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Slammin Christian Hits Life 100.3 I’m Terry Molinaro, here’s a quick question, have you ever felt like you couldn’t do something? Then you somehow gathered the courage, went out and got it done? I’ve done that many times, do you know what thought hits my head every single time? I think to myself “Man, I guess I was able to do that all along.” Let me encourage you, you will never rise above what you believe. If you believe that you are going to be unable to forgive that person that offended or hurt you for the rest of your life, yeah you won’t be able to, not because it isn’t possible, but because you don’t want it to be possible. Henry Ford said, “Wether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Now that’s great inspiration. The longer I live this thing called life the more I realize that the battle is won or lost long before I even get to it, because it is won and lost in my thoughts and in my mind. God’s already done the impossible for you and me when He sent His son to die for us, giving us all the power and authority we need to overcome everything that would ever come against us, but remember, we will never rise above what we believe. What are you going to choose to believe. Are you going to take the step. What would you find if you stepped out of your comfort zone and held God to His promises?

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Slammin Christian Hits Life 100.3 Gawvi with Something In The Water! I’m Terry Molinaro and  a little while ago I was at a youth conference, the speaker said something that was really simple yet quite profound, he looked at the sound booth at the back of the room and said, “If I keep my eyes fixed on that sound booth and walk forward eventually I’m going to get there, however if I close my eyes or look away I will probably trip and fall over things, I may make it to my destination but it will be a lot harder then it needs to be.” I’m not bragging when I say this, I say this in all humility but I know I will make it in life. Why? Because my eyes are fixed on knowing God and walking in the fullness that He has for me. Tonight, I promise you that you will get what you set your heart towards. If you go play the church game and desire something else over God, you wont find God, but if you fix your eyes on Him and keep them there and walk when everyone and everything around you is failing or calling you elsewhere, you will make it! So take courage and know that it is possible, that you can overcome everything in your way in the name of Jesus! Take courage.

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Slammin Christian Hits Life 100.3 Gawvi with Closer, I’m Terry Molinaro, how about this thought, with each and every passing moment as long as you stick close with God and honour Him no matter what you do, you are getting closer and closer to overcoming and accomplishing all that you need to overcome and accomplish. I think that’s encouraging, don’t you? I remember there was a woman who I looked up to, we were talking about consistency over coffee and she said, “you know all these people are talking about how they want to get fit, yet there I was on new years by myself in the gym making it happen and the gym was empty”. I’ll never forget that, see it doesn’t have to be massive leaps, it needs to be consistent small ones. The same can be said with the things in our lives that trouble us, do you want to overcome something, well are you going to start taking the small consistent steps towards that? We’ve all been gifted with the same 24 hours in a day, what are you doing with yours?

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Slammin Christian Hits Life 100.3, Family Force 5 with Wobble, what’s happening, I’m Terry Molinaro and man it has been a season for sure, you know when things seem to come at you one after another, nothing crazy, but I’ve been having to really make sure my thoughts and my perspective stay in a good place. Aren’t you amazed at how easy it is for your mind to start to wander and go its own way? Recently, there was a situation that just brought out a whole slew of colourful emotions, I know poetic, it seemed like every time it came up I would get pretty frustrated because to be honest it was a really annoying situation, so that was going on for a little bit. However, I started going through a few different books in the bible from the old and new testament and it helped re align me. The truth was I didn’t know what to do, but I remembered that God sees and knows it all and He is actively fighting on my behalf when I honour and fear Him, I remembered that no weapon formed against me will prosper. So I went to God and said, “God what do you want me to do in this situation, what should I say and how should I walk.” When I did peace hit me, tonight let me encourage you, yeah I get it, it’s stressful, but Matthew 11, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” You don’t have to worry about how people will respond, or what to do or what to say, let God guide you and take care of that, when you do Philippians 4 gives us an amazing promise that we can hold onto. “God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.” Now that’s something worth fighting for, don’t you think? 

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Trust

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Todays blog isn’t anything complicated, it’s extremely practical and hopefully will help encourage you like it has encouraged me. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need little reminders to shake me up put me back on track. Do you ever wander off in your thoughts and get discouraged? I have, it’s happened to me throughout the years for multiple reasons, relationships, finances, but at the end of the day it’s the wisdom and words of God that snap me back into place and help me see things from the right perspective.

A little while ago I was talking with a friend about a few different things, it was just a normal conversation, until we got to one specific topic. As soon as we did the conversation took a turn for the worse and left me confused. Honestly, I didn’t know what to think, I had given this person the benefit of the doubt when it came to that situation time and time again and I felt like as much as I did it still wasn’t enough and that once again my trust was broken. Now, I’m the first person to admit that I am not a perfect person, there have been things throughout my life that I didn’t do even close to perfectly, somethings in life are a process, and it’s through failing that eventually people come out of things. With that being said, I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt but all I could see was this pattern that wasn’t great. I care about this person, as I do all my friends, but I couldn’t help but feel discouraged, and if I’m honest a bit hopeless.

Now we get to Proverbs 11:14 “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” The same night that all of this went down I was talking with someone who gave me the perfect piece of advice that helped me get out of where I was and snap me back into reality. They were talking to me about something similar that had just happened to them, they went on to share what God had been speaking to them about. They told me that right now it’s true, I couldn’t trust that person, but regardless of that, I could always trust God. Tonight let me encourage you with some simple truth, maybe someone has done something terrible to you, or even around you, maybe something was said that broke your trust. You may not be able to trust that person right now, but you can always trust God. Let’s not be fast to play judge and jury or fast to replay situations in our heads over and over again. Let’s be fast to bring our situations to God with an open mind and a heart full of hope knowing that we might not be able to trust people, but that God will never let us down.

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Sudden Panic

Sudden Panic

Do you ever find yourself panicking? I think if we stop and look at our lives and our day to day there is a lot that we can get worked up about. Even if your day is going great, sometimes it seems like all it takes is one person to do something, one unexpected bill to come in or one phone call to throw us into a state of panic. I remember there was a situation that I was in with someone, everything was moving along nicely when all of a sudden someone else started causing trouble in the situation and the person I was working with started to panic. I know that I ultimately made the decision, but their panic caused us to move forward with something that looking back was the wrong move to make. When emotions run high and panic sets in, it takes our focus completely off of anything else but the negative things that are causing the panic in the first place. When that happens, we’re bound to make choices that aren’t great.

In 1st Samuel 13 we see this exact scenario play out. We have King Saul, at this point in his life God has been with him, God had given him victories and had set him up as king over Israel. However, because of those victories Israel’s long time enemies, the Philistines, hated them more then ever. The bible talks about how they (the Philistines) mustered up an army with as many warriors as the grains of sand on the seashore. Saul’s army fell under fear, it goes on to talk about how they trembled with fear and how over time Sauls army began to decrease in numbers as people deserted their post. Saul is looking around, he knows about the army, he sees his army terrified and he watches how day after day his army is getting smaller and smaller. Panic sets in, so Saul does what we do when panic hits us, he took matters into his own hands and did what he could do instead of what God instructed him to do. He was instructed to wait until the prophet Samuel got there, but instead he decided to sacrifice burnt offerings himself. Contrary to the will and purpose of God. The interesting thing is, just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel shows up. In verse 13 Samuel says to Saul, “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after His own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of His people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”

There’s a few things that I want to talk about when it comes to this passage. The first thing is notice how when panic sets in Saul takes matters into his own hands. Panic, will prevent you from seeing the whole picture, and if successful it will get you focused on the situation at hand and make it bigger then anything else including God’s will. Panic takes your situation and makes it the only thing you can focus on or see. The second thing is just when Saul was done sacrificing the burnt offerings Samuel showed up. God is always good to show up, but rarely will it line up with your timeline. Just because you don’t see the provision or the hand of God in your current situation, as long as you are in His will, help is on it’s way and will arrive at the perfect time. Notice at the end, God rejects King Saul for doing something that seems right. Saul is not giving up or turning away. He didn’t side with any false god’s or do any obvious sin. He responds out of desperation and panic, and decides that his way is better then God’s way and tries to force God’s hand.

Let me encourage you, we don’t have armies coming against us, but we do have pressures, we have circumstances that come out of seemingly nowhere. Because of that there are going to be times where you are tempted to panic, but take heart, nothing is a surprise to God. Just a few pages later in the bible the man that replaces Saul, David, is faced with a situation far worse, everyone he loves has been taken, his village destroyed, and his own men want to kill him. But the bible says that David strengthened himself in the Lord and inquired what to do. Because of the way he handled that situation, he was able to get back all that was stolen from him as well as much more. In the story with Saul, Samuel says, “Had you kept it (the Lords instructions) The Lord would of established your kingdom.” With that in mind, learn from Saul and don’t make the same mistake. Difficult situations are inevitable, however how you handle them will determine where you end up in life. Remember who is for you, know that He sees everything and victory is always on the way as long as we hold fast to the words and instructions of God.

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Worry < Pray

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Sharathon 2018 wrapped up this week at Life 100.3. For those who don’t know Life 100.3 is a listener supported Christian radio station, which means that we set aside a couple of days a year to invite listeners and supporters to come along side us financially for the coming year. This year was my third Sharathon. For some reason though, leading up to the actual two days I was a bit nervous. I’m not sure why. I remember thinking about it on and off for about a week or two before the first day of Sharathon. Different thoughts would come, am I able to do what I need to do, will I be compelling in the things I need to say, will I even have things to say. All of these thoughts as I said were coming on and off until one day when I was driving to my house and it hit me. I just spent days with these thoughts in my mind, not once did I bring them to God and give them to Him.

Philippians 4:6-7 (CEV) Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.

The scariest part about what I was doing wasn’t even the fact that I was worrying about something that wasn’t even happening, the scariest part was that I could go for such a long time in my mind just thinking about something without bringing it to God, the one who can actually DO something about it. I wonder how many thoughts live in our heads that should be laid down at God’s feet. I wonder how our lives might be completely transformed if we stoped allowing walls to be built up in our minds, if we stoped allowing our thoughts to control our lives and instead allowed the transforming power of God to do what it does best.

In Philippians 4:6, at the very end of the verse it says, “With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God.” Do you know why I think it says with thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God? I think it’s because the person that really lives this verse out knows that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly more then they can ever hope, dream, ask or imagine. I think it’s because they know that what they see or what they might think, isn’t the end of the story when God is involved, it’s only the beginning.

Philippians 4:6-7 (CEV) Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.

 

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