Edna Lister’s Sermons 1955, Part I.























Every Mother’s Domain

Edna Lister sermon outline|May 8, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|Scripture: Romans 8:28-39

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Romans 8:28-39.

Every mother’s domain is a kingdom of love. Wherever a mother steps, love one day shall make a shrine and “holy ground.” Every mother should be a “burning bush” to consume any evil as it approaches her loved ones. When all women return to the soul ray of joyous love, as one, wars will cease. There will be no more crying, no more sorrow, and no more death.

From creature to creator, a mother’s love is the guiding hand behind all achievement. And who are mothers? Every man or woman who mothers anything in business, patients, clients, animals — each lives under and uses the Mother Love ray.

Among those of lesser intelligence, the creatures and the sons of men, a mother trains her children to seek better than she had. Whatever her ideals or lacks, a mother passes on what she is as a living heritage, whether to seek greater creature comforts or just a better education.

A mother’s love lifts according to her degree and kind of love. In the son of God and creator stages of soul development, mothers impart the ideals that fill the world with artists, scientists, doctors, philosophers and ministers.

Remember, every stage, every degree, every class uses the Mother Love of God as the glue that holds their relationships together. The individual, from the lowest to the highest, is credited with that degree as their 100 percent ability to love. When you give your "all" where you are, that is 100 percent.

So, to sum your whole earth lesson in a few words: You are learning to love God enough, and learning the deeps and heights of the Mother Love of God. This chapter of Romans is dedicated to the love of all mothers. Inverted love is behind all hatred and wars.

Think. God is one Spirit, one Power, one Love, one Wisdom. You have nothing else to use. How you use what God has given you determines your results.

The first keynote of Mother Love is sacrifice, giving up self to protect, provide and send her child forth armored in Light. The second keynote is to forgive, again and again.

Mothers are never insulted by their children. They may hurt, ache, yearn and grieve, yes, but only because their children cannot see the reality. A mother accepts any trial by fire, and stands. She forgives any offense, loves, and forgets.

Mothers are predestined to love, called to love, justified by love, and glorified by loving enough. No charge can be brought against a mother who loves enough, for to love enough means to become of the Elect.

Who can separate you from God’s Mother Love? You conquer, and God works all things together for good because you love now. You become a mother to any thing or person whom you love enough.

Your business becomes your "holy ground." Your home and family become your temple because you let the Mother Love of God use you. You lift, enfold, brood over and cover your domain with your wings. You yearn over them all, as God loves you.

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Life’s True Savor

Edna Lister sermon outline|May 15, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|Scriptures: Matthew 5:13-16, Leviticus 2:13, James 1:17.

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” — Matthew 5:13-16.

“And every meal-offering of thine shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meal-offering; with all thy offerings thou shalt offer salt.” — Leviticus 2:13.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” — James 1:17.

Physically, salt is essential for life, and was man’s first choice as a preservative for meats and other foods. In lesser quantities, salt enhances the flavor of food, making it tastier, savory, more interesting. Unsalted dishes seem to have no flavor, are blah, uninteresting and tasteless.

Psychologically, the twins, indifference and lukewarmness, are uninteresting and tasteless bores, who make you want to pull away and run. When it comes to being interesting, indifference and lukewarmness are forever being trampled, pushed aside, overlooked, forgotten and inevitably left out socially.

You want to follow that interesting pair, determination and hope, because they always have something to do and somewhere to go. They salt you and build up your fervency and interest, which is a first step up from the doldrums or a boring humdrum life.

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.” — Matthew 5:14-15. Nothing can hide a city set on a hill. Its lights beckon from afar and call to you to look closer. Not putting your light "under a basket" tells you to be up and out and doing, not to draw in, sit in a corner, hugging your tiny bit of truth alone by yourself and for the self.

Salt has great spiritual significance, too — “Every meal-offering of thine shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meal-offering; with all thy offerings thou shalt offer salt.” — Leviticus 2:13. With the salt of Spirit, you take a second step up from mere interest in to brisk love and active joy, with no silly sentimentalism or whine of self-pity. You become your share of the “light of the world.”

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” — Matthew 5:16. You light your house and your kingdom and take a third step, to let your light so shine, pure Light from above, unadulterated by self. No forced pseudo-light is good enough.

You cannot fool God with false shining, which are meaningless just words, for “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” — James 1:17.

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Your "Added Things"

Edna Lister sermon outline|May 22, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|Topics: Ask, seek and knock, soul substance, soul growth|Scriptures: Matthew 6:8, Matthew 6:33, Matthew 7:7-8

“Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” — Matthew 6:8.

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

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” — Matthew 7:7-8.

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” — Matthew 6:33. This verse begs us to ask, seek and knock, but to ask what, seek where and knock how?

“Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” — Matthew 6:8. Most people ask, “Why must I do all this when my Father already knows what I need before I ask Him? Why does He make it so hard for me when I must struggle so much here below?”

God gave you an immense amount of soul substance before you descended in this Day of Manifestation. He gave you a vast Oversoul star filled with a huge supply of soul substance, stamped with your name vibration, untouchable by any other.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” — Matthew 7:7-8. Each star is a storehouse that has only one key. I have mine, you have yours — every soul has its own key to unlock his personal star storehouse. If God had not given you the key, you would have no free will to choose what you desire to create.

Your Oversoul star was filled for you from birth with soul substance ready to use. Not only that but a vast reserve supply is also awaiting your call on God’s Bank of Light. Remember, no one else can contact, touch or use your private account in God’s Bank. It also contains all your buried memories, talents and hidden treasures of substance and life — the glory of all "added things" to come, waiting, waiting, waiting for you to draw on its abundance.

Although God knows when you need the substance, you have the key. Even He cannot confiscate your key or unlock this storehouse for you. You must use your own key to open the lock. The key itself is love, it has has three notches named ask, seek and knock, and with the same key, you must also open three doors, one after another.

The first door is instinctive intelligence moving up to become intellectual reasoning. Instinctive intelligence greedily takes, grasps, and forces, saying, “I will have it, I demand my rights. I am right.” It takes a lot of fumbling to fit the key of love into this tiny keyhole, but truth slowly enters to fill your consciousness.

The second door opens to intellectual reasoning, where you learn more, though you still use law to provide good reasons for doing as you please. You use techniques you find in books, compare teachers and methods until you realize that have bound yourself between the covers of all the books you’ve bought. You still need proof, because you still must see it before you believe it.

Finally, you ascend to the third door, to Oversoul I AM, the Christed consciousness, which opens your star storehouse filled with substance. You ask, seek and knock until the three doors unlock instantaneously as an act of unconquerable faith.

The unlimited potential Power available is magnificent, beyond compare. Speaking the Word frees your soul substance to start flowing from your star as more life, which is renewed from the Heavenly Reserve Bank instantly, as fast as you use it whether in a million years, a day or an instant. When you surrender to the Power’s use, you open the third door to God-consciousness, the mind that was in Christ Jesus, the Christ mind. Moving up, tall and free, you ask to be filled with greater love of God, and seek to be used in more ways.

Finally, you knock on the door to the kingdom first. In one smooth act, your key opens the final door to the vast storehouse awaiting your needs. The Heavenly Reserve Bank of supply fills all your needs amply, to overflowing, for you have reached your Father’s Home. He knows what you need before you ask Him, and you receive before you ask.

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Edna Lister sermon outline|May 29, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|October 31, 1954|Topic: The Beatitudes|Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12

“Seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” — Matthew 5:1-12.

In all books on the mysteries of God, we find agreement that the lesser mysteries number fifteen. The first six deal with our attitude of worship, reverence, awe and devotion to God as our Father Creator.

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

“Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him. — Matthew 5:25.

“Abstain from all appearance of evil.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:22.

“What is that to thee? Follow thou me.” — John 21:22.

“I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” — John 12:32.

This is Good! Let there be Light! (Genesis 1).

The second set of nine lesser mysteries, the Beatitudes, deals with our attitude toward the outer and to humanity.

The first beatitude is “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 5:2. “Poor in spirit” means possessing nothing as your own, but releasing all the Power that God sends through you. In Jesus’ time, being poor in spirit symbolized the opposite of pride. God created the soul for law to use, not for self to use law, or Light as Mind, Substance, or Power. You face three main temptations in ascension: the first step up from the creature to the son of man stage, the first consciousness of your need to give up self, and the first consciousness of sacrificing self in service for another. The desire for self-preservation is a sure sign of dwelling in creature consciousness.

The second Beatitude is “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” — Matthew 5:4. Creature consciousness mourns in the vale of illusion, the valley of grief, which is a misty place caused by tears shed in self-pity. Selfish grief is feeling loss, and crying, “What shall I do?” Self grieves when soul requires it to give up its possession of people, things, thoughts, pictures and emotions. Animals experience no grief, but those of creature consciousness create and experience self-centered grief through the son of man, to the son of God stages. The son of God stage starts as the first unselfish grief for another, which opens the first marriage of the Lamb, mating desire and will. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; to him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” — Revelation 2:17. The hidden manna is intuition and illumination. The inner name of the pineal body is I AM consciousness, which is your first “new name.”

The third Beatitude is “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” — Matthew 5:5. The soul becomes the complete son of God, with the Spirit of the Lord going before us as “I accept.” You move into the arms of the vast protective law of nonresistance, which fills your aura with rays of repulsion of darkness, to absorb any vibrations from the world and return them as perfect.

The fourth Beatitude is “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” — Matthew 5:6. Only this step can you ever touch or contact love enough. This is the first step after the outpouring of Power that leads you from the son of God into the creator stage. Righteousness is right doing, or your soul’s vision in action. Step by step, as you assume these “Be-attitudes,” you grow in the stature of the Christ. When you exclaim, "I arise," you ascend to your Christing. The white wings of the Christ Light descend to enfold and protect the golden bowl, your head. Life itself becomes your miracle, a stage on which you play the part of the creator until you become a surrendered creator.

The fifth Beatitude is “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” — Matthew 5:7. Compassion takes over and you become a “defender of the faith of God.” Use your compassion to cover your loved ones’ transgressions so even God cannot see them. Thus, under law, they are cleansed now. Declare that “All is good.” This fifth step is comprehension of the beauty of God and the need to keep it spotless everywhere. You know freedom from darkness because you just cannot see anything but blame-less-ness. Compassion is yours to spend lavishly.

The sixth Beatitude is “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” — Matthew 5:8. Purity of heart, mind and purpose follows mercy. With honor above all else as your ideal, you cannot bear to stand in the darkness. The full law of forgiveness takes charge in your life. You can stand blamelessly because you have become the law of blamelessness.

The seventh Beatitude is “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” — Matthew 5:9. Peacemakers are pacesetters in ascension. Declare, “I lift all that comes to me up as I walk and praise the Creator of protection. I assume all blame, lifting it because it surfaced through the Light I carry.”

The eighth Beatitude is “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 5:10. You now become the full servant of all the Mind, Substance and Power. The white Light of the Christ is a visible sign of a soul ascending to be crowned. To be persecuted for righteousness' sake symbolizes high vision in action because religion is an active process in life, a constant rebuke to lukewarmness and indifference. It is a sign that you are not a part-timer, but constantly remain up in consciousness, with your head above the crowd, which is a growth in consciousness. No longer a target, the love of God melts, dissolves and absorbs all weapons of darkness turned against you. Light melts bullets and turns swords into hoops. This is the step of full surrender, the last step in becoming a creator of good.

The eighth Beatitude is surrender, and the ninth Beatitude is responsibility. You may permit the self no enemies, no blame. You deal with everyone in compassion. This covers social, business and family relationships. The ninth Beatitude is “Blessed are you, when they revile and persecute you, and shall say all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” — Matthew 5:11-12. Nine symbolizes the two-way mirror in which Light shines and reveals all the dark smudges, his and yours. When two live wires meet, they spark and could electrocute. When the other fellow comes near, your mirror reflects what he is beneath the surface, and he decides that you are to blame. So he tells you that what he sees is in you. He has yet to learn about reflections, so you lift in love. Nine also represents brotherhood and responsibility. Being blamed is a sign that the I AM in you has become a teacher for others!

Each Beatitude is a scientific "way of life." This magic mirror opens the all-seeing eye of soul vision so that you may see and hear spiritually when needed. “Let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” — Matthew 5:37. Others may persecute and revile you "for my sake" when you live by yea and nay. You can say, “Bless you,” to lift a person Even a smile covers transgressions. The first three Beatitudes govern the son of man who is seeking his divine inheritance. The second three govern the son of God, who is actively doing, receiving Light, opening a vibration, and is used by law from above. The final three Beatitudes govern creators who are becoming law and returning with “all things added” from the outer on their return vibration.

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Promises Are Keys

Edna Lister sermon outline|May 29, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|Topic: binding and freeing on earth and in heaven|Scripture: Matthew 16:19

“And 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.

The promises you find in the Bible are each keys, and all are keys to your kingdom of success. Truth teaches that you do not wait for a hereafter to go to “a” heaven, but make your own heaven here and now. First, what kind of kingdom do you really want? One of ease and comfort, given to you? Or one that you earn? Your privilege is to make up your mind. Many folks “make down” their minds instead of making them up, bedding down like sheep with indifference and lukewarmness, thinking to get out of paying their debts to God’s laws. You get back what you send out under the law of action and reaction. Your words, blessings, curses or gossip, come home to roost, and sometime, somewhere you will be forced to eat every word you utter that is unlike the love of God.

You can use promises as keys. The Bible is filled with extravagant promises, all of which carry certain responsibilities with them. Proverbs 18:16 promises, “A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men,” if that man keeps his gift alive, uses it and exercises it, but not if he lets it die by sitting down, folding his hands and waiting. Another proverb declares, “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life.” — Proverbs 22:4. True humility is a state of grace, where having become law, you are used by love, and the glory of faith, with no thought of self. “Fear of the Lord” is love of obedience and worship that brings “riches, and honor, and life,” which you earn by serving where you are.

”Whatever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” — Mark 11:24. Do you know that all things are possible to God? Can you stand unwavering, steadfast, never decreasing your vision, but always letting it grow? “He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” — John 14:12. Can you do greater works because you are greater? No, but because the Light as Power being released is greater.

Finally, “A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” — Psalm 91:7. Nothing can come near you but love, when you are safely tucked under the hem of God’s robe, but first you must be there. These promises are the God-given keys to your kingdom of success now.

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The Walls of Jericho

Edna Lister sermon outline|June 5, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|also used August 28, 1955, in Tacoma, Washington|Topics: miracles, the fallen walls of Jericho, unconquerable faith|Scriptures: Hebrews 11:30, Joshua 6:1-16, 20, Hebrews 11:1-3

“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.” — Hebrews 11:30.

“Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. And the Lord said unto Joshua, “See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valor. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.” And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.” And he said unto the people, “Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the Lord.” And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns passed on before the Lord, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them. And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rereward came after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.” So the ark of the Lord compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp. And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rereward came after the ark of the Lord, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, “Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city” … So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.” — Joshua 6:1-16, 20.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” — Hebrews 11:1-3.

Israel had wandered the wilderness for forty years before the Lord commanded Joshua to cross the Jordan River and conquer the city of Jericho. He told Joshua to be strong, courageous and obedient to law, and their victory was sure. Jericho had heard rumors of the miracles that Israel had strewn in its wake, especially the drying up of the Red Sea, and how they had utterly destroyed the Amorites. They were frightened and had strongly fortified their city, but to no avail. Israel obeyed God, and Jericho’s walls fell down.

Obedience requires faith to hold and travel toward a goal, conquering step by step. This is the way of the soul’s upward progress. Like an airplane’s shadow, the little self below is always falling into ditches and holes, wandering in dark valleys, lost in fog or storms, while soul is skimming the heights. Self is forever trying and finally does come to rest as part of soul.

Faith is the substance for which you struggle and the evidence that you will eventually win, if you keep your soul free of earth, wings spread, and throw out the ballast of self. If you run into clouds, fly higher into the sunlight. Darkness is a sign that you are too low in consciousness, and need to seek and find your high vision again. Never stop, never give up until you are enfolded in Light to express your original image and the brightness of His glory.

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The Walls of Jericho

Edna Lister sermon transcript|June 5, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|Scribe: Ruth Collord|Topics: miracles, the fallen walls of Jericho, unconquerable faith|Scriptures: Hebrews 11:30, Joshua 6:1-16, 20, Hebrews 11:1-3

“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.” — Hebrews 11:30.

“Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. And the Lord said unto Joshua, “See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valor. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.” And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.” And he said unto the people, “Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the Lord.” And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns passed on before the Lord, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them. And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rereward came after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.” So the ark of the Lord compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp. And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rereward came after the ark of the Lord, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, “Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city” … So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.” — Joshua 6:1-16, 20.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” — Hebrews 11:1-3. Faith isthe substance of things not seen. You have the capacity for thousands of beautiful new ideas. Those who are called “jack of all trades,” are picking up the lines to ideas that they dropped in other lives. The ability to adapt to change is a virtue, the outstanding quality of this day in which we live. Despite this, you stillmay be surprised about an instantaneous healing. The substance of things hoped for is faith, but the world has barely touched just the fringes of the edge of the garment of this substance yet. Once you make your stand on these principles, hold fast to them. Be steadfast in both your faith and in your approach.

Moses repudiated his place with the Pharaohs and led the children of Israel out through the wilderness. Now Moses was gone and Joshua led them. The promise was that they could have the Promised Land if they removed Egypt from their consciousness. They came to the walls of Jericho, whose people worshiped pagan devils, and they had to face black magicians. God told Joshua that seven priests were to carry the Ark of the Covenant around the walls once a day for seven days, and seven times on the final day, while the priests blew the trumpets and the people all followed in silence. On the seventh day, after the seventh circuit, Joshua raised his arms, the priests blew their trumpets, the people shouted and the walls fell down. The walls of Jericho represent an alarming obstacle to overcome, a barrier, or something that you believe you may still need in your life.

The process of overcoming the past is this: your prayer raises the rate of vibration of your physical body to a higher grade of Light as atomic substance, which then melts, dissolves and absorbs your memory of the past to open the way for a glorious future. Scientists, because of their faith, have broken through the walls of substance and have learned to explode the atom. Your body is an atomic laboratory in miniature, just as well-equipped as any outer scientific laboratory. When a germ, virus or wave of any influence hits you from the outside, do you hunt a bed? You could put up your hands and declare and believe that the great substance of the Almighty moves in and heals. If you want to be healed, search for a place to ascend to, not to lie down.

Those who marched around Jericho remained silent for seven days. Each day they returned to their tents and whispered. They moved up into that substance of faith that their high vibration had built. Faith moves mountains of disharmony, gossip, or any other cross-vibration or obstacle when you arise and stand steadfastly in faith while it comes to pass. Faith does not tolerate anything other than itself. It uses you. You do not use it. A plane casts a shadow on the ground below as it flies high overhead. Your plane is the soul, and the self is its shadow. The shadow flits here and there and dips into the low places, but never can draw the soul down completely.

Eventually the self must stumble its way up to the Oversoul’s I AM consciousness, which touches God’s glory. I AM embodies the creative idea, and the possible combinations of creation are innumerable. Faith is all encompassing — you get together with others in faith, not on individual ideas. Faith unites souls in the Light, disbelief and darkness divides them.

A prayer can travel only one way — up, and prayer needs plenty of fervor to fuel its rise. You cannot hold out on God when you let Power possess you. Yet you hold out places in the body, saying such things as, “Oh, a bad back just runs in the family.” The Master said that you can be as perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. Ask, stand and accept it with wide-open arms. Hold your arms up and let Godly perfection possess you.

This substance of faith is the “all” of everything. Yet you must practice faith. You are created in the image and likeness of God, who made this perfect substance. Recondition your life for this change. Others may call you names — “You are selfish! You are forcing me to do this!” But if your heart is clean, you remain in the golden silence as you travel the Via Christa.

The children of Israel simply obeyed the law and did not look to see if the walls were falling yet. They set a constant powerful vibration, unrelenting in its purpose. This is what you need to do to overcome your own obstacles of self. For example, when you condemn another for using force, or a lack of love, you take this on yourself. It is never too late, just too soon! Take the first step. Lift your arms and call on God’s divine substance to recreate a perfect body, and stand in Light and love and law. Now is the time of infolding, the time to reach out with arms of Light to bring in your family, home, city, and government, and hold them up to God in peace and love.

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What Is Your Gift?

Edna Lister sermon outline|June 12, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|Topics: God’s gifts, peace of mind|Scriptures: Philippians 4:4-9, 13, 19, 1 Timothy 4:14, 2 Timothy 1:6

“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” — Philippians 4:4-9.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” — Philippians 4:13.

“God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:19.

“Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” — 1 Timothy 4:14.

“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.” — 2 Timothy 1:6.

What is a gift? The world defines it as a voluntary transference without consideration, or a natural endowment. James says that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness or shadow of turning.” — James 1:17. Imagination, thinking and desires are the greatest gifts we have received from God.

Paul cautioned Timothy, “Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the elders.” And later he said, “I remind you to stir up the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”

In his Letter to Philippians, Paul outlines a three-step approach to staying stirred up so that your gifts, given of God, can use you. First, to conquer a wayward imagination, you must “rejoice in the Lord always” and be care-full — filled with care — for nothing. Anxiety is really useless. What can go wrong if you are always rejoicing in the Father of lights?

Second, to cause desire to burn brightly, “with thanksgivinglet your requests be made known to God.” We must add muchmore gratitude and praise, coupled to our expectancy that God will provide.

Finally, “think on these things” that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. When we think on things of praiseworthy virtue, our imagination must build the right molds.

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.

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What Is Your Gift?

Edna Lister sermon transcript|June 12, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|Scribe: Ruth Collord|Topics: God’s gifts, peace of mind|Scriptures: Philippians 4:4-9, 13, 19, 1 Timothy 4:14, 2 Timothy 1:6

“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” — Philippians 4:4-9.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” — Philippians 4:13.

“God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:19.

“Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” — 1 Timothy 4:14.

“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.” — 2 Timothy 1:6.

Be care-full — filled with care — in nothing. Rejoice and you cannot go wrong. With thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Add gratitude and praise to your expectancy to increase it.

Things to think on include whatever is good, pure, lovely, and true. As you think, so shall your imagination build the right molds.

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Aspiration and Prayer

Edna Lister sermon outline|June 19, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|Topics: Aspiration, Prayer|Scripture: Philippians 3:12-14

“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 3:12-14.

To aspire is “to desire, to aspire after, to do something active about it.” You aspire toward a goal, a mark, a prize, and can go no farther than the height of your aspiration. You can become no greater than the point where your aspiration ceases, for you create a “sonic barrier,” a ceiling too thick to penetrate. When you have no further need to seek after, no need to “do,” old age sets in, whether you are ten or eighty. Those who have no aspiration have a closed mind. They know enough, are smug in their present knowledge, self-satisfied and self-virtuous.

What does prayer have to do with aspiration? Prayer is the jet fuel that powers your spiritual aircraft through the sonic barrier. True prayer consists in a yearning toward something greater than the self, and more, something greater than you can find in the world. Prayer has many stages, from lukewarmness to the white point of heat, and many states of consciousness. A jet cannot fly without fuel. As in the physical world, your prayers can ascend no higher toward the Source than the yearning, burning degree of your desire under them. Wishing, wanting and hoping are not enough.

You need burning hot desire, flaming, sparkling imagination and some action of belief that can attain to white heat. You must “believe to see,” for seeing to believe will trap you at the lukewarm degree. You can offer no high prayer without aspiration, or attain fulfillment of your aspirations without prayer to give them their foundation and power. Aspiration is to be resurrected from a low vibration, and prayer is to be ascended to a state of joyous ecstasy.

Love is the expression of true prayer, which forges the strongest lines of gossamer Light in the universe. You must love God enough to penetrate your personal sonic barrier into a joy that is Power in action, into faith unconquerable, a place of miracle after miracle, miracle upon miracle, an ever-ascending goal.

To apprehend is to fully understand. “One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind” love enough, “reaching forth to those things which are ahead,” your new goals and aspirations. Press on without lagging or dawdling, with active faith and love, using joy to attain the prize, beauty, health and perfection in all ways.

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Aspiration and Prayer

Edna Lister sermon transcript|June 19, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|Scribe: Ruth Collord|Topics: Aspiration, Prayer|Scripture: Philippians 3:12-14

“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 3:12-14.

“One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth to those things which are ahead, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” expresses the comprehension that a vibration doesprecede you. No one is a failure if he continues aspiring toward a goal. Your achievement consists in ascending to your aspiration. You must see a greatergoal to achieve.

First, you must have an aspiration — you must aspire to attain some goal — then you mustempower your aspiration with greater desire. When you “know” too much or better than everyone else, you die out at the top. Prayer is the jet propulsion of your life. Prayer is the Power behind your aspiration. You cannot expect to get results until you go beyond your “sonic barrier” in prayer. This requires ascending to your faith. Look toward something that is greater than self. Your state of consciousness is your composite of thinking, feelings and the imaginary pictures you build at the time. Your life is all an externalization of that in which you place your faith. You need the right pictures to create a new set of records.

Do not curse what you do not want, but bless it. Psychological law says that you may not be negative about anything, a character trait, a person or a situation, and have it turn out right. It is not what the position does for you, but what youdo for the position. This is your life, and you cando what you choose. Even God Himself cannot help you or get inside if you shut Him out. To comprehend life is to move up from your old state of consciousness and create a new outline for living. Use your mind rightly, control your thinking, command imagination, and build the right pictures.

“This one thing I do now, forgetting those things which are behind.” — Philippians 3:13. Can you imagine a cowboy dragging a dead carcass from winter through spring and summer? Create an imaginary cloud continent way up there, and build a bonfire on it. Put all your past trouble, blame, grief and hurt feelings on it. Don’t bury them in your subconscious mind's graveyard, but burnthem in Light. Put your ugly past memories in this burial ground of Light and free your brain cells for the beauty of the present.

Bring up all your lines of Light and responsibility extending to other people, and love them enough. Declare, “I reach forth for those things which are new.” Move up to that place in consciousness where Paul was. Set up the good in imagination, for strength, to domore than you ever did before. The “high mark of the calling of God” is to remold your body into what He created in the beginning with more beauty and strength. Aspiration canmove out to do this on yourprayer!

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Jesus, the Ascended God

Edna Lister sermon outline|June 26, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|June 1, 1958|December 19, 1954|Topics: Desire, Thinking, Imagination|Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-15

“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” — Ephesians 4:1-15.

From birth to transition, we are ascending. As individual embodied souls, we study, learn and awaken brain cells. An infant is born with millions of new cells, unmarked, then begins to impress on them. You form tracks, and finally they press deep enough to become a habit. Infants who come in with no brain cells to develop are still ascending, paying their debts for misusing brain substance, and their creative tools of imagination, thinking and desire. The love, care and help such a child receives in this life from its parents doescreate new equipment.

How do I know whether I am ascending? Anyone can tell the difference between a heavy feeling and a sense of lightness of body and soul. How can I consciously help to accelerate my ascension? You cannot see empty space, apparently filled with nothing. Through the ages, humanity has believed in a Father God, though ignorance and superstition peppered those beliefs, with fallacies and abortive ideas. Early man could not fill empty space with the Beings of Light who truly inhabit it, so he created a god in his own image, with failings and flaws just like himself.

The science of reasoning found an easy way to use principle as another god, an ascended one, higher, invisible. At last they were getting somewhere. They postulated that you must be able to do something about seeing invisible form, since some can but others can’t — but what? The answer lies in the tools you use. As a builder, you may need specialized tools, but first you must learn and understand just what your basic God-given tools are.

Man uses divine Wisdom as his thinking mind to apply will. Desire functions as the divine emotion, love, and you are free to choose what feelings you have, love or hate. Imagination is how you use the joy principle to form pictures in the mind’s eye. These are the tools God uses to act asyou. You use mind for thinking to formulate your plan for life, imagination pictures your goal, and desire decides who will pursue it, the I AM of soul or “little me” of self.

The use of the faculty of imagination is the difference between those who see spiritually and those who do not. The magic secret lies in whether you use imagination turned down to see pictures, light or dark, or turned up as the all-seeing eye of soul vision. Without vision, nations perish, and the individual embodied souls crystallize.

How do you awaken your soul faculties? You have one body, one Spirit and one God, the Father of us all, who is the Source and substance of your being. You cannot picture the divine form in space. It is too limitless. Yet you can picture Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, radiant as the sun, which is why “he also first descended into the lower parts of the earth” — to show you the way and how. Stand in your garden, on a cloud, until you seethe glorious face of the Father. Then stand until you feelyour body becoming a sun center, radiant with the one spiritual substance, without descending into your body.

This is yourMount of Transfiguration. Can such a use of imagination, your greatest creative tool, be wrong? This practice lifts you upoff the old step, and you leave lesser steps behind. Let your love descend from this high place in consciousness into the subconscious “lower parts” to find, dig out and give up old beliefs in the truth of appearances. Let the Light of Spirit lift the darkness of old beliefs, fears and doubts. It’s only “crude oil” coming up so Spirit may refine it into pure high octane gold.

Am I strong enough to declare my life good? “I will go before you, 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 you the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places.” — Isaiah 45:2-3. The law says that when you step up to the one Lord and one faith, the one baptism will descend to fill you as Power. How do you apply this law of ascension as the one faith to seek, to do? The subconscious mind works night and day, according to the orders yougive it.

Before you leave home or the office, set the subconscious like an alarm clock to fill your destination as a radiant sun center of Light. Step through the door into a sphere of Light, a sheath of protection around you. Use this treatment for your family and everyone you meet, for it involves your creative tools, your thinking mind, imagination and desires.

This is one Lord, one law, one faith as spiritual substance in action as you. “My Father is rich. I am rich” with new cells for the body, new atoms for power and strength, new position, new love, new glories. I AM leads your former captivity captive, and the old self “little me” ascends as the captive of love. Use your imagination and letthe Power do the work. Picture that Face and someday you will see a glorious, beneficent, magnificent, new life, beautiful beyond compare.

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One Life in Christ

Edna Lister sermon outline|June 26, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|Topics: asking, doing the greater works|Scripture: John 14:6-14

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” — John 14:6-14.

Do you believe this Scripture? How can you tell when you believe? When your faith is strong, you are up in consciousness. When your faith is weak, you are down in the dumps. You can be no stronger than your greatest weakness, yet conquering reforms the weakest of your weaknesses into your greatest strength.

The Master promised “The works that I do you will do also; and greater works than these will you do, because I go to my Father.” Is his going by himself enough? Oh no. You are supposed to follow him to our Father. To do this, you must choose to be more than a merely satisfactory image and likeness of the Father. Do your friends want to move higher in consciousness when they see you, when you speak?

Unless you prune your self, life will do the pruning for you. Not only must you “believe and ask in my name,” but must prune, and “ask in my name.” The Power does the work, but it depends on you to be its vessel, channel and instrument. You do know the way. You do know the truth. You do know the Source. You have seen the Father. When you see anything evil, you know that it is still His perfect substance — even malformed bodies are still His substance.

Jesus told us to come to the Father “by me.” Your growth depends on your answer to this call, not simply riding on Jesus’ coat tails, but following him, and making ladders of your tests, trials and temptations, instead of crosses.

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One Life in Christ

Edna Lister sermon transcript|June 26, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|Scribe: Ruth Collord|Topics: asking, doing the greater works|Scripture: John 14:6-14

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” — John 14:6-14.

The fourteenth chapter of John is wonderful. Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father, and Jesus explains that this is possible only if you believe. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” Jesus Christ is one with the Father and we are one with him.

In truth, all that is, is One. When you look into the face of evil, do you see God? Everything that is, is part of God, no matter the appearance. When someone curses, do you pay attention to and listen to them? Do you hear God saying, “Let there be Light”? You either believe that all is perfect, or you do not. The same divine substance flows through the universe, everywhere evenly present and available. If you have even once seen love or heard the words of wisdom, you see God everywhere. You have seen the Father, you do every time you look in the mirror. Ask yourself, “How am I representing my Father?”

Your body is not your soul. The body is not you. You dwell in this body, which is yours to use, and you are supposed to be the master of it. Do you let it dictate to you? Accepting that you are the master of your body is the basis for healing whatever als you! As a victor, “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” Tell the body, “If you knew where I am going, you’d stop howling.” Then act as if you can, and do it.

The Christ principle and its expression are the source of your life and ability. The laws of God must rule you, not your subconscious mind of appetitive soul. Further, you must choose to live by the laws of Christ. You cannot change the laws of mathematics, so why try? You can live by love, and God’s addition and multiplication. To live by the dictates of the appetitive soul is to live by subtraction and division.

Do you believe that God is, and that He has all strength? That divine strength moves through, according to your goals and the Light you release in your declarations of conquering. Make them great! Nothing limits what you can do with the equipment the Lord God Almighty gave you. Your subconscious laziness limits you. Yet so many pf the Elect are still saying, “Show me the Father.”

Even material things are amenable to love, which can refashion anything into its original form. Music, for instance, releases the vibration of the harmony of God, which is destined to heal. History has proven that a singer or an instrumentalist has at times brought through such Power that people have thrown away their crutches and props and were healed because they had seen the Father.

Invictus
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
— William Ernest Henley

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I Arise!

Edna Lister sermon outline|July 3, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|Scriptures: 1 John 5:1-8, 1 John 5:13-14

“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he who came by water and blood – Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree as one.” — 1 John 5:1-8.

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. Now this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” — 1 John 5:13-14.

“I will arise and go to my father.” — Luke 15:18. You may arise from and go to a wrong place or a right place, down or up in consciousness. The wrong way to arise is to ask, “How will this affect me? I can’t leave. I’m bound by circumstances. Why tell me this? I do not want more.” You are in the Promised Land and in heaven now. What does this mean? To arise means to make a choice, but of what? Since you have no place to go, it must mean how to live in the Promised Land, how to make your present place a glory. It means moving up from an unconscious state of living into a consciously directed state of awareness of being in the Promised Land. You can tell when you have moved up in consciousness by whether you feel good or less good, well or ill, light or heavy, eager or lukewarm. START HERE

John’s Letter forms three essential ideas to arise on — belief in Jesus as the Son of God, love of God and obedience by keeping the Commandments, and victory by the faith of God.

First, you accept the love of God and are obedient by the "water" of Christ consciousness. Second, you accept the Son of God as the "blood" vibration of energy. Finally, you accept the faith of God as Spirit substance.

Spirit bears witness, functioning through your soul substance, directly increasing Christ consciousness, vitalizing atoms and endocrine glands. Water bears witness to the vibration of love for healing, expressing as graciousness, compassion, joy and praise, which must continuously water the body, nourishing and sustaining. Earth dries up without water.

The "blood" bears witness to the Christed consciousness, the blood of the Lamb, an energy stream for strength and action. Spirit, water and blood are all in one and all act as one. They bear witness on earth as you, your soul expressing the personality we see in each other.

Three bear record in heaven, the Father, who knows your strength and weaknesses, is the Spirit of wisdom and illumination as ideas from divine Mind. The Mother is the water of love, nourishing and sustaining you. The Holy Ghost bears record of the Son, the energy of joy.

These three represent powers that are yours to collect as part of your inheritance. Yet, you still ask how. You are known by your works. So, arise and ascend in consciousness to where the three are as one, not a dozen different things as one.

If you think of God as a Father, you are thinking of three sets of three: Father, Word and Holy Ghost, Father, Mother and Son, and Spirit, water and blood. You cannot separate them, for they are one.

When you think of Jesus as the Son, three powers move through you, and you are known by your works. You have the power to yearn and brood in compassion over your creations, the power to desire to be o’ershadowed by Spirit at all times, and the power to hold imagination up to the Light steadfastly.

Never permit self to be willful or deliberately disobedient, because your atomic body collapses if you deny the "blood." You suffer from a spiritual drowning if earth waters your atomic cells, because it cuts off your supply of the substance of faith as energy.

"These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. Now this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." — 1 John 5:13-14.

You no longer run to the picture gallery in your subconscious basement. You have moved your museum gallery up to your tower room or into your garden of love. Under the magic act of surrender, you are possessed by joy. At last you break through your sonic barrier, and hear a voice calling, "Child of God, come! Ascend in consciousness to Me."

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Spiritual Independence

Edna Lister Bible study outline is dated July 3, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|Scripture: Philippians 3:13-14

"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." — Philippians 3:13-14.

Believe it or not, you do know what to do next. The world wastes time fooling around between one thing and the next. Most people have no well thought out, overall plan for life.

You cannot force the outer to conform to your will, but you can have a supreme inner soul plan to follow regardless of what, where, when or how in the outer.

"I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul."
— William Ernest Henley

You are the master of your soul destiny, and hold your fate in your own hands. First, eliminate the enemy idea. Love your so-called enemies, blessing them with no curses. Finally, do good, which means that you must love enough. Nothing can withstand love’s fire, which burns down all barriers, and burns out pain and illness in the body’s cells. Love is timeless. Love is measureless.

How unselfish must you be? How much of your self must you give? Pour self out until you reach a state of joyous activity where you ascend in consciousness and do now, forgetting the past, reaching forth and pressing on. This one thing you do now, you stand still where you are. Wait a moment, ascend into the Light and stand steadfastly until you love enough.

Invictus
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
— William Ernest Henley

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Salvation Through Faith

Edna Lister sermon outline|July 10, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|Scripture: Matthew 5:25-26, Philippians 2:5-8

"Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing." — Matthew 5:25-26.

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." — Philippians 2:5-8.

You are concerned about your place in life from your first consciousness as an individual until you finish with earth. You spend your early years preparing for your place, the next years in finding it, then the long struggle comes to hold fast what you have gained. All along the way, you are forced to choose between this and that. You think you are settled, but something from the outside creeps in and upsets your plans and place.

If your place in the world is your only hope, you are headed in the wrong direction. If you grow overly satisfied, you grow complacent in physical, emotional and mental fat. If you are dissatisfied, you grouch, whine and complain because your vibration has dried up until "no one is home." You put yourself under the pair of opposites, up and down. It follows that you fall prey to the "enemy" idea. You sink lower and do less.

"Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing." — Matthew 5:25-26. The basement is three steps down, but the tower room of the golden silence is only one step up in consciousness. People complain, "How can I agree when the other fellow is wrong?" It is not wrong for them. They are right for themselves. No law says that you must do the wrong thing for you. But you can agree with them by saying, "You are right; how perfect that is for you," which is true for them and satisfies them.

If you, knowing this, become hurt or offended, and blame them, the "enemy" idea, your self-created adversary, soon turns you over to your own soul for judgment. Your soul is the judge, who rules that you are wrong. Then the officer of the day, Mister Regret, takes charge.

Remember, only one step down creates your adversary and makes it easier to take another step down. Officer Regret puts you in the prison of remorse, where you languish and grieve, wallowing in your selfish sense of grief.

One step up, and you arise and go to your Father, the only satisfying place that never changes. No one can ever interfere with your place at the window of heaven, where you draw on your inheritance from the Source of Power and joy. The process of moving up costs you four steps, but the act of a miracle moves up in one.

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." — Philippians 2:5-8.

This is your background for attaining the act of a miracle. To be equal with God is not robbery. We are all equal in our ability to serve, to surrender, to be obedient.

As a servant, used by all Power and all love, you express God’s attributes and qualities as your actions. God works to will and to do, and it is His good pleasure to give you His kingdom because you are working out your own salvation by loving enough.

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Salvation Through Faith

Edna Lister sermon transcript|July 10, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|Scribe: Ruth Bender Collord|Scriptures: Matthew 5:25-26, Philippians 2:5-8

"Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing." — Matthew 5:25-26.

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." — Philippians 2:5-8.

From his earliest consciousness, a child reaches out for his place on earth. We all have specialized brain cells called neurons, which carry the memories of the laws we must use every day of our earth life. The memories of law register on your brain cells, and you go over them to remember what to do. Hindsight is casting the mind over the negatives, how you failed in what to do.

You spend your early years preparing yourself for the place you desire. Then you spend years finding your place, and the rest of your life in holding onto it. When you grow complacent, you grow "fatty cells" in your brain, on the inner and in your outer body.

Some adults never grow out of the infant stage. They see another’s position and want that. They want the place another made instead of what they could create. If you do this, you put yourself under the domination of the opposite. Expressing dissatisfaction with your place, whining, complaining and grudging, causes you to take a long step down. It does not get you anywhere when you plod and poke; like poking a toad with a stick — it just hops a little further away.

"Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing." — Matthew 5:25-26.

These two verses provide an outline for glory, and how to go up in consciousness. "Agree with the adversary quickly," otherwise the adversary will deliver you to the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, who will put you into prison. It’s just four steps to the bottom.

First is, "I agree," which means, "You are right." That is the truth for him. Even a lie is the truth for the liar. The fault that the other fellow sees in you is seeing; he must see it in another first to become conscious of it in himself. Some see the faults only in others, never in themselves, which is infantile, but is the first step. He is a teacher unless you make him into an adversary.

No one can judge you by the way you appear. Each judges by what he sees, and by his own state of development. The other fellow gives you a truth of the moment. Accepting this, with "I agree," is obeying the first law of ascension to open the records, but you may not charge a debt of blame.

When you say, "You are right," the Light moves in and through you. Then go to the altar and check that this is so. When you say, "It’s his, not mine," you name him an adversary. Then you will be brought before the judge of your own soul, your conscience. Officer Regret puts you into the prison of remorse. Coming up and paying to the last penny is an act of contrition and surrender. Then you stand under the Light, saying, "Father, please wipe it out," and apologize on the outer. This pays your debt on the "cash and carry" plan of life.

"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God." — Philippians 2:5-6. These verses tell you that you are equal in the right to find the place of destiny that God gave you, to use the attributes that God gave you, to become I AM THAT I AM. Do not consider it robbery to claim an inheritance in God.

Seek first your place in the kingdom of heaven by giving all others their own place in the kingdom according to their present state of consciousness. The Book of Job shows that God’s promises are always fulfilled eventually. It’s a how-to manual to reach your salvation and inheritance. I AM the Power moving from the heart of God to fulfill this salvation now.

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What Is Freedom?

Edna Lister sermon outline|July 10, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|August 7, 1955|Cleveland, Ohio|Scriptures: Galatians 5:13-14, Acts 15:23-31

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” — Galatians 5:13-14.

“And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia. Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle: Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.” — Acts 15:23-31.

Fear of responsibility to love enough causes many people to hunt personal freedom at any cost. Fear has also kept many from entering the healing ministry. “What will I do if nothing happens?” You are a seed planter, but God is the harvester. If you want to be the harvester, you want outer credits. To love one another means cooperation, getting together in a conference to find one idea that makes sense, causes the group to be cohesive, and is the best for all. Yet first, you must get together with self, little me, soul and Oversoul’s I AM consciousness.

They wrote this letter — “The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia.” — Acts 15:23. The apostles represent the super-conscious mind speaking to the spiritual faculties of soul. The elders are the conscious intellectual faculties, logic, reason, discernment discrimination, and discretion, who are pulled between the apostles and the brethren, the subconscious, instinctive emotional urges to self.

The apostles, illumination, intuition, imagination, faith and understanding, must be welded together by joy. The brethren are the seekers, full of pride, arrogance, prejudice, opinions and plausibility, quite able to give plausible reasons for being selfish. The brethren bow to and give in to enemies, including doctors’ verdicts and world opinions. The elders bow and pass on up, obeying the law of “I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” — John 12:32. The apostles are the guardians of the creative flame of life in you, as you. The price of freedom is to love. God’s Light as Wisdom is limitless faith unconquerable, and love unquenchable in its power to consume barriers, to heal and to lift.

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What Is Freedom?

Edna Lister sermon transcript|July 10, 1955|Truth Temple|Tacoma, Washington|Scribe: Ruth Bender Collord. Scriptures: Galatians 5:13-14, Acts 15:23-31

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” — Galatians 5:13-14.

“And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia. Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle: Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.” — Acts 15:23-31.

You can never escape what you dislike, so you must declare it good to make it so. Unless you are conscious of a Source beyond the self, you will have such concern. Those who concoct evil all reach an end sometime. We will always have some form of a United Nations, a unity of nations, always higher in scope, and more Christ-like.

Healers, teachers and speakers are afraid to speak the Word for healing, for they all fear that nothing will happen. Never look for credit, for you may permit no self in your desires. Be completely selfless and give freely with no thought of being paid for it. Are you a seed planter, or do you want to play God and take the credit for the harvest? You are free to express God and love your neighbors as you love yourself. Salvation is free, but you cannot seek it on the outer. You must make your contact above. You cannot run from anything and escape it; eventually it will catch up with you.

“The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia.” — Acts 15:23. They wrote this letter to their peers because they had found the way to deal with a problem. When you discover how to meet a problem, you lift every group with a similar problem. Every vibration goes out and levels every similar thing in its path. Too often, an adverse vibration goes out just when another positive vibration is about to be created and released.

The apostles represent the super-conscious mind and twelve soul faculties. The elders represent the conscious rational mind, good judgment, conscious reasoning and the intellectual faculties. The brethren represent the subconscious mind, emotional opinions and prejudices. Oversoul’s super-conscious mind says, “I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” — John 12:32, giving God all the credit. The brethren, who rule in the region of the solar plexus, have only one faculty, reasoning that sounds plausible. Anyone can think up all kinds of reasons for not doing what he must do, his duty.

The apostles stand serene and confident, and bow to the One God. The elders constantly listen to and revert down to the little self, the brethren. Anyone who steps out to assume responsibility is free, and speaks the Word, praying for the Power to move through constantly to burn out crystallized cells. It sometimes takes time to dissolve the crystallized cells to open the mystic eye.

Do you think that you have to wait for Christmas or Easter for the Power to move through? Ascend in consciousness to the place of the apostles, the twelve soul faculties, and open the Power line. Stay up with the elders, too. You cannot afford to permit the little self, the brethren to climb up and slide down. Self must remain in the Light.

The love of God is the only freedom you have or shall ever have. Do not ask for credit. Keep the Power flowing through. People are like sponges. You can fill those who ask for help with Power again and again. Receive your credit from above, not on the outer, and do not take credit on the outer. Speak the Word for soul freedom, and you shall have credits overflowing as strength, life, wisdom, love and a sparkle in your eyes.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 – 1971
The original Christian Pioneering Mystic,
Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.


Edna Lister


References

The Oxford English Dictionary: Compact Edition 2 volumes. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 3rd ed. Springfield, Massachusetts, G. & C. Merriam Co., 1929.