Jesus said the enemy comes "like a thief", he comes "to kill, steal, and destroy". As believers, we need to recognize satan and be ready to wage war when he slithers his way into our lives.
I came up with an acronym for the word TIGER to help remind me how to deal with the enemy in my everyday life. When the enemy attacks, we can't fight him like a pussy cat would, we must attack like a mama tiger would attack while protecting her cubs. I hope these thoughts help you take effective action in your own life when the enemy of your soul comes against you or your family.
T........TRAMPLE him with the Word! The Word is "living, active and sharper than a double-edged sword" Hebrews 4 says. When the enemy attacks, speaking the Word OUT LOUD will drive him away, for he cannot stay in the presence of the Word being spoken directly to him. So HIDE THE WORD in your heart so you ARE READY to speak it, with AUTHORITY, when the need arises!
I.........IGNORE his voice of lies! The enemy NEVER speaks truth. One of his tactics to deceive us is to take God's truth and twist it to confuse us. If what you are hearing breeds fear instead of peace, discouragement instead of hope, then consider the source of where the voice is coming from. Then ignore it and pay it no mind!
G.......GAIN a warrior reputation! What do I mean by this? Everyone of us are gaining a reputation with the enemy. We are either known to be a push over or a warrior. It's all in how we respond to him when we recognize his movement in our life. If we never resist, we will have a reputation of being "easy to mess with"....if we ALWAYS resist (James 4:7) he knows that when he messes with us, he will get beat up with the Word. This doesn't necessarily keep him from attacking....but trust me, he thinks twice when he knows we won't go down without a fight! And in the end....we win because of Jesus' work on the cross.
E........ENRAGE him with worship! Remember, satan was the lead worship leader in Heaven before being kicked out because of wanting to take God's place. Worship is a huge weapon when it comes to fighting the enemy. Worship drives him out....he simply cannot stay in a place where the Spirit of the Lord is being ushered in by worship. So next time he attacks, begin to sing your favorite worship song....lift up the name of Jesus and watch the enemy scatter!
R.......REBUKE him in Jesus name! James 4:7 says "Submit to the Lord, resist the enemy and he must flee." Jesus has given us authority to use His name to defeat satan. When Jesus was on earth, He delivered many from the enemy's oppression by rebuking the demon that was tormenting them. (Mt. 17:18, Mk 1:25, 9:25) Paul used Jesus' name in Acts 16 to rebuke a tormenting spirit. We are the children of God and as His kids, we can use our Father's name to drive out the enemy. What a privilege!
So there you go! I hope this helps you, as it has helped me, deal effectively with the enemy and the attempts he makes to steal, kill and destroy my life. Remember...."Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world" (I John 4:4)