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]

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. Very few persons who directly experienced the unemployment and poverty of that era survive today. However 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.

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 everthing 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 20 Century.Americans owe over $1.48 trillion in student loan debt, spread out among about 44 million borrowers.[2]

Someone from the doom and gloom crowd is aways 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. The topics of money and success are treated separately.

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


Creating Your Own Success and Wealth

This Edna Lister lecture transcript is dated January 27, 1933, Winthrop Hotel, Tacoma, Washington. Scribe: C.A.W.

Declare with me, "This is God's perfect hour for me." You can live your whole life like this if you live only one hour at a time. Remember, "Lord, don't let me miss any opportunity today." Also, think to yourself, "I'm some catch."

Let us now hold up everyone on our lines of responsibility. See them at the heart of a perfect radiant center. In this you may abide and rest. Open your mind to receive inspiration and revelation, your heart to be filled with understanding. You are ready to receive the answer to your prayer, the solution to your problem. You are opening your eyes to see that open door to service which belongs to you, your place to fill full of love. You have opened your eyes to see, your ears to hear, and soon you shall receive in great measure, pressed down. and running over to share with the world.

How to create your success and your wealth: the five points I shall present depend absolutely upon your ability to separate yourself from the idea of time, that it is always now, and if you live now in absolute perfection, as if God were walking with you, you shall have no need to worry about the future, for it will unfold. People make five mistakes in manifesting the visible from the invisible: The greatest thing to know is that God will provide for you if you give Him service. If you look at imperfection, it will return to you in your life. Five steps are necessary in actually creating, or in manifesting form from the invisible reality.

The first step is concentration, which is a purely mental effort, a use of will power. Will is a God-given mental faculty. You can concentrate on can only one thing at a time, so if you concentrate on manifesting supply, you cannot be doing anything else. Raise your hands to surrender to God's Power, send forth love, speak the Word, sending the Power directly to where it is needed, (it will go anywhere). I concentrate on only one thing — my surrender to the Power. As I speak the Word to release that Power, and the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. – John 14:10. Not I, but the Father, the Power, goes forth and does the work.

In doing this, you are filled with a flaming glory, with the power of love, surrounded with a pillar of fiery glory, radiating light. The Power goes forth in all your affairs, the rent is paid, debts are paid, you can pay everyone you owe. This opens doors to every avenue of income. If you want wealth and success, you must take others with you, the people who owe and those who are in need. You have to lift all people and be universal in your treatments for them if you are to succeed. Declare, "The spirit of the Lord goeth before me making clear and easy the way." Those whom you lift are definitely inspired, filled with ideas of abundance, so successful that they want to pay out money. You have to climb above the emotional and mental need to send out love. It takes concentration to keep your eye on sending the Power forth, and not on your conditions. So concentrate continuously on one thing, and if you concentrate on surrender to the Power, your eye will be single and your whole body filled with light. The single eye approach to releasing Power fulfills the law of love instantly.

Visualization: Christian D. Larson asked me, "What are you seeing? Don't be so satisfied about giving away your last cent. If you see an empty, yawning cavity, an empty purse, and give it away, you will always have an empty purse, because you'll never have anything you don't see." Now picture an image of a $100.00 bill in your wallet, see your wallet and purse full of them. Use your imagination to visualize them where they are not, but will be. To make visualization work best, picture images on a large scale, like the the barrel of meal that wasted not, and the cruse of oil that never failed or diminished. See all your own wallets and purses full first, then fill everyone else's pockets with invisible bills. By giving these bills from the invisible to the visible, you increase your own abundance. Always give that which you really want to have come to you. At night, visualize putting this money into someone else's hand or pocket. Fill his pockets full to overflowing with these bills. Don't ask for money, but thank God that you already have it.

You can make every cent, every dollar, every bill you handle pay dividends, if when you pay it out, you say to yourself, "Thank God I have this $25 to give," then see yourself giving $50, because you will receive the returns on what you see, and if you give graciously and gladly, and double the amount, you will receive dividends on what you see yourself paying. When you receive bills to be paid, say, "Thank God that this is a sign that I am will have ample money." Anyone will have sufficient supply, if he will live according to the law to bring it to pass. You are lending money with every bill you pay and it will return to you a thousandfold. Always declare that you will receive twice as much as you need, thereby giving yourself a prosperity treatment. Make it a prosperity treatment every time you pay out money, be it ever so smal an amount. Make everything pay you dividends.

You must rise to the point where you are not afraid to accept money. Do not be indifferent to money, but enthusiastic. Only those souls who have someone else furnishing the money for them say, "I am absolutely indifferent to money, I don't need it," because somebody has to provide it. It is just as wrong to over-emphasize money as it is to under-emphasize it — a middle course is best, where you accept it at its right valuation and in the right place. Wealth is not just money but is the wealth of the universe and takes its rightful place if you neither over- nor underestimate its importance. You cannot escape the need for money at this stage of evolution. You have to use the coin of the realm, and not over-emphasize money.

When I was younger, I felt that perhaps I couldn't be trusted with money. When praying, after asking for money, I said, "Now God, don't let me have it if You think it isn't the right thing for me." I should have said, "God of all that is, fill me with the courage to succeed, the steadfastness to stand, the vision to hold myself to these laws of life. Keep my eyes single upon the truth and pour out the wealth of the universe to me. Keep my eyes open, let it pass through my hands freely because nothing of te world can hold me back from success." Universal substance is always available to draw upon for your needs. This universal substance includes other things besides money &mdash: well-being, health, and shelter as well. No man can touch even a fraction of a vibration that belongs to another &mddash; it can't be done.

God gave you a certain amount of substance, soul substance, to bring into manifestation, an account to draw on, and to create with, but you have to bring it from the invisible into outer forms. You have not yet begun to draw on your supply. Countersign the blank check on your invisible substance, the magnetic currents of the earth that cause things to move. Praise God and make an added effort to put these truths to the test. Absolutely surrender to this power of love that goes forth and does the work for you when you let it. Surrender to the power, tend and watch it. Then while concentrating on the power of love, speak the Word to send it to whatever imbalance needs correcting, and the power will do the work. Just focus on the idea of surrender to this power of the invisible substance of love, and make the demand, "Release this power of love through me." Then get busy and release more and more love, praise God, and the invincible law of Almighty God will work.

It is impossible to help people using mental commands, for that is forcing your will and desire on them, and will cause a reaction. You must work from the realm of spirit in prayer and speaking the Word. You must do most of your prayer silently, even with children. Praise a recalcitrant child to his face for the good qualities he does exhibit. Raise your hands, see a circle of fire about him, and say, "Name, you are filled with the power of love. You are perfect, whole and complete, doing the will of God, filled with this wholeness, completeness, perfection." Then ask God to melt this cake of ice. It all depends on how much love you will pour out upon the situation.

The question was asked: If I have to pay out $50 at a given time and no one owes me anything and I have no known way of having it on hand, what shall I do? Answer: Man's extremity is God's opportunity. Keep on working with these laws and you will reach the place where your only question will be, "How is God going to open the door?" Declare, "I am working in the Light of God, and I am shod with the Light of God as I walk earth today. I thank Thee, Father, that I already have everything I need through the grace of Thy glory. Let it become visible now," and according to your faith, so shall it be done to you. Praise God twenty-four hours a day, praising Him that you have it, letting it become visible, and you will be freed from need. I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: and I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places. – Isaiah 45:2-3.

Footnotes

1^ Source: "What is the spending on Welfare?"

2^ Source: "A Look at the Shocking Student Loan Debt Statistics for 2018", Student Loan Hero, accessed September 27, 2018.

3^ The Federal Reserve Board currently issues $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 notes. The largest denomination Federal Reserve note ever issued for public circulation was the $10,000 note. On July 14, 1969, the Federal Reserve and the Department of the Treasury announced that banknotes in denominations of $500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 would be discontinued due to lack of use. Although they were issued until 1969, they were last printed in 1945.

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

Edna Lister


Etymology of prosperity: "doing well," from Latin prosperus "doing well."


Note: We owe a debt of gratitude to the enthusiastic and determined efforts of a woman, known to us only as C.A.W., who rendered her shorthand notes into a typed manuscript, found among Edna Lister's personal papers. In a typed note, she wrote, "To our Most Glorious Leader, Edna Lister: Here are my typed up notes, and please do forgive the delay. We all believe that we should publish as many of your lectures as you will permit. No one has ever brought such a message to earth. Please accept this humble offering of service, C.A.W."


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).


Related Topics

See Money and Material Possessions.

See Success.


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