Satan’s tool is always deception. Satan has some control over you: (1) when you believe and act upon a lie about God or about yourself, or (2) when you believe and act upon a lie that Satan has power over you (intimidation) or that he can give you power (empowerment).
Opening and Closing the Door to Demonic Oppression
You have a choice whether to engage in sinful activities that open the door to Satan’s influence or whether to keep the door closed by staying in the Word, praying, and keeping alert.
Target Areas for Demonic Oppression
We all have areas of weakness that are targeted by Satan, if you believe Satan’s lies, then you leave the target areas in your life unprotected, but if you believe and trust in God’s Word, you can protect your weak areas from attack.
Looking Inside and Taking the Offensive in the Spiritual Battle
Based upon prior lifestyle actions, as well as family and cultural background, Satan sometimes has strongholds within you from which he can attack, and you are called to destroy these strongholds.
Identify sources of demonic influence in your life and deal with them
Take a spiritual inventory. Identify both the lies you believe and your sinful activities: those that open up the door for Satan to attack you; those caused by your own weaknesses; and those that spring from deep-seated strongholds of Satan within you.
Five, short, one-page Bible Studies on spiritual conflicts
We highly recommend this “How To” resource on Spiritual Warfare and Deliverance by Marcus Warner.