Money and Wealth:
Abundance, Prosperity, Security, Success, and Supply

The world defines money as a "commodity, such as gold, or an officially issued coin or paper note that is legally established as an exchangeable equivalent of all other commodities, such as goods and services, and is used as a measure of their comparative values on the market; assets and property considered in terms of monetary value; wealth." Synonyms for money include wealth, riches, fortune, affluence, assets, resources, substance, and prosperity.

Wealth is a snare to the senses

The value of money and other material possessions denoting wealth is chiefly symbolic, respected and coveted in this world, but not in the world to come. The trappings of wealth generally are a snare to the senses and to the ego of the soul who believes that riches confer great power, or gain the respect of others. God will not be impressed with how much money you inherited, made, or left in your estate, but by what you did with your assets. Thus, money is an initiation, whether you have plenty or lack financial security.

Understanding the context of Edna Lister's early teachings about money is essential. The Great Depression, which began with the U.S. stock market crash of October 29, 1929, grew to be worldwide and lasted until the beginning of WWII in 1939. Wages were cut, businesses went bankrupt, and unemployment peaked at 25 percent in 1933. Thus, the decade of the 30s was a grim and difficult time for most Americans. Millions of people were without work or income. Poverty and physical needs dominated their thinking. After the panic, the fear remained, then grew into a dragging weighty hopelessness. Families were broken apart and many never came together again.

During the Great Depression, as in Jesus' time, people came to hear the good news, and equally important, they came for the promise of loaves and fishes. Many are called, but few are chosen. – Matthew 22:14. Many souls came to hear Edna Lister speak the Father's message of love embodied in His Son Jesus Christ.

21st Century Prosperity and Wealth

The world defines prosperity as being "successful in material terms; flourishing financially; wealth and success." According to its Latin root, the verb prosperus simply means "doing well." What does "doing well" mean today? The poverty threshold is relative to the economy of the nation under study. In fiscal year 2018, total U.S. government spending on welfare — federal, state, and local — is "guesstimated" to be $1,163 billion, including $712 billion for Medicaid, and $452 billion in other welfare.[1]

Very few persons who directly experienced the unemployment and poverty of that Great Depression era survive today. However, since WWII the U.S. economy has been plagued with lesser economic recessions, financial Ponzi schemes, and industry-focused bubbles that caused downturns, some major, in the economy. For greater insight into what ails the economic world view regarding wealth and prosperity, examine the opposing views of free market capitalist Friedrich August von Hayek versus those of the communist Karl Marx, as expounded by the socialist John Maynard Keynes.

The so-called Middle Class, which grew up in the boom decades of the post-war era, has suffered extreme erosion due to outsourcing of American jobs, and increases in costs for just about everything a family or individual needs, coupled with stagnant income and few if any raises. Jobs that needed only a high school diploma required a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in the final decades of the 20th Century. Americans owe over $1.48 trillion in student loan debt alone, spread out among about 44 million borrowers.[2]

Someone from the doom and gloom crowd is always preaching the gospel of the Next Big Crash, but no one knows when or even if that will happen soon or at all. As a wise man, Robert Baden-Powell, wrote, the Scout Motto is: Be prepared, which means you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your duty. If you are rich as Midas, you probably will never land on this page, but if you are financially strapped, pressed to make ends meet, unemployed or underemployed, on a fixed income, frugal, or of modest means seeking more, read on.

Edna Lister lived through the Great Depression as a single mother with two sons to raise. She understood all the problems attendant to that situation in life, and at a time when no social safety net programs existed. She struggled and created a legacy of faith, love, and hope that includes this site, The Via Christa. Besides prosperity, we include the other Great Depression terms used to describe financial needs: abundance, increase, plenty, riches, security, supply, and wealth.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6:33.

Edna Lister knew from the beginning that her mission was to teach the Master's Path as the ascension of consciousness, yet she learned first hand how hard it is to move human consciousness from the material effects in the world to the spiritual source of the problems. Stated simply, what you perceive as reality is nothing more or less than a construct of your individual consciousness.

Life expresses in waves of expansion and contraction, just as the heart beats. Edna Lister calls this the Creative Impulse. Two lecture transcripts contain the essence of her seminal thinking on these issues — The Gold Standard and God as Consciousness Appears as Form. You may think you need more money, security, abundance, prosperity, security, success, or supply, but these states are merely the symptoms of your true lack, which is enough God consciousness to supply all your needs. Finally, you cannot fully comprehend the idea of wealth, which becomes the form of wealth in the world, unless you first understand the nature of your desires, thinking, and imagination.









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Edna Lister on Money and Wealth

And I, If I am lifted up, shall draw all to me. – John 12:32. I am now complete success because I am lifted up.

He who trusts in the Lord will be prospered. – Proverbs 28:25. I am now seeing my business as a complete success. I am now seeing my children as a complete success. I am now surrendered to this new idea of complete success. I am now filled to overflowing with ideas, which I can bring into outer forms of success. I am now a complete success and tomorrow I shall be a more complete success. I am now successful through my deep understanding of law. I am now filled with God's Wisdom, which makes me a complete success. I am now completely abandoned to this idea of success. I am now faithful to this idea of success. I am now praising God that I am a deep success. – Edna Lister, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1931.

I desire to realize all the abundance of good things. I desire to call out in myself all the elements of success. I desire to manifest outwardly what is potentially in me. I desire to manifest outwardly all of which I am conscious. I desire to know and keep the laws of prosperity. I desire to make prosperity the normal expression of my life. I desire to have abundance, so that I may use it abundantly.

I know that abundance is primarily a state of consciousness. As I realize abundance within, it becomes real. Because I am at one with all abundance, I have only to find and keep the laws of expression.

I am the embodiment of the principles of absolute Being. Because absolute Being is, I am. Because God is abundance, I am prosperity. Because He is health, I am health. Because He is supreme, I am supreme in God. I declare that all abundance is now in me. The power to call miracles and form into expression is mine.

I can command prosperity and have it come to pass. My every conscious thought is prosperous. My outward appearance is prosperity. My dress and manner are prosperous. I am a magnet to draw prosperity to me. I am centrifugal, exhaling prosperity. I am prosperity incarnated and active. Prosperity is the dominant note of my consciousness. I am prosperity, abundance, plenty. – Edna Lister, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1931.

"I am now ready to accept my own inheritance. I am now ready to create my own abundant wealth. I am now ready to surrender to this Power that works through me. I am now ready to release all that Love that belongs to me. I am now accepting everything that comes to me as fire to make me perfect. I am now being made into perfect and pure gold of Spirit." – Edna Lister, January 1933.

Visualization relates to the process of visioning. Vision deals with the unseen realms, and is a spiritual thing, invisible. People have all sorts of visions. The Tower of Babel was only 300 feet high. After you write about a vision on paper and build it in its objective form, then you can reproduce it. You are no longer seeing a vision, but reproducing an object. You envision with the spirit, but when it has taken form in your mind, you reproduce it, and it is no longer a vision.

You have to see the thing you want. You cannot have objective things in your life if your mind is blank about them. See yourself in new clothes before you get them. When you ask for God's abundance to be poured out upon you, and for the power of love to go forth, you must give the equivalent in love for every desire of your heart. – Edna Lister, January 16, 1933.

No one can take your money because money is not money. Money is your consciousness of divine supply, externalized. – Edna Lister, God as Consciousness Appears as Form, 1933.

Those who lose money lose it for just one reason. They have not learned that money is not money. They have not learned that money is not something separate and apart from God. – Edna Lister, God as Consciousness Appears as Form, 1933.

If God is infinite, money must be a part of infinity. If God is your consciousness, then money is part of your consciousness. Neither time nor space can take it from you, for it exists not as a material form separate and apart from consciousness, but as consciousness itself appearing as individual form. – Edna Lister, God as Consciousness Appears as Form, 1933.

People have been taught to visualize money. Instead, visualize yourself paying bills or doing whatever you want to do with money. See yourself with the symbol of wealth to do it with. – Edna Lister, January 16, 1933.

If someone owes you money, see his wallet overflowing with money, more clothes and more prosperity than he can handle, because what you give to him in thought and imagination will return to you. What you give the most time and attention to, is what will be made and return to you. See a perfect picture of what you want, but give it to someone else, see someone else having it. – Edna Lister, January 26, 1933.

If any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. – Matthew 5:40. If you lose your coat, you did not pour out enough love. If you are living by the law and pouring out enough love, no one can go beyond a certain point to take advantage of you. Pour out love twenty-four hours a day to melt the world's hardness of heart. The love you pour forth is your protection, not the love you demand, but the love you give is what prospers you. Although no one can take your coat, remember, you must be willing to let him have it. Be willing to do anything God asks of you, to pour forth enough love, so you will not have to strip yourself. – Edna Lister, January 31, 1933.

Mind is the interpretive medium between the life of God and its manifestation. No matter how lofty the ideal, you must have a method to attain it. The answer is a mental plan of action, and acting on it. – Edna Lister, January 1934.

Earthly savings, money, houses, land, are all things that you leave behind when you pass from this life. Yet your main responsibility is to save treasures in heaven — friends, love, service, hard work, giving, education, joy, peace, happiness, confidence, and trust. The divine substance for all these things is available for your use, yet what is it, where is it, and how do you find it? Trees, flowers, vegetables, and fruit all have a seed of desire to grow toward the Light. Desire is your seed also. You fill your invisible mold with your thoughts, emotions, and pictures of imagination. – Edna Lister, February 16, 1934.

Law is exact and just. "Give and ye shall receive." When you give, you always receive something in return: Experience, health, new ideas, love, understanding. Treat all debts owed and to be paid. Put each on the altar, and see the altar as loaded with money. Ideas are your initiators and have outside agents to clothe them, waiting to put them into expression. The idea trains you and makes you unfold. – Edna Lister, February 23, 1934.

Money is no more or less important than anything else. Freely give. – Edna Lister, March 9, 1934.

In each realm, phase or technique, you must use everything you know on a higher plane to "bring to pass" from the invisible. The Eastern teachers taught people to concentrate, which is the mental use of the law, or force. We teach lifting into the kingdom first, building form on the lower plane or every good thought-picture in desire-substance now. You do not need force. Call the form of your desire into visibility with love and praise. The only way to succeed is by looking up to heaven. When Jesus blessed the bread and broke it, twelve baskets were left to share. – Edna Lister, March 16, 1934.

When making declarations, it helps to write your desires on paper, since this clears up the subconscious and conscious mind. Do you use some particular tone of voice that offends others? Automatically you strike your own keynote for success or failure. Every word is the spoken Word. Idle words are the "I won'ts" and "I can'ts" that return to you as form. You must melt and dissolve all the negative forms you have created by your spoken Word to open the way to abundance. – Edna Lister, March 23, 1934.

All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. – Matthew 21:22. Success requires your love, praise, desire, imagination and the spoken Word. To gain the desires of your heart and soul, you must ask. Ask once, then act as if you have it. A lily bulb draws, appropriates substance from soil, water and Light. You also draw in substance from around us. Build plenty of pictures in imagination, and fill them in with substance. – Edna Lister, March 30, 1934.

When you concentrate on supply, you must demonstrate your ability to produce it. Concentration is the act of forcing the mental faculty of thinking. Since you can concentrate on only one thing at a time, it does not pay enough dividends. Instead, surrender to Power, which is working now. Lift the physical, and subconscious mental into the spiritual. Part time surrender is like wind that blows from every quarter. Lift your idle words about your own affairs. Let them follow your heart's conviction. – Edna Lister, April 15, 1934.

There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. – Proverbs 11:24-25. You must let go of all fear and doubts in your mind. Prosperity requires the willingness to be used, led, and lifted until each hour pays you dividends. – Edna Lister, April 20, 1934.

Declare, "I am now receiving abundance." If all is now, then now is the time, and here is the place where you can see it. – Edna Lister, May 4, 1934.

The perfect attitudes of success and prosperity include joy, love, completeness, and surrender. To make room for these, surrender the negative attitudes of posing, writing or behaving affectedly. Choose a settled behavior to show your opinion, feelings and sensation. – Edna Lister, May 11, 1934.

Abundance is money. How do you manifest or produce abundance? By practicing high visualization. All children play the "imagine" game. Girls play dolls at a tea party, giving imaginary tea and cookies. You give to others and to yourself from above. By giving the invisible, you open the door to receiving the visible. – Edna Lister, May 18, 1934.

What must I do to find a position? Begin with prayer treatments to release substance for three months from now. The substance available is not the same every day, and yours is already waiting. How do I get into the right place? Serve 1,000 percent where you are now. How can you achieve emancipation through self-mastery? By practicing two hours per day, four hours per day, ten hours per day until you are perfect. How do I know this is the right place? Do next thing next. – Edna Lister, May 25, 1934.

You are a strong daughter of God now! His strength fills you to overflowing and shall continue to do so. The times when you lose contact with knowing this will finally disappear altogether, and you will be God-conscious every second of your days and nights. You will find ways and means of doing things to bring in the money that will not lead you to hard physical work. Until you let go of possessions as belonging to your self, you must toil and earn by the sweat of your brow. When you accept this as the truth, then that law is superseded by Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6:33. – Edna Lister, August 1934.

The first Beatitude reads "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." – "Blessed are the poor in possessions for theirs is all the kingdom of heaven." When all you have belongs to the Father-Mother God, and you use it gratefully, leaving it fast in his heart, when you know that the abundant wealth of God is yours to draw on, when you accept that all the Father-Mother God is yours to use — then you shall have added things. Every desire of your heart shall be appeased. It is only because you accept this half-heartedly that it does not work for you immediately.

According to my faith, so shall it be done unto me. My faith is my idea of what this law will do for me right now. If I think it does only two dollars' worth, then I will have that two dollars' worth now. If I can once really know that it means abundant wealth for me now, then I can draw on that abundant idea of wealth. It is so simple to say and so hard to achieve.

Marvelous how the Power works for you when you get in the current of the River of Life, which flows on smoothly and unceasingly by when you refuse to use it. You dip your tiny tin cup into the stream and gloat over a cupful while someone else uses a 1,000 gallon tankful simultaneously. Neither the cupful nor the tankful creates the slightest ripple or hollow in the stream. It flows right on, supplying a cup or a tank a minute, and the same great ceaseless amount remains to dip from the next instant. You wail because your cup is empty, but refuse to fill it again. You declare emptiness where you could declare the fullness of God. Hold up your tank to have it refilled each day with God's life and it must become visible, for that is the law of its own being. It cannot do otherwise. Plenty is its life law, an overflowing abundance of all good things now.

God cannot fail you ever. His abundance is there to draw on, but what do you really believe about it? That is what you need to know and to do accordingly. The source of abundant supply on the outside is God's business. How it comes is His business. Your business is only to know and to keep on thanking God that you have it right now. – Edna Lister, August 1934.

Every idea of men points in one of two directions — disintegration of the old, or construction of the new, from old into new. This keeps you on your toes. The new must include more life, and that life must be good, perfect, and just. It must contain good for each soul, from lowest to highest. It cannot be less, but must be more. God's invisible shelves are filled with divine supply. Bring your needs in, leave them on the altar, and take away your supply. The secret of abundance is dwelling in the heart of God, together with treating every case of need perfectly. – Edna Lister, The Life Practical, September 14, 1934.

The Almighty will be thy treasure and precious silver unto thee. – Job 22:25. When you have accepted that God gave you "all power and dominion," you confront the how-to-do-it issue, how to release the Power. Anyone can become an expert if he chooses to do so. It makes no difference what you desire to do, you can do it if you invest ten minutes a day in exercising your talent, and another ten minutes in study. Doing this repeatedly, you win the race as did the steadfast tortoise, who won against the hare in Aesop's fable. A Chinese proverb says that "A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." Take that first step toward becoming an expert in doing good. This is the journey that leads to true prosperity. – Edna Lister, The Life Powerful, September 21, 1934.

Your only valuable asset is faith, which determines how much you have of anything else. If you choke off faith, you choke off supply. – Edna Lister, October 3, 1934.

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. – Jude 1:6. Your original estate is a prospering consciousness. Life consists not in the abundance of things, or riches, but in that rich consciousness of God's Power and dominion. – Edna Lister, November 23, 1934.

Actively directing the Christ substance is the right use of the absolute abstract principles of Love, Wisdom, and the Word. Remember God, who He is, and who you are. All Power moves through you as you speak the Word in faith, believing. To "sow sparingly" is to err by sowing too few seeds. To "sow bountifully" is to sow too many. You must sow just the right number, and just the right kind. – Edna Lister, June 16, 1935.

Justification, which comes under the law of justice, is something you can use or abuse: You may use justification to clear someone's name with truth, or you may abuse justification to tear down another's reputation or personality. You may use justification to destroy or to build. For instance, you may incur debt for self-centered reasons — to run up bills you never intend to pay, to make a show, or to take what you cannot otherwise afford. Some people may incur debt to make ends meet, to sign a contract under world laws, all with fine intentions, as a definite desire to succeed. However, incurring debt is not appropriate to ignore, to be intolerant of or easy-minded about. Balanced nonresistance takes the just and middle course, unmoved by failure or success. When you continue in balance, you are a magnet and all things else are added. – Edna Lister, September 12, 1935.

When you stand under Light, you stand where the prophet Hosea stood when he said, "I am become rich. I have found me out substance." – Hosea 12:8. You begin to cast your nets to catch abundance. – Edna Lister, The Substance Hoped For, February 15, 1936.

Resourcefulness is the means of supplying of a want. Of all your resources, the spiritual is most important. Consider the true value of money: What is money for? It is to store away to create a scarcity? Is it for compensation for work rendered? For what work? Whose work? Whose money? What employer? Whose field do you work in? Do you complain about your hire? – Edna Lister, February 15, 1936.

"As ye sow so shall ye reap" (see Galatians 6:7). Prosperity is a state of consciousness. Money, clothes, things, God — all are elements of consciousness. Everything the Father has in store for us is waiting now, just as next season's harvest is the potential in the earth awaiting preparation. Wheat represents good seed for planting. When you sow the seed, you expect a harvest — not less, but more.

If your ambition is to have a salary of $15.00 a week, you are thinking that you are unworthy of more, deserving only $15.00 a week. You are planting this idea in the ethers, twenty-four hours a day. Plant $100.00 each week.[1] Sowing rich seeds creates expectancy. "I am now ready to serve in a new position. I am now receiving a new position, a new salary. I am now receiving $1,000.00 each week [$17,610.50]. Thank You, Father!" – Edna Lister, April 15, 1936.

Triumph is "a state of being resulting from successful achievement, and exultation." Victory is "the defeat of the enemy in a contest, a battle or a moral victory." When victorious, you feel triumphant, experiencing joy at your success. A ship, slipping its moorings, is not automatically guaranteed victory or success. It must be fueled, provisioned and adequately crewed. The pilot must have all the necessary maps and charts, and finally, a competent captain in command to assure a successful voyage. If you run out or short of any provision, your voyage may end in failure. Yet, once the soul is provisioned with ample and adequate Light, your pilgrimage never fails. – Edna Lister, The Life Triumphant,May 17, 1936.

Your background can be poverty, lack and want, or money, position, family, and honor. Against this, life may paint a foreground filled with trouble, barriers, obstacles, hurdles, handicaps of illness, debt, discouragement, and despair. No matter your background, you can paint your own foreground as a son or daughter of God. – Edna Lister, February 7, 1937.

"As ye sow so shall ye reap." (See Galatians 6:7). Prosperity is a state of consciousness. Money, clothes, things, God – all are elements of consciousness. Everything the Father has in store for us is waiting now, just as next season's harvest is the potential in the earth awaiting preparation. Wheat represents good seed for planting. When you sow the seed, you expect a harvest; not less, but more.

War is horrible except to those whose gods are money and profit. – Edna Lister, Peace Through Tolerance, September 26, 1937.

Your returns cannot fail, for you send forth in full knowledge of truth. That which you perform shall return to you blessed into abundant measure for your own good. – Edna Lister, July 25, 1938.

God tests you on every count — sensory temptation, money, place, power, pride, bigotry. – Edna Lister, September 24, 1938.

Cease speculation, playing, covetousness and greed for money, even for daily expenses. Only grief comes when you focus your eyes on the world. – Edna Lister, October 12, 1938.

As you release Power, Substance, Light and life for others, so shall it return to you as your heart's desires. God has placed limitless Power, Substance and life as Light at your command. It will go forth and return, according to your impress of faithfulness upon it. – Edna Lister, October 27, 1938.

Let no man hinder or delude you into a false position or false security. You have but one security, Christ, which he gives you. – Edna Lister, October 31, 1938.

When called on, always give more than is asked of time, effort, love, compassion, strength and the greatest of these is gratitude. Give of this in abundance. – Edna Lister, November 13, 1938.

Money is necessary only on earth; in heaven you pay with service and enough sacrifices of the self. – Edna Lister, November 24, 1938.

You balance heavenly gains with earth gains and vice versa. This is the law and it must fulfill itself. You must pay for whatever you force. You cannot go to heaven on get-rich-quick schemes or slick financing. You can't earn heaven through money, only through service. – Edna Lister, November 24, 1938.

You pay a debt for what you take wrongfully. You pay out in money, tears and heartaches while paying your debt on earth, but lay up a heavenly store to pay dividends later. Money is necessary only on earth. In heaven you pay with service and enough sacrifices of self. – Edna Lister, November 24, 1938.

To increase your praise will bring all bread cast upon the waters home speedily. Therefore, cast also your net on the right side of the boat at once. Some have cast their nets on the wrong side, where there are no fish of the abundance of Light. Praise while casting your net on God's side. Light, not dark, will be your return. The net was filled at once and not one fish lost, though heavy. A fisherman's important point is his casting. Cast in the right way and God's abundance will be your reward. Every second, every moment, are you making a new cast. Grow not weary of casting on the right side of your boat, the God-side. – Edna Lister, December 29, 1938.

An expectant attitude greatly aids the Father. Praise, praise, praise that you have it. A little more praise and love and you can be free of physical ailments, of money limitations, of public lacks. You will earn a place of position, money, power and life. No man can take it from you and you will no longer be so foolish as to take it from yourself. Faith has led you to take one step at a time, to live each day knowing that all the days ahead are taken care of physically, materially and spiritually. – Edna Lister, February 22, 1940.

Your returns of prospering success will abound when you can see utter evil, declare it good, and lift it to the Father in love. – Edna Lister, November 26, 1940.

The law is, Ask, believing, then praise and act as if you have it. I am seeing this bountiful supply for all of you. You should see my table — loaded! You have your own place with your desires heaped like a mountain in front of you. As fast as you take them away, it fills up again. – Edna Lister, January 7, 1941.

You need only two ingredients to make the greatest success the world has ever seen, unconquerable faith and unquenchable love. – Edna Lister, January 22, 1941.

God has a million ways for you to earn money, a million ways for you to give truth while many millions, await the substance of the truth you have to give and have to give. "Have" in the sense of its coming through us every second in your fully surrendered "estate" — "have" in the sense of being under the compulsion of desire to release and keep all channels open. – Edna Lister, April 8, 1941.

Do all you can with what you now have, and God will take care of supplying the rest of the increase. – Edna Lister, February 25, 1941.

God is abundantly able to supply all you can imagine or desire. – Edna Lister, February 25, 1941.

Giving God your constant support is the only true way to have your needs met, your added things made visible, your life full and complete. – Edna Lister, October 3, 1941.

Some think only in terms of money, yet anyone who misuses divine substance unwisely or illegally, pays. – Edna Lister, December 6, 1941.

Do not allow the weeping for the old, hanging onto the old, to keep you waiting for the new. Rejoice at once and declare: "I am now ready for my new life and all the wealth it contains." – Edna Lister, January 26, 1942.

"I am now confident of success." – Edna Lister, March 31, 1943.

"There is plenty for all, and I am now prosperous, whole and complete." – Edna Lister, April 27, 1943.

"I now both dare and do in the name of Jesus, the Christ." – Edna Lister, April 27, 1943.

Use only Light, which contains all you need. It is the Substance to become your creations, the Power to move Substance into your molds for creations, and the Mind to hold, to direct, to love, to stand steadfast. Light contains all things you need on earth. – Edna Lister, September 16, 1943.

There is no failure in God. – Edna Lister, December 27, 1943.

Power awaits your "Midas touch" to turn it into the glory of outer and inner success now. – Edna Lister, November 30, 1944.

"Thank Thee, God. I already have this position. Let it come to pass now." – Edna Lister, December 19, 1944.

To spend lavishly requires an expansive consciousness. Otherwise, you are stingy. Make up your mind in the realm of invisible substance, and always hold $5,000 in your right hand to create The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail. – 1 Kings 17:14. This is a prescription for prosperity. The barrel of meal symbolizes the pituitary gland and its several hormones. The cruse of oil represents the pineal body and its hormone, melatonin. The pituitary gland and pineal body work together to produce the upward-focused mind, which is the cosmic "mind that was in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 2:5. – Edna Lister, January 1, 1945.

Keep your imagination stayed on perfection for what you want, and thank the Father for it in advance. Do not dwell on the need or on pain. Keep your mind stayed on the things that are pure and just. A prayer is your highest thought about anything. Have you ever just spent a handful of $20 bills as you please? This requires an expansive consciousness. If not, you are stingy. Make your mind up in the invisible substance, and always hold $5,000 in your right hand to create The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail. – 1 Kings 17:14. This is also a prescription for prosperity. – Edna Lister, January 1, 1945.

Today's cultural aspiration is for more – more luxuries, more clothes, more money, more cars, more land, more things. What you need is more love, more knowledge, and more God for more miracles. – Edna Lister, March 4, 1945.

Declare, "I am now ready to surrender in visualization. Thank Thee, Father, that Thou dost always hear us." With the close of that word, lift your head, you open at this point in the work. Hold whatever you are lifting up for a few seconds. "Thank Thee, Father, Thou dost always act. Thy wealth is becoming visible now. So it is." That is the surrendered visualization, which has no reaction of force because it is all within the kingdom. – Edna Lister, May 10, 1945.

Your only point of failure is your idea of desire. How high can you reach? How much heat can you use? How much white Light can you use? – Edna Lister, July 14, 1945.

You, being a daughter/son of God, your heritage is boundless wealth. It is God's decree that you have it now, that you prosper in whatever you do. You are on the high road to wealth and fame. It is now revealed to you how you shall come into your own. Wealth flows to you without effort, the gift of your Father. Every night you bathe in the Fountain of Youth and every morning you return youthful, more beautiful and with renewed strength to carry on. You bathe in the fountain of resourcefulness and return with new inspiration for the service on earth, which you love and which pays you great dividends effortlessly. Nothing can keep you from your own high place now. – Edna Lister, July 31, 1945.

"My pockets are now filled with singing – singing money. I move into a position where money sings all day long. I love my new singing money. My money sings all day long. My purse is now filled with singing money. I give away singing money to all whom I meet.

"I now fill my customers' pockets with singing money, given of God. God's money always sings. I now use God's singing money! Singing money is my miracle money. Singing money delights my soul because it is God's money. I now love my overflowing abundance of God's singing money!" Declare this and your purses shall overflow. – Edna Lister, September 13, 1945.

Love does fulfill the law. Love does open all doors. Love does supply all of us with an earning plan now. Love does give you the key. Love is the door wide open to success. – Edna Lister, May 16, 1946.

Renounce the poverty-laden ideas of "I can't afford" and "When I have time/money." No task is too long. No service is too hard. You can do anything because you have everything you need as a creator. – Edna Lister, December 8, 1946.

The best thing to know is how not to do it. – Edna Lister, June 3, 1947.

Go to the Source for all your needs. When you learn to do this and expect nothing from the world, everything you need will come to you. – Edna Lister, November 15, 1947.

Every day of lack shall be doubled as wealth. – Edna Lister, April 11, 1949.

"I am rich with the wealth of God." The Father will send you what you want according to the price you are willing to pay. How much do you love? Love is the money with which you pay. – Edna Lister, July 1949.

The truth of reality versus the truth of appearance: You are wealthy. How dare you say you are not wealthier each hour? Each hour is greater in faith, love, and fulfillment of desires. That is living under the Love of God and it brings results. When you can face the Lazarus of your life or any barrier of death or cold, and declare that it is good, miracles begin to appear. When you think negatively for even a few seconds, you cut the lines of Light to your security as with a shears. The lines cannot carry Power to you then. – Edna Lister, November 25, 1949.

I have spoken of not using Power to further myself in any way. Yet, for me, the very thought of wanting financial freedom is a “use of Power” to the self. It takes so long to rid the appetitive soul of all worldly desires, to reach that point, to lift all ambition, and yet to have all ambition. This is my present soul-task. I realize that it is a matter of working day and night without even thinking of income. Praising and thanking for all I am given to use, with no thought of either need or money. Just pure knowing, loving and standing. It is ridding my self of even thinking of my dependence on gifts. God is my Banker. But, I am always conscious of the sacrifice everyone must make to send gifts. Yet — I must forget this — I believe the root is an original pride of independence, which I came here to conquer.

Anyway, no one can accept with more alacrity, nor search for self more diligently. This one thing I do now while I seek to work harder than ever to do everything I must accomplish. I shall dig out all thought of earth, even to the last, final one, yet work to achieve all success with all my soul, mind, heart, body, and work. Subtle, isn’t it? To be ambitious, yet remain clean and free of all thoughts of the fruits of ambition, even feeling sorry to be a burden, or humiliated by not succeeding at the very impossible. I AM success now. No need to strive. I've done God's will, His best through me now. Therefore, all is well and very well, and my way is clear before me for the next step. – Edna Lister, January 16, 1950.

What you gain from your prayers depends not on God, but on your approach. If you center your prayers on "needs" — money, home, a car, health, harmony, patience, companionship or love — you fill your prayer molds with more needs. – Edna Lister, April 23, 1950.

Avoid making the wrong request. For example, demanding the money to pay bills is force, which pulls your consciousness down into the heavy world mind, and returns as accidents, delay and disappointment. Your gratitude and praise return to us as abundant miracles. Since the Father's "good pleasure" is to give you what you need, you praise, glorify and thank God that you already have the funds you require. – Edna Lister, September 10, 1950.

If you center your hope on material needs only, then needs encircle your hope until it is spelled "needy." The law is "Seek ye first the kingdom of God." In that kingdom "all things" are added, which supplies all your needs. – Edna Lister, September 24, 1950.

It is your responsibility to speak the Word for material things for your spouse, for those on your lines of Light and responsibility, and for the whole world. – Edna Lister, September 25, 1950.

"Thank you, Father! I am such a wealthy woman. The wealth of the universe is mine to use." – Edna Lister, October 1950.

A powerful affirmation is, "The bankers' windows of heaven are wide open and money pours out upon me now. The love windows of heaven are wide open and money pours out upon me now. The joy windows of heaven are wide open and money pours out upon me now. I breathe the Breath of Life. I am the Word of God made manifest. The divine Breath permeates every cell and segment of my being and I am made whole. The graciousness and the loveliness of the Lord Jesus Christ abides within me and moves through all my affairs. I am now crowned with the graciousness and loveliness of the Lord Jesus Christ." – Edna Lister, October 1950.

You will be wealthy. Say, "I am wealthy in strength." Use wealth in all statements. You are the wealthiest on earth. You have more love – more everything than anyone else. – Edna Lister, October 19, 1950.

Some are afraid to be wealthy in strength, afraid to be trusted with money. Those who say, "I did not come for loaves and fishes" are foolish. You can't pay the bills by being proud of being poor. God trusts you with free will. Why shouldn't He trust you with His endless substance? If you cannot imagine spending, you have no million dollar plans. You should be able to decide what to buy with your first million within an hour or you have no plans. Stop being afraid that if it is good for you it will hurt someone else. – Edna Lister, November 19, 1950.

Do you feel wealthy, like a millionaire? So many poverty-conscious souls answer this question with, "I can't feel like a millionaire while I'm in this fix. Why should I want to feel like a millionaire? They have so much trouble. I don't want to be wealthy. It's too much responsibility. I wouldn't know what to do with so much money." To feel wealthy, you must first accept your heavenly inheritance. Too many people balance the world's ideas against their divine inheritance, and find God wanting! The "don't know" type says, "I don't know what I want."

The "spongers" want God to do it for them, and blame Him when life does not go their way. You can tell who they are by what they say: "If I knew what God wanted, I'd do it. God never answers my prayers. If God wants me to move up, He should lift these things from my path. God is punishing me." The "wisher" class waits for it to fall into their laps, and everything is too much trouble, effort, work and long hours: "This is so hard. I just wish God would take care of it. I never get what I want. God doesn't answer my prayers." The fellow who gets everything that he wants is on the slide into decline.

The "off in a corner" type wants to live in a hut on an island, and says, "Why should I arise? I already pray. I can't stand the vibration of a group. I don't need a teacher. I can get enlightenment by staying in my little corner and doing it alone." The "fearful" type is afraid to be wealthy. How foolish to say, "Money isn't important to me." Who can pay the bills by being proud of poverty? "I can't trust myself." God trusts us with the priceless gift of free choice, so why shouldn't He trust us with His infinite substance? "Oh, well, God must not want me to have it." Stop being afraid that if it's good for you, it will hurt someone else.

You have no million dollar plans if you cannot imagine spending your first million! Keep planning despite your family's opposition. You do not get a single credit in heaven for being soft, so be flexible, not flabby. You can arise and become a creator god, so arise and say, "I've had enough." One good shot of Light could lift you like an atomic bomb! Your wealth increases each time you conquer and receive new illumination. – Edna Lister, November 19, 1950.

All tests and parables are meant to help you in daily life. God is always with you. He never sent anyone to earth with an idea without providing the agents to finance it. Yet to realize the vision, you may not be weak. Some people make endless statements and prayers, yet say, "I can't afford it." Fears about money, jobs, health, time, etc., are all chains that hold you in bondage. World ideas pick at your emotional pin feathers and conflicting desires. World economics deals with your mental life, your will and intellectual concepts. Lift desire and will in the first marriage of the Lamb to become I AM consciousness. It marks the difference between the creature stage and the creator. – Edna Lister, December 3, 1950.

People who have a poverty complex have chosen to love poverty more than they love God. Release Light. You cannot escape one state of consciousness on the way to universal brotherhood, and reach balance to be lifted up. – Edna Lister, June 12, 1951.

The creator agrees with God and adjusts to man without arguing, because he doesn't need to. He lives by the Oversoul's laws, which bring greater health, wealth and security. – Edna Lister, June 17, 1951.

Declare, "The banker's windows of heaven are now wide open pouring money out on me an all those souls on my lines of Light." See the bill stamped with $100. God has windows for everything — joy, trips, vacations, a new car. Say what you mean when you pray, and make the right statements. Coveting is the selfish love of holding, hiding, squeezing, or burying money, and is the root of all evil. But not the love of money to lavishly give and spend. "I accept God as my earthly inheritance, as money, as clothes, as live as everything, as happiness, all that comes to me is good." – Edna Lister, July 24, 1951.

When you center your thoughts on your needs, the needs multiply. Focus on the Love of God. – Edna Lister, March 15, 1952.

Acceptance means that you recognize that the River of Life bathes you. No matter what the circumstance, it is your choice to accept the wealth of God’s substance by opening your door wide, just a crack or closing it out. Accept your full responsibility as an heir of God. Do you want to be a 24-hours-a-day ascending creator god, eight hours or what? – Edna Lister, June 2, 1952.

Speak the Word for creation, for prosperity, for health, and for specific things. Expect plenty! See it. Make all positive statements for it. Approach it with a wash tub, not a tin cup. For prosperity, make the declaration and believe that you have it. Act as if, sweetly, firmly and finally, and discipline self. Pray and make treatments in the silence.

You have so much of your spiritual and mental lives to cleanse. When you cease believing that God is money, and know it, the funds will come — from benefactors, legacies, grants, gifts, marvelous new ideas for divine supply and prosperity — in a thousand different ways. Money will come when you let God as money take over your consciousness and life. – Edna Lister, September 4, 1952.

Make your ideals great, and stop being stingy. Take time to see what's behind the Gates of Light that swing wide for your soul ascension. The higher you ascend, the more faith descends as substance, so your affairs grow and prosper as you exchange "treasures of darkness" for the bounty of Light. – Edna Lister, October 12, 1952.

If I need money, I pray for all those who need money, knowing that the super-abundance shall return to me. – Edna Lister, November 16, 1952.

For whom the Lord loveth, He chasteneth. – Hebrews 12:6. The soul must have discipline. To be disciplined is the only anchor of security anyone ever has. – Edna Lister, December 9, 1952.

A fellow once wanted to open a lumber camp. First he sold his idea of production and distribution. He approached a buyer with a description of his assets in mind and explained how he could dam a river to float the logs to their mill — all this was invisible. Later he showed a banker his prospective orders. The banker put up the money based on the man's invisible pioneering. He logged in winter, so his creation wasn't visible until the spring thaw when the logs floated down the river to the mill. This man's unconquerable faith provided the outer manifestation of abundance for many because he prayed before his altar and ignited the flame.

Your future resources are the flame of the Holy Spirit on your altar. Nothing limits the burning flame that can energize us and your creations in the fifth dimension. You are just as great a super salesman as the lumberjack. What do you plan to produce and how do you plan to distribute it? God is your banker when your business plan leads to glory. Who will approach God, creature soul "little me" or Oversoul I AM? Every night you are successful in some great venture while you attend the high altar. – Edna Lister, December 14, 1952.

Success consists of continuity in expression. Your highest points of glory come from transmuting your lowest points of weakness. – Edna Lister, December 15, 1952.

Stop withholding self from the sacrifice you make. There is that which withholds unto poverty, and that which gives unto wealth. [There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. – Proverbs 11:24.] – Edna Lister, December 18, 1952.

Here is a declaration I’ve only needed a few times, but which brought large results each time — "Now is the time for all my talents and abilities to be used in a big way in the outer world, to earn big money. I will take or do anything sent to me, but it must be big!" – Edna Lister, April 20, 1953.

I am doing God’s work as well as I know how, and He always has and always will pour out His abundance on us all. The bankers’ windows of heaven and the vault doors are wide open now. I know this. Anything you do will be perfect. – Edna Lister, April 29, 1953.

A little poison will ruin much water. Negative statements can and will adulterate the whole stream of life flowing through you. You are perfect as to thoughts and statements about wealth and that you will have wealth. Those flow continuously without doubt, without fear, without withholding. No outside opinions can ever cause you to change your wealth ideas.

With only a few cents in your pockets, you are still wealthy, finding it easy to ignore the condition. Yet you persist in declaring other weaknesses because of outer conditions. The same law applies to 10,000 other matters. Your negative statements about petty conditions color all your lines of Light, and they are anchors, holding you to the past, or to heartbreaking delay.

"No task is too hard or too long or too fine, no matter what." You must declare this. Accept and thank the Father for opening doors, ways, places and your purse. "God is good" is the greatest statement anyone on earth can make. It will start wealth flowing as an avalanche down a mountainside. – Edna Lister, June 23, 1953.

In prayer, make no negative thought or statement of your need. You cannot love God and be conscious of your needs at the same time. You must love God enough, and at the boiling point. Love God enough, and Power moves through. Pray once about the need, but if you ask again, you don't believe. When you repeatedly declare for a miracle, you believe that you do not have it. As long as you keep on asking, you do not really believe.

Say, "Father, I love Thee, and I am using Thy abundance." You close out seeing and hearing when you hold onto your need. You can't be loving God completely when you have centered your mind on something negative. Love Him at the white point of heat. You love God, but if you do not rejoice, you do not love Him enough. "Father, I am thanking Thee while rejoicing for all favors to come" is how to draw abundance from God's reserve bank. People pay mostly lip service because they do not comprehend all that God gives for the world. – Edna Lister, October 1, 1953.

The Father sends Power to your star and from there it comes to you. Whenever you visualize, picture everyone else receiving also. That image forms in their star to release whatever they lack, a car, house, money, health. The substance is never lacking, but comes through all the time. Yet, you must go to the Source to begin the vibration. – Edna Lister, October 19, 1953.

Psychologists and metaphysicians too often want to drag heaven down to earth. Psychologists usually tell their patients to talk it out until they have endlessly recreated it. Many metaphysicians tell their clients to pray for peace, a husband, money or a new job instead of doing something about what is keeping them "stuck." – Edna Lister, November 15, 1953.

When you are love, joy, Power, and Light, you are like God. By the glory you express, you glorify Him, and you are a part of that glory and lifted up into the heart of God. When that glory is about you and all you do, it will o'ershadow you, and you will have an abundance of all you need for life on earth. – Edna Lister, January 21, 1954.

You choose to accept the wealth of God’s substance, health, wealth, solution of problems, capabilities, etc., by opening your door wide to that substance, by only a crack, or close the door entirely. You either accept your full responsibility as an heir of God, a fraction of it or none at all. It is up to you. Do you want to be a creator god 24-hours a day, eight hours, or what? – Edna Lister, March 29, 1954.

Some, who have pride but no money, want to make everyone conform to one level standard. They have avoided the responsibility of ascension before, and are still avoiding it. Send baskets of money to those who owe you debts, each hour, daily, until they are wealthy, and declare the debt paid. – Edna Lister, May 30, 1954.

"Lord, double the Power for success for everyone on earth, from least to greatest." – Edna Lister, June 17, 1954.

If someone owes you money, write a letter to yourself saying, "Enclosed, please find a check for" the amount, and sign the debtor's name. Do it in complete love and visualize the debtor with money pouring in, enough to repay everyone he owes. Write the answer, put it under your pillow at night and say, "Father, let this be flooded with Light." You can do this for others, too. – Edna Lister, June 28, 1954.

To overcome inadequate attitudes, plan and stamp a mental picture of success indelibly on your mind. Hold this picture tenaciously and never permit it to fade. Never think of failing, or doubt the reality of the mental image. The mind always tries to complete what it pictures. Picture success, no matter how badly things seem to be going. – Edna Lister, October 17, 1954.

You are successful now. Your Father is rich. You are His so wealthy son/daughter. – Edna Lister, January 6, 1955.

The perfect mantra of the conquering soul is "I am. I can. I do all things through Christ which strengthens me." When you totally surrender to this gift of strength, you will forget all silly notions, knowing that God shall supply all your needs according to His riches. – Philippians 4:19. – Edna Lister, June 12, 1955.

You cannot straddle the fence, hold on to the past and reach for the future simultaneously, because the conflict will pull you apart. The riches you have stored up in heaven are worth more than millions of dollars. When you relax the emotional and mental tension and work more spiritually, you will also have enough money. – Edna Lister, July 26, 1955.

You may have to sell something to raise the money, but you need not feel loss. Heaven is more abundant, and your riches are the gifts of joy. Jesus said to ask anything in his name, believing, and you have it. Ascend higher and increase your love for and gratitude toward God. Thank Him for His ever-present abundance now, for now is the right time.

I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. – Matthew 16:19. This verse is your foundation of life. You have created the lack or abundance you enjoy on the outer. Free your talent for joy. Tell your face about it. Your face shows what you have declared good and the darkness you have created. – Edna Lister, August 14, 1955.

Worship of money creates spiritual "leprosy" in which everything that you really do need falls away from you. – Edna Lister, August 15, 1955.

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. – Hebrews 11:30. The legacy of unconquerable faith caused Jericho's walls to fall. Will unconquerable faith work for you? Yes. Money, property, houses, cars, relationships, "it shall come to pass" anytime, all the time. It shall come to pass for you, divine, glorious and free, full of unconquerable faith. You shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever. – Edna Lister, August 28, 1955.

The action of Oversoul I AM in your consciousness opens the door to God's abundance. When you are in I AM consciousness, the abundance pours forth and the added things come. – Edna Lister, October 9, 1955.

On the fate line, we're all geniuses at the wrong thing, the wrong word, neglecting your silence, one great avalanche of "needs." When you walk the Path of Destiny, you are a genius at seeing supply and abundance, brilliant at neglecting emotional hurts. – Edna Lister, October 23, 1955.

Some put off action until sufficient money permits. There is no power in money. Love what you can do with God as money, and focus your action on the reality behind money. – Edna Lister, Rose-Colored Glasses, April 22, 1956.

Power can do anything, if it has enough life to work on. For example, a man inherited a book shop, and in ignorance overstocked and expanded until his money was gone. His creditors put his store up for auction and claimed the proceeds. He was left with many old and damaged secondhand books. He took his unwanted book stock, built a shack beside a well-traveled road, specializing in used books. In three seasons he made his money back and plenty to spare. From this we can learn at least one thing: Start easy with what you have, where you are.

"Let the Light so shine," even if you are hated, although you remain a constant rebuke to family and friends. A defeat is not a failure. You can change even a dozen defeats into experience. Spirit is the Comforter, to console and encourage you to endure until you reap profits from defeat, until you change defeat into success, until you find the pot of gold, your faith unconquerable. – Edna Lister, August 19, 1956.

Every thought, word and desire is a prayer. You are creators and accountable for every idle word. Words create what you think. The hardest to give up are facetious sayings, and the negative are the best of all. We all say witty negatives about life. "I'm not interested in money. I don't care about it." Never say such things. Your lightest thought is a more powerful creator that the worst you could have said twenty years ago. – Edna Lister, May 29, 1957.

Declare, "I now walk softly before God and speak gently before men. I now keep my golden silence about high truth. I now make wise speech under need to defend truth. I now obey all divine laws. I follow the Christed consciousness in all ways, in all places and at all times. I am a radiant center of Light, love and glory. I am now lifting all darkness that Light may absorb it. The joy of the Lord now possesses me. The spirit of wisdom is now my health, my strength, my success in all my affairs." Now reach for the stars. – Edna Lister, July 27, 1957.

Make every word, every gesture, emotion and thought pay the greatest of all dividends. The Power that returns to you, the substance that fills your prayer molds can only be as great as the size, length and height and breadth of the idea behind it. If you want it to return a thousandfold increase, you must see it as increase as it goes forth and see the thousand needs it will fill. The greater your idea, the greater the Power going forth. It must equal the idea. – Edna Lister, October 3, 1957.

Independence to express as a creator is the only true independence. One person's idea of independence is to be left completely alone. He spends his time getting to be alone and fighting to be left alone. All he wants is to be free from dictation about what he must do and how to do it. He's running day and night escaping in mind and heart from his obligations and responsibilities. He ends in frustration and loneliness, alone with less and less and no one to care.

People often seek the opposite form also, to have someone else assume all responsibility for everything. They want another to do the thinking and planning. They want to be told what and how, and are lost without someone to turn to for help. Their idea of independence is to be completely dependent. All insecurity arises from complete dependence whether the state, government, someone or something else.

The only lasting security is your faith in God and your love of work, knowing who you are, where you are going and how to start on the work at hand. All the unrest in the world results from seeking freedom and independence from the fear of bondage. People try to depend on other people and their ideas, nations depend on other nations, all without God. – Edna Lister, October 20 1957.

Money buys self-confidence for many people, but it will not buy you out of spiritual poverty. You cannot buy God with money. Money will not buy soul-confidence. – Edna Lister, December 1, 1957.

You must obey some limiting laws. You may not spend more money than you have. You may not say, "God is my supply," then use money you have no right to use. – Edna Lister, December 10, 1957.

A fine line separates selflessness and selfishness. Instead of thinking or saying, "I need money," say, "The world needs my writing" or whatever. – Edna Lister, March 12, 1958.

Treatment for abundance: "God is now opening a beautiful, wonderful, glorious, irresistible new position for Name, and all who are out of work." Additionally, exorcize fear and dread in those who fear. Exorcize this from each other's heart. Each still has fear-coded platelets that flare under new stress. Exorcize for yourself, the group, your families, friends and the world. – Edna Lister, March 17, 1958.

First, I must see God as my supply for every need. Physically, I see God as the healing for anything. Emotionally, the love of God absorbs all else. Mentally, I see God as my beliefs, knowing and comprehension. Spiritually, God is my Father upon whom I can lavish love, whom I can idealize. Everyone seeks to idealize a Father, which is the soul's heart-hunger for the memory of God.

I see my Father as rich. He supplies me according to His riches. So, how rich do I see Him as being? The answer has two halves, "according to His riches," and according to my imagination and faith in vision. My faith must reach up to touch the greatness of His riches. I use my imagination to see Him generous beyond my dreams with His riches. I fill my baskets with money, large bills, homes, new cars for everyone. You have already handled these riches yourself. Oh yes, you have. You have seen with your eyes, the flowers, trees, fruit, beauty, homes and wealth. All has come from one Source, all from His Substance. – Edna Lister, June 1, 1958.

Remaining silent on the roots of failure you see in others is wise, so use the lesson for growth. God will never advance you on what you see in others. – Edna Lister, June 8, 1958.

When you wait for the good to drop into your lap, it's often so soft it splashes. – Edna Lister, September 8, 1958.

When you use Power, you can have everything that the world feels necessary — money, power, health, position, control over the elements, you can heal, see, hear, travel through the ethers. Then you come to a crossroad and face a cycle of ascending or living off your credits. God created you for His Power to use. – Edna Lister, September 8, 1958.

To brainwash yourself into success, declare: "This one thing I do now, step by step: (Declare the goal.) Love is fulfilling all law for me now." – Edna Lister, October 9, 1958.

When you've learned a lesson well, it's time to move into another grade, and this means promotion in success and in money. – Edna Lister, March 26, 1959.

Some believe great freedom is plenty of money and material abundance. However, those who live by earth standards without the love of God, all follow philosophies of self. They are in total bondage to the little self and their emotions. – Edna Lister, Your Philosophy of Freedom, June 28, 1959.

"I love you" is the switch that turns on the heat to dissolve the ice in hearts, minds and wallets. Say, "I love Thee, Father," and the vibration goes forth to cover needs. – Edna Lister, October 29, 1959.

You may have everything you desire under the laws that govern prayer, so the first temptation is to live by the Word of God, which is "good." What you give returns to feed you, so if you speak only good, abundance returns. If you speak with pessimism about deficiencies and inadequacies, only poverty returns to feed you a starvation diet. – Edna Lister, December 13, 1959.

You give up success because you don't want to give up self. – Edna Lister, February 23, 1960.

Declare, "Faith is the invisible substance of my visible miracles to come." Abundance comes to visibility as the blue sky lies beyond the storm clouds. As clouds cool the temperature, vapor condenses through a lowering vibration into rain, which is a material substance. Between ice and water is the place of miracles where abundance becomes visible as health and things. – Edna Lister, February 23, 1960.

You can create everything that you hold as a goal, including health, wealth, friends, success and illumination. All it takes is burning desire, a flaming imagination, then "acting as if" you had it in your hands, your body, your home, your business. These are your creative tools. Use them as love, in joy and praise. God, the Almighty One overall, does the work. His full Power now moves through you to fulfill your desires, if you clearly picture them as visible now. Use your imagination as your creator power. – Edna Lister, April 7, 1960.

What agreement has a temple of God with idols? For you are a temple of the living God. – 2 Corinthians 6:16. God permits no idols in the temple. What is your "idol?" Some prefer beefsteaks, others carrots. Anything you worship is your idol — opinions, prejudices, or money. – Edna Lister, May 15, 1960.

Every soul who comes to earth seeks to identify with something – love, money or material goods, but everyone seeks something in which to trust, an identity in which to have confidence. – Edna Lister, May 22, 1960.

And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. – Isaiah 65:24. The Father knows your needs and He answers before you call. It is easy for you to persevere when you see that God's life is your life. Then you are always in the right place at the right time. If you think to lay up treasures for self, you are not conscious of being rich toward God. Seeking treasures on earth leads you into a wilderness of debts and needs, obligations for clothing, food, and no end of "things." When you feel right toward God, you always think of God pouring out and giving. What you give God makes you rich. A faith that is focused upward does not lean or create an impoverished consciousness. To grow this faith, you must love enough. I am become rich, I have found me out substance. – Hosea 12:8. – Edna Lister, May 29, 1960.

When you are rich in God, you are wealthy in harmony, joy and love, eternal youth and immortality. – Edna Lister, May 29, 1960.

You must be rich in God consciousness before God can pour His riches in. There is a giving that gives into wealth and a withholding that impoverishes. – Edna Lister, June 6, 1960.

A good prosperity treatment is to put every purse or billfold on the bed, opened in rows, visualizing until you see each overflowing with bills. Stand and visualize until each is full of invisible $100 bills. Practice walking in bills up to your knees until you know you have created invisible molds for God to fill. Declare, "Let these molds be filled now." Then say, "Thank Thee, Father for filling my prayer molds perfectly" a thousand times an hour.

First, clear your mind of "me," then use soul vision to see the same thing. Use this treatment for prosperity for loved ones! It circles earth condensing substance (like churning cream to make butter), and returns to fill your prayer molds. A treatment for health returns to you as strength because it calls to itself the "orphan" life sparks of soul substance floating about and magnifies itself, as an accelerated miracle. Praise and rejoicing are divine activity and remove road blocks. Rejoice day and night to keep the road open for substance to return. Saying, "Let my prayer molds be filled now. Thank Thee, Father, that my molds are filled" is best. This is not "little me," but soul asking. – Edna Lister, June 15, 1960.

Successful people build their molds with love and wisdom then hold in faith until it comes. – Edna Lister, June 21, 1960.

Success demands great things of soul in confidence, but not in self-confidence. First you must have confidence in the power of God's love, which is bracing and building. Soul moves up in consciousness from the Valley of Dread into the sunlight of thanksgiving. When soul ignores the past, you can use the present perfectly. Thanksgiving is high praise. Praise sets spiritual substance into action to form your abundance "according to His riches in glory." Then spiritual substance pours forth to fill your prayer molds. – Edna Lister, June 26, 1960.

You must visualize your desires for material things, miracles of abundance and healing for loved ones. – Edna Lister, October 9, 1960.

Reach out with arms of Light and gather in the past. Let it be consumed in the glorious present. Open wide your arms and declare that God's agents everywhere are bringing you gifts so that you may do what you desire for others. Do the same to fill a purse or wallet. – Edna Lister, May 30, 1961.

Slanderers will say you have failed to cover up their failure in the world. – Edna Lister, September 16, 1961.

God returns every sacrifice of money you make, doubled as body recreating. You may not need so much of the outer material substance, but your body needs the purity of Christed substance. Continue and the sacrifice will pay great dividends. – Edna Lister, February 24, 1962.

Prosperity treatment: Praise and breathe love from the abundance of your little sheep (prayer thoughts) to the world. Breathe deeply again, then speak the Word. – Edna Lister, April 19, 1962.

Many of God’s agents falter through materialism. A wealthy communist sympathizer engineered the slump in stocks. (The stock market had lost 35 points on average that day.) Surround him and those like him with a pillar of fire to keep him from manipulating and destroying. Declare that Power moves through him to his cohorts to stop them. The market must and will rise. Pray daily to accomplish this. Weak-willed sickly politicians play into the communists’ hands. Now, who is stronger, the stock market, those who work evil, or God? Just one soul who stands can save the world. This market drop has taken the "flate" out of inflation. God uses darkness to consume darkness. – Edna Lister, May 28, 1962.

When you say, "A lack of money stops me from planning a trip," the law believes you, because substance has only the power of becoming. Mind acts upon it by the spoken Word. God does not work on division and subtraction. He works on addition and multiplication only. You use a legal division when you share, yet you give under the principle of multiplication. Repulsion keeps things away from you, but when the law of love fills your aura, it repulses only evil. Wisdom must speak the word to produce action. – Edna Lister, November 14, 1962.

The law of repudiation has no sense in itself. To repudiate one small thing consciously pushes everything away from you, even love and money as well as the thing repudiated. You dare not live by the law of repudiation and denial. – Edna Lister, November 29, 1962.

You have God as all good things, even a hat. You cannot have God and anything, even money. You can have only God as, and when you know this, everything smooths out. – Edna Lister, December 2, 1962.

The law has no sense, but is automatic. If you disobey, it blocks every avenue in life. Law must be acted on by Mind and the spoken Word. It has the power of becoming, but must be fulfilled by Love as Substance. God adds and multiplies the good; but darkness subtracts and divides. Wisdom must speak the Word to put it into action. Do you really know and accept that you are a creator god? If you do, then your birthright is to partake of everything the Father has. This is why you must take your share of His abundance. – Edna Lister, December 17, 1962.

Light forever adds and multiplies the good. Darkness forever subtracts and divides the good. You use division when you share, yet you give under the principle of multiplication. – Edna Lister, December 17, 1962.

The law of repudiation has no sense. It is a great nothing, the great zero of life and the greatest obstruction to progress. Consciously to repudiate anything pushes everything away, love, money with the thing repudiated. Repudiation spreads like spores spread a fungus. – Edna Lister, January 10, 1963.

Money begets money. It gravitates to itself, and becomes a habit of expectancy, if you earn it. Keep the doors open in every direction. It can pour in from dry places and it shall. "I am expecting $100 bills from God knows where. Every cent I pay out is the beginning of my next $100." – Edna Lister, June 10, 1963.

If you pray for abundance, then wonder if it will come, you cross out your prayer. Stand before God's teller counter to receive His bounty. "I stand at the banker's window of life to collect my share of God's inheritance." What are you doing with your share of the River of Life? It's always there for you, full of God's Substance. The River of Life flowing through you, so stamp it with abundance. You can stamp inner substance with your name and number for everything you truly desire. Make sure that you are stamping your molds with the name of Jesus the Christ. Declare all debts paid, the balances to be returned to you ten times over. Bless your money as you send it out to pay bills. Be as lavish as God is with the abundance He wants to pour on us. Wait upon the Lord. – Edna Lister, June 23, 1963.

Investing your soul substance in another is selfish possession. When you possess one from earth, you use your soul substance to establish an inverted and sagging earthly umbilical cord that you trip over and fall into — you can even lose your body doing this. You must withdraw all possessive lines, which drain energy and abundance from your material affairs. Reach out arms of Light to those business contacts whom you would call. You must do this daily. – Edna Lister, June 27, 1963.

You live in a timeless place, but you live with preconceived notions, prejudices, and opinions, which block your mental telepathy, both visual and audible, and block healing and financial abundance. Yet God can do anything. God is good, and would never deny wealth, health, security or achievement. – Edna Lister, November 26, 1963.

You must lift the idea of poverty and want from earth. You have to free yourself of the earthy idea of needs. You are in this new vibration of abundance, of conquering poverty. – Edna Lister, August 27, 1964.

Always act as if the next person you meet is the one to give you a million dollars. – Edna Lister, October 26, 1964.

Each has spent at least a third of his life cutting himself back and having to climb it again. Nothing is hidden to Light, and the most fleeting of thoughts, emotions and vague pictures push one back, sometimes many steps. – Edna Lister, March 21, 1965.

You must fulfill your promises to God before He can fulfill the promises to you! – Edna Lister, April 4, 1965.

Every entrepreneur should remember that the first man through must go the last mile. – Edna Lister, April 22, 1965.

On the outer, you use money as payment. On the inner you pay with sacrifices of self. Always, you must balance outer and inner. – Edna Lister, April 7, 1966.

God creates not only through us but as us. Never "God and" but "God as." See every purse or wallet wide open. Reach up in consciousness. Visualize yourself filling them with $1,000 dollar bills from invisible substance. You bring this substance from invisible Light to make it condense and become visible. Count your blessings when you awaken in the morning. Praise God. If someone owes you, stuff his pockets full of $1000 bills. Let him have so much that he shall repay. Treat from your invisible bank upstairs. Use dynamic treatments every night for the world, your affairs and wealth. – Edna Lister, May 17, 1966.

When people speak of poverty, tell them God is an abundant God. You have money for what you need. It's what you are, and what stand you make about material things, that limits or frees you. Live on the more and more plan. Declare, "The Light of God is vitalizing and quickening Name's brain cells for new ideas." People repudiate and procrastinate about new ideas. They put things off without accepting or rejecting and say, "I'm not quite ready to do it yet." This causes all the delay in the world. Procrastination puts your life in limbo and you forget you plans. Keep your lines of responsibility anchored up in the Light.

The law of abundant ascending faith is the law of more and more, not less and less. When you are up against the need, ask yourself, "Am I a millionaire?" Then, say Yes! Are you going to miss it next year at this time? Then act. Let your hope become your reality. – Edna Lister, September 8, 1966.

Substance can become anything, but you must act on it by your spoken Word. Raise your arms high and say each statement three times: "Let there be money! Let there be wealth! Let all promises be fulfilled!" – Edna Lister, September 25, 1966.

Law will fulfill every promise according to your degree and kind of steadfastness and no shadow of turning. – Edna Lister, October 27, 1966.

You can go no higher or have no more instantaneous miracles than the miracle you are. Reach the point where your desire to succeed consumes you. – Edna Lister, November 28, 1966.

If one door closes, seven will open to give you a choice, and Light will send you through the right door. If you slam the door on yourself, returning is hard. – Edna Lister, May 11, 1967.

Jesus fed the multitude and when his disciples gathered the scraps, twelve baskets were left over to share. You must pick up the fragments of past miracles before you can have another miracle. Keep your baskets full. For example, you must pay a bill, but are out of cash for the month. If you moan over what you could do with money if you didn't have to pay that bill, you destroy your twelve baskets as you mail the check. Instead, say, "This is my miracle substance, and this bank account will be filled." Keep those baskets high on a cloud of Light. When you pay by check, declare, "Father here is a gift for you." This is how to pick up the fragments. – Edna Lister, Power and Imagination, May 21, 1967.

You must build pictures in imagination of everything you desire to see in form. When you build a picture to fill with the Mind, Substance and Power, you can hold the image and visualize it in form on earth. See $1,000 bills raining on everyone. See them handling such wealth. This is a prosperity treatment to bring invisible substance into form as bills. This is just as legal as praying for healing. The life of God forms everything out here. Treat everyone you know by their first name, and declare them healed in all ways, including finances. – Edna Lister, May 26, 1967.

When you live for soul growth, the reward does not always come as money. – Edna Lister, October 23, 1967.

When someone promises you money, he has already drawn invisible substance from his soul account to make the promise. When you thank him, and declare that you have deposited it in the bank, he receives the credit for his gift. However, sometimes people must settle the debt from universal substance. When there is a challenge in the world, it affects my purse. Then I pray for all those who promised me and declare a line from universal supply goes to them for abundance, and that they will remember their various charities, plus me. – Edna Lister, November 16, 1967.

The Via Christa is a way of life and Light that waits upon the Lord for added things, which takes the long way 'round and eats up time, but once abundance starts flowing, nothing can stop its complete fulfillment. You shall see every promise of your mind and heart fulfilled. – Edna Lister, December 15, 1967.

Your unawareness allows opportunities to pass by unconsciously. – Edna Lister, May 17, 1968.

Money is not evil unless speech and thoughts make it so. No one can change God's original substance. A dishonest experience does not alter the life sparks in a dollar bill, so you need not resort to opinion or prejudice about how others earn money. The evil is in he who recreates negativity regarding money. Money circulates among the good and non-good every day. You handle it, but prefer new bills because they give you no responsibility for where they have been. Declare that Light fills the old bills and everyone who touched them. Bless your wallet or purse for greater income, and praise God that you already have it. You handle money more than anything. This is the law to increase good in exchange for darkness, and to absorb evil. – Edna Lister, May 26, 1968.

When you go to a food market with high prices, do you part with money reluctantly? Often you wait ten minutes in line seething with impatience. Instead, spend that time paying your bill mentally, lavishly putting down more than the amount due. Mentally broadcast your wealth to the cashier and your invisible purse will still be filled and running over with extra cash from the River of Life. Your invisible bills will increase the economy of nations. Use this as a prosperity treatment.

Make every moment pay ascension dividends. If you resent the excessive prices and the waiting, you are losing your money seventy times seven. The River of Life then flows by and you are deflated. Become part of the River of Life. Become inflated with life. Make your expenditures and time pay dividends of abundance. Say, "I declare it's raining manna from heaven on you. I am posting advertisements here for abundance. I bless you and declare you abundantly wealthy!"

See everyone you know as being rained on by $1,000 bills. See them handling such wealth. This is a prosperity treatment to bring invisible substance down in bills. This is just as legal as praying for healing. Lack of money or sufficient means is just as serious as a lack of health, so remember that the life of God forms everything out here. – Edna Lister, June 13, 1968.

To treat for success, make your plans, and say, "Father, let these prayer molds be filled. Thank You that it is here, Father." – Edna Lister, June 13, 1968.

The one thing science and religion disagree on is the length of time it takes for Light to become substance. Declare any situation to be pure Light and it can become so instantly. God steps in with His possibles and we call it a miracle. You do not tempt the Lord with seeming impossibles. For example, you earn a living instead of expecting the money to fall into your lap. – Edna Lister, June 24, 1968.

Keep the bankers' windows of heaven open. Visualize abundant wealth. Money is God's Substance used as a medium of exchange. – Edna Lister, November 14, 1968.

Declare each of these statements three times: "Let money come. Let all promises be fulfilled. I am that surrendered, accepting, obedient, repentant and responsible Daughter, free from all past thoughts, emotions, imagination, words and deeds. I am thy Daughter of Light, wedded in Christ, o'ershadowed by my Father, here and now expressing. I stand. I endure. I hold. I know. I arise and ascend to the Source to remain constantly in the Light while work out my salvation here below as a conqueror in Christ. Let there be Light. I rejoice and am glad." Follow this with a prayer of praise and declarations of lifting for all. – Edna Lister, June 1969.

On the Adept Degree you may be overly concerned with your future, security, pride and opinions. These are the real sticking points. You are also quite likely to be overly sensitive emotionally. – Edna Lister, August 7, 1969.

When you lack identity with the Source, you lack a sense of security on earth. To have a permanent identity, one needs a permanent Source, which is the underlying reason for all peoples, nations, races, tribes, who need to worship. They must have God, or a reason greater than self. – Edna Lister, February 5, 1970.

Declare, "Father, open Thou the windows of heaven and the doors and the gates thereof, and pour out Thy abundance in the form needed on earth for Thy children: monies, legacies, silver and gold, in the name of Thy First Begotten Son, whose promises shall be fulfilled and wherever the name of Jesus the Christ shall be spoken!" – Edna Lister, March 1, 1970.

The power of money is the Power of God being focused held and on the needy, so that whatever is needed shall be attended to. – Edna Lister, June 1, 1970.

If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. – Matthew 17:20. You know water is in the pipe to the faucet — you have faith in that supply — but the water in the pipe does nothing for us, if you are too lazy to get a drink when you are thirsty. – Edna Lister, November 22, 1970.

God provides abundantly for your every need. You must focus your super-conscious mind on God's great Power to give you super abundantly, whatever your need. – Edna Lister, December 13, 1970.

The greedier a man is, the more violently he reacts to having no money. – Edna Lister, Illumination, the Light, June 6, 1971.

Footnote

1^ In 1936, $15.00 had the same buying power as $252.00 today. Annually, this is $13,104, below poverty level. In 1936, $100.00 had the same buying power as $1683.00 today. Annually, this is $87,516.00. Source: CPI inflation calculator.

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Stories That Illustrate Money and Material Possessions

The Parable of the Talents: For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. – Matthew 25:14-30.

The Rich Young Man: And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. – Mark 10:17-27.

The Wealthy Ruler: A certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. – Luke 18:18-27.

The Impassable Abyss of Materialism: There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. – Luke 16:19-31.

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Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal, for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. – Matthew 6:20.

No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money]. – Matthew 6:24.

By their fruits ye shall know them. – Matthew 7:16.

Children, how hard is it for those who trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. – Mark 10:24-25.

Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's. – Matthew 22:21.

What is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. – Luke 16:15.

Remember Lot's wife. Whoever seeks to save his life shall lose it; and whoever loses his life shall preserve it. – Luke 17:32-33.

Take heed, and beware of covetousness, for a man's life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses. – Luke 12:15.

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack. – 2 Corinthians 8:9-15.

Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. – 1 Timothy 6:6-10.

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Old Testament on Money and Material Possessions

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. – Psalm 23.

A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked. – Psalm 37:16.

They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him. – Psalm 49:6-7.

Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them. – Psalm 62:10.

Wisdom brings long life, riches and honor. – Proverbs 3:16.

Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivers from death. – Proverbs 11:4.

He who trusts in his riches will fall. – Proverbs 11:28.

There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; and one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches. – Proverbs 13:7.

Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase. – Proverbs 13:11.

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches. – Proverbs 22:1.

By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life. – Proverbs 22:4.

He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches, and he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty. – Proverbs 22:16.

A man with an evil eye hastens after riches, and does not consider that poverty will come upon him. – Proverbs 28:22.

He who trusts in the Lord will be prospered. – Proverbs 28:25.

He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase. – Ecclesiastes 5:10.

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Money and Material Possessions in Other Sacred Writings

Let not your hand be stretched out to receive, and shut when you should repay. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 4:31.

Do not set not your heart upon unjustly gotten goods, for they will not profit you in the day of calamity. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 5:8.

Because of unrighteous dealings, injuries, and riches got by deceit, a country is translated from one people to another. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 10:8.

Prosperity and adversity, life and death, poverty and riches, come of the Lord. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 11:14.

Wealth and riches cannot avail in the day of wrath and anger. – Book of Jasher 12:67.

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

Edna Lister


Etymology of money: Latin moneta, "mint, coinage."

Definition and etymology of wealth: An abundance of valuable possessions or money; the state of being rich; material prosperity; plentiful supplies of a particular resource; archaic: well-being. From Middle English welthe, from well or weal, on the pattern of health.

Definition and etymology of abundance: A very large quantity of something; the state or condition of having a copious quantity of something; plentifulness; plentifulness of the good things of life; prosperity. From Latin abundantia, from abundant- 'overflowing', from the verb abundare (see abound).

Definition and etymology of prosperity: The state of being prosperous; successful in material terms; flourishing financially. From Old French prosperite, from Latin prosperitas, from prosperus 'doing well'.

Definition and etymology of security: The state of being free from danger or threat; feeling safe, stable, and free from fear or anxiety. From Old French securite or Latin securitas, from securus 'free from care' (see secure).

Definition and etymology of success: A person who achieves desired aims or attains fame, wealth, etc. From Latin successus, from the verb succedere 'come close after' (see succeed).

Definition and etymology of supply: To provide with something needed or wanted; to be adequate to satisfy (a requirement or demand) From Old French soupleer, from Latin supplere 'fill up', from sub- 'from below' + plere 'fill'. The early sense of the noun was 'assistance, relief' (chiefly a Scots use).



Money, its lack or abundance, is an initiation.



References

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

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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


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