Pentecost Power

Lou Lotz

READ : Acts 2:1-13

But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.” (v. 13)

It is an interesting coincidence that the words spirit and spirits lean against one another in the dictionary. The former word means God, the latter means liquor. And how about this – even the Bible links the spirit with spirits. “Do not get drunk with wine,” says Paul, “but be filled with the spirit” (Eph. 5:18). And here in Acts, when God’s Spirit is poured out on the disciples on the day of Pentecost, onlookers scoffed and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

What is the connection between drinking spirits and an encounter with the Spirit? It has something to do with boldness, a sense of power. One reason people drink is in an attempt to be bold, to find the power to do what they yearn to do. Acts says that the disciples exhibited remarkable powers after being filled with the Spirit. They spoke like orators. They performed miracles. They stood toe-to-toe with hostile authorities and didn’t flinch an inch.

The Holy Spirit does give us power, enabling us to do more than we ever thought we could. “I can do all things in him who strengthens me,” says Paul (Phil. 4:13). Pray for the Spirit to do his work, the real power that enables us to do more than we ever dreamed possible.


Fill me with your Spirit, O God.