Many believers claim to have received the Holy Spirit, that Jesus promised to those who seek to obey and follow Him. It is however not clear how the Holy Spirit manifests in their lives because very little if any of the workings of the Spirit, as foretold by Jesus are present in their lives.
Before Jesus was crucified He said to His disciples: “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8“And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. 12“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14“He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. 15“All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.” John 16:7-14.
After Jesus was crucified, before He ascended to heaven He commanded His disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait for the Spirit. We read about it in Acts 1 & 2. The Holy Spirit was given on the day of Pentecost. Those who received the baptism in the Holy Spirit not only spoke in tongues, but they went forth, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God under guidance of the Holy Spirit, with signs and wonders.
They were not operating on their own, by their own initiative. Having received the Spirit of Christ, they had Christ in them. They were following His guidance, going where He sent them, speaking His words, being taught by Him.
Modern Christianity is Letter based, Bible based, doctrine based with little if any working and manifestation of the Holy Spirit. In which way are the lives of those who claim to have receiver the Holy Spirit impacted, and how are they impacting the world around them? Are they only laying claim to some experience of have they RECEIVED Jesus. Is Christ in them? Is Jesus living in them and being manifested through them?
Many do have spirits in them, evil spirits, lust, greed, religious spirits, rage, jealousy, hatred, immorality, pride, murder, homosexuality, and many more, even though they call themselves Christians.
The Spirit of Christ does not cohabit with evil spirits. Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Do we have the Holy Spirit?
May Jesus bless you.