Jesus said that He had nothing in Him that belonged to the evil one. That is not true of us who accepted satan’s fiery dart lies. He strategically planted them for his purposes. Though they are buried in our hearts, they still belong to him. The lies will remain until we renounce them and replace them with truth that will keep us free.
Resentment, bitterness, and harboring offenses also allow satan to set up inner strongholds that he uses against us from the inside. We have Scriptures that help us understand what his tools are. We do well to heed them and put them into practice in our daily walk.
Peter understood what it meant to be sifted by satan. His recorded words are our warning. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
We destroy our emotional triggers first by confessing them as sin. We must acknowledge that we are the ones who buried them. We know from 1 John 1:9 that when we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.
In Jeremiah 1:10 we find instructions of what to do. We are to root out (acknowledge) and to pull down (confess) , to destroy and throw down (renounce and disown). Then we are to build (memorize and implant truth that will set us free) and to plant (speak the words of truth in our heart to remain free).