When thoughts come into your mind that do not line up with what God’s word says, your best defense is to get rid of that thought immediately. The enemy is the originator of negative thinking. It is good to have an arsenal of scriptures available in your mind to capture all negative thoughts. It is your faith that helps you capture all negative thoughts and bring them in line with the word of God.
Your faith is the most powerful line of defense against the enemy. You should respond to negative thoughts immediately. Do not let the negative image or thought remain in your mind. If a negative thought comes to you, e.g., ‘I’ve got to have this or that,’ your immediate response should be, ‘I will trust God to give me what he desires me to have and I will trust him to use what I have to bring him glory.’ Another example: the thought comes that you will always be poor. Your response can be, ‘Rich or poor, I will trust God to provide for me.’ You have to trust God for everything in every circumstance. God will supply all of your needs (Philippians 4:19).
When your faith says that God will do something, you have to believe this and have trust in him that he will do it. Trust and believe that God will do it in His timing and in His way. You have to get yourself out of the way, so that God can work for you.
When it comes to defeating the enemy, your focus should be on the truth that you belong to God. Respond to the negative thought by saying: “God is my victor. God is my source. God is my strength. He is my supplier, my protector and my deliverer.”
Your stance must always be: ‘I cannot defeat the devil or the enemy, but I can resist him and trust Jesus Christ to defeat him.’ Declare as Paul said: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Philippians 4:13.
Believe that Satan has no power over you. He cannot snatch you out of God’s eternal arms. He cannot ever separate you from God’s Love. He cannot reverse your salvation. He cannot stop you from receiving any blessings that God desires you to have.
Satan has power to try to attack and tempt us. He tries to deceive us. He tries to send sickness and injury our way. He can bring confusion and frustration into our lives. Do not forget that God has given all believers authority over all that Satan tries to bring against us, for he has already been defeated by Jesus.
When Satan comes with accusations, say: ‘In the name of Jesus you get out of my life.’ Rely on and use God’s word to defeat him. The enemy is strong, but God is even stronger in comparison. Rely on the Greater One that’s inside of you (Jesus Christ), for greater is He that is in you than he that’s in the world (1 John 4:4).