Summary: The disciples were frustrated because Jesus was leaving, but the Holy Spirit gets us past frustration.
How to Get Past Frustration: Experiencing the Power of the Holy Spirit
a. Have you ever lost your power? Were you frustrated?
b. Personal Story: “My car wouldn’t start…I found out the battery connections were dirty…”
c. Main Point/Theme: We can get past frustration when we experience the power of the Holy Spirit in the following ways…
a. Acts 1:1-11.
b. What is it like to lose your Messiah? Jesus was leaving; the disciples were frustrated…
c. We can get past frustration when we experience the power of the Holy Spirit in the following ways….
III. Waiting for the promise (verse 4)
a. Illustration: Waiting to get married seems long, but it is worth it.
c. Question: Are you willing to wait for God’s promises?
IV. Living in the present, not worrying about the future. Verse 7.
a. Illustration: A man missed the train because he was worried about missing his next appointment.
b. Mt. 6:34
c. Question: Can you think of something you might be missing because you are worried about the future/past?
V. Focusing our faith on Jesus. We must be looking forward, not backwards. Jesus is not just an historical figure, but a present and future reality. Verse 11.
a. Illustration: A mother was so saddened by her son leaving for the war that she missed his return.
b. Question: How are we seeing Jesus in the present?
VI. Conclusion: We can experience the power of the Holy Spirit.
a. Question: Are you frustrated? Do you need power in your life right now?
b. Illustration: A man pushes his son in a wheel chair in marathons…but they both experience the win. When we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, we win.
c. Prayer: Lord, many of us are frustrated. We need to power of the Holy Spirit. Help us to wait on your promises, to live in the present, and put our faith in you today.