There are far too many Laodicean believers in Yeshua who know of the Holy Spirit but do not cooperate with Him – do not let Him prompt, lead, and teach them. As a result, they remain carnal and prone to worldliness – they behave just like unsaved non-believers.
Without a doubt, this spiritual poverty comes on people who are saved, and does so primarily because these believers have the wrong motives for receiving God’s blessings, specifically His financial and material blessings. Usually their motives are wrong, because these believers have not experienced very much spiritual growth! For the most part, many believers’ spiritual growth is hindered because of their ignorance about their own spiritual condition—their ignorance about their self-deception.