How to defeat a "difficult Devil" that acts stubbon and won't go away easily:
1. Pray. First, anchor yourself in the blessed assurance that God is always present, even when it seem like he's not there. (remember the illustration of the footprints in the sand.)
Be rest assured that God hears and answers your prayer requests, in the manner that best works toward your ultimate good. God (Jehovah-Elohim) is all that you will ever need to defeat the "wiles of the Devil". Be reassured through prayer and the written Word that the Lord’s love and presence is always there and according to Romans 8: 35-38, nothing shall be able to separate you from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. Finally, 1 John 1:9 admonishes us to repent of any known sin that would strain our relationship with God, Praise the Lord because He is the real source of all our strength and security and forgiveness frees us from any accusation Satan makes to God concerning us. When you pray, ask God for a sharpened discernment and wisdom, as you invite the Holy Spirit to take full control over you and all circumstances you face.
2. Realize your "victorious" position in Jesus Christ.
According to Ephesians 2:6, we are “spiritually seated" in the heavenly places with Jesus Christ. This means in a sense, we are looking down on these "principalities, powers , dark rulers and spiritual wickedness" in the heavenlies. This should give you the confidence to be “strong in the Lord” and in the power of his might. (Ephesians 6:10) Remember when we resist the Devil, we are resisting in a strength beyond our natural strength and according to Hebrews 1:14, there are mighty angels, assigned to minister to you and assist you in conquering the wiles of the Devil.
3. Rely on the “omnipotent power “in Jesus Name.
According to Philippians 2:9-11, demons tremble in fear at the "calling" on the name of Jesus. He has been given a "name" that is" above all names" that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord to the "Glory of God the Father". Second, rely on the power of Jesus’ atoning blood and cleansing power in every situation you face in this life. (Colossians 1:13-20; Revelation 12:11) "Jesus precious blood" covers each believing convert and is an awesome weapon against all the "wiles" of Satan. Third, believe and expect the Holy Spirit of Truth will manifest himself as God’s illuminator that searches out darkness and exposes each lies spoken by Satan, bringing every thought into captivity that lifts itself against the knowledge of God.
4. Close every door that caused spiritual opposition or oppression.
Moral compromise, deception, and an exploitation of a person’s vulnerability have been found to be the primary “doors” Satan and people use to influence others to fall from grace through sin. It’s imperative that once you have been overtaken in a fault, you quickly repent and be reconciled to God. After repentance, denounce every action that led to that sin and ask God to seal that door shut by cleansing you from that act of unrighteousness. Simply put, take back through the intervention of the Holy Spirit, and God's ministering angels what the devil stole from you!