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All Things Work Together For Good To Those Who Love God, To Those Who Are The Called According To His Purpose

This week, I want to share with you a video from the New Beginnings church in Portland, OR, where I shared several testimonies from my life about how God turns everything to the good in the life of those who love God and whom He has chosen according to His purpose. It deeply surprised me when I noticed for the first time that experiences that seemed bad to me were actually for my benefit. And now, 15 years since that time, I see this in my life as a law. The Lord never ceases to amaze me! And so, by sharing this, I want to encourage you.

Romans 8:28 NKJV: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

As I was in the process of restoring my life after the car accident, so many times hopelessness was staring at me with its cold gaze. There were so many difficulties and problems! There were days and even years when it seemed to me that the Lord did not hear my prayers. I knew that He saw what I was experiencing, but I could not understand why there were no answers to some of my prayers, why the Lord was silent.

There were times when I told the Lord that He misunderstood me – this was not what I wanted. 🙂 From time to time, I just couldn’t understand what God was doing in my life. Many times I stood before my Lord in tears, asking Him: “Why, Lord? Why am I going through this, why this had to happen?”

And then, I would say to Him: “No matter what happens, I trust you, Lord. I know that you see everything, and you are a just God, and you know much better what’s good for me. Please give me the strength to get through this time.” And I would pull myself together and continued making every effort in everything I worked on, and patiently waited for what would happen next.

Interestingly, after my prayer, my circumstances did not change immediately, but I received inner strength to withstand the hardships and felt my enthusiasm and boldness increased. I had the endurance to persevere and attain my goals and improve my situation. At times it took me enormous effort to make the smallest step. Nevertheless, I continued making step after step, no matter how difficult it was. And I kept on going, despite the length of my desert and the storms that I had to endure. I kept on going until I reached my vision.

And what an amazing revelation it was to see that everything — including hard times, trials, difficulties and even destruction and even my mistakes — all worked together for good, as it is written in the Bible in Romans 8:28!

It was the fourth year after the accident when I first noticed it. I was already in California. I was outside, enjoying the sunny weather. Wearing my comfortable prosthetic legs, I reflected on my life, being deeply in awe of how incredibly my circumstances changed. When I thought about the sequence of events and how they affected my life, suddenly I realized – I would not have the blessing that I had if I had received the answer to my prayers when I wanted and how I wanted it!

I clearly saw that it was my pain, combined with the deep disappointment that made me look for help internationally. Not having received the help from local specialists, on the Internet I began to look for help in other countries. So it turns out that I would not have looked for help and I would not have met an American prosthetics specialist if it were not for that unbearable pain and hopelessness! It turns out that disappointment and despair indeed worked for the better.

During those two years, at times I would say to God in prayer, “Lord, I trust you so wholeheartedly. Why do you not answer my prayers? Why are You silent?” It seemed to me that God did not hear my prayers and did not give any answers. But it turns out that the Lord did hear me and He was already answering, I just did not know it. His answer to my request and my dream came to me in a different way and at a different time than I wanted. The Lord had a much more beautiful plan for my life, and He was fulfilling it. It was a plan that I could not even imagine in my dreams!

Moreover, the most interesting thing is that the hopelessness and my relentless perseverance to find a way and wait for the answer from the Lord brought me from Europe to sunny California – the place that had a perfect climate and fully accessible environment for people in wheelchairs! It brought me across the globe from not accessible environment to a fully accessible place, where I could become independent again and live a full life! God had a plan for my life, a plan to restore my life after the car accident, and His plan was so much better than mine.

It was the first time I saw the value in hardship, pain, and despair. Frankly, it was quite unusual and hard to admit it. However, I was sincerely grateful for those dark years of hard work and countless hours of intense training, learning to walk with artificial limbs that left me exhausted, with bruises, wounds, and swollen thighs. I felt grateful for the disappointment and hopelessness because that’s the reason I began making radical changes in the way I approached my goal, and begin seeking help at the international level. And so, my dream came true and now I was in a country where I could live a full life.

After realizing that difficulties and pain were for my benefit, I began to pay close attention to what was happening behind the events and circumstances, and where they ultimately led me. Instead of focusing on how painful and difficult it was, I began to observe what was behind these difficulties. And, again and again I saw that the events that occurred, people I’ve met, and various experiences that took place played a key role in my life, and, to my surprise, all of this really somehow worked together for good. More interestingly, particularly those events that seemed destructive or times that seemed like endless valleys of difficulties, led me to my ultimate dream. Even my mistakes had a precious value in my life.

Even though it was very difficult to go through some periods of life, they left a very valuable imprint on my life. Through difficulties and circumstances that seemed absolutely hopeless, the Lord taught me to trust Him. When it seemed to me that I was at a dead end and that there was no way out, the Lord showed me that absolutely everything is under His authority – He has people’s hearts and creates new opportunities, even if it seems impossible. Although it was very difficult to experience hopelessness, today I am sincerely grateful for it because it showed me how the Lord is always there with you in the midst of it and He creates a way out; He is never late and provides help. Difficulties and hopelessness taught me to fully trust God.

Now I see problems as another opportunity to see how great the Lord is, the opportunity to experience another testimony. And the harder the problem is, the bigger and more interesting the testimony will be!

I want to make a note on very important detail – God is faithful, and He will do what He says, but we also have a great responsibility for what happens in our lives. God has His good, acceptable and perfect will for our lives (Romans 12: 2), but the Lord has given us the freedom of choice, and very much depends on our choices.

Since this is a big topic, I will post about it next week. And, for now, if you are experiencing struggle and nothing changes no matter how much you pray about your difficulties, be encouraged and hold on to your hope through faith. You do not know what God is doing in your life, and where He is leading you. Certain events have a significant impact on our lives, and yes, it’s scary when bad things happen. Events and circumstances have the power to shape our destiny, and this can cause concern and anxiety when they do not develop in the way we expected. We feel and see only what we experience at the moment. This is where your faith must step in – walk by faith, and not by what is actually happening at the moment.

2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV: For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Trust your God that He is just and sees everything. Sometimes God does not change our situation because He changes us. Sometimes difficulties and certain circumstances direct our path in the certain direction which is according to His will. Nothing in our lives happen ‘just because’. There is a reason and a purpose behind everything. It is critically important for us to be obedient to God, to the way He leads us. Sometimes you have to completely trust Him, do nothing and wait. And sometimes you have to be strong and persistent.

Keep going. Be sure to do your best in everything you are working on, and patiently wait for the answer from the Lord.

See you next time!

~ Inga

http://becomingunstoppable.org/

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Posted by on June 3, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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BLESSING IN TRIALS. God Is Shaping A Diamond Out Of You

So many people who love the Lord face troubles and hardships in life. Sometimes it’s tempting to say “Lord, how much longer can I bear this, why is this happening in my life?”

After the tragedy in my life, I was in constant emotional anguish and physical pain. And over the years since then, challenges and trials one after another were coming my way. At times it felt as though difficulties and struggle became my daily bread. Sometimes I could hardly endure it. At the time, I just knew I had to be strong and overcome. And so gaining endurance from trusting the Lord, I made every effort to be steadfast and worked hard to change and improve my circumstances. It wasn’t easy at all to go through the trials. But there came a time when I started seeking for the value in a bad situation. And what a surprise and astonishment it was to see how beneficial those hardships were! Today, I am grateful to them for so many things.

It’s because of problems and continuous difficulties that I became stronger, resilient, and persistent. The car accident and following insurmountable obstacles, pain and ongoing challenges tested me and formed me into a different person than I used to be. Hardships taught me how not to give up when I felt couldn’t take it anymore. Severe pain developed both endurance and compassion within me. Obstacles taught me how relentless effort can break through any kind of barrier. Challenges taught me how to push myself and go beyond what I thought I could do. Devastating destruction, betrayal, and heartbrokenness taught me how to be unstoppable.

One of the highest values that I’ve gained through the devastation and hopelessness is that through them I have learned to have unshakable faith and trust the Lord at all times, and I have experienced the most incredible testimonies of answered prayers. It’s because of my experiential knowledge my faith became stronger than ever before and I have learned very valuable lessons that I could not have learned otherwise.

Understanding how much value I received from the times of trials totally transformed my attitude toward them and radically changed my experience going through difficulties later on. Since then, it became much easier for me to handle challenges.

Our human nature tries to avoid trials and tribulations, but in the Word of God, we find that they are actually for our own good. As seen in verses below, trials form us into persons who we need to become.

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.( 1 Peter 1: 6-7)

…Rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.( Romans 5:2b-4)

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-4)

Problems, hardships, and circumstances that seemed to be the exact opposite of what I had asked in my prayer served an important and valuable purpose in my life. I only made it harder for myself by allowing my concerns and frustrations to disturb my peace. I want to pass on to you the lesson that I had to learn the hard way – do not fear, but remain in peace fully trusting that the Lord has everything under control. Furthermore, in His Word, it’s written that all things work together for good in the lives of those who are chosen and who love Him. Whatever situation you are going through right now –it will work for the good, too. It might be difficult for you to agree with it right now, but you will see/understand it when the time comes.

God is bringing you through the tough pressure and heat for a reason. God is shaping a diamond out of you. Did you know that a diamond is nothing more than a piece of coal which was under highly intense work? No matter how strange it may sound, but both coal and diamond are one and the same. Coal and diamond look completely different, but they both are exactly the same chemical element (carbon atom), it’s just they are in a different form. Changing the crystal structure with high pressure and high temperature, coal becomes a diamond. No matter how unbelievable it might look, a diamond is really a black stone, which has gone through the intense process of high pressure and high temperature before it became a beautiful jewel. And it takes a long time for it to become so beautiful.

You might be going through a very tough time right now. But know that this is how God is teaching you and is working with you to develop necessary character traits within you. It is difficult for you now, but there will come a day when you will become as beautiful as these diamonds are and you will shine for His glory.

Meanwhile, the key is to have a close relationship with Him and allow Him to do the work with you. Instead of dwelling on how hard and painful it is, look at your situation through a different perspective – ask yourself “What is really going on behind this event? What am I supposed to learn from this experience? What good can I see in all of this?”

The Lord will do His part and He is faithful, but there is also a lot of responsibility on our part. The end result will depend on our choices. We have a choice to murmur, complain and be a victim, but we know that the end of this path may lead you to even greater sorrow. Stories in the Bible are there as lessons to us to not repeat the mistake of Israelites. Another choice is to be steadfast and patiently go through this time. Instead of fear and doubt choose to trust the Lord. Equipped by unshakable faith, step out of your comfort zone with courage and determination. Persevere to continuously improve your situation and never give up.

And when you feel you have no strength to withstand the adversities you’re facing, ask the Lord to strengthen you. Remember, that only through high temperature and high-pressure coal transforms into a beautiful diamond. And with God, you are strong enough to go through it all.

Oh, bless our God, you peoples!

And make the voice of His praise to be heard, Who keeps our soul among the living,

And does not allow our feet to be moved.

For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined.

You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs.

You have caused men to ride over our heads;

We went through fire and through water;

But You brought us out to rich fulfillment. (Psalm 66:8-12)

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE FAITH? HOW CAN YOU SURRENDER YOUR PROBLEMS TO GOD WHOM YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE FAITH? HOW CAN YOU SURRENDER YOUR PROBLEMS TO GOD WHOM YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN?

By faith. Faith is the key that opens the door. Faith is the bridge that connects us to God. Faith is what brings answers to our prayers. As a car without gas will not go anywhere, so a prayer without faith will not bear fruit.

I attended church for several years and heard many sermons about faith, but I learned to have unshakable faith only after a car accident, when I began to change my way of thinking and decided to rely on God and act based on my faith.

When I lost almost half of my body in a car accident, I found myself in a total despair. My family and friends showered me with unconditional love, but there was a dark hopelessness when it came to my future. Since my home city did not have any wheelchair access, losing my legs meant losing my independence and my life. At that point, I had no other choice but to have the faith like a child that God could do the impossible, and I began to live by faith. That’s when I began putting my faith into practice. My faith grew when I did not just hear or read about it, but when I began thinking and acting according to my faith. And I started seeing how the answers to my prayers were being fulfilled in an absolutely incredible way.

One of the highest values ​​I have gained through hopelessness and difficulties is that they taught me to trust God and rely on Him more than on anything else, and therefore my faith has become stronger than ever before.

Now I accept every difficult situation as an opportunity to see the power of God and experience how He arranges everything in a precise order and timeline.

This week I am inspired to share one of my last testimonies and talk about faith. This testimony is connected with other testimonies that I have had over the years, which show how, according to my faith, the Lord has provided what I needed and when I needed it. Since I lost my legs in a car accident, I need to move in a wheelchair. Electric wheelchairs in the United States cost from $3,000 to $10,000 and even up to $30,000, and this is how the Lord took care of this need when I did not have that kind of money to buy a wheelchair and did not have medical insurance to obtain it. We recorded a video when this testimony took place; watch the video!

This video is about only one aspect of my life. Throughout the years, the Lord provided and took care of me in every aspect of my life. When 14 years ago I decided to leave my home country of Lithuania and fly to California to establish my life in the USA, people asked me how I would be able independently move around in the city in a manual wheelchair (it’s very hard when you can operate only with one hand), where I would live, where I would work, and in general, how I would survive there while my family is across the globe in Europe. I did not have answers to any of those questions. I said, “I will know the answers when I am already there.” I trusted that the Lord would provide everything I needed.

Many say “you are so brave,” but the truth is that it’s not that I am just naturally brave. My courage comes from fully trusting God. I relied on Him having absolutely no doubts. My mindset was not “I will see IF I can establish my life there” but “I will see HOW I can.”

I did not hope. I knew.

For many years, the Lord took care of me in an amazing way. In addition to my physical limitations, I also had no place to live, no money, no work, and no guarantees at all to establish my life in the USA, and I was never homeless, I’ve never had to look for work and I’ve never had the lack of what I needed; everything came to me at the time when it was needed.  I was always surrounded by wonderful people and my friends’ circle rapidly grew. When I needed assistance with getting a ride or any other need, people graciously offered their help.

Also, I’ve never lost my job, even when in 2008 the USA had suffered a big economic crisis and countless people were losing their jobs and homes. It seemed that economic crisis like a tornado was sweeping everything it found on its way and it passed by me and never came even close to me. The Lord protected me from any disease, flu epidemics or harm.

My life is full of examples when various situations were solved inexplicably. Maybe someone will say “this is a coincidence,” but there are no such incredible coincidences, and there are so many of them that then I can say that my whole life is a great coincidence. I am confident that our faith creates these so-called random coincidences.

Our prayer and unwavering faith is a great power that can do the impossible. I completely trusted my God, was unshakable in faith and waited for the answer, even when it seemed that circumstances were absolutely hopeless. Of course, I did not sit idly just dreaming about a good life. I always persevered, made relentless efforts and worked hard to achieve my goals. But it is my God who has given me the inner strength, wisdom, favorable circumstances and the ability to create the life that I have now.

I have tears of joy in my eyes while I write this for you. Heavenly Father cares for those who believe in Him.

 Mark 9:23: Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

Philippians 4:6: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

The Lord knows it all. He knows what is necessary for you. He knows the deepest pain of your heart. He knows your every thought. He comes on time and He is never late. Only we need to have unshakable faith and trust / rely on the Lord.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE UNWAVERING FAITH AND TRUST THE LORD?

 I could never understand what it meant to trust God until I found myself in a hopeless situation, and instead of succumbing to fear, doubt and depression, I decided to trust God with all my essence – with my heart and my mind. No matter what the real facts were around me, and what people told me, I still hoped for God to deliver me out of despair. I counted on God, as a child relies on his dad. It was a conscious decision to trust in the Lord. And I waited and expected for His response, no matter what.

As I was anticipating for the answer from the Lord, I began paying attention to how I felt and what was happening in my life after my prayers. And, I began to notice the change. Sometimes I was inspired to do something and acted upon my inspiration, and it led me to new opportunities. Sometimes other people influenced my situation and it created new circumstances and possibilities. Every change had its own sequence of actions and events, but the fact was right before me and I couldn’t deny it – I began seeing answers to my prayers! As it’s written in Psalm 37:3 “…Feed on His faithfulness,” I held in my heart how He would answer my requests and blessed me, my faith grew and I began being confident in the Lord more and more. Thus, I have learned to trust the Lord. With time my faith was developing. And no matter what circumstances I was going through, the Lord was always faithful. My confidence in the Lord never failed me.

Faith in God is not some superficial thoughts of some mystical power called God, who is somewhere high up looking at everyone and, perhaps, will help, or maybe not. The prayer of faith is not a superficial prayer as a mere ritual, while you are full of doubt, fear or anticipation of something bad to happen. Many have such faith, but it doesn’t do any good and such prayer does not bring any changes. In fact, quite often opposite happens – you get what you’re afraid of, as it’s written in Psalm 37: 8 “…Do not fret – it only causes harm.”

Trust in God is a mindset of the full confidence in the Lord allowing no doubt, no matter what is actually going on around you. Trusting the Lord / confidence in the Lord is an inner state of complete peace and confidence that your God will take care of you.

Faith is a certain way of thinking when you have a clear conscious understanding that our physical realm depends on the spiritual realm, and when you bring your need to God in the name of Jesus, there are changes in the spiritual world, and it will be manifested in the physical world.

Prayer is not a superficial ritual for you to feel better. Prayer of faith in the name of Jesus Christ has the power to change you and your circumstances.

There is a big difference between “Believe that God exists” and “Trust the Lord.” In other words, believing that God exists and trusting God/relying on Him, are two completely different things. When you have a close person in your life, who loves you very much, and whom you trust completely, and who you can rely on – what does it feel like when it comes to your connection with this person, what are your expectations from this relationship? You know that you can always count on this person, right? It’s the same with trusting God. It’s when you not only believe that God exists, but you count on Him, even if you do not see Him. To trust God is a choice. It’s a decision. And you can trust Him, because He does not change, He is faithful to his word.

FAITH IS AN ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE

Many people are very quick to give up on their faith in God when, after the prayer, they do not get the answer they want. They come to the conclusion that God does not hear, does not answer, and that generally it’s pointless to pray at all, because prayer does not make any changes.

Many prefer not to hope too much so they don’t get disappointed if this does not happen. For many years I also had this kind of a mindset, because disappointments are very painful. But I learned that by doubting I can become my own enemy! We must make efforts to resist thoughts of doubts and anxieties and hold on tight to faith, because our doubts can jeopardize our ability to receive the answer to our prayer.

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord. ”(James 1: 6-7)

Faith is not “I hope so …” and it is not “Well, maybe… we’ll see …” And faith has nothing to do with “If …” or how realistic it is to have what we pray for.

 Faith is the absolute certainty that the Lord will give the answer, no matter what the situation is.

Faith is an inner knowledge and, finally, an absolute conviction, when you can say to yourself without a doubt: “It doesn’t matter that I have no idea how this can be solved.

But I know that my God is powerful, nothing is impossible for Him, and He will take care of everything.”

EXPECT FOR THE ANSWER

Just believing and believing with expectation are two different things. Faith with expectation is when you are absolutely sure that you will receive the answer, and this is just a matter of time. Since you do not know when this will happen, you expect a response any day, any time.

  Suppose you believe that your friends or family members will come to visit you at some point. But how would you feel if they told you that they have bought tickets already, and everything is ready for the trip, but they won’t say when they will come, because they want to surprise you? You will not only believe that they will come, but you will also expect their arrival, because they can call you on any day and say: “We are already in your city, see you soon!”

When you live in expectation, your faith moves to another level. 

This is the faith that brought incredible answers into my life.

Be strong. Be steadfast in faith. Those who trust in the Lord will not be ashamed!

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Adding the value to the world

People have different purposes in life, different interests, different businesses, different lifestyles. But every person has something in common – we all have faced a painful event in life on one or another level. Problems and difficulties is the same part of life as success, joy and everything that we consider good. There is a big difference though how people deal with it. We all know stories of people, who handled problems and challenges well and we also know stories of those, who let go of their dream, gave up on the relationship, gave up on the project they were working on and even gave up on their lives, because they could not handle the pain and the challenge.

Nowadays, there are so many people, who are deeply disappointed  and wounded, exhausted and lost hope after encountering some painful events in their lives. Many are stressed out, lonely and depressed after facing some serious troubles in their relationships or businesses. There are so many, who after experiencing some tragic events or health issues are deeply depressed and on a verge of giving up, because they feel powerless to improve their situation.  While many speakers add a great value by  teaching how to become a successful entrepreneur or create an abundant life, I want to add a value to the world by bringing the message of hope, sharing my personal life’s testimony of God’s power to restore the broken and turn the impossible into possible.  Along with that message, I want share some Self-Management strategies that will help people feel empowered and handle their challenges, overcome obstacles and resolve problems.

I offer Speaking and Group/Personal Life Coaching services. My niche is  How to get back up after the painful event; How to overcome obstacles and challenges and move on creating the life you desire; How to make a change in life and achieve even that, which seems impossible. Some of the topics are:

  • Share my personal life testimony of how with God’s I help was able to transform my life after the devastating car accident
  • How to get and maintain inner strength. How to trust God. Rely on Him
  • How to create a vision and successfully achieve your goals
  • Finding the empowering meaning to the circumstances and look into the future
  • How our perspective determines our inner state and decisions. The importance of carefully choosing the perspective  and having control over it
  • How to get out of depression and maintain empowering inner state
  • How to overcome challenging difficulties and obstacles
  • How to deal with problems in life in a way that strengthens you and empowers you to resolve them in the best possible way

When I was 22 years old, I was involved in a car accident that ended tragically. One moment completely changed my life. I lost everything that made my life joyous and beautiful, and no longer I had my legs nor could I use my left arm.  I was not able to take care of myself anymore and did not know how I would be able to continue my life.  Praise be to God, my tragedy turned into a beautiful testimony of God’s power to restore the broken. Today, I feel happier than I was before the car accident. Since the accident though, I had to face variety of obstacles and challenges on a daily basis. As I continued my life journey, having my vision and unshakable faith that I was going to reach my dream, I learned to handle the pain, overcome obstacles that prevented me from moving forward and handle the challenges in a way that they worked for my benefit. I got out of deep depression without medication  or psychological help and learned to maintain empowering inner state at all times. As I was moving forward, I kept achieving goals, which ultimately transformed my life from being helpless and a depressed to moving across the globe by myself and creating a joyous and fulfilling life.

If I can add a value to you, please feel free contact me: Inga.Lizdenyte@gmail.com

http://www.ingalizdenyte.com/

Regards, Inga Lizdenyte

 

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