Edna Lister’s Sermons 1955, Part III.

























Your Broadcasting Station

Edna Lister Bible study outline; October 2, 1955, Truth Temple, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: Matthew 3:1-3.

"In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." – Matthew 3:1-3.

All promises, from the earliest prophets after Adam and Eve until today, apply to all children of Israel, who have lived in each civilization. All these promises are as good today as they were in the past, and they apply to us, now. The Lord is once more saying, "Prepare the way before Me." The "way" is the Christ Way in every mind and heart.

Life is a challenge, a call to arms. To stand steadfastly as the Light is a challenge to darkness. "With me is the strong arm of Jehovah, my God." Does this thrill you, stir you, move you, ring bells in your heart? Or leave you cold, indifferent, untouched? Your degree of enthusiasm for life and work determines your degree of success.

The call rings out, "Let us assemble at Jerusalem." To do so, seek your temple sanctuary, which is your broadcasting station, the center of Christed consciousness, your high tower of refuge in the higher creative center.

Your brain cells and head centers are your receiving and sending sets, but you cannot send and receive at the same time. If you are inducting impressions from the world's mental static, you cannot be sending out thoughts from above simultaneously. The head is your main control room of Light as Power. The substation of self cannot know the overall plan or ideas of the Christ mind unless it listens to the broadcast.

Like using a two-way radio, you send a message, say, "Over," and must wait for the reply. The substation spends time asking why, how, when, where, distracts your attention, or fills your consciousness with static, so you cannot hear it.

Now, by law, this is the time and this is the place to put in a new general manager, the Christ consciousness, who can control the substation and end the static-laden broadcasts of self. Broadcast the message that you want God and the world to hear.

"I have hired a new general manager, and Christ consciousness turns my broadcasting station into a radar station of Power. I have returned to my sanctuary in Jerusalem, God's radar station for me, where my miracles can find me, day and night. I am now broadcasting from faith, from love through my joy station."

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Divine Laws for Conquerors

Edna Lister Bible study outline; October 7, 1955, Truth Temple, Tacoma, Washington. Scriptures: Matthew 6:33-34, Matthew 5:25, 1 Thessalonians 5:22, John 21:22, ;John 12:32.

Every two hours, a new Zodiacal sign rises over the eastern horizon, bringing a new share of the world's spiritual debts for you to lift with it. This truth is why Jesus said, "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." – Matthew 6:34.

Yet he also taught a fundamental law in which you cannot fail. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." – Matthew 6:33. This is the first of six laws that are absolutely necessary for success. Mystically, "righteousness" is the right-use-of, or "right vision in action." The law clearly says to "seek first," which means now, not later.

The average person falls into a ditch, then climbs out. You may fall downstairs into the basement of consciousness, knowing that you must climb out again. Most likely you will continue doing this until you ask yourself, "Why fall in first?" Go to a garden on a cloud of Light instead. Just quickly climb up, stand steadfastly, and think Light, with no words, just Light.

Zipper yourself into a golden spacesuit of Light, then face the world of men and things. Or, you can see the Master as he walked on the water, between you and others.

"Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." – Matthew 6:33-34. Now you can live today, and meet each problem as it unfolds before you.

"Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him." – Matthew 5:25. This law is all-inclusive, since an "adversary" can be anything that runs counter to your will and desire. Since your job is to eliminate the idea of an enemy outside you, accept everything instantly, to lift. Agree with God that this is good, and adjust to men.

People ask, "How do I lift?" Why, just play a game of "Pretend." See the person or situation on a cloud altar in a garden, and declare, "This is good. Let there be Light."

A perfect prayer statement is, "I am now enfolded in the heart of a sphere of Light. I am now touching this innermost Light, which goes forth to accomplish, and to fulfill. It is divine, complete, all-knowing, all-seeing. Let me be fully surrendered for this Power to use. I am now open to receive full illumination."

"What is that to thee? Follow thou me." – John 21:22. Compare yourself with God, with the Master, not with anyone else. All that you can attain by comparing yourself with anything or anyone in the world is to feel good for a brief time, which brings no lasting benefit. "I now compare myself with the Master only."

"Abstain from all appearance of evil." – 1 Thessalonians 5:22. To "abstain" is "to refrain from voluntarily." This law means to avoid anything that can be misconstrued as wrong, otherwise you are tempting law, which will immediately present the bill for your payment of debts. God has designed the soul to refrain from doing wrong voluntarily, while just as consciously choosing to become a perfect ensample or pattern for others to follow.

"This is Good." – Genesis 1. Declaring it good, no matter the test, temptation or situation, is the perfect answer in every avenue of life. God declare each day of His Creation good, and so must you.

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Religious Slavery or Freedom?

Edna Lister sermon outline; October 9, 1955, Truth Temple, Tacoma, Washington; November 27, 1955. Scripture: Matthew 7:7-8.

"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.

This sounds so simple, yet you can meet so much interference in attaining freedom. First, ask what you are seeking. What is religion? What is slavery? What is freedom?

Religion is the belief binding the spiritual nature to Supernatural Being, involving a feeling of both "dependence upon" and "responsibility to." Religion is the scientific study of the principles and laws governing your relationship to God, the whole, and with man, the many parts.

The practice of religion is the application of general laws to fit personal needs in one of several distinct ways. The savage cowers in the cave of doubts and fear until the storm passes.

Neutral souls just go to church, for which they receive credits. They hang onto Jesus' coattails and try to ride up free of charge.

Some metaphysicians say, "Let God do the work." A few assume complete personal responsibility and apply law. Those who love God simply because He is, are satisfied with the devotional approach.

Yet other honest seekers need their questions answered with an accurate intellectual explanation. Both approaches are valid, and they contend with each other in the religious world. However, neither approach is complete.

Slavery is bowing to a master or an enemy, such as fear, doubt, old patterns, or old ideas. People can be slaves to opinions, prejudices, pride, hatred, anger, self-pity, food, drugs, and drink.

Freedom is the opposite of that which enslaves. Many experience momentary freedom when someone makes them happy by offering a sugar-sop to "little me," but this is not real freedom.

To know true freedom, you must know who you are, where you came from, and where you are going. You are the sons and daughters of God, and the Word made flesh in His image and likeness in heaven.

You are going to heaven, where the Master has prepared a place for you "in my Father's house." Heaven is both the place, and the state of consciousness you are in right now.

"I may accept this, but I still do not know how to get my freedom." Complete freedom includes desire, decision, and action. You can desire to be a slave to self, or to plan your life free of self!

Flaming desire, free of doubt, fear or hate, will mate itself with will and exalt itself, if left undirected, for that is the path of least resistance.

Decide whether little self will rule your life down, or live by soul and let I AM rule you from up. Who is going where, I AM or "little me?" Declare, "I am all conquering!"

The action to take is to ask, seek and knock in one of three ways. "Little me" says, "Gimme. I take," and is blown by every wind.

Reason and intellect, which says, "I have" and "I know," are too busy seeking causes to find time to conquer. Self and intellect are filled with too much "that's impossible," too much "I say so" talk, and not enough "I do so" practice.

To respond to new ideas, ways, patterns and illuminations, you must ask, seek and knock at the door of intuitive I AM consciousness, which is the mind that was in Christ Jesus. So, you desire that God uses you, and ask to be used. Decide to love enough, and seek God's love.

Under action, you knock at the door of abundance, where all things are possible. I AM takes you. I AM can. I AM does.

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Religious Slavery or Freedom?

Edna Lister sermon transcript; October 9, 1955, Truth Temple, Tacoma, Washington. Scribe: Ruth Bender Collord. Scripture: Matthew 7:7-8.

"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. Ask, seek and knock. People are confused by these words. They want to know how to ask and seek, and where to knock.

When you have heard about Jesus the Christ, or a great truth to apply, you need seek no longer. You go up in consciousness and apply it.

What is religion? What is slavery? What is freedom? Take the great statements of truth and apply them to daily life. Religion is more than theology, creeds, and dogma. Religion is one of twelve great cosmic departments, just as science and harmony are cosmic departments of principle. Religion is the study of philosophic laws, the study of the principles of God and the management of His universe. Religion is a belief that binds the nature of man to a supernatural being and involves him in two ways, both as dependent on God and responsible to God.

Among metaphysicians, one type sits with his hands in his lap, passively knowing. The dictatorial type uses law as force on everything and everyone until it reacts on him. Only then does he inquire.

First you must consider the forms that fear takes for you, because fear is slavery to your senses, emotions, and to the world. Slavery comes in many forms: You can be a slave to appetites, to a creed or to another's idea of religion, to a family member or to resentment in your own heart. In reality, you have no religious freedom if you are enslaved to your emotional life.

Freedom consists of desire, to know who you are, second, decision, to know where you came from, and action, to know where you are going. You are a joint heir to the kingdom of heaven. Jesus Christ is your elder brother, and he said, "Ye are gods" and it does not yet appear what ye shall be.

We are the sons and daughters of God. We are endowed with His essential parts. If you doubt this, you will remain a slave to doubt and fear. If you say, "I can't do this," you are in bondage to doubt.

"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." – John 14:2. Eventually, you must accept that heaven is a place. Heaven is also a state of consciousness, and you create a heaven here as a place in which you live.

Heaven is a place. Use this as the premise that when you are free of the body, you will be taken to the right place. You can make your own heaven here right now. If it seems more like Hell, what does that say?

Live by the I AM consciousness of the mind that was in Christ Jesus for freedom, or go with self into slavery. You choose whether you allow "little me" to take you down in consciousness, or I AM to take you up in ascension. You choose this every moment of your life. The "little me" of self is always taking offense, being hurt and indulging prejudices.

Soul desire burns for more illumination, new ideas, new glories. You want all this. "Little me" is long on "I say so" and blunt about "You must do so." In I AM consciousness, you lose that talking, forcing urge and listen to Spirit.

Your decision eventually must be to follow the laws of Jesus Christ. Action comes from your decision to ask, seek and find. Do not let I AM be gummed up with the little self. Let the love of God cover the little self with love.

When self becomes intuition and illumination, you live in the mind of Christ. The faith of God and the will of God are perfect. God turns you loose to live His way when you let faith and love function through you as His attributes.

When little self stands up, demanding to be counted, pull it up to I AM. Say, "Come up to God!" The subconscious mind is the seat of instinctive intelligence. The Bible likens us to forty-nine animals that live by instinctive intelligence.

These people say, "It's only natural. It's just human nature. We all have animal desires." Yet why should you let creature consciousness run your life?

The intellectual reasoning group always needs to know the reason why. "Who is God? Why should I believe that?"

Enter the silence to tell God that you love Him and ask for His Light as Power to use you, to have His love rule your life. Ask to have His faith fill you, to overcome the world now. Thank Him that He is the One.

Go to I AM consciousness to ask for new patterns to live by, ideas for new ways to do all things. Ask for the God to use you. Ask, seek and knock. Do not reason it out, but call on Power to use you.

Ask that Light may use you. Decide to live by that surrender to the Power, so that you may give up more and more of self. Then the subconscious does all the right things. It will lift its voice in praise.

The action of I AM in your consciousness opens the door to God's abundance. When you are in I AM consciousness, the abundance pours forth and the added things come.

To be surrendered is to be possessed by the love of God. To stand in action is to let the mind of Christ consciousness be in action as the Father.

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Are You Interested in God?

Edna Lister Bible study outline; October 9, 1955, Truth Temple, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:17-18.

"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." – 2 Corinthians 3:17-18.

Mankind has evolved from a vague, savage groping after God as things, from clubs to arrows, spears and swords to guns. He has advanced from tearing meat from bones with his teeth to using knives and forks. Civilizations have come and gone. Archeologists have discovered several earlier cities buried under the ruins of Nineveh.

The need to know drives humanity, yet in what direction? Where do you place your interest? Peace builds governments, cathedrals and galleries, and war tears down these constructions.

Is your interest focused on family, neighbors, or God? Where is God in your life? He is the substance of all, and you cannot leave Him out. Do you think of God as all you do? Do you work, or do you labor? Man's work has produced porcelain vessels to carry water, yet even if we only labor, still we toil in His ancient dust.

Be interested in God, who is the Breath of Life you breathe, the food you eat, all, the everything in life. "Ye are gods." So, what do you do with your share of God? How interested are you in your daily life? Are you bored? Anything you do is worthy of your attention, which is the right use of your devotion to God.

Be focused on doing your best, twenty-four hours a day. If you want to get away to write, study or meditate, then do, just as you are, corns 'n all.

If you cannot find time, then you are still looking for time and place, which is right here, right now. Most people hold the attitude that they must find some other time, in some other place. They excuse their failure to do by saying they are non-religious, non-scientific, and produce nothing as the result.

People do not reach their goals because it is so hard or too far, but because they take so long. You can choose faith unconquerable "with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord," or to remain in the fish "fins 'n gills" stage.

Ascend in consciousness. Behold with "open face," and "be changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." To be interested in God is liberty.

Here the question arises, "Do I follow the truth of appearances, or the truth of reality?" Some people say, "I cannot lie" about the truth of appearances, which usually means that the grip of their past darkness is still too great to let go.

Is it a lie to declare with God that "This is healed"? Ignore the appearance, and declare with the psalmist, "A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee." – Psalm 91:7.

Give up self-pity, the fish fins 'n gills stage, where others hurt you, in favor of the God 'n wings stage, where you lift and conquer.

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Agreeing With God

Edna Lister Bible study outline; October 14, 1955, Truth Temple, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: Matthew 5:25.

"Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison." – Matthew 5:25.

The "enemy" idea presupposes that some adversary exists outside of you, not within your own consciousness. This, in fact, is untrue. The first place to look for the enemy is within the self.

The first law in ascension of consciousness is to accept everything that comes as something that the Father is depending on you to lift into the Light, or to fill with Light, if the thing is evil. You agree with God that all things are good, even the evil and the stinkers. Their substance is God's and is perfect.

When you have agreed with God that this is good, you will find it a simple matter to adjust to the peculiarities, inanities and downright nastiness of your fellow man. Even the evil ones you may meet are nothing more than fuel for the fires of your ascension.

People ask, "How do I lift?" The simplest approach is to think of lifting as a game of "Pretend." Imagine that you see the person on a cloud of Light, kneeling before an altar. Or imagine yourself sitting in a beautiful garden, filled with Light and the most gorgeous flowers, whatever you think makes a perfect garden.

First, fill your prayers with praise. Then declare, "I AM now enfolded in the heart of a sphere of Light. I AM now touching this innermost Light as Power. This Power goes forth to accomplish, to fulfill my decrees. This Light is divine, complete, all-seeing, all-knowing. Let me be fully surrendered for this Power to use. I am now open to receive full illumination."

Now decree perfection of healing for all those whom you have lifted. Preface each decree with "Let."

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The Ambassador

Edna Lister sermon outline October 16, 1955, Truth Temple, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: Ephesians 6:13-20.

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." – Ephesians 6:13-20.

St. Paul says, "Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand," then "having done all, stand." To stand means to be unmoved and remain steadfast. He emphasized standing because fears and doubts enter after you have done all that you know how to do.

Then he describes how to put the armor on, which includes six steps to protection — gird your loins with truth, wear the breastplate of righteousness, shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace, use the shield of faith, wear the helmet of salvation, and take up the sword of Spirit.

The truth that you use to gird your loins is sincerity, and loyalty to God. The sword of Spirit carries the vibration of the Word.

The feet represent understanding, and you must cover them with a "preparation" for peace, but what kind of preparation? Let your desire ascend to mate with will in the your Oversoul's I AM place of poise, then Power descends as peace. The only way to prepare for peace is to become a child of poise and Power.

Faith is your shield, which you carry on your left arm and hand, to take in Power from above. It forms a shield of Light before you, protecting you from anything the world can produce.

Salvation means "to be saved from," and you wear the helmet to protect the head when you open yourself to the Light. Light whirls down from the I AM center to fill you with intuition and illumination as you watch, work and wait. This is how you condense divine substance within your aura to fill your prayer molds.

Wield the sword of Spirit in your right hand, which gives out the Power from above. "By their works, you shall know them" means works, not words and talk. Having done all, which includes "praying always with all prayer," you stand, "watching with all perseverance" for what you do want.

The bond you share as a creator with God empowers an ambassador of Light. God's bond is a guarantee that you increase with every breath you draw. You have no more time to waste with fighting, opinions, or prejudices. God bonds you because He trusts you to wear your armor.

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Paradise

Edna Lister Bible study outline; October 16, 1955, Truth Temple, Tacoma, Washington. Scriptures: Matthew 6:19-21, Matthew 6:33, Luke 23:43.

"And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise." – Luke 23:43.

People have pictured paradise as a pleasure ground in the near East, another name for the Garden of Eden. In religion, paradise denotes a place, region or state of bliss and surpassing delight. So to "be with me in paradise" means to be in a state or place of bliss. In this case, and in several others, paradise means heaven.

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." – Matthew 6:19-21.

You can think of heaven as a perfect place, or as a perfect state of consciousness. Heaven as a state of consciousness is yours.

To "lay up treasures in heaven" seems like a brief for poverty and lack while on earth. To understand this teaching, review "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you." – Matthew 6:33. All laws must dovetail and balance.

Deliver your soul faculties (the tribes of Israel) from self's domination below the solar plexus (Pharaoh in Egypt). Enter the Promised Land of the heart center, and return to the Garden of Eden, which is the head (the golden bowl) and the center of Oversoul's Christed I AM consciousness.

The five senses, seeing, hearing, tasting, touch and smell, are your servants, not your masters! Your senses are either your friends when lifted into the Garden of Eden, or they are "serpents," your enemies that drag you down into the body and imprison your soul. To be master over the five senses is heavenly. To be a conqueror is heavenly. Everything in life is under control once you make up your mind to conquer, not to control.

Then you come to a drab, dull place where you feel that no one understands you. Old pleasures no longer satisfy you, yet the new is not yet fully yours.

The soul has been descending, being dragged down into Egypt, for aeons. It takes time to persuade "little me" to ascend to Christ consciousness, your paradise, undiscovered, yet waiting.

Until then you are apt to spend much dull, disappointing time looking for the answers in the world because your five senses are still serpents, crawling on their bellies.

Soon, however, your search for the beauties, the treasures of the super-conscious mind, pay dividends. For outer "things" are "added" once you conquer, more friends, more joy in life. Now your senses have wings. Say, "Father, lift me. Fill me. Hold me. Use me." And you do find your treasure in heaven.

Waste no time, but love what people are inside. Spend no time trying to love what people do. No one can see anything in the dark. Cover their deeds with Light so that they see themselves. To blame them buries their transgressions deeper, while they continue to feel ever more perfect.

Finally, you no longer strain toward the future with frayed nerves. You no longer spend today regretting the past. You have no time in which to live but the now.

Take time to live today. Enjoy life, living and loving today, which stores up treasure in heaven for tomorrow. Dwelling in joy in your own Garden of Eden is your paradise now.

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Comparisons

Edna Lister Bible study outline; October 21, 1955, Truth Temple, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: John 21:22.

So much of the trouble, difficulty, resentment, blame and hurt feelings in the world rise from making unwarranted comparisons.

The law on comparisons is, "What is that to thee? Follow thou me." – John 21:22. As you walk the Master's Path of healing, you learn that you may compare yourself with God, with the Master, but no one else.

When you compare yourself with what you find in the world, you often feel good about what is no good at all. Like looking in a fun house mirror, what you see is distorted by self.

Declare, "I now compare myself only with the Master." Then you see yourself in Light and as truth.

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Joy as Courage

Edna Lister sermon outline; October 23, 1955, Truth Temple, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: Acts 27:12-34.

"And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west. And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete. But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive. And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat: which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven. And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship; and the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship. And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away. But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island. But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country; and sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms. Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day. And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under color as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship, Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved. Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off. And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you." – Acts 27:12-34.

After Paul's conversion to Jesus' teachings, the chief priests and the elders of Jerusalem had brought him to trial before King Herod Agrippa in Acts 26, but he appealed to Caesar for trial as a Roman citizen.

Acts 27 opens with a review of weather difficulties on the trip to Italy, and how storms delayed their journey. They decided to sail, against Paul's advice, to layover for winter in Crete, and immediately ran into a severe three-day storm.

You run into a storm whenever you exercise your will instead of heeding God's will for you. Taking the bit in your teeth costs you plenty and wears out the body.

Paul said, "Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island." – Acts 27:21-26.

Paul spoke the truth to the soldiers and sailors of the ship's crew: Surrender self will and abide in the ship of faith. Their will must have been awakening to the truth because they listened and did as he said.

The ship's crew and the soldiers had forgotten to eat in their fear of the storm: "Paul implored them all to take food, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you." – Acts 27:33-34.

The fourteenth day represents the path of choice and separation, a choice of Light and separation from darkness. The crew was being asked to choose their future conduct, to separate from their negative past. The body is the temple of the living God wherein you live. Paul knew they must fulfill their neophyte vows of diet to be saved from harm, so he commanded them to eat.

The ship ran aground. The front was stuck fast and remained immovable, but the violent waves destroyed the rear. The soldiers voted to kill the prisoners before they escaped, just the drastic overreaction self always recommends.

The centurion, who represents the conscious mind in charge of the mental faculties, was willing to listen to Oversoul's warning, represented by Paul. He saved Paul and ordered that those who could swim should jump overboard to get to land.

Sometimes you must swim against life's strong tides, so it helps if you know how to swim well. Surrendering the self-centered will puts on your "water wings" of faith.

The men who could not swim stayed afloat using boards and broken pieces of the ship, yet had a rougher trip because they were still hanging onto bits of self and expecting others to save them. So it came to pass that 276 souls escaped safely to land.

You know that you must return to God, in the Light, and the long journey requires your understanding, willingness and zeal. You must hear, hearken, heed and obey God's law on every level you achieve.

Fear not. The world must bring you before Caesar's justice, and when it does, surrender. Abandon the ship of self, and find that "Lo, God has given you all those who sail with you."

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Fate or Destiny?

Edna Lister Bible study outline; October 23, 1955, Truth Temple, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: John 3:3-7.

"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." – John 3:3-7.

God sends every soul to earth with a "fate line," which can end his life if he drastically misuses his spiritual gifts and soul substance. Why? One who misuses will lose his body before he destroys himself, or ends in worse shape than he started.

To live beyond the fate line, you must be reborn from above. What does this mean? You must accept God, and live by God's Love, Light and Power.

Hindus believe in the wheel of fate, and continue coming to earth again and again in the same old condition. Some people never learn, but stay in the same grade, life after life.

Ask yourself, "How does this affect me?" Year after year life swings by in a cycle over the same ditches you have dug with your griefs and blame. You created all the mud on the bottom with your past tears.

Every holiday, anniversary and birthday, people fall into the same mistakes, take offense at the same old words from the same old people, are hurt the same old way, and blame the same old blames. Some folks have the same silly things happen to them during every vacation. This is the yearly wheel of fate.

Some pander to a cycle of poor health: "Never mind, little pain. I'll take good care of you. I'll take you to bed with me in just a little while to rest and coddle you. I'll sleep with you all night so you can be right there, all nice and strong and ready to grab me quick in the morning before I can even open my eyes. So, be happy, little pain, hang on tight for a while, then I'll can give you all my attention."

Your fate line is designed to take you from your present embodiment if you refuse to ascend to your Path of Destiny through Rebirth from above. Your Path of Destiny is the acceptance of your place as a son or daughter of God.

Your heritage is God's Power, Love, Light, life, and glory. Spirit renews your body. You "pass over" your fate line or time, which is the true meaning of Passover.

How do you step onto this Path of Destiny? Start something new. Find your soul, and get acquainted with that high soul of all Power.

On the fate line, you can be a genius at the wrong thing, the wrong word, neglecting silence, one great avalanche of "needs." When you walk the Path of Destiny, you are a genius at seeing supply and abundance, brilliant at neglecting emotional hurts.

You are free. Your streamlined body was built for speed and long hours of joy. Your desire becomes one great throbbing urge to succeed, to climb, to know, to comprehend, a pulsating need to express more life.

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Avoid the Appearance of Evil

Edna Lister Bible study outline; October 28, 1955, Truth Temple, Tacoma, Washington. Scriptures: 1 Thessalonians 5:22. Hebrews 8:1-5.

To abstain means to refrain from voluntarily. You must "Abstain from all appearance of evil." – 1 Thessalonians 5:22, otherwise you are tempting the law to issue you a citation for instant repayment of your spiritual debts.

"Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount." – Hebrews 8:1-5.

You are the high priest of your own body temple, responsible for your own healing. Priests offer gifts according to the law, and serve as the shadow of heavenly things.

You may not pick and choose which laws you will obey or ignore. For, as God told Moses, when he was about to make the tabernacle, "See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount." – Hebrews 8:5.

Until you become the law, you make imperfect copies of shadowy things. When you are the law, your creations are perfectly made from the divine pattern. This is the difference between being an example and being an ensample.

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For God So Loved

Edna Lister sermon outline; October 30, 1955, Truth Temple, Tacoma, Washington. Scriptures: John 3:12-16, 1 John 4:20.

"If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." – John 3:12-16.

"If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" – 1 John 4:20.

If you do not love your brother, whom you have seen, how can you love God, whom you have not seen? Jesus presents a portrait of God's great love, a glorious giving love, free. Yet he also paints a word picture of our difficulty. Most people want sensory proof, to see, feel and touch before they believe.

You can overcome this difficulty of needing to see before you believe by understanding the two types of love — self love, which is selfish, and soul love, which is unselfish. Self love puts self first, but soul love places God in the top slot.

Putting God first sounds so hard, so difficult, so joyless, no fun. Let's consider what dividends pile up from self-centered love, which is proud of "my opinions and prejudices," is concerned with "my relationship" to the world and others. Self-centered love even compares itself with others to feel good. Self love makes you feel "my world revolves around me, what people think of me."

When told to declare your body strong, pockets full and business good, self-centered love says, "I must be realistic. Business is bad. My memory is no good. My pockets are empty. My body is weak. To say anything else is a lie. I cannot say black is white."

So self names all the weeds in your garden. Self loves all the weeds in your garden. Self nourishes them and declares them stronger than God, more powerful than God's Power and more enduring than His love. Self receives more and better weeds as dividends.

Put some soul love into the scales and see what you have. What is soul love? Only Christed Oversoul consciousness can answer truly. Soul love is unselfish. Is unselfishness wishy-washy, spineless and insipid? Is soul love soft and gullible? Is the love of God a weakness or a lie? You have to answer these questions for yourself. What do you believe?

The Christ mind says, "No, a thousand times no." When you ascend in consciousness, unselfishness becomes the greatest power in the world. Oversoul begins naming the flowers in your garden, as joy, compassion, loveliness, graciousness, consideration for others, thinking first of God then of others. These flowers make you feel like you want to make yourself good, and to make others happy.

The mind of I AM begins to so love the whole world. I AM so loves God. Joy becomes a great weed killer, and I AM can see your flowers. Through Christed consciousness, you learn that soul love is the universal heat that starves the weeds and dissolves darkness.

That mind that was in Christ Jesus teaches you that self-love is like dry ice. Self-love is the lake of fire, burning forever, which is the time it takes to consume self. Soul love is brisk and firm, a pillar to lean upon. It makes you free, and frees the world from you. Soul love is now your magic wand, and you begin to collect miracles.

Now you know why God could send His Son as a sacrifice. God's Love is all-powerful — He can hold you to bring you back Home, into His arms again. He could give you free will because at any time He can draw in that part of Himself that He sent forth.

Yet you must lift yourself up "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness." So, to draw you in before love can win through you would mean wasted ages, your struggle to conquer evil thrown away, no lessons learned.

God must let you go on conquering until you teach the whole world what "God so loved" is and means. Become a living ensample of "God so loved." Not soft or as a nonentity, but in all firmness backed by the Power of God, all glory in the unselfish love of God.

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I'm a Millionaire!

Edna Lister Bible study outline; October 30, 1955, Truth Temple, Tacoma, Washington. Scriptures: Hosea 12:8, Matthew 6:33.

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

If you do not feel like a millionaire, here is the sure cure: "My Father is rich. I am His wealthy son/daughter. I am my Father's heir to His kingdom. My allowance is a miracle. My Father now increases my allowance in all ways."

Now, do you think these statements pay dividends? Do you feel rich? Or do you still think, "I don't know what a millionaire feels like. Why should I feel like one? What for? It's too much trouble. I wouldn't know what to do with that much money."

This "I do not know what a millionaire feels like" attitude indicates no imagination or vision, without which spiritual seeing and hearing perish from lukewarmness and indifference. The sponge-type just sops it up and it oozes out. Without action, you are not applying what you know to what you are doing.

"Why should I want to feel like a millionaire? What for? It's too much trouble." These people have considered it, talked about it and discounted it because it's too much hard work, too much effort and too many long hours. The wisher-type says "I wish I had it," but they just do not want to give up self or what self wants to do. The off-in-a-corner-type says, "I do not want it. I want a hut on a mountainside." These people also say, "I want to be alone. I like to study at home. Groups bother me."

"I wouldn't know what to do with that much money. Perhaps this is not for me. I do not trust myself. I might do harm." God trusts me you with His whole Creation, with anything. When will you trust yourself?

You can add and multiply millions of things — knowledge, health, children, miracles. And you can subtract and divide by your right use of God's riches, according to two things, your own ideas of His riches, and to feel wealthy inside.

God only knows as you. If all you feel is indifference, you have no desire, no action and no contact between God's Bank and your wallet. You must feel related before you can inherit.

Your riches will come according to your idea of God's wealth. Open a new account in heaven. You can draw on all you put in, minus your deductions. You do receive what you ask for, minus the service charges for fear, doubt, blame, self-pity, rebellion, resentment and hurts.

"I am become rich, I have found me out substance." – Hosea 12:8. "I am rich in life. I am rich in strength. I am a millionaire in joy. Lift me. Fill me. Use me to fill my lavish molds." How much life do you want to use when limitless life is available to you?

"I am now deathless, ageless and abiding. My body is filled with the limitless Life of God. My wallet is filled with the limitless wealth of God. I now increase my bank account with God. I stop charging debts and start investing love. I am a millionaire in love, joy, strength, eternal youth, and new ideas. The ideas of prosperity and abundance now possess me."

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Thou Shalt Decree

Edna Lister speech transcript; November 1, 1955, Truth Temple Luncheon, Tacoma, Washington. Scribe: Alfhild Graham. Scripture: Job 22:28.

"Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways." – Job 22:28.

Decreeing and declaring is your first step in attaining miracles made manifest, but if you lose interest, you will have no miracle. So, you must sustain your attention, yet you cannot control Mind with an affirmation from the outside.

If you pay 5 percent or 10 percent attention, your molds fade, and the divine substance, meant to fill them, flows away. You can personify outstanding faith or exceptional foolishness, if you dawdle or lag behind. Faith is the lifting Power.

The instant you use faith, you look up and begin to feel the tension leaving your facial muscles. You need to practice letting go. Banish the tension in eye muscles, and at the corners of your mouth. Sixty-six muscles pull your face down, but it takes only seventeen to pull it up. A smile lifts your eyes at the corners and turns up the corners of your mouth.

Do not let your face down in the morning and walk on it all day. And, above all, hang your face up at night. Treat your face at least as well as you would care for a good coat. You can buy a new coat, but you cannot buy a new face.

Let joy be your companion, and let love be your guide. Decree the good, and show God a smiling face.

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The Open Door

Edna Lister sermon transcript; November 20, 1955, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribe: Ruth Johnson. Scriptures: Revelation 3:8, Revelation 3:11, Revelation 3:18-20.

"I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it: for you have a little strength, have kept my word, and have not denied my name." – Revelation 3:8.

"I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it" refers to the mystical door of your soul consciousness, whose insistent drawing power makes you determined to lift your petty desires to mate them with God's will for you. This door opens the vast storehouse of universal substance to creators.

You are part of the infinite unity, and every part of your being overlaps the whole. The water of the River of Life washes everyone, and is your immunity from darkness. How do you hold the door open?

"Behold, I come quickly! Hold that fast what you have, that no one may take your crown." – Revelation 3:11. Every nerve in the head becomes a petal in the thousand petaled lotus, a crown of glory. No vibration of an imbalance can touch you, and nothing negative can take your crown, gold or white raiment from you.

Some people hold fast to life's negatives. They often hoard recurring pains, encourage them, promise to take them to bed, nurture them, and make the pains strong rather than strongly recognizing God's healing.

"Give me enough strength to finish, then I can cuddle you, dear little pain." You use soul credits when you claim pain. Yet the Father no longer lets you use credits for self after you make high vows of ascension. You must let law use you instead.

Say, "Father, let the Power move forth" when you know that pain is a spiritual debt. "Let this debt, which I recognize, burn like Moses' burning bush that I may see the law therein." Light absorbs the debt, and you do not feel pain.

You do not benefit your Father when you pay the hard way through pain, a habit you have developed from long years of expecting pain. You have conditioned yourself because you have vowed to help pay the worlds' debts.

"I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." – Revelation 3:18-20.

Oversoul tries the gold of Spirit in the fire of experience, but you are buying at a heavy price if self dictates the exchange rate. Declare strongly, "This is mine to lift. It is good and very good," for from blackest night comes the most radiant dawn.

The white raiment is woven of truth as Light, your auric sheath of protection. The price for a sheath of Light is steadfastness in courage, which is God's Wisdom upheld by Love.

"I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see." – Revelation 3:18." You cannot touch even the fringe of God's love if you still take offense. Go up in consciousness to your tower room and anoint your eyes with a devotional attitude toward God, love's eye salve. It absorbs negative words and actions, and they are not.

The love of God is not soft, but firm, rugged, and never deviates from absolute truth. Love is an unchangeable, unmovable rock on which to stand, one that will not move to suit the convenience of your selfishness.

"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent." – Revelation 3:19. How can you learn your lessons unless God tells you what you do wrong? Chastening is a privilege.

Once your embodied soul signs the vows and covenants with your Oversoul, the principle of divine justice shows you your selfish faults and brings you back in line. Law presents each rebuke three times as love, but whacks you if you refuse to recognize it, until you ascend again to Light.

Most people enjoy doing things the hard way. To do God's "greater works" is work. "Therefore be zealous and repent."

Your miracles are less than 100 percent because you pray for partial miracles. Do you want weakness changed to strength to fulfill your destiny, or to finish your life in frailty and old age? Repent, and walk in God's glory. You can ascend to your penthouse of I AM consciousness to receive a new mission.

You can live in your high place, on your Path of Destiny. It matters not if your mission is public or to stand in a quiet place and release Power, you just fulfill your destiny. To stand and know truth for world conditions is a great and richly rewarded service.

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. – Revelation 3:20. To sup means to be fed, "mingling with the everywhere evenly present and available measure of God as Mind, Power, and Substance.

You can breathe and touch the portion of Mind that touched Jesus 2,000 years ago. You cannot hold Mind, it must flow or stagnation and crystallization would result.

The Master says, "I will knock, even if you close the door ten thousand times. I am always ready to pour Power through when you let me open wide the door. Be courageous, and hold the door open."

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Religious Slavery or Freedom?

Edna Lister sermon transcript; November 27, 1955, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribe: Ruth Johnson. Scripture: Matthew 7:7-8.

"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.

Ask, seek and knock are three simple words to hold so much. They form a key to your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual expression, which must be as one, without inner conflict. First, decide what is important.

Religion gives you a way to comprehend the meaning of slavery and freedom. The dictionary defines religion as "a binding of the natural man to the Supernatural Being" and involves two phases, dependence on and responsibility to that Being.

Religion is also a scientific study of the principles and laws governing your relationship to God, the whole, and to man, the many parts.

Your practical application of religion is to modify and dilute these great principles and laws to an understandable solution to meet your daily needs and expectations of law. You cannot separate yourself from your Source, and you grow selfish when you judge only by your relationship to man.

Commonly, your approach to God springs from one of three backgrounds, devotional, intellectual or wishy-washy. Utter dependence ranges from the savage cowering from the storm, orthodox religionists who cling to the coattails of Christ, to those who depend entirely on God.

The other extreme is chest-beaters who say, "I am God. God created law for me to use." They force their ideas on you, expressing inflexible opinions about law and proper conduct, not the immutable life of God.

The "I know that" type operates on intellectual intelligence. They say they live an impersonal life, but are pestiferously personal. Either of these extremes is limp, but they are the two halves of a perfect whole.

Those who go to church because it is "the right thing to do" or "good business," are in the middle course. They just take their bodies there. Lukewarm souls use instinctive intelligence, and work under little self, always striving to make others good so they will be happy.

Yet we must agree with God, adjust to people, and use the oil of Spirit on our squeaky relationships. So, we must use another approach to God, both devotional and intellectual. No person is complete unless he has devoted himself to a Source greater than himself, as revealed in the personality of God.

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." – Matthew 7:7.

God cannot set aside divine law to please you, and taking advantage of God's good nature by expecting Him to do so is dishonorable. Yet worshiping God as just principle can leave you cold. Wisdom is the great intellectual principle, but love vitalizes principle.

Who am I? From where do I come? Where am I going? You are sons and daughters of God, the Word made flesh in God's way, by condensation as He descended into Creation.

You "walk on water" when you conquer emotions. You can do only two things to substance: Raise its vibration and expand, or lower its vibration and condense. You raise the vibration under prayer by integrating the person with faith.

Your desire flames on seek, knock and find when you finally want to ascend. As you think of God, you are with Him, love Him and want more. Since you came from the Father, you want to return, and so you seek.

Decide whether you will get off "little me's" teeter-totter faith. You wallow in weakness when life "discourages me," but do it when your desire to do flames.

Your desire to know more about principle ascends to mate with your will to know. Desire becomes intuition. Will becomes illumination, and the River of Life supplies your energy.

What approach do you choose, the way of self or soul? The wise soul chooses desire, decision and action. Super-conscious Oversoul never partakes of the little self. You feel better when "little me" ascends to Oversoul, yet you are never more in heaven than you are right now.

Law always demands payment for debts and deficiencies. Oversoul I AM always lifts "little me" up in its expression. The weaker self-based decision is to tarry along the great path.

The River of Life is now flowing home. Twenty years ago, all we heard was talk about war. Now all the talk is about peace, the cry of those creators who walk this high road of completion.

Do what you know is good now. Subconscious mind is your servant, so use it as such. Seek to be an instrument of almighty Power. You cannot make Love, Wisdom and Energy perfect, since they are already, yet you must seek them.

Knocking is that soul ability to seek greater knowledge. What you find is your ability to live by life's highest principles. Let the Light of God empower you to ascend as His sons and daughters. You seek more illumination, so raise your antennae of illumination and intuition.

You are an ascending creator god walking earth, a vessel to contain Power, a channel to sluice it, an instrument to speak the Word of direction and control. God needs prayer agents of service, working together to heal the world. The scientist and religionist are one because ultimately the quests and goals of science and religion are one.

You can surrender self. God created you for Light and Power to use. You are His creator instrument. Simply relax, breathe deeply and recharge your energy to find the freedom to express as the creator you really are.

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Divine Mathematics

Edna Lister sermon outline; December 4, 1955, Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1955, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: 1 Kings 17:8-16, 2 Kings 2:11, Philippians 4:13, Philippians 4:19.

"And the word of the Lord came unto [Elijah], saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah." – 1 Kings 17:8-16.

"It came to pass, as they went on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven." – 2 Kings 2:11.

"I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." – Philippians 4:13.

"My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." – Philippians 4:19.

Before he came to Zarephath, Elijah had been on the run. Ahab had done more wrong and evil than all the kings of Israel before him. He had wed Jezebel the Phoenician princess, whose father was a priest of Baal, and had begun worshiping Baal also.

Then Elijah prophesied, "As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word." – 1 Kings 17:1. The Lord told Elijah to go east to the brook Cherith, near Jordan, and the raven would feed him, morning and evening. Yet, after a while, the brook dried up, because of the drought.

The Lord spoke to Elijah again, telling him to go to Zarephath, where a widow would feed and house him. When he arrived and asked for food, the woman told him that she had only a handful of meal in a barrel and a little oil in a cruse, a small container.

The drought had been so severe that no grain had grown. The woman and her son had only enough left for a last meal before they starved.

What follows is one of the greatest of the miracle stories in the Bible. "Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah." – 1 Kings 17:13-16.

To share what you have opens the way for a miracle of increase under the principles of division and multiplication. "The barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail."

The law works in four ways, as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Your results depend on how you apply these laws, how you use them.

Elijah had added himself to God when he prophesied the drought. When he feared Jezebel wrath and retaliation, he subtracted himself from evil.

Elijah added himself to God again when he did as ordered and he followed God's orders when added himself to the widow. Then he divided his faith and shared it with the widow until she, too, believed.

The only legal addition is seeking God first. Do you have to see the miracle before you can believe? And if your faith so great, that fo you believe you will see?

Sooner or later, life demands sacrifices of you, which are a form of subtraction. You find yourself down to the last of your food, money, strength, or last minute of time. Do you pay a selfish or fearful tribute to subtraction? Are you mentally running from life because you are afraid? Or do you base your life on addition. Addition always comes first. Every outer need or demand is a sign that you can invoke the law of increase and receive the added things and wealth you need. Your words either build or betray you.

Most people are so enmeshed with self that they need to get acquainted with their own souls. Spiritual seeing begins with visualization. If all you see is lack or need, subtraction is your god. Seeing the need perfectly supplied or the required strength added is the start. Then you make huge declarations to add yourself to God so that He can multiply the Mind, Substance and Power to fulfill your needs. Addition is the first step of preparation.

In the second step you accept that God shall supply your needs. To do this, you subtract doubts, fear and all ideas of failure from your thinking.

Multiplication is the third step. You are the answer to your own prayers. By praise, faith and by loving God enough, you multiply His release of Mind, Substance and Power through you.

The fourth step is division. When you share what you have and give to others, be lavish and give freely without counting the cost. Believe to see the miracle, and give of your time and hours, with the effort of your hands and feet. What do you expect? Do you expect fear, loss, or having a miracle? Do you know the difference between now and later?

The timing of miracles depends on the quality of your love, praise and faith. If the quality is weak, you experience delay and the miracle comes later. If the quality is strong, the miracle is speedy in its arrival.

Success in adding and multiplying miracles requires that your desire becomes a great throbbing urge to succeed, to climb and to know and comprehend. Adding more life creates a more powerful streamlined atomic body. Watch your face to make sure you are wearing your joy smile.

Permit no subtraction through fear or boredom. Do you just want to get away from it all? Do you want to move to a new place? Who is going when you do, I AM or little me? Wherever you go, you take your self along, just as you are now. You are your same old self living life the same old way, with just twenty-four hours in a day.

To succeed, you must add yourself to God so that He may use you fully. Then add yourself to your place and work — all of you, added now. The goal is not too far or too hard to attain. Your selfish subtractions from the good take so long to conquer. Subtract the self! Add your soul to God now.

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." – Matthew 6:33. You gain all things when you add God's strength to yours. By seeking him, you add His riches to your life.

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Divine Mathematics

Edna Lister sermon transcript; December 4, 1955, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribe: Ruth Johnson. Scriptures: 1 Kings 17:8-16, 2 Kings 2:11, Philippians 4:13, Philippians 4:19.

"And the word of the Lord came unto [Elijah], saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah." – 1 Kings 17:8-16.

"It came to pass, as they went on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven." – 2 Kings 2:11.

"I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." – Philippians 4:13.

"My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." – Philippians 4:19.

The description of Elijah being caught up in a fiery chariot means that the power of his fire body and sun centers was so great that he was caught up in the Spirit. Jeremiah, who probably wrote the Books of Kings, would have pictured Elijah's Ascension in a fiery chariot, the mystical Jewish symbol of Ascension.

Elijah, under the laws of incarnation, being in the body, was subject to humanity's trials and emotions. His ascension was one of Elijah's great initiations.

Elijah ascended in his fire body, but Jesus walked earth in his fire body, and held form after his Transfiguration. He could have walked into the clouds any time following the Mount of Transfiguration. When he cried, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me," only his desire body remained, for his other bodies had already ascended.

Ahab, the King of Israel at Elijah's time, was corrupt. He had married Jezebel, a daughter of a Phoenician high priest of Baal, a prince of darkness. Queen Jezebel was a wicked priestess of Baal. She enslaved men, who committed iniquity for her or she had them killed.

Elijah lived in the midst of this evil rulership. Israel's evil called down the wrath of God, which is spiritual debt. The Elect must lift their own and the world's spiritual debt physically, as Jesus showed us how to do.

Elijah had added himself to God, so he had to tell them the truth. Elijah prophesied a drought that resulted from the people's debauchery.

Jezebel had her eye on Elijah, who was tall and handsome; she wanted him to serve her. Elijah, who had added himself to God, still feared Jezebel, so he subtracted himself from her and the city.

God ordered him to flee and to stop by a brook where "ravens," dark-skinned desert dwellers, would feed him. Lying by the brook, Elijah took stock of himself.

He was passing the initiation, had cleansed and purified himself of doubts and fears and added all his scattered bits. He added all of himself to himself, became intimate with his own soul, and added more of himself to God, which was the second addition.

The episode of the widow at Zarephath illustrates division and multiplication. Elijah divided and shared his faith, love, wisdom and ascension with that widow. When you share your soul qualities, you divide them among those who are in need to multiply the whole.

No dew or rain had fallen since Elijah had prophesied drought, and the resulting famine was a reaction of law. Reincarnating was better, giving Israel another chance if they would not subtract their soul substance from the worship of Baal.

The widow of Zarephath lived under that law of famine Elijah had prophesied. She had only one cake, a last bit of oil, and was ready to die. Elijah wisely had the widow participate in the miracle. He asked her to give him the cake first, and he divided it three ways, for himself, the widow and her son, to multiply the meal and oil.

"And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah." – 1 Kings 17:16. The faith that the widow displayed by giving Elijah the cake, multiplied her meal and oil until the famine ended.

Law works miracles when you work under absolute necessity, then you must earn again. You have to work to redeem misused soul substance. Receiving a gift from God is no reason to expect more for free when you can earn it. Your first problem is to add you to God, for you cannot add God to you. Subtract your self-condemnation, fear, doubt, worry, the leftover whining voice, hesitant sag, self-pity, and guilt complexes.

Love does not sag, nag or act pious. True piety is the brisk love of God. You can be negative, add yourself to darkness and thus subtract yourself from God. Yet you can wipe out a guilt complex by telling God how much you love Him.

Dividing yourself multiplies evil. You may not subtract love from another, or you divide self-pity and blame with him. Go to your own altar in repentance, to remember your highest ideals, and divine Love refuels you. Your family reflects you, so declare for them also.

Multiply with love, faith and praise of God. You have hands, feet, hours, faith, love and joy for division or to share with others, and the results depend on how you use them. Get acquainted with your soul, add yourself to God, and multiply everyone's love, faith, and joy.

While you may practice division, you may not run away from life. Elijah had to remove himself from the false position he had created for himself when he made a stupid earth vow of idle words by saying to Ahab, "As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word." – 1 Kings 17:1. Those were his words, not God's! He was able to ascend at the brook because he then subtracted himself from his false position by truly repenting his idle words.

To divide yourself with the world is to share greatly, for your division will multiply your joy, faith and praise to share until nothing negative can bother you. When you pass an initiation, gratefully go to God and repent, saying, "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." You know that "God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." – Philippians 4:19.

Addition is God first. You contact the realm of answers to see photographic pictures when you live high in soul consciousness. You can study and learn on a cloud continent of Light. Practice divine mathematics. Multiply your love and devotion to God to divide and share your beauty with the world.

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Now Is the High Time

Edna Lister sermon outline; December 11, 1955, Truth Temple, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: Romans 13:8-12.

"Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light." – Romans 13:8-12.

"He that loveth another hath fulfilled the law." – Romans 13:8. What is this love? Love your neighbor as yourself. I do believe this is truth. Love is the fulfillment of the law. I believe. I know this.

Paul's Letter to the Romans sums the secret of Jesus' ministry. He loved enough to give up his life. Finishing an impossible task is easy enough when you can see the results. Jesus' love and compassion were without self. Therefore, his love "as yourself" did not mean "little self" as subconscious "me."

These verses show three ways to put love into action. First is the group action, to "love one another." Second, to love singly, you must love your neighbor as yourself. Finally, you return love, which fulfills the law.

Now is the high time to put this into practice. What you send forth must return. You do not need to remember thousands of laws if you simply remember to love to give, and love to do.

The action of group love is love doing. Yet it can be difficult, since each is on a different rate of vibration. You need a common denominator, but what? Love, doing and giving love. The love of God is the common denominator in all universes. Love of a sunset, flowers, music, children, laughter brings people together.

"Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor." – Romans 13:9-10. "If I hate myself, will it affect my neighbor?" You need not hate your neighbor to make him ill. Your thoughts permeate the atmosphere around you. Others walk in it, pick up your vibration, whatever it is, and just as you can pick up germs physically, you can catch thoughts also. Thoughts can be worse than physical germs, eating away like a cancer.

Love's chief characteristics are compassion and forgetfulness of self. Love's outstanding expression is to give and to do. Love of self pampers and excuses self. Self is always right, always hurt, always grim — no laughter, no smiles, no joy. People "pass it on."

"How can I love myself?" Learn to comprehend the Love of Christ, the Love of God. Blaming another is self love. The blame you credit to your neighbors, friends and family, is your self expressing, while you are torturing the I AM consciousness of soul.

Love one another to fulfill the law. Love of giving and of doing is the basis for the third expression of love, "Love is the fulfilling of the law." – Romans 13:10, meaning the return vibration.

Jesus walked with God, his Father, while he did all his works, and he said that greater works you shall do. How can you do this? First, you must love more. Now is the high time, with no low time. The Power of Christ consciousness makes you alert, divine, glorious and free. Love is the high time, the glory time.

No one would waste the time or money to see a poor movie repeatedly. Love never repeats a past pattern for today. Love seeks new, creative pursuits.

Love must climb. Love must achieve. Love must cover the debts of others. Love must set your soul pace. Love, which brings dividends from chaos and failures, never gives up. Love never looks back. Love has a forward, upward look. Love overcomes. Love overlooks.

Now is the high time to awaken from sleep. The new day is at hand, with no sorrow, sickness or tears, because death is wiped from earth. Why? How? Love fulfills the law when you walk with God, when you love God enough.

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What Confidence Is

Edna Lister Bible study outline; December 11, 1955, Truth Temple, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: 1 John 5:11-15.

"God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." – 1 John 5:11-15.

Confidence is firm trust, assured expectation, unwavering boldness, not authoritative, not dictatorial, not brash. Your finest confidence is your trust in God. Be unwaveringly confident, with a firm standing and understanding. What do you stand under? The Light and glory of God.

Lilies have the boldness to push up every spring. They do their best where they are, and appropriate all good. Just so must you hold fast to your line of Light from the Source to "I AM," Oversoul consciousness. Your line cannot be cut, torn or pulled out, unless you do so.

You are confident every morning that earth is still traveling in its orbit, the sun is above the clouds, the stars and planets are still in their places and the mountains abide. God made them all.

You can have full confidence in God's faithfulness, and in the name of Jesus the Christ to create miracles for you, under His will. God's will for you is all good now. Believe. Trust. Hold an assured expectancy of "all these things" added.

Doing His will transcends the physical-material world. His will is that you live high in consciousness, by Oversoul's I AM super-conscious mind.

Declare everything good now. Even the lily's unconscious faith is bold as it dares and does. Declare, "My expectancy is unwavering and bold with the boldness of faith unconquerable."

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Your Divine Gift

Edna Lister Christmas Day sermon outline; December 25, 1955, Truth Temple, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: John 3:16-21.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He who believes in him is not condemned: but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the Only Begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the Light and does not come to the Light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the Light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." – John 3:16-21.

Christmas represents the verb to give. "God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son" paints a picture of a Father making a supreme sacrifice, graciously bestowing a divine gift, the joy of giving.

You all know the joy of giving, but your graciousness must extend to joyous receiving to balance the divine gift as you become "as a little child" on this one day of the year.

Two thousand years ago, the inner Gates of Light were closed, and the world was held in bondage to darkness. It has taken all this time to open the Gates and lift that darkness still biding in the hearts and minds of men.

The children of Israel had been dispersed to the Babylonian Captivity in 587 BC, when King Nebuchadnezzar took their leaders as captives in exile to Babylon, and scattered the remnant. Benjamin and Judah remained in Judea as captives in slavery to his Empire. Their selfishness and disobedience to law had caused it, but God did not want it.

God sent His Only Begotten Son to show humanity the way. Tax trouble is always with us, so Joseph had to take Mary far from her home for the Roman census. Rumors flew all over Judea and the Middle East about a new Messiah, a newborn king.

Three wise men of different nations knew by divining the stars that a Messiah was coming, for they had waited years for this sign. Herod, the Roman client king of the Jews, was afraid. He held the wise men as virtual prisoners when they inquired at his court, and released them only in the hope that they would show him where this usurper king and threat had been born.

The same Power that told them of the Messiah's birth warned the wise men of Herod's deception. They had not known where the new king was, but they had followed the star to the cave in Bethlehem.

Christmas symbolizes the Christ Spirit of joy. At his Ascension, Jesus said, "My joy I give to you." Christmas is synonymous with the Christ Light.

Living in the Christ Light involves three attitudes toward God — aspiration, faith and devotion, and no success is possible without them.

From plant to creature, from son of man to son of God, everything aspires and seeks the Light. Light is magnetic to the life within a seed or bulb in the ground, or to the soul seeking the Light. Everyone aspires to greater things, from a new garden hose to a television set.

Each must have faith in his ability to succeed, and have unconquerable faith in God's Light. Finally, you must devote yourself to God's service in the world. To give, to receive graciously and thankfully, creates complete balance and fulfillment in becoming like the little Christ child.

Jovan, a poor shepherd, heard an angelic voice proclaim the royal birth, and he, too, went to worship the king. Other shepherds and the wise men had already arrived. People, rich and poor, crowded the cave. Jovan had no gift to offer, so he left and returned to his flock.

A week later, he visited the cave again, and found that Joseph needed help in leaving for Egypt because of Herod's persecution. Jovan gave Joseph his sandals and a wool robe to pad the donkey's back for Mary. The legend of Jovan illustrates year-round giving.

Again we hear rumors of a new Messiah. Even that the new messiah is to be a woman, who will unite all religions to worship of the one God. To comprehend the spirit of Christmas is to have the glory of the Christ Spirit consciousness fill your heart. The Christmas glory of the Christ Star can flow through you all year, if you open yourself to be filled and possessed by it. All souls use the Christ Light to create.

We need year-round giving in the Spirit of Christ, freely as a little child, the great "little child" of Christ. The outstanding Christmas Day Message is to become as a little joyful child, create and give.

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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 Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 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.