14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.
Acts 2:14-15 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 2:14-15 (NIV) ― 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!
Acts 2:14-15 (NLT) ― 14 Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. 15 These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that.
Thoughts of Devotion:
In this portion of the Book of Acts we see once again Peter take his place in leadership. After a powerful experience, as special as the baptism of the holy Spirit, a need was seen to give explanation of what had happened in Acts 2:4 where it tells us, And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Some desired to know the meaning of this great event, while others mocked saying they were drunk, under the influence of wine!
The Apostle Peter immediately denied the accusations of the mockers. He made it clear by saying the disciples were not drunk, nothing like that! On the contrary what was happening was a direct result of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit over their lives. They were not filled with wine, but they were filled with the Holy Spirit! This reminds me of what Ephesians 5:18 tells us, “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.” There was nothing that could compare to being filled by the Holy Spirit, in which there is no solution, but a supernatural joy.
This morning we can also live lives filled by the Holy Spirit. There is nothing in this world that compares to this experience, walking in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit will mark the difference! Our lives will be identified with the joy of the Lord as it tells us in Acts 13:52, “And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” The joy of the Holy Spirit is genuine, in the middle of every circumstance it will be very evident in our life. When one has the joy of the Spirit there will never be a need to run towards the superficial or earthly things, His outpouring is everything we need!
Acts 2:4 (NKJV) ― 4And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages,[a] as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
Acts 4:31 (NKJV) ― 31After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.
Acts 13:52 (NKJV) ― 52And the believers[a] were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 5:18 (NKJV) ― 18Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,
Ephesians 5:19 (NKJV) ― 19speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,
Luke 11:13 (NKJV) ― 13If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
1 Samuel 1:15 (NKJV) ― 15But Hannah answered and said, “No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 5:5-8 (NKJV) ― 5You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.
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