"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." —Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)
How do you deal with worry and anxiety in your life? Do you find a self-help book on anxiety or search the web for answers? Do you look to others to help relieve some of the worry in your life? In these sermons, Alistair Begg addresses the topic of dealing with anxiety and worry in our life in a biblical manner and reminds us that, as Christians, we are to cast worries on Christ, knowing He deeply cares for each of us.
In the midst of great anxiety, how are we to respond? Alistair Begg answers this question with hope from the assurance God has given us in His Word. Christians are not to dismiss or ignore our worries, but we are to cast our anxiety on Christ, knowing that He cares for us personally.
Jesus’ calming of the storm demonstrated that He is the ruler of all nature. There’s more to the story, though. The disciples were not in their predicament because they made foolish choices, but because they obeyed Christ—and as Alistair Begg explains, when God leads His people into storms, He goes with us. Instead of allowing trials to separate us from the assurance of God’s love, then, we can let life’s tempests drive us to greater dependence on Him.
Isaiah 41 presents a sorry picture of God’s people turning to idols instead of to Him—a pattern that occurs throughout the Bible and into the present day. Our idols, however, can’t bear our burdens. In this sermon, Alistair Begg encourages us to admit our weakness and allow God’s strength to sustain us. If we admit that we cannot be strong on our own, we will find that God honors His promises to be with us and strengthen us.
What does it mean to live in the security of God’s abiding love and faithfulness? Alistair Begg shares some of the challenges and hindrances that stand in the way of the peace God promises to His children. When we humble ourselves under the jurisdiction of God, we can cast off all hopelessness and anxiety, secured by grace in His care for us. (Listen to the message Peace — Part One.)
Personal, continual communion with God is a sure stronghold against worry. Abram demonstrated spiritual failure because he did not trust God with the daily details of his life. Alistair Begg urges us to consider the dangerous and damaging implications of lying, ceasing to pray, and failing to do as God’s word commands. When we walk the path of faith, we can avoid the pitfalls of fear and sin.
Most of us are familiar with fear and anxiety. As fallen creatures, we are inclined to worry rather than pray, and we often neglect to seek God’s peace. 1 Peter 5:7, however, reminds us that although anxiety is a reality, the biblical response is absolute assurance in the strength of God’s care. As Alistair Begg shows us, when we look to Jesus as our Savior, His work on the cross reconciles us with the peace our hearts long for amidst the trials and challenges of this life.