear that you intend to follow Jesus no matter what (James 4:7).
• Rebuke Negative Thoughts — Refuse the thoughts that demons give you, and replace them with spiritual thoughts (Philippians 4:18). Bind the negative thoughts or attacks by commanding them to leave in the name of Jesus, while using your weapons of warfare to defeat them.
• Positive Declarations — Make positive declarations over yourself, which is your faith expressed. Negative declarations can characterize demonic influence, and can open the door to the enemy (Mark 11:23). Jesus withstood satan's temptations by using Scripture. When you're under attack, confess what the Word says.
• Prayer — Maintain your prayer life, and continue to press into the Lord. If you feel spirits attempting to return, pray and ask God to deliver you and set you free (Joel 2:32). Read the Daily Covering Prayer and the House Cleansing Prayer often.
• Praise and Worship — Develop a life of continuous praise, worship, and prayer to silence the enemy. It is recommended to play continuous worship music in your home.
• Church Fellowship — Remain plugged in to your local church, and have a proper covering, as everybody needs a pastor. Desire spiritual gifts, and yield to their operation (1 Corinthians 12:7-14). Hang onto other Christians. The Christian walk is not to be done alone (Galatians 6:2).
• Read the Bible — Fill yourself with the Word of God, and be obedient to what the Word says. You become God possessed as you feed on the Word, but demon oppressed as you hear and do the words of the enemy (John 14:23).
• Spiritual Warfare — Prayer and spiritual warfare are two distinct activities. Warfare against demonic powers occurs in the spirit and not in the flesh (Ephesians 6:10-12; II Corinthians 10:3-5). Use the weapons of warfare, which include submission to God, the blood of Jesus, the Word of God, and your testimony as a believer (James 4:7; Revelation 12:11; Ephesians 6:17). Christ cannot fail. He is your deliverer, but He will not do it for you. Jesus gave you the authority to use His name to take authority over demons and cast them out. (Mark 16:17; Luke 10:19; Psalm 18:2).
• Blood of Jesus — Plead the blood of Jesus over yourself, and ask forgiveness when you sin. Satan hates the blood of Jesus (Revelation 12:11).
• Armor — Put on the whole armor of God, according to Ephesians 6:10¬18. This includes the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Shoes of the Gospel of Peace, the Helmet of Salvation, the Shield of Faith, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
• Pray in the Spirit — Pray in the Spirit (in tongues), and also in understanding (I Corinthians 14:14), and pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17)