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Earl: The five keys to success

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By La Vonne Earl
Special to Inside The Pew

At the root of success lies five essential keys – truth, purpose, plan, action, and reward. This model works in every facet of our lives. Stay inLa Vonne Earl prayer as you keep in step with God’s course of action for you.

1. God said you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free (John 8:32). He wasn’t just talking about spirituality. Truth is critical for success in every area of our life. We must know the truth about ourselves to begin with. Who are we? We must understand the truth in each and every given situation in order to distinguish what we are to change in order to attain our goal.

2. Purpose is the crucial element that drives us in life. Without purpose we are lost in a world just consuming oxygen and waiting for it all to end. Our energy becomes depleted as the zest for “what could have been” has slowly faded away. If you are finding yourself disheartened, disappointed, and drained from the hours in the day, then it is quite possible that you are not living out your purpose in life.

3. Once the light bulb has gone on and your energy and excitement has returned the next step is creating a plan. God tells us He knows the plans He has for us. Jeremiah 29:11. You see He has laid it all out in detail. When we are walking in His plans for us with clarity and detail the joy and energy returns!

4. Without action, truth, purpose and planning are nothing more than wasted information. The good news is that once you have established what truth is, found your purpose and devised the plan action is easy! With all the new-found energy and excitement that you will gain starting your day will be a joy!

5. The rewards from the first four keys will begin to pour into your life. This is the point where the keys then must be repeated. As you reap your harvest your question becomes, What is the truth of why I have been blessed? What now is my purpose for this harvest? Who will I help? What plan of Action will I take to bless others? And the circle begins as your keys to happiness, joy and success have been given to you.

La Vonne Earl, a resident of Newport Beach, Calif., is author of Loved into the Light, Shining God’s Light on Mormonism.  Learn more about her ministry at http://www.yourkingdominheritance.com/.

La Vonne Earl: Pastoring your sheep by protecting them from deception

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By La Vonne Earl
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Protecting ones flock has many responsibilities, one of the greatest these being protecting them from deception. Deception by its very nature is enticing. It causes something to appear good, but in reality is not. However beautiful and innocent it may appear, it is a fatal enemy and our sheep must be protected. There are many churches dressing in sheep’s clothing professing to be Christian, and yet they are far from it. Knowledge is power and for this very reason God has taught us through His Word that we are to search and gain knowledge. We are also commanded to teach others once we gain this knowledge.

There is no replacement for understanding God’s Word, the Bible.  Having a solid foundation in the true gospel found in His Word is crucial. However there are many lost sheep that do not understand the Bible and therefore have fallen prey to deception. This is where those of us with an understanding of the True Gospel must be responsible in teaching the flock about deception. We must teach them how others have been deceived by perceived Christian religions.

I myself wanted a relationship with Christ and thought I was choosing Christianity when I became a Mormon. Instead I was immersed into the cult of Mormonism. Mormons appear Christian yet they themselves are blind and cannot understand the gospel of Grace. They place heavy burdens of works on their members.

Unfortunately, this education on deception is missing in many churches. The fear of being unpopular and possibly offending someone has taken precedence and has allowed deception to foster and grow. And so the truth that we know becomes watered down until it is ineffective. Accepting ALL faiths becomes the new way as true Christianity takes the back seat.

When we know something it becomes our responsibility to share it with others.  If you know that there is a nearby cliff around the corner where one will surely fall to their death and yet you fail to post a sign or to tell others of the impending danger, you become an accomplice to their death.

In the same way a good shepherd knows the safe routes, and is willing to put his own life in danger in order to protect His flock. Our good shepherd Jesus Christ gives clear guidelines in order to avoid Satan’s traps.  Well cared for sheep know the differences between a good shepherd and one that is only after building up a church, in other words the difference between truth and deception.

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins” (2 Peter 1:5-9, New Living Translation).

You see, like the Pharisees that claimed to be shepherds of God’s flock, there are many false prophets, false religions and false leaders to this day. They are hypocrites that do not practice what they preach, and worse yet they may practice what they preach but their message is another gospel of Jesus Christ. “You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ” (Galatians 1:7, NLT).

The point is further elaborated in 2 Corinthians 11:4 (NLT),  “For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.”

In John 9, Jesus heals a man born blind. The Pharisees claimed to be Shepherds of God and yet had just excommunicated this man that was born blind.  These “shepherds” thought they had all the answers. They thought they could see. Jesus says to them in John verses 40-41, “If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty. But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.” In other words, they did not understand the true gospel of Grace.

Jesus pointed out that the Pharisees had just excommunicated one of God’s true sheep, one that was seeking Jesus to see. They were offended that Jesus spoke of their own blindness. They could not see that Jesus was the true shepherd and was standing before them fulfilling the very prophecy they had professed to know. They were hard hearted and filled with bitterness. They had a heart prepared for murder. They were standing there with their hands full of stones ready to kill Jesus, and yet He was the one who had opened the eyes of the blind man.

These Pharisees understood the office of a shepherd and yet they were hypocrites that did not practice what they preached—much like the Mormons and others that preach deception. As pastors, leaders and followers of Christ we must search out everything and teach others so they will not be blinded by this deception.

The Pharisees threw the man Jesus had healed out of the synagogue—they threw him out of the church. They excommunicated him. Why? He was professing that Jesus was a prophet, and the Pharisees wanted to label Jesus as a sinner. The Pharisees are not the only ones that would like to label Jesus as just a man, a sinner like us.

The Mormon Church also claims that God was once a man like us, a sinner.  “As man is, God once was; as God is, man may be,” said LDS Apostle James E. Talmage.

Make no mistake, God was never a man like us; He is without sin and always has been (2 Corinthians 5:21).

This is only one of the many false teachings happening within the Mormon Church. As good shepherds we must lead these sheep out of their captivity or they will starve from lack of the true gospel, the gospel of His love and grace.

The Lord Jesus Christ opened the eyes of one who was born blind. Jesus had anointed the man’s eyes, and then told him to go wash; he did and he came away seeing. He had to wash. When our eyes are anointed to see false teachings, it is by the washing of the Word that our eyes are opened to see clearly the blessed news of the Gospel.  Jesus will open your eyes too as you seek Him.

As pastors, leaders, teachers, followers of Christ let us work together to make sure that EVERYONE is able to see. Deception causes blindness. Those of us that know the Truth are responsible to teach it.  Let us ALL pastor God’s sheep and keep them from deception.

La Vonne Earl, a resident of Newport Beach, Calif., is author of Loved into the Light, Shining God’s Light on Mormonism.  To read more on deception, visit www.lovedintotheLight.com. Her ministry website is http://www.yourkingdominheritance.com/.

From anxious to powerful: Rest on your faith

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By La Vonne Earl
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Dear La Vonne,

I was raised in an extremely physically and verbally abusive home. I am a grown woman now, 37 years old, and yet I revert to the frightened little girl whenever I am around my father. I need to see him because of family get-togethers. Now that Father’s Day is approaching I am filled with anxiety knowing I will see him. Why can’t I just grow up, forget the past and act like the woman I should be?

Dear Powerful Woman of God,

I am sorry that you were raised in a home that was not safe and was unloving. The consequences of our early beginnings can last a life time if we allow them to. Without knowing much of your story and the woman that you have become, I will seek to answer you assuming it is at least physically safe for you to be around your father. As I begin to answer your question let’s start with the first key being the truth of who you were created to be. God has created you to be a powerful woman of God. He has given you a sound mind with the ability to discern that which is good and helpful to you. He has given you rights and boundaries that should never be crossed, and should someone try you have the right to exercise your authority over that person, regardless of who they are. In fact when you exercise your authority for truth, you have the power to create change!

Anxiety and ear are nothing more than a lack of knowledge and faith. When you obtain the knowledge of who you are (truth) establish your purpose or goal, which sounds like you desire to have a peaceful relationship with your father, you can then create a plan of action in order to receive the peace you desire. Practice at home before you see him exactly what you will say with truth and love should there be a need for correction. I suggest meditating on God’s word, guard your mind and your heart with the love of God. Take a scripture to rely on to sustain you while you are in the presence of your father and enjoy the success which will be yours! Remember also to speak to yourself that which you wish to see, such as “I am a powerful woman of God.”

Suggested scripture: 2 Timothy 1:7”For God did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

Do you have a question for La Vonne? Send her an email at Lavonne@YourKingdomInheritance.com. Visit her website at www.yourkingdominheritance.com. Rich blessings!

Ask LaVonne: From sad and lonely, to overcomer and joyful

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Dear La Vonne,
I have recently lost my husband eight months ago, and I am so lonely and sad. I feel tired most of the time.

I am also so sick of people telling me to just get over it! I feel like no one understands me and at times I am ready to die.

Will I ever be OK again?

Dear Overcomer,
I will call you an overcomer because that is who you have been created to be. First of all yes, you will be okay, and not only will you be okay you will be great!  You have the opportunity in this life to not only overcome your own circumstances, but when you are ready, you will begin to help others that have experienced great loss as well. I am so sorry for your loss. No one could quite possibly understand the way you might like them to. The good news is that we have a God that is acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3, NIV). He understands us better than we understand ourselves. He knows our suffering and sees every tear that falls. He is our deliverer, and He will deliver you!

Everyone in this life will experience loss to one degree or another. We cannot compare ourselves to others, nor can we quite possibly understand their pain, since we cannot measure or see pain, the best we can do is offer our compassion and comfort. The key for you will be to allow others to comfort you. To realize that they are simply doing and offering the best they have to give out of love. My suggestion would be for you to get involved in a godly, grief, support group. I know that they offer them at Saddleback Church. They have also just started a grief worship service.

As hard as it may be,  discipline yourself to have  a little bit of a schedule. Require yourself to have a routine, even when you do not feel like it. Getting out of the house and connecting with others is the best thing for depression and it will boost your energy. I know it can feel like you are dying and quite possibly this will be the last thing you will want to do, this is why I say you must require it from yourself. The more disciplined you are, the faster your recovery will be.

The enemy loves to take this opportunity of grief and use it to destroy your life. Do not let him! You must continue to fight the battle of the mind. Although mourning the loss of the loved one is painful, it does not need to destroy your life. This will be an opportunity to let your faith shine through. Use this opportunity to show the world that the enemy has not won!

1. Call upon the Holy Spirit for power. 2 Corinthians 13:4.

2. Believe, Declare and Act upon the truth of God’s Word and Promises. 2 Peter 1:4

3. Proclaim what you desire. (Peace, happiness, joy, love, comfort) Romans 4:17

4. Stay in the present. I have a little trick I like to call “Blink, Blink, What Do I See.” This is like a mind reprogram. Blink your eyes two times and then ask yourself what you see. It could be the green leaves, the road sign, children laughing, a color of a shirt, etc. This helps you to stay in the NOW, right where God wants you so He can speak to you.

You have a great life ahead of you! Get started mapping out your plan to be the overcomer you were created to be!

Do you have a question for LaVonne Earl? Send her an email at Lavonne@YourKingdomInheritance.com. Visit her website at www.yourkingdominheritance.com. Rich blessings!

 

Forgiving your mother in the fashion God commands

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By La Vonne Earl
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Now that Mother’s Day has come and gone, many are able to breathe again. Mother’s Day is filled with mixed emotions for many people who have

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endured relationships that would be considered anything but perfect. In Hector Tobar’s article depicting the play “Cafe Vida,” he conveys the story of three moms that have endured homelessness, prison, and drug abuse. He gives a glimpse of what life was like for them. The guilt and torment that they have suffered knowing that they were not the best of mothers due largely to the life they lived. They are working on changing not only their future, but that of their children. One of the mothers, Alfaro mentions “for all the pain I was in, I knew there had to be something beautiful for me. By the grace of God, I found it.”

These are only but three of many moms that have suffered the painful things in their life that most of their children know nothing about.

Some, like these mothers, have found God’s grace and have changed their lives and continue to break the patterns to improve their children’s lives. Others continue to repeat the patterns by holding onto resentment and pain. In a study I have participated in for sexually abused women, author and counselor John Eldredge reminds us that every woman who is callused and cold on the outside is a woman who has suffered some form of abuse. We must remember that hurt people, hurt other people.

It is not always easy to tap into the pain and seek to console the woman who has the tough outer shell. For this reason most of these women live lonely and desolate lives as many tire of trying to form a relationship. For those of us children that long for that deep relationship with our mothers this is not an easy situation. But God’s grace is sufficient. If you will allow Him to fill you with His love, He will give to your mother what you alone cannot, forgiveness and love. Only He can offer the unconditional love that is life transforming. “Love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). We must follow Christ example and offer our Mothers the unconditional love and forgiveness that even we ourselves do not deserve.

In the end, we form our families and create the life that we desire. God tells us in scripture to proclaim that which we desire. “Call those things which be not as though they were” (Roman 4:17). We all create our own reality with our thoughts and feelings, so beware. Using your imagination for God’s glory by creating and seeing in your mind the beauty that is the true identity of your mother will increase the love that she feels coming from you! This is what brings healing and transformation.

Continue to pray, create and transform your relationships and your life! This will bring God’s Kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).

California resident La Vonne Earl is a certified Christian life coach and counselor. A former Mormon, she has studied neuro linguistics programming, Sozo healing, and other avenues to bring healing into the lives of many. You may contact her at lavonne@yourkingdominheritance.com.