For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of sin and death.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit Who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
God's Spirit empowers deliverance. Christians differ in opinions about when God's Spirit comes to dwell within us. Surely, a Lord Who 'Looks at the heart' (1 Samuel 16:7) examines our professions of faith closely. But if our plea is real, I believe the Spirit enters us immediately.*
'Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door, I will come in to him...' (Revelation 3:20).
'In Him, you also, after listening to the Message of Truth, the Gospel of your salvation--having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise' (Ephesians 1:13).
But if God's Spirit is a passionate fire, if He enters our hearts when we first believe, this Fire must grow to fill our souls, minds and strength. It grows by walking in faith and holiness. It grows by purposeful prayer and fasting.** It grows by our surrender of everything: our bodies, brains, works and certainly, idols.
'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength' (Mark 12:30).
Consider an unusual math equation: the percentage of our life surrendered to God = the percentage of power we receive from God. Because only where our selfishness dies away will His Holy Spirit come to fill the void.
Therein, the effectiveness of His deliverance is proportional to our submission.
To Be Continued...
* Short articles: When/How do we receive the Holy Spirit? http://www.gotquestions.org/receive-Holy-Spirit.html
* When do we receive the Holy Spirit? http://www.compellingtruth.org/receive-Holy-Spirit.html
* 'I gave my life to Jesus two years ago, but I know I need the Spirit's power also, because I have a hard time fighting temptation': http://billygraham.org/answer/how-can-i-get-the-holy-spirit-i-gave-my-life-to-jesus-two-years-ago-but-i-know-i-need-the-spirits-power-also/
** How do we stir up the Spirit?: http://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/transforming-your-life-the-process-of-conversion/how-to-stir-up-gods
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deliverance series.