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Are You Worried That The World Is Falling Apart? Here Are 5 Bible Verses You Should Know…


 

Catholic Speaker and author Gary Zimak discusses 5 Bible verses for those who are worried about the world

Let’s be honest…there are some frightening things going on in the world. Every day we are bombarded with news about Ebola, Isis, financial uncertainty, data breaches and many other threats. While it’s not necessarily a bad thing, advanced technology now makes it possible for weather forecasters to alert us to the possibility of tornadoes and hurricanes. In the same way, the popularity of the Internet makes it difficult to escape from “bad news”. It often seems like there is no place to hide. As soon as we wake up in the morning, we are deluged with troublesome news. When we couple that with our family, job and personal concerns it’s easy to see why worrying has become an epidemic.

As someone who has always tended to be anxious and the author of A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible and From Fear To Faith, I get it…I really do. It’s understandable that so many people worry. Fortunately, I’ve discovered that with the Lord’s help and a little effort on our part, we can experience peace even as the world around us seems to be falling apart. The good news is that God is still in charge and that nothing that happens surprises Him. If you’re worried about the state of the world, here are 5 Bible verses that you need to know. While the messages contained in these verses may seem simple, remember that they aren’t being expressed by “just another person”. These are God’s words and they are addressed to you. Take them seriously!

1. “I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) – Jesus never said that we wouldn’t have problems, but He did tell us that He is bigger than any catastrophe or threat that could occur in the world. He also assures us that we can experience peace if we stay close to Him. That’s a very nice promise.

2. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though it’s waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. (Psalm 46:1-3) – This is a great prayer for those times when you feel overwhelmed. It might not feel like it, but the Lord is always in control.

3. “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” (Matthew 8:25) – Even though Jesus was in the boat with the disciples during the storm at sea, they panicked because he was asleep. With these words, they woke the Lord up and He calmed the seas. Instead of worrying, try using these words the next time you feel like the world is falling apart. Jesus loves it when we turn to Him when we’re afraid!

4. Have no anxiety 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 passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7) - What makes this passage so amazing is that it was written by St. Paul while he was in prison. Have no anxiety? Pray with thanksgiving? You’ll receive peace? Pretty convincing advice coming from someone who is sitting in a jail cell! Although Paul wrote these words, he was inspired by the Holy Spirit. This is God’s message to you. It’s one that should be read often.

5. “I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) – The final verse of Matthew’s gospel assures us that Jesus will never leave us. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget to turn to Him when we are anxious and troubled. Even though the world seems crazy, Jesus is right next to you. That makes me feel good. How about you?

So what do you think? After reading these Bible passages, do you feel a little better? I’m guessing that you do. While there are many similar messages contained in the pages of Sacred Scripture, these passages give us a good starting point. Pull out your Bible, highlight them and make it a point to read them the next time you begin to panic about what’s going on in the world. The more you get used to hearing God speak to you through the Bible, the less you’re going to be overcome with fear about Isis, Ebola and financial uncertainty. Instead you’ll be hearing another message, one which we should never forget…

“Do not be afraid!” (Matthew 28:10)

5 Lessons We Can Learn From Jesus’ Calming Of The Storm


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak disusses Jesus calming of the storm at sea

When I speak at parishes and conferences around the country, one of my favorite Bible passages to discuss is “Jesus Calms The Storm At Sea” (Matthew 7:23-27). Basically, the disciples follow Jesus into a boat, a great storm arises, and the Lord calms the sea. Simple, right? Unfortunately, this story is so simple that we often miss some key points. If you’re struggling to stop worrying about Ebola, Isis, the stock market, personal health issues, job loss or many other problems, here are 5 important lessons you can learn from this powerful story:

1. The Disciples Followed Jesus - When Jesus got into the boat, the disciples followed Him. We should do the same thing every day. Following Jesus faithfully will not only help you to stop worrying, but it will get you to heaven!

2. Even Followers Of Jesus Have Problems – Just because we’re followers of Jesus doesn’t mean that we won’t have storms in our lives. On the other hand, following Jesus will give you peace, even in the midst of those storms. (Matthew 11:28)

3. Don’t Panic If Jesus Is Silent - Even though Jesus was asleep in the boat, He was very much in control of the situation. If it seems like He has deserted you, don’t worry…He is right beside you!

4. Cry Out For Help – While it is true that the disciples panicked when the storm arose, they had enough faith to do something very productive – they asked Jesus to help them. Worry is always useless, but prayer is always effective. Although we may not get exactly what we want, we will get what we need.

5. Learn To Look Back - After Jesus calmed the storm, “the men marveled” (Mt. 8:27). Looking back at the many times Jesus has helped you is sure to increase your faith and help you to deal with future problems.

Just as He did 2,000 years ago, Jesus can calm the storms in your life and help you to experience peace. Imitating the disciples at sea is a great idea. Give it a try and see what happens!

Finding Peace In A Crazy World!


 

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak disusses how to stop worrying while living in a crazy world

Are you growing increasingly uneasy about all of the craziness in the world? Do you find yourself worrying about Ebola, Isis, date breaches and the state of the economy? Relax! Jesus Christ is bigger than any of these problems and He doesn’t want you to worry. Beginning tonight at 8 PM Eastern on the Following The Truth radio show, I’ll begin a 3 part series designed to help you to stop worrying about the world’s craziness. The only script I’ll use is my Bible.

Please join me for 30 minutes each night as we hear what God has to say and look for practical ways to stop worrying. Please share the news with your friends. The only thing you have to lose is your anxiety!

Moving From Fear To Faith On EWTN!


 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak visits with Jim and Joy Pinto on At Home With Jim and Joy on EWTN

I recently had the chance to visit my friends Jim and Joy Pinto on their new EWTN TV series, At Home With Jim And Joy. We discussed my battle with anxiety and how the Lord has helped me to stop worrying and experience peace in my life. In addition, we took calls from the viewers and shared our own personal stories about the role our faith plays in combating worry and stress. I hope you enjoy the program and please consider sharing this post with your family and friends. Thank you and God Bless!

At Home With Jim, Joy…And Gary!


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak discusses how to overcome anxiety on EWTN TV's At Home With Jim And Joy

On Thursday, September 25, I’ll be joining my friends Jim and Joy Pinto on their new TV program, At Home With Jim and Joy. We’ll be discussing how a personal relationship with Jesus can help us to overcome worry and stress. The program will air live on EWTN TV at 2 PM Eastern on September 25 and will be rebroadcast on September 26 at 5 PM Eastern and September 28 at 2 AM Eastern. I hope you’ll be able to tune in!

If you miss the show, don’t worry! You can also purchase a DVD of the episode from EWTN Religious Catalog HERE.

My Visit To The Women Of Grace TV Show…


 

Catholic Speaker and Author Gary Zimak with Johnette Benkovic from his recent appearance on Women of Grace

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting EWTN and filming 5 episodes of Women Of Grace with Johnnette Benkovic. On the programs, Dr. Greg Popcak and I offered advice for overcoming worry and stress. I discussed my books A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible and From Fear To Faith and explained how growing closer to Christ has allowed me to stop worrying.

The programs are scheduled to air sometime in the Fall. I recommend that you sign up for the Women Of Grace newsletter in order to receive advance notice of the exact dates.

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak at EWTN to discuss ways to stop worrying

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak on the set of Women Of Grace with Johnnette Benkovic

From Fear To Faith On Catholic Answers Live!


 

Catholic Speaker and Author Gary Zimak on Catholic Answers Live with Patrick Coffin

While on a speaking tour in Southern California last week, I had the pleasure of visiting the headquarters of Catholic Answers Live. In addition to meeting many of the staff members, I got to appear on an episode of Catholic Answers Live with Patrick Coffin. Although I have appeared on the program several times in the past, this was the first time that I was able to do the show live in the studio. We discussed how to move From Fear To Faith and you can listen to the podcast at the following link:

Catholic Answers Live with guest Gary Zimak – September 12, 2014 (From Fear To Faith)

Another Great Reason To Go From Fear To Faith!


 

From Fear To Faith, the new book from Catholic speaker and evangelist Gary Zimak is now available at a special discount from Liguori Publications

Great news! From now until September 30, 2014, you can order my new book From Fear To Faith: A Worrier’s Guide To Discovering Peace at a 25 percent discount! Visit Liguori Publications’ website or call 1-800-325-9521 and use special offer code ’15300′.

While you’re at it, consider ordering extra copies for the “worriers” in your life!

With God, All Things Are Possible! Here’s Proof…


 

Catholic speaker, author and homeschooling Dad Gary Zimak discusses the miracles that God has performed in his life.

“Don’t Look Back!”

How many times have you heard that advice? While it makes sense in some cases, looking back can also be beneficial at times. When I look back through the years, I’m amazed at the many miracles that the Lord has worked in my life. He has done the “impossible” more times than I can count. And yet, like many of you, I sometimes forget and begin to panic when faced with a frightening situation.

In this month’s issue of Seton Magazine, our friends at Seton Home Study School were kind enough to let me tell the story of some of the miracles God has performed in the life of the Zimak family. While the article centers on our experience with homeschooling (something my wife and definitely thought was impossible before we tried it), I list many other examples of God’s miraculous intervention in our life.

I hope that reading the article will inspire you to reflect on the many times that He has done the impossible in your life. Furthermore, I hope that you’ll be encouraged to give Him a chance to work future miracles in your life. Whenever you’re tempted to say that something isn’t possible, remember the words of Jesus…

“With God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

Frightened By The State Of The World? Here’s A Comforting Thought…


 

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak offers advice for how to stop worrying about terrorism and the state of the world

Let’s face it…the world can be a scary place. Everywhere we look, we are bombarded with frightening news. Terrorism, war, crime and natural disasters seem to be more common than ever before. As someone who speaks and writes on overcoming worry and stress, I am contacted frequently by individuals who are struggling to overcome their fear of what’s taking place in the world…

What happens when the terrorists start beheading Christians in the United States?

How can we protect ourselves against the threat of tornadoes and earthquakes?

How long will it be until the struggling economy causes my company to close?

What will I do when I can no longer afford health insurance?

Is the world coming to an end?

Adding these fears to the general anxiety caused by sickness, financial issues and the uncertainty of the future can cause us to be overcome with worry. Fortunately, there is a solution to the problem. That solution is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Walking daily with the Lord is the best remedy for anxiety, bar none! While this relationship can be achieved through prayer, reading Scripture and receiving the Sacraments, sometimes we can lose our focus. What can we do?

I have found that one of the most effective remedies for achieving peace in the midst of the world’s craziness can be found in one simple Bible verse. I recommend that you read it at least once daily and repeat as needed. It’s a reminder that no matter what happens in the world, God is still in charge. No event or terrorist act can ever change that fact. We all have the ability to live forever in Heaven provided we keep our focus on the Lord and follow His commands. That, my friends, is a very comforting thought!

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)