Acceptance, as the world defines it, is "the act or fact of accepting, or taking what is offered, whether as a pleasure, a satisfaction of claim, or a duty, to take or receive willingly, or with consenting mind, to receive a thing or person with favor or approval, with patience or resignation, to tolerate."

Acceptance is a law of doing, a soul virtue and an initiatory degree rooted in the absolute principle of nonresistance. As an ascending soul, acceptance is how you apply the principle of nonresistance in your life and relationships. However, do not accept anything, to take it into your being or consciousness, unless you lift it first to a cloud continent of Light.

The vow of acceptance is "This is mine to lift right now. I accept this as my present lesson. Let me gather from it every bit of knowledge for my future soul guidance and protection."

Edna Lister's Sermons on Acceptance
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Edna Lister on Acceptance

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. – Matthew 13:47-48. The dragnet cast into the sea typifies your family life, the life of an organization, or a group. You must accept the whole catch, then separate the not good from the good. – Edna Lister, Release the Indwelling Power, January 11, 1933.

Do not try to make the other follow over in the image of what you think he should be. Instead, make every bit you pay out in acceptance pay you increasing dividends in turn. – Edna Lister, Sermon on the Mount, January 31, 1933.

The secret of success lies within you as the ability to stand and accept whatever comes into your life as your own creation, looking neither to the right nor to the left, not to family or friend to find where it originated, but to accept it as your own responsibility. – Edna Lister, Sermon on the Mount, February 1, 1933.

You take yourself into what you take into yourself, what you hear, see, and accept. – Edna Lister, The Law of Attachment, August 24, 1934.

People are the most egotistical when they are doubting, setting up their own opinions as false gods and worshiping them. You cannot be egotistical when you are accepting truth. All that comes to you is yours to lift. – Edna Lister, Faith in Action, October 3, 1934.

Until you let go of possessions as belonging to you, you must toil and earn by the "sweat of your brow" (Genesis 3:17-19). When you accept that everything you have belongs to the Father of all Lights as the supreme truth, then "all these things shall be added to you" (Matthew 6:33) will supercede the law of earning by the sweat of your brow. – Edna Lister, Undated Correspondence, 1934.

To accept means that you are meek toward God, with no thought of self or idea for "little me." – Edna Lister, Abandonment to the Supreme, January 9, 1935.

As a Priest [the degree], you must accept anything that comes to you as your responsibility to lift from earth by giving it to God. – Edna Lister, Beatitudes, January 19, 1935.

You must accept God's promises as applying to you. Acceptance is conversion, the revelation of the indwelling divinity of your soul. Acceptance is also implied in the principle of nonresistance, which encompasses Christ's Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension. – Edna Lister, Prayer, the Broad Highway, May 15, 1935.

Life is exactly what you make it. You may accept or discard what life offers, which is your choice to exercise your free will. – Edna Lister, The Go-Getter, August 25, 1935.

The yoke of love is being meek and humble of heart, accepting anything that the world offers, but climbing on into the Light. – Edna Lister, Life's Greatest Satisfaction, December 8, 1935.

You cannot be hurt unless you accept the barb, take it in and make it yours. – Edna Lister, February 22, 1936.

Declare, "I AM now accepting my great service. I AM now accepting my great position. I AM now accepting full responsibility for my own Light. I am become a good shepherd. Thank You, Father. You always say yes." – Edna Lister, Self-Healing, April 22, 1936.

Always accept, but remain divinely discontented or risk stagnation. – Edna Lister, The Rich Man Also, June 19, 1938.

Accept a higher place for yourself, then move toward that goal with everything you have to move and use. Do so, and ever greater capacity shall be given to you. – Edna Lister, December 26, 1938.

Accept, and apply all possible laws to yourself first. – Edna Lister, August 26, 1941.

Accept all that comes to you as yours to lift in service to God. – Edna Lister, October 21, 1941.

The moment you think that you can't do or cannot accept something that requires letting go of the little self, you close out your share of Mind, which thinks through you and as you. Thus, you step into a cold fog, the absence of Light. – Edna Lister, October 29, 1941.

To accept truth is to see truth. – Edna Lister, The Great Challenge, March 8, 1942.

Humility accepts everything as a gift. – Edna Lister, 33 Degrees: The Preparation, April 17, 1942.

Accept the precious experience of each small episode, which has given you credits stored in heavenly realms, rewards of advance in initiations. – Edna Lister, June 30, 1944.

You can stand on one of two rocks: Gracious acceptance of a gift, or greedy taking of it as your due. Gracious acceptance is above the high water mark; greed is below and emotion will sweep you away. – Edna Lister, February 12, 1945.

When you truly accept all that is given to you as your own and value it as precious jewels, you will be free of the small self. – Edna Lister, March 12, 1945.

Once you truly heed the law of acceptance, you will find true freedom from all domination by other personalities. – Edna Lister, March 12, 1945.

"I accept" is the first step, but it takes a long time to accept with your whole soul. Yet, if the Power flows through physical cells long enough, it lifts all unlikeness to God. ascend to a cloud of Light, to your room of Light. When you see, you do accept. – Edna Lister, Surrender to Love, March 18, 1945.

Principle is the ladder — law becomes each rung. As you accept a law, you form the next higher rung. – Edna Lister, June 4, 1945.

Every infinitesimal deed, thought and attitude is vitally important, even those of which you are unconscious or unaware when you accept. – Edna Lister, July 9, 1945.

"There is never an excuse … " restates the law of acceptance. – Edna Lister, July 14, 1947.

Instant acceptance says, "This is mine to lift right now. I accept this as my present soul lesson. Let me, oh God, gather from it every possible bit of knowledge for my future guidance and protection." – Edna Lister, July 17, 1945.

Give your self no excuses; accept from your self only the perfect. – Edna Lister, December 1945.

You must instantaneously accept law with no questioning, no deviating, no "why," "if" or "can't." – Edna Lister, February 14, 1946.

Once you accept full personal responsibility, you start upward in soul ascension. – Edna Lister, April 1, 1946.

There is no "lesser" or "greater" status in ascension, except in the ability to accept and to surrender all self. – Edna Lister, October 7, 1946.

When high in consciousness, there is never any question but of acceptance; this does not refer to seeking advice for reasons of confirmation, clarity or for obedience. – Edna Lister, October 7, 1946.

No one can hurt you unless you accept it. What you do not accept cannot touch you. To accept hurt feelings is selfishness, catering to little self's pride. No word or action can offend you unless you consider yourself offended. – Edna Lister, October 13, 1946.

The Holy Spirit is neutral but contains all law, wisdom and energy. You cannot compel it, but may only accept it. For example, you cannot voluntarily stop breathing, thus, law automatically uses you as an outlet. – Edna Lister, November 6, 1946.

You must accept your oneness with God and that no separation exists. Either you accept this oneness in being, or choose to continue the victim of your separateness in thinking. – Edna Lister, One Life in Christ, March 16, 1947.

The first great Neophyte law is "I accept everything that comes to me as my own to love, to lift, to make into Light, to conquer, to learn my needed earth lessons forever." – Edna Lister, July 3, 1947.

Do nothing before declaring, "I accept." – Edna Lister, June 8, 1947.

When you reach inner high places, you may not excuse, explain or justify, above or below, anytime. Declare, "I accept." Let the other fellow excuse, explain and justify. – Edna Lister, June 8, 1947.

I accept all that comes to me as my own. I earned it in past lives, created it in this life, or it is something of darkness that only I may lift for my Father; therefore, I accept and lift all that comes to me. – Edna Lister, July 5, 1947.

I now accept my responsibility to lift all that comes to me, which entails assuming all responsibility for three facets of life — I am responsible for lifting all darkness around me, I am responsible to sacrifice self, and I am responsible to make a full surrender to be the servant of all Power. – Edna Lister, July 5, 1947.

Observation is the first law always, as instant acceptance with no excuses. – Edna Lister, July 14, 1947.

If you still feel an impulse to say, "I don't understand. I was going to —," you have not yet accepted responsibility. – Edna Lister, July 14, 1947.

Nothing limits the number of neurons that you may open by obeying the laws of acceptance and details. Stand on your observation point to accept and observe. – Edna Lister, July 14, 1947.

Acceptance is the first law of reprimand. If you cannot accept a reprimand, you learn nothing. – Edna Lister, August 20, 1947.

Instant acceptance permits no excuse, explanation or justification. It is a complete surrender of all but the desire to ascend, involving a complete sacrifice of self, place and position. Acceptance is complete love for God. This declaration of acceptance covers everything — "Father, I accept this, whatever it is, as something to work out and up into a greater knowledge, illumination and almighty strength." Then use wise speech or golden silence and pray while you stand outside the situation. Do not wallow in it. – Edna Lister, November 13, 1947.

Discipline the self every hour of every day for acceptance. – Edna Lister, December 13, 1947.

As you accept truth and do not fight anything, your Oversoul awakens. – Edna Lister, June 15, 1948.

You cannot enter the Kingdom of Glory except through simplicity. Be simple as a little child in accepting this. – Edna Lister, From Light to Form as a Creator, August 2, 1949.

To ascend is to accept. – Edna Lister, August 15, 1949.

"I accept" is the conquering statement. Nothing may stand between the blow and declaring, "I accept." When you say, "This does not belong to me. I've had enough of this," you cut your life-line. – Edna Lister, March 27, 1950.

When you do not accept lessons on earth, you do not accept lessons in heaven. – Edna Lister, April 15, 1950.

Acceptance is always personal. All too often people say, "I accept" when they really want to think about it and still not accept it. While acceptance is crucial to ascension, it is important not to accept resentment, blame or criticism as yours before you lift it. – Edna Lister, Five Steps in Ascension, April 16,1950.

You must accept spiritually and mentally before Light can completely heal you. It does no good to say, "I accept," then go out and do as you please. – Edna Lister, October 3, 1950.

Learn to accept your lessons in life, and to hold your place on the path. – Edna Lister, The Way of Ascension, October 29, 1950.

It ill becomes you to feel blame or contempt for another, who is in trouble, if you cannot accept seeing yourself in a similar place. – Edna Lister, May 9, 1951.

Power moves through you when you accept your responsibility. – Edna Lister, June 12, 1951.

"I accept" is the first initiation of responsibility for the great degree of comprehension. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. – Matthew 5:25. Unless you accept, and agree with the adversary, you cannot comprehend. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

"I accept the fact that this has come into my life! Within it I find most of my lost soul substance." As you lift it and declare it good and very good, God adds as much soul substance as you have redeemed for purification, so He reinvests it as a gift new soul substance returned with 100 percent interest. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

To accept, you must become as perfect as your Father in heaven. Pretense is not good enough. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

To accept and be steadfast in acceptance is the secret of ascension. – Edna Lister, June 25, 1951.

The humility of acceptance to be led by the Light is the greatest of virtues. – Edna Lister, June 25, 1951.

If you live under the laws of expansion, you do not have time to think about it — you hear, accept and ascend on it to gain comprehension. This is a natural law of the universe. You hear, accept, ascend, and as you comprehend, you become. Comprehension is an act of God, which produces illumination. – Edna Lister, July 27, 1951.

When you accept that faith is the substance of your healing, your wings of faith will lift you to the Source of Light. – Edna Lister, Prove Me Now, October 28, 1951.

Blind faith is unacceptable beyond the Gates of Wisdom. However, never lose or leave your high point of consciousness by saying, "I can't accept that." Say instead, "I accept, Lord. Help my unbelief by opening the door that will give me the knowing." – Edna Lister, November 19, 1951.

"I accept" are the magic words that hold you to your high point. When you accept first and make a declaration, you zip yourself in Light automatically. Light cannot shatter your soul debts until you have spewed out the root, the "I can’t accept that," or a similar statement of repudiation. You cannot ascend until you lift that misused soul substance. When you say, "I accept," you save the world, nations, cities and everything down the line. – Edna Lister, November 19, 1951.

The first step in tying earth to heaven is to look from inner to outer and discover what makes things work. Keep lifting all lines of Light, and don't cut any. Declare, "I accept right now and weave everything that comes to me into the fabric of my life." The Father then strengthens your cable of Light. – Edna Lister, January 31, 1952.

Watch yourself closely that you do not invest your life in others. Let your investiture of others be in universal love, done with abundant abandonment that is a state of being. For example, when you ask whether others are accepting your help, you invest your life substance in them and they become anchored, attached to you. – Edna Lister, May 19, 1952.

Acceptance rules the speed in your operation of lifting. When you see negativity in a person, you fail to accept Christ as your model. – Edna Lister, June 2, 1952.

God always gives you enough time to accept and obey. – Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, September 28, 1952.

To hear, accept and obey will lead to submission to be used by law. – Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, September 28, 1952.

You can stop the negative power of criticism, if you do not accept it. If you are hurt, you are accepting the negativity. You put a head, eyes, tail and stinger on it and give it power. Then it stings and returns to the sender like a boomerang. – Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, September 28, 1952.

Your acceptance must be threefold: the way, the truth and the life. – Edna Lister, 1952.

In 1922, Edna Miriam worked with seven other young women selling stockings in the shoe department at the White House department store in San Francisco. They pulled orders and restocked for twenty-two sales associates, and within two hours the department was a mass of confusion. The manager ran through six young women in three months because the work was so tough. She made two cents on a dollar sale, and took home checks for $159.00. After seven months of this, she knew she had completed her training in alertness, acceptance and obedience, and said, "I can fold more stockings than they can dump on me." She has applied this training with every troublemaker she has ever encountered: She decided she could button her lip, say nothing and outlast twenty-two salespeople at once. She declared, "Do your worst, and love wins." She succeeded because she knew no one could do anything that she could not out-wait, out-love or undo. – Edna Lister, October 23, 1952.

The hardest fact to accept — against which the lower self struggles with all its might — is that you are responsible for everything that comes into our life. Both the good and the less-good are direct results of your own conscious or unconscious creating. – Edna Lister, Faith, the Challenger, 1953.

You must accept everything as yours to lift, and never blame or condemn, no matter what. – Edna Lister, May 26, 1953.

Acceptance is recognizing that the River of Life bathes you, no matter what the circumstances. – Edna Lister, March 29, 1954.

Truth is something harmoniously beautiful that you must hear, accept and become. – Edna Lister, Righteousness, April 7, 1954.

To say, "I'll try" means "I'm not ready to accept and become." – Edna Lister, Your Life's Practice, May 23, 1954.

Acceptance of new ideas, thoughts and concepts means cracking the shell surrounding the old ideas, thoughts and concepts. – Edna Lister, I Arise, June 20, 1954.

You must have a foundation of principle before you can say, "I accept." To accept is to choose to cooperate with law. – Edna Lister, I Accept, June 27, 1954.

Law always presents a debt in love three times. If you accept it willingly, lovingly and happily, you can lift it. However, if you deny the debt, you must do it over. When you find yourself saying, "I had to learn this the hard way," you have missed the boat three times. – Edna Lister, July 6, 1954.

Seeds must grow in darkness. God had to send us down as seeds to germinate accept) with our faces turned from His Light into darkness. Heaven is run on the lights and color plan. Special lights are applied to you to help you change the colors of your aura, which makes it easier to understand how soul discriminates. – Edna Lister, July 19, 1954.

Prompt acceptance of whatever comes to you, whether you feel it deserved or not, will pay the largest of all dividends. Acceptance saves you from having to meet the same situation often, until you learn the lesson. Sometimes experiences seem repetitious, and you ask, "Why does this always happen to me?" Rest assured, it is because you have refused to seek the hidden lesson sent for the good of your soul and its strengthening. Life will present any repudiated lesson again, until you accept it as having some message for you. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1955.

No power on earth can make you have an enemy if you refuse to accept the enemy-idea or give it form and substance. Another may tell you that you have an enemy but you create it. – Edna Lister, The Well of Living Waters, July 31, 1955.

Since your job is to eliminate the idea of an enemy outside you, you must accept everything instantly, to lift. – Edna Lister, Divine Laws for Conquerors, October 7, 1955.

You can breathe atomic power from the Source only in proportion to your surrendered acceptance, without rebellion or inner conflict. If you do not accept, you limit the Power you breathe. – Edna Lister, November 21, 1955.

A state of grace automatically is an attitude of acceptance and surrender. – Edna Lister, January 5, 1956.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. – Romans 12:2. The renewed mind you share is that divine Mind that was in Christ Jesus. – Edna Lister, Spiritual Inventory, January 22, 1956.

God accepts your possible measure of surrender. He never expects the impossible. – Edna Lister, April 21, 1956.

To walk the Via Christa, you must apply five states of being — awareness, recognition, acceptance, surrender and obedience. – Edna Lister, Aspiration, June 17, 1956.

An ascending soul may never excuse, explain or justify self. The answer is always "I accept." Sacrifice your reaction to blame, even of guilt and self‑blame. "I may never excuse, explain or justify self above or below. My answer is always 'I accept' — "Father, I accept this (whatever it is) as something to work out and up from into a greater knowledge and greater illumination and a greater Almighty strength." After accepting, use wise golden speech or golden silence, pray and stand outside it. Do not wallow in emotion. When you have earned the right to know, God will reveal it to you. – Edna Lister, June 26, 1956

Every soul must accept that everything is Light: We live on Light. We breathe Light. Our bodies are whirling Light. – Edna Lister, Lights and Colors, July 17, 1956.

We have One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. – Ephesians 4:6. The "in you all" can be pea-sized or limitless. The difference is in how you accept. You must allow more than just a trickle of Light to flow through. – Edna Lister, Go Preach the Gospel, July 22, 1956.

Accepting and declaring everything good, as love, melts, dissolves and lifts all darkness from earth. – Edna Lister, The Glory, Your Ascension, November 11, 1956.

After accepting, you win most of the battle against self with your desire to conquer, yet your practice is the tricky part. – Edna Lister, November 26, 1956.

If you refuse to accept, your crown lotus petals close tightly, flat on the head; opening them again is hard. – Edna Lister, December 4, 1956.

Acceptance amplifies your equipment and attunes you to receive new ideas from the River of Life. – Edna Lister, Your Attitude Toward Man, December 9, 1956.

Acceptance is the first law of the ascending soul. Declare, "I accept," then release Power to cover all outer challenges. It matters not what, we can cover, adjust to, lift and make all things perfect. – Edna Lister, May 12, 1957.

Adepts must turn back to God and accept the fact that they must let God use them. – Edna Lister, June 4, 1957.

Never make excuses to defend someone. Just hold to your high point of being and accept. – Edna Lister, September 9, 1957.

"I accept" is essential to an open mind. – Edna Lister, The Brain, Your Instrument of Power, September 24, 1957.

The law of acceptance prepares the brain cells to record everything that comes, even divine illumination. It awakens old cells to make room for newer information and ideas. – Edna Lister, The Brain, Your Instrument of Power, September 24, 1957.

When anyone reaches a point of saturation, of repudiating or refusing to accept the law, law then sets them in the highest rate of vibration they have attained, that they may not fall lower. – Edna Lister, October 4, 1957.

To accept chastening is like turning your face to the sun, lovingly turning about to face the Light. Your Father does not reprimand you; He just turns you to face the Light again. – Edna Lister, November 21, 1957.

We are all born with the equal right to become, but can assimilate only what we have accepted on earth. – Edna Lister, The Point of No Return, December 15, 1957.

Reconciliation is the first acceptance of law. – Edna Lister, December 25, 1957.

When you accept law with no inner conflict, you move from repentance and reconciliation to atonement. – Edna Lister, December 25, 1957.

Your degree of ascension is how you accept, assimilate and become law. Keep going. Never look back. When you can accept with dignity and joy, you ascend. – Edna Lister, January 9, 1958.

You are blessed and truly free from fear when you are no longer a "conscientious objector," but a "comprehending accepter." – Edna Lister, February 17, 1958.

Humility is the ability to accept and surrender self. – Edna Lister, Come Ye Apart, April 20, 1958.

"Oh, I can't accept that" puts a deadly curse on the Power a promise releases. No matter who makes you a promise, accept it as if it were from God's mouth. – Edna Lister, Promises Given, May 4, 1958.

Law: I accept that this might be true until I find out it is not. – Edna Lister, May 12, 1958.

You cannot accept and doubt simultaneously. – Edna Lister, September 4, 1958.

God accepts each at his own level. All your back-stroking in consciousness is wasted effort. You cannot accept and doubt simultaneously. Go up in consciousness on everything instantly, not down into the mud. Nothing is too small to declare good. "I accept. This is good" is the law of life and the only perfect way. – Edna Lister, September 4, 1958.

The law is instant acceptance, not acceptance after making excuses. "I accept this, Father. I lift this because it is mine to lift." – Edna Lister, September 11, 1958.

What comes to you is yours to lift. The law is instant acceptance, not acceptance after making excuses. "I accept this, Father. I lift this because it is mine to lift." – Edna Lister, October 12, 1958.

When you cannot accept instantly and say, "This is mine. I love You, God," you are out of tune with the divine harmony. – Edna Lister, October 13, 1958.

To "take up your cross and follow me" means to give up all self and accept whatever comes. – Edna Lister, October 17, 1958.

When you accept and say, "Father, I am grateful You can trust me with anything. Here I am," you instantly put yourself in an orbit around the Source.– Edna Lister, October 20, 1958.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God. – Matthew 6:33 means "I accept." Ascend into the Light this minute and every minute. "I accept" will take you there, but you must remain in the Light. Don't spend 90 percent of the time climbing back, but stay up in consciousness. "I accept" is the test for how much Power God can trust you with; "I accept" promotes you. – Edna Lister, A Charted Heaven, October 21, 1958.

Your inability to accept instantly is your biggest stumbling block. Do not ask, "Did I sin? What law have I broken?" Just accept, repent, and God will write what laws you have broken in words of fire before you. – Edna Lister, October 23, 1958.

"I accept" is the first fundamental law of governing self. Acceptance is a higher responsibility of all humanity. – Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.

Life's keynote is "I accept." You open the vibration of ascension with "I accept." – Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.

You can judge where you are by your degree of acceptance and obedience. – Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:29-30. Accept the yoke of responsibility; you will find its weight and colors are also Light. – Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.

Acceptance: There is never a time when you may excuse, justify or explain, above or below. The answer is always "I accept." – Edna Lister, November 17, 1958.

Your climb begins the instant you accept responsibility for your thoughts, emotions, words and deeds; every time you detour off the path, your climb ends until you accept. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

The release of greater illumination depends on acceptance. The true scales to measure the quantity of Power released is the weight of glory released as acceptance through your mind, heart, body, affairs and aura. The greatness, fervency and completeness of your ability to accept is the measuring rod of Power. This is why it is so important to learn perfect, willing ready and alert in-the-moment acceptance. To accept first, to seek first the kingdom of heaven, to stand blameless and accept blame instantly are the final tests of surrendering self. The quality of love you release is also measured by your ability to accept. Unless you accept high law as a need to become, there can be no surrender. Acceptance of law, surrender to law, then complete devotion to both is worship of the One God. – Edna Lister, May 15, 1959.

To accept each thing while seeking first the kingdom of heaven, to stand blameless and accept blame instantly, this is the final test of surrender. The quality of love you release is also measured by your ability to accept. Unless you accept a high law as a need to become, you do not surrender. Acceptance of law, surrender to law, and then complete devotion to both — this is worship of the One God. – Edna Lister, May 15, 1959.

The fifth law of expression is to accept responsibility. – Edna Lister, Transfiguration, Resurrection and Ascension, May 19, 1959.

You gain mastery by accepting responsibility under tests and trials. – Edna Lister, Transfiguration, Resurrection and Ascension, May 19, 1959.

To awaken with a sense of well-being in the morning means you have fully accepted law at night before the altar. When you return in the morning with a heavy heart, your words at the altar were right but you are not yet convinced that you need to accept. That day you search your soul for rebellion, willfulness, pride and arrogance. As you pay up, you go higher. If your enthusiasm is not yet enough, your zeal stops short of breaking through to the golden Light. – Edna Lister, May 28, 1959.

When you accept and meet your responsibility, your words release Power. – Edna Lister, Jesus' Seven Last Words, June 7, 1959.

He who will not accept God just will not accept responsibility for his own debts. He just wants to avoid paying his debts. Irresponsibility, a state of consciousness, is the root of agnosticism and atheism. – Edna Lister, Heaven as a State of Consciousness and as a Place, June 16, 1959.

Neophyte law of acceptance: "I accept all that comes to me as mine. I earned it in past lives, created it in this life, or it is something of darkness that only I may lift for my Father; therefore, I do accept and lift all that comes unto me. I now accept my responsibility to lift all that comes to me, which entails these three things: assuming all responsibility for all darkness around me, responsibility to sacrifice self and the responsibility of full surrender to be the servant of all Power. I now observe every detail of my life. I am alive and alert to observe above and below. As I use observation in my outer life, according to my practice of observation, exactly so shall I see and hear in heaven." – Edna Lister, Eight Great Powers of Being, June 23, 1959.

"I accept" is the testing for the amount of Power with which God can trust you. "I accept" promotes you. You react with a sense of joy if you have accepted without a grudge, but create a debt blame if you believe that God thinks you are bad. The minute you make vows to conquer self, you begin the ascension initiations. – Edna Lister, July 13, 1959.

We ascend even through revolution, which is the keynote of our lives. We revolve around a new truth or law no matter whether we accept it. We keep revolving and two years later we may accept. – Edna Lister, I Am the Way, October 4, 1959.

Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice – John 18:37. We hear the voice of truth when we are ready to accept the responsibility of maturity. – Edna Lister, I Am the Truth, October 11, 1959.

When your acceptance is complete, you have won more than half the battle. – Edna Lister, October 16, 1959.

It is a law that you must take up your lines of responsibility and accept your mission. Your acceptance must be threefold: the way, the truth and the life. "I am the way" means "I accept my divine inheritance." We have come here as descended creator gods and it is high time we accepted the responsibilities that accompany our heritage. "I am the truth" means "I accept my mission to lift everything about me. This mission for God is the sun center of Light in my life." Finally, "I am the life" means "I accept the doctrines of resurrection and ascension of soul." These are the greatest steps in soul conquering and ascension. – Edna Lister, I Am the Life, October 18, 1959.

You must accept that fact that you are the children of God walking the earth. You have no place to go, no place to find except the kingdom. – Edna Lister, Behold, I Am With You Always, November 1, 1959.

When the same people keep telling you what to do, it means you will not accept a new law. – Edna Lister, Tomorrow Is Yours, December 13, 1959.

The law of acceptance is "Only my own can come to me," which is based on My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. – John 10:27. – Edna Lister, 1959.

Humility is the graciousness of acceptance. To live in humility is to live with an open mind, accepting law. – Edna Lister, February 23, 1960.

From the moment conscious mind accepts responsibility, makes a stand and declares complete cleansing of the subconscious, self poses a constant series of choices between self and God, between acceptance and repudiation of law. Conscious mind may accept the subconscious and declare, "I AM good! I AM perfect! I AM ascending!" – Edna Lister, March 11, 1960.

Acceptance of truth creates a state of grace. – Edna Lister, What is a Miracle? May 6, 1960.

Immaturity is an unwillingness to be responsible for your actions. Maturity is acceptance of your responsibility. – Edna Lister, From Gethsemane to Ascension, May 8, 1960.

The great law of agreeing — Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him. – Matthew 5:25 — hangs on accepting. – Edna Lister, May 13, 1960.

Each, on the climb upward, must find and accept the pearls of wisdom laid off on the descent and forgotten because they were left above. – Edna Lister, May 19, 1960.

Acceptance is a relative law under the absolute principle of nonresistance. – Edna Lister, How Can I Help Myself? May 31, 1960.

You accept under the law of suction (cohesion), which binds you to the Source. – Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life? June 7, 1960.

You grow selective, accepting or drawing in only the good under the law of suction or cohesion. – Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life? June 7, 1960.

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. – Proverbs 16:32. To rule your self, you must accept all responsibility wherever and whenever you meet it. To accept your personal responsibility is your crown of glory and honor. However, take responsibility joyously, without talking about how much you have accepted, or it will become a cocoon of self. – Edna Lister, Steadfastness Through Vigilance, June 19, 1960.

The tragedy of earth is that you may stop just short of knowing the rapture, ecstasy and joy coming from full acceptance of responsibility. – Edna Lister, June 22, 1960.

Law is law. Principle is principle, undeviating and unchangeable. Sometimes a dozen people will follow the same law on a low plane, yet each at a higher degree than the last, each according to his ability to accept responsibility. To accept a law means a firm responsibility to become that law. – Edna Lister, September 8, 1960.

You must be able to accept without feeling sorry for yourself, imposed on or criticized. It takes many years to reach this point of awareness that you are able to do your own chastening. – Edna Lister, September 12, 1960.

Don't argue about what you can't accept. Put it on a shelf of Light and Light will resolve it at the right time. – Edna Lister, Here and Hereafter, October 9, 1960.

The words between awareness and acceptance are "many are called, few are chosen." Many are called to accept, but few choose to accept. Some would rather see separation and loss than to see perfection in Light. – Edna Lister, October 10, 1960.

Always be ready for instant change: You must accept change as a servant, an instrument of all the Power. – Edna Lister, December 8, 1960.

You have no excuse for hesitancy in acceptance, even though something seems untrue or appears black. Say, "Let the Light shine! Unveil thyself," and it shall be so. – Edna Lister, December 8, 1960.

A law is a vibration that you reach up for and that in turn causes you to move up in consciousness. Recognize it as greater than you are. Accept that law as part of the whole, of God as life. You cannot apply a law in any greater proportion than you have learned to accept that law. – Edna Lister, The Gift of Discernment, December 11, 1960.

Where you stand is where you are supposed to be. You must be able to live in every condition and call it good. Accept responsibility for the place you occupy. – Edna Lister, January 12, 1961.

You can accept only what you comprehend as law. – Edna Lister, January 12, 1961.

Ye are gods – John 10:34. Why do you not accept this? God takes charge in your life when you accept the authority He has given you over your body and affairs. The body is the primary manifestation of your "works" and how you bear witness to the Power. When you accept this fact, you are immortal now. – Edna Lister, Know That God Takes Charge June 11, 1961.

The law of observance is acceptance coupled with logic, reason, discretion, discrimination and discernment for consideration. "Lord, please don't let me miss any detail today." – Edna Lister, August 3, 1961.

Every cell, molecule and atom is Light — accept this. All is a matter of acceptance only. – Edna Lister, September 10, 1961.

Time, circumstances, situations and people will disrupt your established customs and habits. You must accept this graciously and return in an instant to begin where you left off. – Edna Lister, September 10, 1961.

An illumination accompanies accepting an initiation, which renews your awareness of law; it may be sudden comprehension of something you heard years ago, which now adds to your goal, enlarges your horizon, or raises your life standard. – Edna Lister, The Twelve Wheels of Ezekiel, December 5, 1961.

Refuse to accept the names others call you. They may fume and fret, but you can lift them faster than they can spew them. – Edna Lister, This I Comprehend, December 10, 1961.

God does not ask blind acceptance of you, but He does expect an ascending degree of acceptance. – Edna Lister, December 18, 1961.

You must put every smallest law heard or accepted into practice on everything that follows. – Edna Lister, March 27, 1962.

You must accept and instantly lift the truth of appearance for Light to absorb, not believe it. – Edna Lister, March 29, 1962.

When stubbornness has made you repudiate a lesson, your acceptance creates tears or watering eyes. – Edna Lister, April 9, 1962.

Accept life as a school and you will be able to adjust to life, to the outer appearance of things. You can tell the difference between one who repudiates his lessons and one who accepts life as a school by the way they adjust to life. Acceptance is the first law of life. What comes to you today is part of today's lesson. In the morning, say, "I accept the lessons of this day." – Edna Lister, Heaven, a Place to Fill, April 10, 1962.

You must accept blame to make a heaven on earth. – Edna Lister, Heaven, a Place to Fill, April 10, 1962.

Accept instantly, then wait upon the Lord in quiet confidence, acting in obedience because of your love for God, not despite resentment, applying discrimination and discernment. – Edna Lister, April 16, 1962.

Of all the treasures of the soul, acceptance is the greatest jewel. To accept lovingly without rancor, resentment or hurt is the true attitude of the ascending soul. Every "I accept" is a sight draft on the Power. [A sight draft is payable on demand.] A time will come when after saying, "I accept," there will be such a release of Power, such illumination, such an opening of comprehension on matters of law, that the joy of it will be almost overwhelming. The little words, "I accept," are almost equal with, "Father, I love Thee." You need both; you cannot say them too much. - Edna Lister, April 27, 1962.

If you delay in accepting truth or the law, then no matter how far you have climbed, you draw the earthy magnetic currents, not the spiritual etheric. Your delay reaction will also draw the magnetic currents through family, friends, coworkers, adding their force as momentum. This pushes emotional and mental fatigue poisons to the crown, where they meet the etheric currents descending, to adulterate the optical tracts. The spiritual result is damage to soul vision; the physical results range from migraine headaches to blindness [macular degeneration]. Stubbornness causes a film over soul vision, which becomes physical cataracts. – Edna Lister, June 3, 1962.

The world does not want to accept responsibility — the result is stubbornness in conquering, resistance to hearing a new law, and rebellion. – Edna Lister, June 7, 1962.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee. – Proverbs 4:7-8). To "get wisdom" means to accept law; understanding comes only through obedience. – Edna Lister, November 14, 1962.

We call the time between receiving a new law and accepting that law, whether it is one second or three years, the mystical "three days." When you accept, you not only learn the law but become the law in "three days." – Edna Lister, November 14, 1962.

"I don't think" and "I can't accept that" are examples of repudiation, which expresses as opinion and prejudice. Be open and accepting. Take everything under advisement and consideration to remain open for something new. – Edna Lister, January 10, 1963.

Acceptance is not difficult, just look into the Light. When you accept, you gain wisdom. – Edna Lister, January 10, 1963. 

Jesus became the law by accepting full responsibility as Messiah when he said, "I am the way, the truth and the light." This is why we must accept our responsibility to follow him all the way. – Edna Lister, March 18, 1963.

Unless you move up in consciousness, into lavish acceptance of loving God first to lift self into soul, you don't remain on the path. – Edna Lister, The Cross, June 23, 1963.

Accepting is not hard if you have always loved God. – Edna Lister, July 24, 1963.

The first and only problem is to accept, to lift, and to declare good. Only so can you avoid the problems of the outer world. – Edna Lister, November 22, 1963.

When you accept, you enter a state of glory and illumination that is Transfiguration. – Edna Lister, Shekinah Splendor, December 15, 1963.

You cannot force another to accept anything or any belief. – Edna Lister, God as Principle Applied Under Logic and Reason, November 5, 1963.

The Christos hallmark is to be alive and aware under acceptance and surrender. – Edna Lister, December 19, 1963.

The secret of outer success is enthusiastic, joyous acceptance. – Edna Lister, December 19, 1963.

Evidence of dawdling and playing with the Light emerges in the tones of voice and the words spoken. The result is definite in self-serving excuses and explanations. Positive evidence of ascension appears in acceptance of law, "This is mine to lift." – Edna Lister, June 28, 1964.

The attitude of an ascending soul should always be that of acceptance and surrender. – Edna Lister, June 28, 1964.

Accept every difficult thing you are given. It shall enable you to do things that otherwise you would have been unable to do for God. – Edna Lister, July 23, 1964.

To accept keeps you alert to the details of life and looking to fulfill law. Not to accept closes off all fine perceptive abilities, sensitivity to law dies and ascension is impossible. – Edna Lister, July 28, 1964.

When you forget the law of complete surrendered devotion to be the servant of the Power, you do not accept instantly. – Edna Lister, September 24, 1964.

Those who accept God only as principle do not want to accept responsibility. To accept God as personality requires that we assume personal responsibility. – Edna Lister, Deity and Divinity, October 6, 1964.

The law of nonresistance goes into effect when you accept responsibility. – Edna Lister, Responsibility and Respect, October 18, 1964.

People respect those who assume personal responsibility. – Edna Lister, Responsibility and Respect, October 18, 1964.

The law of responsibility is to accept your place as your own, and know it is in the right place at the right time. – Edna Lister, Responsibility and Respect, October 18, 1964.

In the face of an initiation by fire declare, "I accept. This is good. Let there be Light." Answer instantly, even when it appears as dark as night. – Edna Lister, January 23, 1965.

To keep your vow of responsibility for everything around you, no matter how outrageously people act or speak, you must say, "I accept. Let there be Light. This is mine to lift, and I accept." – Edna Lister, January 27, 1965.

Do not accept a test emotionally or let your subconscious mind move in to take charge. – Edna Lister, March 30, 1965.

Common sense is the dividend you receive by accepting your experiences as your own creations. Common sense is accepting your experience as the reward you have earned. You are now in your own place, the place you have earned, and when you accept this, you are on the Path of Ascension.– Edna Lister, Truth as Practical Common Sense, November 28, 1965.

To accept does not always mean instant action. To accept and apply proper consideration from every angle and phase must be your constant practice. – Edna Lister, May 27, 1966.

Those who fail to accept responsibility for all they do and say will remain on the fate line, unable to see their destiny. – Edna Lister, August 7, 1966.

Even an exclamation at something that looks dark, an instant acceptance of darkness, lowers the vibration, which you must then build up again if you are to continue ascending. – Edna Lister, August 22, 1966.

The acceptance degree is not hard to pass. Make your acceptance deep enough and high enough so that earth's cross-vibrations cannot make your path crooked. – Edna Lister, October 20, 1966.

God works as you and through you when you accept instead of repudiating. – Edna Lister, May 7, 1967.

Accept what comes to you: If someone criticizes or tries to change you, thank him for taking time to help you to become perfect. Do not say that you will do it his way. – Edna Lister, Beauty, a Spiritual Way of Life, May 9, 1967.

The attribute of the virtue of faith is our ability to accept. – Edna Lister, Judgment and Love, May 14, 1967.

You get stuck when you meet something you do not accept, and it takes some kind of blow to loosen you. – Edna Lister, October 30, 1967.

Accept the day's events as beautiful experiences for soul growth. – Edna Lister, November 16, 1967.

To repudiate before accepting is an act of pushing the world away, usually born from a life-long attitude of self-satisfaction. To accept everything presented to you for consideration before rejecting it meets the challenge of faith as "evidence of things not seen" in an active, seeking, alert way that opens doors and bestows added things upon us. – Edna Lister, Faith in Action, 1968.

You must accept blame to make a heaven on earth. – Edna Lister, April 15, 1968.

"I accept" means "I move up in consciousness to God." – Edna Lister, The Holy Ghost on this Day of Pentecost, June 2, 1968.

You block the Light if you do not want to accept the responsibility. – Edna Lister, June 28, 1968.

Where there is a desire for perfection there is an instant acceptance and no excuses. The attitude of an ascending soul should ever be that of acceptance and surrender.– Edna Lister, August 1, 1968.

Acceptance leads to flexibility, which creates balance. – Edna Lister, Five Important Mysteries, October 27, 1968.

Accept all new conditions and events as good and part of God; each is right in some way for someone. – Edna Lister, Five Important Mysteries, October 27, 1968.

Accept a higher place for yourself, then move toward that goal with everything in you. – Edna Lister, December 26, 1968.

The steps of ascension include realization and acceptance. Realization is first, knowing who you are and where you are going. Second is realization of your oneness with God. Third is realizing your responsibility. Acceptance is accepting your responsibility. – Edna Lister, May 8, 1969.

You will never get anywhere unless you are willing to accept on faith those mysteries that you do not know for yourself; your measure of faith gives you comprehension. – Edna Lister, Light on the Path, July 6, 1969.

You are not supposed to be gullible, but to look into the face of evil, accept its existence and say, "Thou art Light": Then stand and on truth and declare it until God makes it into Light. – Edna Lister, July 27, 1969.

To a self-styled "perfectionist": Perfection is as perfection does, and when perfection cannot perfect, it learns to accept. – Edna Lister, July 29, 1969.

When someone curses you, accept it as born of love and return it to them as love. It is another way of stating that you return good for evil. – Edna Lister, The Miracle of the Centurion's Servant Healed, November 8, 1970.

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Stories That Illustrate Acceptance

Abraham Offers Isaac as a Sacrifice: Abraham went with Isaac his son to bring him up as an offering before the Lord, as He had commanded him. And Abraham took two of his young men with him, Ishmael the son of Hagar and Eliezer his servant, and they went together with them, and whilst they were walking in the road the young men spoke these words to themselves, and Ishmael said to Eliezer, "Now my father Abraham is going with Isaac to bring him up for a burnt offering to the Lord, as He commanded him. Now when he returneth he will give unto me all that he possesses, to inherit after him, for I am his first born."

And Eliezer answered Ishmael and said, "Surely Abraham did cast thee away with thy mother, and swear that thou shouldst not inherit any thing of all he possesses, and to whom will he give all that he has, with all his treasures, but unto me his servant, who has been faithful in his house, who has served him night and day, and has done all that he desired me? to me will he bequeath at his death all that he possesses."

And whilst Abraham was proceeding with his son Isaac along the road, Satan came and appeared to Abraham in the figure of a very aged man, humble and of contrite spirit, and he approached Abraham and said to him, "Art thou silly or brutish, that thou goest to do this thing this day to thine only son? For God gave thee a son in thy latter days, in thy old age, and wilt thou go and slaughter him this day because he committed no violence, and wilt thou cause the soul of thine only son to perish from the earth? Dost thou not know and understand that this thing cannot be from the Lord? for the Lord cannot do unto man such evil upon earth to say to him, Go slaughter thy child."

And Abraham heard this and knew that it was the word of Satan who endeavored to draw him aside from the way of the Lord, but Abraham would not hearken to the voice of Satan, and Abraham rebuked him so that he went away. And Satan returned and came to Isaac; and he appeared unto Isaac in the figure of a young man comely and well favored. And he approached Isaac and said unto him, "Dost thou not know and understand that thy old silly father bringeth thee to the slaughter this day for naught? Now therefore, my son, do not listen nor attend to him, for he is a silly old man, and let not thy precious soul and beautiful figure be lost from the earth."

And Isaac heard this, and said unto Abraham, "Hast thou heard, my father, that which this man has spoken? even thus has he spoken." And Abraham answered his son Isaac and said to him, "Take heed of him and do not listen to his words, nor attend to him, for he is Satan, endeavoring to draw us aside this day from the commands of God."

And Abraham still rebuked Satan, and Satan went from them, and seeing he could not prevail over them he hid himself from them, and he went and passed before them in the road; and he transformed himself to a large brook of water in the road, and Abraham and Isaac and his two young men reached that place, and they saw a brook large and powerful as the mighty waters. And they entered the brook and passed through it, and the waters at first reached their legs. And they went deeper in the brook and the waters reached up to their necks, and they were all terrified on account of the water; and whilst they were going over the brook Abraham recognized that place, and he knew that there was no water there before.

And Abraham said to his son Isaac, "I know this place in which there was no brook nor water, now therefore it is this Satan who does all this to us, to draw us aside this day from the commands of God." And Abraham rebuked him and said unto him, "The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan, begone from us for we go by the commands of God." And Satan was terrified at the voice of Abraham, and he went away from them, and the place again became dry land as it was at first.

And Abraham went with Isaac toward the place that God had told him. And on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place at a distance which God had told him of. And a pillar of fire appeared to him that reached from the earth to heaven, and a cloud of glory upon the mountain, and the glory of the Lord was seen in the cloud. And Abraham said to Isaac, "My son, dost thou see in that mountain, which we perceive at a distance, that which I see upon it?"

And Isaac answered and said unto his father, "I see and lo a pillar of fire and a cloud, and the glory of the Lord is seen upon the cloud." And Abraham knew that his son Isaac was accepted before the Lord for a burnt offering.

And Abraham said unto Eliezer and unto Ishmael his son, "Do you also see that which we see upon the mountain which is at a distance?" And they answered and said, "We see nothing more than like the other mountains of the earth." And Abraham knew that they were not accepted before the Lord to go with them, and Abraham said to them, "Abide ye here with the ass whilst I and Isaac my son will go to yonder mount and worship there before the Lord and then return to you." And Eliezer and Ishmael remained in that place, as Abraham had commanded.

And Abraham took wood for a burnt offering and placed it upon his son Isaac, and he took the fire and the knife, and they both went to that place. And when they were going along Isaac said to his father, "Behold, I see here the fire and wood, and where then is the lamb that is to be the burnt offering before the Lord?" And Abraham answered his son Isaac, saying, "The Lord has made choice of thee my son, to be a perfect burnt offering instead of the lamb."

And Isaac said unto his father, "I will do all that the Lord spoke to thee with joy and cheerfulness of heart." And Abraham again said unto Isaac his son, "Is there in thy heart any thought or counsel concerning this, which is not proper? tell me my son, I pray thee, O my son conceal it not from me."

And Isaac answered his father Abraham and said unto him, "O my father, as the Lord liveth and as thy soul liveth, there is nothing in my heart to cause me to deviate either to the right or to the left from the word that he has spoken to thee. Neither limb nor muscle has moved or stirred at this, nor is there in my heart any thought or evil counsel concerning this. But I am of joyful and cheerful heart in this matter, and I say, Blessed is the Lord who has this day chosen me to be a burnt offering before Him." – Book of Jasher 23:20-56.

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New Testament on Acceptance

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. – Matthew 5:11-12.

Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. – Luke 6:22-23.

Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? – Matthew 6:25.

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? [You cannot, by worrying, add one cubit to your stature.] – Matthew 6:27.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. – Matthew 6:34.

No prophet is accepted in his own country. – Luke 4:24.

O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. – Matthew 26:39.

Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. – Mark 14:36.

Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. – Luke 22:42.

I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. [We have descended from heaven, not to do our own will, but the will of Him who sent us.] – John 6:38.

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Old Testament on Acceptance

If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. – Genesis 4:7.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. – Psalm 19:14.

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaks frowardness. – Proverbs 10:32.

It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment. – Proverbs 18:5.

To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. – Proverbs 21:3.

I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye My holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols. For in Mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord God, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things. I will accept you with your sweet savor, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers. And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed. And ye shall know that I am the Lord when I have wrought with you for My name's sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord God. – Ezekiel 20:37-44.

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Acceptance in Other Sacred Writings

Whatever is brought upon you, take cheerfully, and be patient when you are changed to a low estate; for gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable souls in the furnace of adversity. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 2:4-5.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister

Etymology of acceptance: Latin acceptare, from accipere, "to receive."

Acceptance is a law of doing.

Acceptance is a soul virtue that you earn under the second Degree of the Disciple.

Acceptance is an initiatory degree.


At bottom, the whole concern of both morality and religion is with the manner of our acceptance of the universe. – William James

Make it a point to do something every day that you don't want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain. – Mark Twain

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "Montaigne; Or, The Skeptic," Representative Men. Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Co., 1850, p. 149.

James, William. The Varieties of Religious Experience, A Study in Human Nature. New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1903, p. 59.

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, ed. Oxford University Press, 1971, p. 179.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV), Public Domain.

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, editor. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1981.

Twain, Mark (Samuel L. Clemens). Following the Equator; A Journey Around the World. Hartford, CN: American Publishing Co, 1897, 549.

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