8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. (Acts 15:8-9 KJV)
This is where Peter was telling the Church leadership in Jerusalem about the conversion of the Gentiles. The Jews thought that the only way a Gentile could be saved was to become a Jew and abide by all the law and rituals that they observed. The proof that Peter used to show that the Gentiles were saved was the Holy Ghost coming upon them, and they spoke with tongues (Acts 10:44-46). Why religion has gotten away from the benefits of the Holy Ghost with the accompanying spiritual gifts, I do not know, as the early church believed in them completely.
Remember when Jesus told the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Ghost to come upon them before they witnessed or did anything for Him, He said that the Holy Ghost would give them power to do those things (Luke 24:49). The Holy Ghost still gives us Christians the power of God to be able to serve Him properly. If you do not have the Holy Ghost, then you need it as much as the disciples did. If you were baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, like Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19), then you have it, and just need to acknowledge that you have it. If you don’t have it, you need to ask God for the Holy Ghost, and He will give it to you (Luke 11:13). Religion just wants to operate without the power of the Holy Ghost, because they are afraid of it, as if you preach the Gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8-10), then you must demonstrate the power, and most preachers have no power to show. What a shameful way to represent Jesus, as He told us to do the works that He did (John 14:12), and you must have the power of God to do so. Praise God for the Holy Ghost!
Devotional by Pastor Joe W. Green, www.Infinite-Faith.com