(John 14:16,17). The world cannot receive the Holy Spirit. Jesus told His disciples that they knew the Holy Spirit for He was with them and would be in them. The world can receive Jesus as Savior and be born again, but only a believer (one who has already made Jesus Lord) can receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit."
Commenting on "acts 18: 16,17; 19:2 from these instances we can see that the apostles laid there hands on men who were already believers to receive the holy Spirit. These Scriptures reveal that the indwelling of the holy Spirit is not automatically received at the time of the new birth.
You receive the holy Spirit by faith just as you receive Jesus as the Lord.(Gal.3:14)"
I think you need to define the Holy Spirit in more tangible terms. If you cannot define it then there is no way for you to know that you are being possessed by demons, hallucinating, or possessed by Zeus or Mother Teresa. Just think about it.
Jesus, in John 16 tells us, "When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you."
You see two major roles of the Holy Spirit--1) to guide Christians into all truth, 2) to glorify the Son. To the extent we grow in truth and allow Christ to be glorified, we can honor the Holy Spirit. He seeks no glory of His own. How do we do that? Jesus, in John 14, said that He is the Truth; and in John 17:17, prayed for His followers (us) to be sanctified in truth, that His word is truth.
By reading, studying, meditating and most importantly obeying the Word of Christ, we honor the Spirit. And in John 5:22-23, Jesus teaches that by honoring the Son, we honor the Father. Again, this is implicit reference to the Oneness of God and the trinity of Father, Son, Spirit. To honor one is to honor all. And loving obedience certainly honors and pleases all.
To be filled with the Spirit implies freedom for Him to occupy every part of our lives, guiding and controlling us. Then His power can be exerted through us so that what we do is fruitful to God. The filling of the Spirit does not apply to outward acts alone; it also applies to the innermost thoughts and motives of our actions. Psalm 19:14 says, "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." Sin is what hinders the filling of the Holy Spirit, and obedience to God is how the filling of the Spirit is maintained. Ephesians 5:18 commands that we be filled with the Spirit; however, it is not praying for the filling of the Holy Spirit that accomplishes the filling. Only our obedience to God's commands allows the Spirit freedom to work within us. Because we are still infected with sin, it is impossible to be filled with the Spirit all of the time. When we sin, we should immediately confess it to God and renew our commitment to being Spirit-filled and Spirit-led. Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/filenam.html#ixzz2PeA0Mpcv