Trials are actually good for the Kingdom of God. Persecution does for the Church what wind does to seed; it scatters it and produces a harvest! Saul, (who became Apostle Paul), persecuted men and women, often to death. But God used Saul's rage. Years later, Saul/Paul spent time in fellowship with Philip the Evangelist. For the believers, the Holy Spirit was In them, but He had not fallen upon ("epi" in Greek) them. They experienced visible and audible evidence that they were empowered with the Holy Spirit!