Edna Lister’s Sermons 1961, Part II.




















Whither Thou Goest

Edna Lister sermon outline; October 22, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: Ruth 1:16-17, Matthew 16:24-28.

"Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me." – Ruth 1:16-17.

"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom." – Matthew 16:24-28.

"Whither thou goest, I will go." Knowing who goes and where who goes is important. However, the most important question is "Who am I who wants to follow Christ?"

First I must establish my own identity. "Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?" – John 10:34. This identity with the Source of all life and expression must become your rock solid foundation before you may receive the keys of the kingdom.

In the verses preceding the text from the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus had asked his disciples, "Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?" Peter had proclaimed "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Then Jesus taught them the law: "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." – Matthew 16:24. You have a decision to make. What value do you place on your life? Do you want to save your life to use it in the world? Do you want to lose it?

The Master immediately follows this law with the lesson of "There is that which withholds unto poverty," the sin of hoarding. You will lose you life if you try to save it. What must you lose? Not your soul, but old habit patterns. You switch from the fate line to the path of destiny.

God sent you here with a great "seed of life." Your love for God will expand it until it bursts into infinity. Life must use you, for God created you for life to use. Life is perfect. You make it imperfect by breaking law and misusing the creative fire. You would have to flirt with darkness before it can touch you.

How do you recondition your life? Change from fear — being the victim of every phone call and ring of the doorbell — to faith.

During an interlude between earth lives, you are given lesson charts for each day of the coming life on earth. You review them just before being born into the body and continue doing so for the first year of life. You are supposed to see a preview of your tomorrow every night. That's why sometimes the day seems familiar, as if you had been there before. You are unveiling the memory cells and recalling your lessons of the previous night.

If you do not permit self to interfere, life will follow the proper pattern. Yet all too often people do let self interfere with their emotions, imagination and thinking. You can recondition yourself with a five-way approach: Reason, comparison, induction, deduction and synthesis. When a creature, with its instinctive intelligence, moves into a human body, God adds these mental abilities as His gift, five new ways for the creature to care for itself.

The creature unconsciously uses reason, comparison, induction, deduction and synthesis, but the creator uses them consciously on the facts gained through the past and life's experiences.

The story of Lazarus' resurrection is a perfect example of this. Mary and the crowd of mourners were using their faculties unconsciously, but Martha and the disciples were conscious. The disciples had already decided to follow Jesus whither thou goest. He was who they wanted to follow. When he cried, "Lazarus, come forth," they knew that Lazarus had successfully reconditioned his life through faith. They marveled at the miracle of faith.

You use comparison daily. You either can compare yourself with God or to man, which determines whither you go. When you induct from the five senses, you are exchanging your soul for the world of indifference, lukewarmness and sliding along. Nothing is worth trading in exchange for your soul. Yet, you hear people say, "My heart is gone. My eyes are gone. My hearing is gone. My memory is gone." They are zombies.

You cannot induct without using the five outer senses of seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting and smelling. Yet when you induct from above, you follow Jesus the Christ whither he goes, which is up. Then you experience no delay, no waiting, but have invisible keys to the kingdom. No one can steal, collect or sell your share of the kingdom.

You create your deductions from truth or from darkness, according to what you think and feel. You may deduct your outer habit patterns, according to the five senses, or deduct darkness from your seed of life, your soul.

Your appearance, tone of voice, glance and smile tells others what your approach to God is. When you move onto the path and live by the pattern of destiny, you stop sagging at the soul seams.

Synthesis is bringing all experiences into one pattern of glory, a great miracle of life. Never hold onto a miracle when you have one, but move on to the next one. Let every miracle go after loving it and praising it, and be eager to see the next miracle.

Jesus said, "Some here shall not see death." Open the eyes of your soul, and see the beauty of the Christ now, everywhere. Think of all your as yet unborn miracles.

Whither thou goest, go above, into all obedience, with all your new ideals, new ideas and new visions. Every day is a new adventure. I gloat over the beauty of my days. Wherever my high blithe spirit takes me, there I shall go.

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Whither Thou Goest

Edna Lister sermon transcript; October 22, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Ruth Johnson, Irene White, Ross Whitehead. Scriptures: Ruth 1:16-17, Matthew 16:13-19, Matthew 16:24-28.

"Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me." – Ruth 1:16-17.

"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom." – Matthew 16:24-28.

Before you start any journey, you need to ask three questions. First, Who is going, I am or little me? Second, Where am I going? Third, Who am I? Ruth is our example for this, "Whither thou goest there will I go." Jesus taught his disciples this way when he sent them out.

"When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 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 16:13-19.

Peter symbolizes strength as faith and acceptance. Man has built his church "on this rock" of this faith, by accepting Jesus the Christ as the Son of the Living God. Stand steadfastly, always being faithful. This is how you build your personal church of soul, too.

"I will give you the keys to the kingdom." If you say, "This body shall be like the living God in His image and likeness," you are binding in heaven and binding yourself to hold until the heavenly power descends and makes it true. Use fervor when you work for the kingdom of heaven. People do bind things on earth, and in heaven, until law fulfills itself according to their decrees, but you cannot ask anything to be remade and lifted without binding heaven to it and it to heaven.

You cannot declare greater intelligence, but you can erect a rock of faith and bind heaven to manifest its Light. This requires that you have a perfect place. Whatsoever you loose on earth means that you can release yourself from bondage to others by lifting and loving them. You need not notice them. If someone tries to force you, just say, "I am busy this week," to put them off. Love them and agree with them. Say, "You are wonderful," but stay away from them.

"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." – Matthew 16:24-25. The idea of losing one's life frightens so many. What value have you put on your life? Do you overvalue or undervalue your life?

If you want to save it, you must first lose it. Make a just appraisal of your life. What part can you afford to lose? The part that is dark, unlike God. God does not ask you to give up anything worthwhile, only that which is worthless or completely useless. While you may lose your life to save it, you cannot ask that of anyone else.

Climb to the trailhead of your Path of Destiny, the path returning to God, which is often lonely, but is glorious in its destination. No one can do it for you. The seed of divine life within, which drives you to express God, was sent with you. Eventually that divine seed drives you to ascend in consciousness from a fate line into a destiny pattern.

Ask yourself, Do I want perfection for myself and loved ones? When negativity enters your consciousness, the divine creative seed of soul power cannot help you. So you must recondition your life to eliminate negative habit patterns. Life itself is perfect. You interfere with it by negativity and that interference makes you a mess on the outside.

God gave you this beautiful seed of life, so do not degrade it by being a victim of the telephone, the doorbell, or anything. Recondition yourself for receiving greater life from above. Declare all negativity that comes your way is good so that you can make everything you touch into a miracle.

When man's body and consciousness moved up from the creature stage, God gave him instinctive intelligence. Then He bestowed five great faculties on us as keys to right thinking — reason, comparison, induction, deduction, and synthesis. Unconsciously you use instinctive intelligence on the path of fate — for example, reasoning that if Mrs. Jones cursed yesterday, she will also curse today.

This leads us to the story of Mary and Martha, which is a simple tale of the difference between conscious and unconscious reasoning. Mary sat at Jesus' feet while Martha worked. When Lazarus died, Mary and the crowd of mourners with her flopped in consciousness, while Martha stayed busy, consciously attending to the details.

Instinctive intelligence as the lower form of reasoning told Mary and her friends that Lazarus' body would stink after being in the tomb for three days. But Martha, and the disciples who had made up their minds to follow Jesus, used conscious reasoning, remembering past miracles and knowing he could raise Lazarus. They were kept busy and not devastated and grief-stricken.

This is the difference between conscious and unconscious reasoning. You need to use reason, but from above, not from the world of men. Comparison is the greatest of the five faculties involved here. If you compare yourself with others, you may feel smug. "I do not see how he could do that when I am so good to him." Some women compare their husbands' breadwinner powers to those of the Joneses and unconsciously kill their husbands with negative comparisons.

Yet, if you return to your heavenly beginnings, "Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God." – Ruth 1:16, you push fear aside and let faith take charge. "Faith is substance of things hoped for and evidence of things not seen." – Hebrews 11:1. Bind yourself to God with faith and become as perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Hope is great but God only hopes that you will come up and stay there. He hopes your bonds of faith will be strong enough to hold you there. Compare yourself and your performance to the Master on the Mount of Transfiguration. When a soul becomes such transfigured glory, he may not know it but the world will — he will be a perfect instrument for God to use as His eyes, His glance, His words. The transfigured soul will stand out in the crowd. You can back up to the stairs to reach the glory of transfiguration, but an escalator is running to heaven and you are on it.

Inductive reasoning makes broad generalizations from specific observations. In inductive inference, you go from the specific to the general. You make many observations, discern a pattern, make a generalization, and infer an explanation or a theory from it.

With unconscious intelligence using the five senses, people induct from outside world, and you can pinpoint it when you hear them say, "Did you see how she acted? Did you hear what she said?" You collaborate with both light and dark this way and can easily become confused. When you draw in the five senses and aim them upward, not inducting data from them, you will have no more fears, no chip on your shoulder, no more idle words.

For example, when some one complains, "I can't read at night anymore. My eyes are gone," you can see he is becoming a zombie. Don't follow his lead. Stand on your rock of faith and declare that God made your eyes as windows of soul for you to use them. When you say, "I'm bored," you've left love behind to walk the burning sands of the desert, and the drought-killed barrens. Climb back up on your rock of faith and leave the nothingness behind! When you pick up with your old friends, like God, you are never more bored. You suffer fools gladly in joy. Light breaches the gloomy clouds and you journey into the sun-filled beauty of life.

Deductive reasoning starts out with a general statement, or hypothesis, and examines the possibilities to reach a specific, logical conclusion. You can use deduction to test hypotheses and theories. You base deductive reasoning on some theory you hold, and predict what its consequences should be if your theory is correct. You move from the general to the specific — from the theory to your observations about it.

Spiritual debt can quickly catch up with you here since deductive thinking awakens your memory of soul records. Be sure you are traveling into the Light, not into further confusion. You go to school here, relearning the lessons from your last fate line on earth in your most recent past life to your birth this time. God has given you this glorious equipment of the five keys to thinking, so use them.

You can go to the Hall of Records at night and ask to see what will happen tomorrow, and what attitude you will need to conquer or adopt to achieve a miracle. If the lesson is to be on false pride, for example, many records from similar lessons will open. You may find why you have been there before, or why you met a person who could help you. If you want to bring this back to conscious memory, prepare a clear area in your memory before you sleep.

The life lessons that come to you today may have delayed a miracle because the lessons you skipped or ignored have become deductions from your soul credits. Using the process of synthesis, bring of every remembered fact together, and write out your experiences to consolidate and cleanse your soul records. Light comes through your Oversoul star and you reach to open the soul faculty of apperception, which can be wonderfully practical. Your five senses induct Light from the Source and you consciously register that Light from above.

Whither are you going? asks your Oversoul. Either up into the glory of instantaneous miracles, or having to work it out as a slow process of lesser miracles. Know who you are and whither you are going. Do not hang onto old miracles such as having blindness healed. After praising it and loving, say, "Away with you. Go to others, who need you now. I am ready for my next miracle!"

I am so excited inside about watching the way God is working the world out of the messes people and nations find themselves in. I would like to press a button to light a fire under each one to make them excited, too.

Tell the Master, "Whither thou goest, there will I go, all the way home!" However, remember that if you even once look like you have been to the Mount of Transfiguration, your whole family will expect you to continue to be perfect.

Knowing where you are going is glorious, and you are on your way. Prayer holds back the forces of hate until you are a perfected instrument for God to use in sending love to absorb every lesser vibration. Be sure you are climbing and facing the Light. Stand on the rock of complete faith where nothing can turn you aside. Assume your responsibility. Erase your old habit patterns and declare, "I will expand my service unto Thee, O Father."

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God's Magna Carta

Edna Lister sermon outline; October 29, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: Exodus 20:2-17, Genesis 1:1, Matthew 5:17-24, Mark 13:29-31, John 1:1, 9-10.

"I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's." – Exodus 20:2-17.

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." – Genesis 1:1.

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift." – Matthew 5:17-24.

"When ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away." – Mark 13:29-21.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not." – John 1:1, 9-10.

"In the beginning, God created." – Genesis 1:1. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." – John 1:1.

The Word is Light as Wisdom's Mind in action. At first this was only a rhythmic pulsation, with no form, but was "void." The Word, acting as Mind, was only building up Power to last a full Day of Manifestation. This action was at first a breathing, then lo! It created an explosion, a planned, controlled explosion, and the first Magna Carta took charge.

"Magna Carta" means "great charter." Thus, the Magna Carta is a charter, first granting privilege, the right to do certain things, and great enough to cover everything. God used the Word to send forth three Emanations, which were vibrations, containing all else. Creation began as Light — emanating as Wisdom, Love and the Word as principle, plan, and law.

Aeons later, creator gods descended to create first a place, then occupying it as form, expressing though personality, and they became the races of humanity. Something happened here. They lost their identity with their Source through indifference, which led to disobedience. Their disobedience to principle, the plan and the law destroyed their civilizations.

Ages later, the creator gods came forth again, descending. All went well until they reached the Adamic civilization, then the trouble began again. Later, from Mount Sinai, came the greatest Magna Carta of all civilizations, given to Moses as the Ten Commandments. This Magna Carta covers every phase of earthly needs. It is still the basis for all outer laws. All law is based on this divine Magna Carta.

To fulfill all your obligations to God, you must live the Ten Commandments on three levels simultaneously. Failure to do so causes all kinds of difficulties in life. The first level of obedience is the physical-emotional level, where civilization learns how to react appropriately. At this stage, people live by warnings and promises, being warned against and restrained from certain acts.

All this deals with the outer truth of appearances, but humanity is beginning to look above self, beyond subconscious doubts and fears. They live by a literal translation of Scripture, are "getting by," and must constantly be warned against disobedience.

At the second level of obedience, you apply the Ten Commandments as laws of the mind and imagination. You bear full responsibility for your own plans and actions, and must become logic, reason, discernment, discrimination and discretion in action, the five essential mental faculties. Your righteousness must exceed the world's or you cannot enter heaven.

You may not kill with idle words or anger, such as calling the other fellow a fool. Everything here deals with personal relationships, which you may not adulterate. If you call your brother a fool ("Raca") in anger, you stand to be judged by the council, which means that your own "better part" judges the selfish part. Then you stand in danger of "hellfire, where the heat of your own shame burns away that which causes you to judge.

The third level of obedience is spiritual. Your soul vision knows your responsibility, and as you begin to learn of the truth of reality, you know that if you have broken one law, you have broken them all, and become as the "least in the kingdom." You know how to live: You lay the gift on the altar, and as you forgive, you are forgiven. Raising self up and training it to be alert gives you a thousand beauties instead of a thousand negatives or ugly things.

Then Jesus gave the ascending creator gods the beautiful Magna Carta of love: Love God above all, and love your neighbor as you love yourself. "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away." – Mark 13:31.

"Love covereth all sins" – Proverbs 10:12. Never blame yourself or another. Cover the transgressions of others. You have come, as Jesus did, not to destroy the law, but to fulfill it. His words must be fulfilled, because the ascending creator gods still use unrighteous judgment, the council of gossip and hellfire on the little self.

You need an attitude of devotional obedience instead of a worldly pretense of humility. You may have pride in your service, but you may not be proud. Love fulfills the law. Love fulfills the Word. Let Love plan your life. Love considers only love. Love contemplates only love. Love expresses only love. Love creates its own image. Law cannot fulfill love. Love fulfills law. Love lavishly.

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Edna Lister sermon transcript; October 29, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Ruth Johnson, Irene White, Ross Whitehead. Scriptures: Exodus 20:2-17, Genesis 1:1, Matthew 5:17-24, Mark 13:29-31, John 1:1, 9-10.

"I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's." – Exodus 20:2-17.

"When ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away." – Mark 13:29-21.

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." – Genesis 1:1. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." – John 1:1.

Creation! To imagine Creation, you must envision endless space as filled with supernal light, vibrating beyond the wavelengths of physical visibility. Thus, it is an apparent darkness that reaches everywhere, a vast throbbing pulsation of pure potential energy. Then Mind, acting as the Word of God, opened a vibration that is still continuing today and will last forever and ever.

Thus, the Divine Mind of All That Is opened the first universal Magna Carta, and the Word was the head. Magna means great, and Carta means charter. Such a great charter is a constitution, guaranteeing certain rights and responsibilities. The Magna Carta of Western law was signed by the English King John in 1215 A.D., but the charter we are describing is the governing plan for the entire universe.

Creation opened with Light as a vibration of principle enfolding the overall Creative Plan and fundamental law. This Light, as the Word, which is Mind in action, breathed at a set rate of vibration until it generated a series of vast controlled, planned explosions that went forth from the Source of All That Is as the three emanations of Light, Wisdom, Love, and the Logos. The emanations contained all that was, is, or ever shall be.

After the Magna Carta was unveiled, creating space and place, it moved forth to create form as personality's expression. However, personality, expressing through form, does not necessarily live by the principles of Light as Wisdom and Love.

To the finite mind, principle is that which contains all you need to know of the Creative Plan and law for universes. Principle remains perfect and unchanged, but what you need to know, what you can understand about the plan and law is subject to change as you grow and mature. The Magna Carta assures the soul's liberties and governing laws. It provides the means and the method for providing freedom and protection, but the soul's obedience is required.

Everything went well for eons, until one pair of ruling creator gods decided evolution was not proceeding fast enough. Experimenting, they created all the present malformations we see today — extremes such as creatures that are unduly aggressive and vicious [Africanized bees or "murder hornets" for example], will continue to manifest in lesser creature physical bodies because they gain sufficient experience in form before being endowed with living souls. Once in human form, either they will be healed, or the life sparks will be taken up for an age of cleansing before they return in new bodies.

The Elect, the descended creator gods, foolishly allowed the evil to happen. You can tell how strong a creator god you are by the way you do, or do not, wobble under emotional or ethical pressures. The Bible contains the history of the descent of the creator gods who opened the Adamic civilization. Those who were weak, good and evil, have returned to learn their lessons in ruling well. The masses coming up from the creature stage are incapable of ruling themselves.

God gave Moses His Magna Carta directly in the form of the Ten Commandments. The Commandments form the Magna Carta under which you live on three great levels, as an appetitive soul, rational soul, and at the Oversoul level. You rise or fall spiritually on your understanding of and obedience to them. You take thirty-three degrees of initiation on the Ten Commandments, mostly in daily life, but take the last three degrees on the sun at night while your body sleeps.

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift." – Matthew 5:17-24.

"Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment." Everyone must obey this first level of the Ten Commandments on the outer. Every outer law is based on these Commandments, whether phrased as a promise or a warning. The first level holds the power of physical restraint, like a police force over the physical-emotional level of the subconscious mind. If you have never had emotional trouble in this life, you were born on the higher third level set, having conquered on the lesser levels.

In learning greater restraint of self's impulses, you move up in consciousness and begin to live on the mental-imaginative level. On its lower level, imagination turns downward without engaging the mental life. Gradually the soul moves up in consciousness to open the mental life, but selfishly. For example, the racketeers of organized crime use their mental life to circumvent the law. However, through this, they learn restraint the hard way by the processes of the council of judgment, punishment, prison terms, etc.

At the second level, you are still in danger of hell fire under the law of emotional and mental restraint if you call someone a fool, which is a misuse of the spoken Word. Man's laws permit freedom of speech here, but every soul has heard of higher law, which covers idle words. God has His way of informing the masses through examples from life, which are pictures. Many pictures are good, yet some are evil. For example, pornographic and all other violent images have no power in themselves, but the individual, the soul is free to choose whether he will look or turn away. However, do not feel self-righteous if you turn your back on evil. Do not advertise how good you think you are by walking around with a grim or a smug expression.

You stand in danger of the judgment after you become aware of a higher way to live. Since only vicious or sick animals are put down, a rabid dog for example, a man will not likely be forced to appear before the judge before he ascends in awareness. Yet if you, a member of the Elect, call someone a fool, you are in danger of the council. You are capable of applying logic, reason, discernment, discrimination, and discretion to everything because you carry your council within you. So, do not use a club of words when a simple touch would do. The world judges you by your idle words, not by your positive loving expressions.

The higher you go, the hotter the flames of your fire initiations burn. This is the hell fire that burns your guilt, your fine view of yourself, your peace of mind, and your self-satisfaction. Yet you dare not upset the balance by stopping or you and the one prayed for may fall to the basement in consciousness. God needs you to be working. Repent as you climb in consciousness. Tell God, "Here I am. I'll pay penance as I ascend," and never stop doing His work. If you slide so far down the scale that you think others are fools, you are regressing and can sink into hell fire.

The third level the universal of Magna Carta law covers the spiritual-visional side of life, where you live by seeing and becoming all God desires you to be. While you may not always be in the right place at the right time, at least you know you have made whatever place you occupy. You climb by the process of ascension outlined by the living God in His Magna Carta. "Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven," which is the kingdom of the Magna Carta. Accept Jesus' plan for ascension, and walk the Via Christa. You know his plans and principles for you.

Do not cut off the new miracles you are building by diverting your thoughts from the path. Do not wreck a miracle you have had by being ungrateful. Love it, praise God for it, and move on to new miracles. Live by the fullness of the Magna Carta, so that whoever comes near you would be healed. The healing power is as much greater today than in Jesus' time as the difference between a camel and a jet plane. What are you getting from that power?

Jesus said, "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." – John 14:12. Do the works of Jesus Christ where you are, in complete balance. At this stage in the third level, you dare not lose your balance. "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven." – Matthew 5:19. The least in the kingdom is a mindless creature.

After you finish the initiations on the three levels of the law as given through Moses, you move into the expression of the Magna Carta that Jesus brought. God's messiahs have brought us out of the darkness that is Egypt, His Son takes us up in ascension of consciousness to walk the Via Christa, and our own obedience to all the law therein will take us home.

Jesus said, "Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." – Mark 12:29-31. God has said, "I have given you keys of the kingdom." Reach up and say, "Father, here I am. Use me!"

Here, in this truth, is the power to cover healing in all ways. When will you meet God on His terms? Look up regardless of the guilt you may feel. All Light as Mind, Substance, and Power is moving forth through you to do the greater works, to love God enough. God uses your spoken Word to release His Light as Power.

"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself," is the greatest Magna Carta edict. Law cannot fill love with Light, but love fills the law. Light as Love fills all your prayer molds as quickly and as perfectly as you can envision it. How do you envision? You can view anything in a constructive or destructive way, even atomic fallout. Love creates its own kind and degree. Love cannot be divided or used up. It permeates, transforms, builds, and takes you back to that glorious place where you can give its truth as a teacher in another age.

The higher you go, the more laws you can obey instantly because you love God enough. All the principles are at your fingertips to apply. All plans are right there to follow. God has given us all laws in the Master's messianic message and through his great ability to love.

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Man, God-High

Edna Lister sermon outline; November 5, 1961, Buffalo, New York. Scriptures: John 1:1-5, Philippians 3:9-14.

"And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 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 3:9-14.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him; and without him nothing was made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it." – John 1:1-5. "In him was life, and the life was the Light of men." Life is God in action. "The life was the light of men" means all life. Jesus Christ reached a stature that was God-high.

How high is God? He is as high as the highest star above and beyond that, and as low as the deepest rock in the ocean. He is as close as the protective sheath of skin around your body, as the beat of your heart and the breath in your nostrils. To be God-high, you need life equal to His. Do you believe that enough life, Power and Substance are available to you? How much life, Power and Substance do you want?

The electrical panel in your home has a master switch that controls your full contact with the powerhouse. You choose to consume energy at low, medium or high intensity levels, but the Power is always there, waiting to be turned on.

When He begat and created us, the Master of the Universe set a master switch that He turned on above, at the Crown. When He created our equipment in His image and likeness, He designed it to function at every degree, from cold to white hot.

He gave you a master Power switch in your head that is waiting for you to turn it on. The master switch at God's Powerhouse is never off. Your personal built-in switches give you choice through two instrument panels to manage these switches. The low flight panel controls the lower brain from ear to ear, where instinctive intelligence rules as "human nature." Its highest switch is labeled Self. In the instant you turn on the Self switch, you automatically reduce the current available through your high, God-bestowed switch to the Source powerhouse to a mere trickle of Power. Otherwise, you would destroy yourself.

The master switch is named Love. You turn on the master switch by making high flights. The first step in contacting God is to turn the switch that closes out all earth noises. You simply look upward and say, "Father, I love You. Let Thy Light as Power move in and possess me."

The moment you think or speak the word, love, you turn the switch on, and greater Power instantly begins to move through you. Too much Power at once would shatter brain cells and body, so move slowly to inflate the atoms to cause you to float above the worldly cross-vibrations. Or you can take three easy steps, which take about the same length of time. Both methods turn on the master switch.

After a loud noise, sound waves propagate around earth 7.5 times. Emotional and mental "noise" works the same way, propagating waves that circle earth. They continue revolving, and unless you eliminate any hurt, anger, or other negative emotions, every time the wave strikes, you live it again, creating more waves, increasing the power in the original thought waves, suggestions, curses, etc.

You use the second button to tune out the worldly sound waves. The third button tunes out thought waves. Jesus said, "When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret." – Matthew 6:6.

Then you can tune in on the high frequency of the golden silence. The master Love switch opens with one upward look, one reaching for the stars. You are sons and daughters of God right now. In an instant, you can stretch up to reach for the stature of the Christ. If you sink down inside, you open the Self switch, or you can spread the wings of your soul. Do you know what Christed stature is? Do you want to be the stature of Christ now?

The golden silence is the Love of God. In this place, you are God-high. In the silence, you find all your "missing" parts. You may find that you have been running your life with so many parts missing, some thrown away, some used up, others rusted out, still others killed. Some parts are still wrapped in their original packaging, waiting to be used. Being integrated body, mind and soul is a wonderful experience. If you have less than all attributes, qualities, Mind and Power, you need parts added.

When I turn on Love's master switch, my panel lights up. Suddenly, I am convinced that "this means me." I am treasured, cherished in His love, living in an ecstasy of expectation. I am ablaze with God's life, so I am God-high. I am enthralled with God's life.

Everything else gets up and moves out when you let God move in. This is all-conquering faith. God is so wonderful. How you love God.

"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 3:13-14.

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Man, God-High

Edna Lister sermon transcript; November 5, 1961, Buffalo, New York. Scribe: Susan Bender. Scriptures: Philippians 3:9-14, Philippians 3:9-14.

"And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 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 3:9-14.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him; and without him nothing was made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it." – John 1:1-5. "In him was life, and the Life was the Light of men." Life is God in action. "The life was the light of men" means all life. Jesus reached a stature that was God-high.

The important question is, How high is God? He is as high as the highest star above. He is as close as the skin around your body. To be God-high, you need life equal to His. Do you believe that enough life, Power and Substance are available to you? How much life, Power and Substance do you want?

The electrical panel in your home has a master switch that controls your full contact with the powerhouse. You choose whether to consume energy at low, medium or high intensity levels, but the Power is always there, waiting. When He created us, the Master of the Universe set a switch that no man may open or close. He created your equipment in His image and likeness, and designed it to function at every degree, from cold to white hot.

God gave you a master switch, Love, that is waiting to be turned on. The master switch at God's Powerhouse is never off. In a situation beyond your control, where you may have lost your high contact with God and must reestablish it on the spot, you say, "Father, move in and possess me."

The first step in contacting God is to close out all earth noises by turning on the master switch and saying, "Father, I love you." Say that you love Him, even if it is only from the teeth out at the time. A lower level approach is to scoop any hurtful or sadistic words from your memory. Say to the little self, using your own name, "Name, none of these things move me." Say it repeatedly, until it sticks.

The higher level approach is to believe, to know that enough love surrounds earth to close out earthly negative sound waves. By moving up in consciousness and declaring yourself already in the realms of heaven, you tune out the negative sound and thought waves. When you stand and tell God that you love Him, you find how you had been worshiping God without your whole mind, body and soul.

"If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead." – Philippians 3:11. Death is your dead past, and you must resurrect all good from it. Selflessness is the key to being at one with God. At the crown, on the top of your head is a gate, an opening that only the Father or you can operate. The presence of the Master in you controls your master switch.

When you offer your love to the Master as praise, he sends you Christed love in return. The master switch then opens the gates to your soul. His Godlike love enters and possesses all your thoughts, words and actions until your self is entirely illuminated.

Across the crown of your head, from ear to ear, you have rows of various "switches" that control the elements of "human nature." The switches are all emotions, earthly love, selfishness, anger, fear, doubt, faith, despair, hope, etc. Now the words that enter the ears can turn these switches from the simmering to the boiling stage. When a negative sound wave enters the ears, it turns the negative switches and makes them boil.

A positive love sound may affect a positive switch, and will react the same as the negative, by increasing the rate of action. Which switches will you allow to be pressed from the outside?

When you turn on the master switch, selflessness overpowers the self-ness, the selfishness, with love. Love absorbs the negative. When you turn on the master switch, the brain centers remain open to do the Father's work.

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The Soul's Exaltation

Edna Lister Prayer Circle speech outline; November 13, 1961, Washington, D.C. Scriptures: Psalm 25:1, Psalm 86:4, Psalm 91:1-2, John 12:32.

"Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul." Psalm 25:1.

"Rejoice the soul of thy servant, for unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul." – Psalm 86:4.

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust." – Psalm 91:1-2.

"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." – John 12:32. To be exalted is to be "lifted up." To lift up your soul in praise is to aspire to be one with God. You can experience no soul exaltation without such aspiration. Life is as dull as ditch water unless you have some goal greater than anything of the material universe toward which to aspire. Only God will satisfy your soul's desire.

From birth to transition, you constantly shift the center your attention. Wherever you center your attention, there you have miracles. You must choose whether you focus on Light or dark, up or down, self or soul. Your lifeline moves along your attention-line.

When you pay attention to self, you notice aches, pains, lacks and needs. You have a miracle of needs. Your whole life flows into needs-molds, which are full of holes, such as self-pity, and so are always empty. You are using God's Light as Mind, Substance, Power, and life, but the soul substance life sparks leak out.

When you pay attention to soul, the fullness of supply makes your molds self-sealing, and the substance does not leak. Soul-attention creates joy. Self-attention creates grimness in appearance, which finally creates a grim attitude. The "nobody loves me" look drives people away, including opportunities and money.

You need a high goal, a goal to reach up to that will stretch you. You must aspire toward a high goal. Through inspiration, you automatically move into prayer. Prayer comes in several kinds and degrees. "Duty prayer" gets up at 6:00 a.m. every day, because "I must have my time of silence." This attitude creates a "ceiling bumper," who gets no farther than the room. Joyous prayer always praises God. "I thank Thee, Father, for what I want. I know I have it. Let it be visible."

Prayer can be conscious or unconscious. Some have no trouble praying rejoicing prayers. Others would be tongue-tied if they were asked to pray. Some never pray, and thus never enjoy the silence. Yet every breath is a prayer. Unconsciously, some live this way, because they are joyous, vital with life, and have a good word for everyone they meet. These people pray with their whole soul.

At the crown of your head, you are always in contact with God. This is your prayer room. You must take three steps to enter this room and close the door on the world. First you must tune out all earth noises. Then, tune out all earth sound waves. Finally you must tune out all earth thought waves. This process is not mental concentration.

You came to earth equipped with a master switch that you can use to tune in on the high frequencies, deep in the golden silence. You use a lower instrument panel for low-level flights of imagination, and a high instrument panel for soul flights of pure joyous exaltation.

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust." – Psalm 91:1-2. The golden silence is the secret place of the Most High, the source of the soul's life. You do not want to clutter it with feeble words. Time fits itself into space here, and results in harmony. You find all your missing parts in the silence. You have been running on half parts, some you have thrown away, used up, some rusted out, others are still in their original wrappings.

God is all potential Power, life attributes and qualities of Mind. When you use these, the result is Transfiguration and Ascension, the final steps in joyous exaltation of soul. You have moved higher in consciousness. Center your attention on God's Light, power and universal substance. Right here you take stock. Are you clinging to anything of the past? Are you seeking more love or appreciation where someone has already given you your quota? A higher moment of ecstasy, of glory is always possible.

As you walk the Via Christa, you strive to surrender the last tiny bit of self, as the Master did on the cross. Then you can say, "I commend my spirit to God's care." The Master commanded us, "Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect." This includes your body, feelings, thinking and imagination. You can be perfect. For this one moment, I am perfect because God's life is perfect when unobstructed by self. This is your Mount of Transfiguration and ascension of the soul in its joyous exaltation.

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This One Thing I Decree

Edna Lister sermon outline; November 19, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: 2 Peter 3.

"This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." – 2 Peter 3.

A decree is an edict, set forth by an authority. Authority carries with it the right to enforce obedience. Obedience is compliance with a law or command. In the preceding chapter of this Epistle, Peter had spoken of Sodom and Gomorrah being destroyed by their own wickedness. They had forsaken the ways of their fathers to follow Balaam, the gods of the earth, and the ways of unrighteousness.

Here, Peter speaks to "Stir up your pure minds by way of reminder, that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior." He reminds them that they will be pestered by scoffers, those walking according to their own lusts, which includes indulgence in any selfish desire or appetite.

The scoffers say, "Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation." The heavens came into being by the Word of God, through a decree. "But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." – 2 Peter 3:7. Perdition is eternal death, the soul's loss of identity.

"The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." – 2 Peter 3:10. What sort of person should you be? Peter says that you should be in holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hastening to the coming day of God, in which the heavens will dissolve and the elements will melt in fervent heat, for the earth and its works will be burned up. This is quite a decree.

A decree is an edict set forth with authority. You must base your decrees in and on principle. Authority is the right to enforce obedience. Obedience is compliance with law or commands. Then you must be diligent.

Every day you make statements of denial and intention. You may mean them as you say them, but if you lack the diligence of soul, your statements will never come to pass.

Soul decrees may force the subconscious and conscious phases of mind to go up in consciousness. Soul is the only authority powerful enough to cause obedience to an edict. Soul speaks to the self with authority because it carries the power of authority.

A decree establishes a mold. You must ask yourself, "Is it what I actually want?" You choose whether your words will hold, build or tear down. Authority is not dictatorial. It uses no force, but is positive and powerful. Never use denials. One dynamic denial cancels out the decree, and what do you have left?

Obedience means to accept, to comply, to comply, to hold fast to your gains, and not to be swayed. You must practice diligence not to use negative idle words, or you will fill your molds with holes.

You are using God's life to fill your molds. If you are always looking to see if you have results yet, your substance is running out through the holes. When you use words of devotion in authority, your molds become self-sealing.

"Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." – 2 Peter 3:13. God has promised us a new heaven and earth. For this promise to come to pass, you must be blameless, and without spots.

You cannot afford a grim face, or any of that "nobody loves me" stuff. A grim look indicates displeasure about something or someone displeasing to the little self, whether things, people, or God!

"One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." – 2 Peter 3:8-9.

I use one decree to cover all decrees: "I have eyes. I have ears. I see. I hear. I stand in the Light."

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This One Thing I Decree

Edna Lister sermon transcript; November 19, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Ruth Johnson, Irene White. Scripture: 2 Peter 3.

"This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." – 2 Peter 3.

Peter outlined in his letter what those who received the letter were doing wrong. He described the group's failures. He explained that Sodom and Gomorrah failed through disobedience to law.

I have often asked why the disciples dwelt so much on corruption. The disciples and apostles had to show the early groups where they were wrong. They had no psychology books. The Bible was their only psychology manual.

If you read the Bible in a literal way, you will miss the many nuances. They very often wrote the apparently lascivious parts in answer to questions the groups had asked. If you see it, then it is there in your consciousness.

When you read the descriptions of evil people and events, you need not let that make a mess of your consciousness. You do not need that, but to cleanse your subconscious. Skip the stories that are negative, if you need to.

The apostles wrote to the groups to help them to dig out and clean up their subconscious. You all have selfish limitations under the surface. You need to dig up the buried treasures of darkness to cleanse the subconscious mind.

"I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming?" – 2 Peter 3:1-4.

Lust here means immorality, but also means following selfish desires, whether physical appetites, negativity, any self indulgence you must conquer. The scoffers then asked, "Where is promise of his coming?" They asked then and are still asking now.

A decree is an edict that has authority. Denials neutralize your positive decrees. Only one great denial is legal, "This is enough of this." You do not need petty denials, which is bowing down to a false need. You do need your soul edicts.

In the middle of chapter, Peter begins to talk about the world and what will happen to it. "By the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." – 2 Peter 3:5-7.

"Water," in this instance, represents the beginning of an age. The world that "perished" refers to the Flood of Noah's time. The heavens and the earth "reserved into fire to the day of perdition" signifies the second coming of Christ.

Astronomers predict an eclipse and a grand alignment in Aquarius for February 4, 1962. Many astrologers and metaphysicians believe it will begin the Aquarian Age. Others predict that Jesus shall come again, or that an avatar could be born then.

Yet Jesus has renewed himself in us. He is also coming again, but not through birth on earth. The world was formed and sealed in Light to protect it from evil. The release of enough atomic energy could burst this magnetic wall. God is allowing it so earth can ascend. There is the predicted fire that will end the world.

At the Crucifixion, the dead walked. It happened because the Power his sacrifice released rent the veil between the visible and invisible worlds. As then, so it shall be. Those who have no fear shall be unhurt and lifted. The cells will ascend to molecules, to atoms, to the fire body.

The alignment of the whole galaxy changes as earth enters Sagittarius. The dark prophecies for February could have happened had it not been for the prayers of the Elect. The earth could have been destroyed. We have been lifting the effects of evil and it is lifted.

Peter was describing our time now in this chapter. The Master had given him this preview. "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." – 2 Peter 3:10.

A great explosion, such as nuclear testing, will be the great noise in the stratosphere. The works of earth that will be burned up refers to the evil in man's consciousness, which fills the world to the stratosphere. What kind of person shall you be then? Look to the future with hope.

An edict is an authoritative command; authority confers the power and ability to enforce obedience. Obedience is compliance with law and commandments. Always, you must balance the scales when making a decree. You do need edicts, which are your positive constructive decrees, not petty denials. Once you make your decree, you must hold to it.

Jesus made positive, constructive decrees, such as, "Take up your bed and walk." You derive your authority to make decrees from, "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 14:13-14.

When you decree a thing in the name of Jesus the Christ, it shall be established unto you. Yet you must choose what you really want, and not divide your attention. When you choose, you then make a decree. Yet if you deny, you will not have a miracle.

Stand before the Master and say, "Lord, help me," knowing that he knows your need without any unnecessary explanation. You need not explain, for he knows. "Here I am Father, please finish the work."

Avoid using force or demanding in making statements or decrees. The voice of authority does not speak a forceful decree, but in devotion to God, kneeling before the throne. Your vibration of authority must hold devotion, blamelessness, love, and the nonresistant power of the word let. The soul says, "Let this be," and you continue in devotion.

Ascend in consciousness into the Christ mind where you have soul identity and speak from your soul. Know that the new heaven and new earth is within you. While you will see more darkness and dirt come to the surface than ever before, your every high thought moves into the pool of prayer for the world. Grimness comes from becoming displeased with something in the world. Show the world a smiling, joyous countenance.

Peter made a decree for the Elect, yet you must still face your own soul's great tribunal. You make an edict from your soul's authority. State, "I am reaching for high calling of Jesus," but it must come from the soul. Declare, "This is one thing I do now. I am pressing on," and mean it.

One great edict for your life is, "I have eyes to see with. I have ears to hear with. He who hath eyes to see shall see. He who hath ears to hear, let him hear." This covers everything, and you can tune in if you listen from above. You shall be able to tune in on the Sermon on Mount and see and hear it as a vision, seeing and hearing through inner eye and ear.

Every word from your lips is a decree. If you make it negative, or blame, criticize and resent, you are using God's Power outside the law, illegally. When you decide that your edicts shall be of glory, your path becomes one of Light, a high part of soul vision.

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This One Thing I Do

Edna Lister sermon outline; November 26, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: Acts 27:21-29.

"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 on 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." – Acts 27:21-29.

Paul was a Roman citizen, and when the Jewish Court of the Sanhedrin laid serious charges against him and wanted the Romans to put him to death, he demanded to be brought before Caesar for trial in Rome. Agrippa would have freed him since he found no fault in him, except for this demand. They sailed so late in the season that their ship fell prey to the equinoctial storms on the Mediterranean.

"Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, and said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul." – Acts 27:10-11. As Paul had warned them, their ship was caught in a terrific storm, driven aground, and damaged. They repaired what they could and set sail again, spending the next three days in the teeth of the storm. The crew lightened the load, but that didn't help.

Paul had fasted through this, then stood up and told them of his warning, an I-told-you-so. "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 believed that he was witness to the appearance of a heavenly being, and that he had been given the lives of all who were on the ship.

Some crew member thought to escape by jumping overboard near the rocky coast, but Paul let none leave. He told the centurion and soldiers, "Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved." – Acts 27:31. All souls must obey law: sometimes one faithless person upsets an entire schedule, or wrecks some plan at the last moment.

"On the fourteenth night" indicates this is the path of choice and separation from, wherein you must choose whom you shall serve, self or soul, man or God. They cast out four anchors named faith, steadfastness, devotion and surrender, for balance. Under the principle of equilibrium, balance means to hold. A stool with only two legs is easily knocked over, but is stable with three.

Faith is complete trust and confidence in the Power of God and that His Power is always working. Act as if you have it in the moment you ask. Believe. Know that God's will for you is good. Jesus said that it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. When you trust yourself, God trusts you.

Faith is a compound principle composed of so many elements. Faith is love plus joy. Faith is a great stillness, a complete waiting confidence in God, and trust in your own ability to hold. Steadfastness is stable and unwavering, undeviating, with no doubt or fear, no looking back. Steadfastness is unconditional loyalty to your decision, to hold fast. You are a step nearer to God in faith.

You need devotion, but to what, when and why? Devotion expresses your appreciation and love of God in praise and song. You need compassion toward men. Devotion is thus a worshipful attitude of love that must give to the loved one.

Surrender is an outer, voluntary act of obedience, a final giving up of the self. Faith builds the stairs, but steadfastness and devotion are the right and left underpinnings, the risers. Surrender gives you the Power to climb. Surrender means how to give up. Do you give up your good? No. You give up only that which is dark or reacts as what you do not want.

To lift up selfish desires is a glory. To give up righteous indignation, you must give up the indignation, not the "right use" of help for others. Once you can put up with it and grin, you have the right to say, "Enough." You cannot afford to allow pride to cloud your life or judgment.

Elias Howe, who invented the sewing machine, became discouraged while doing so because he could not figure a way to put the eye on the needle to thread it. His creditors were hounding him, and his wife had given him twenty-four hours notice that she was leaving him.

Nearly in despair, he went to bed and dreamed that savages were leading him to a fire. By the light of the flame, he noticed eyes in the heads of their spears. He shouted so loudly that he woke himself up at 3:00 a.m., and had finished the first crude needle by dawn.

Howe's story is an example of steadfastness, devotion and surrender. He had faith in his idea, he worked at it steadfastly in devotion to it, and was willing to surrender of everything to bring it to pass.

Paul's story is also about outstanding obedience under attention to details, from the Neophyte to the Christos Degree. "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." – Acts 27:23-25.

"I believe, therefore I obey." And the promise was fulfilled. "Fear not, Paul. Thou must be brought before Caesar." The law is that once you have asked for, demanded, prayed for or desired anything, then some place, sometime, it must be fulfilled. Your dreams shall come to pass, but you must pay your debts to the law.

"Fear not, Paul. Thou must be brought before Caesar." Everyone on the boat was saved. Some swam, some clung to boards or to other parts of the ship, but all lived. Every prayer that is unadulterated by self, is fulfilled.

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This One Thing I Do

Edna Lister sermon transcript; November 26, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Ruth Johnson, Irene White. Scripture: Acts 27:21-29.

"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." – Acts 27:21-29.

Paul's shipwreck story is romantic, like a thrilling movie. He had previously been tried on unproven accusations before the Jewish Court of the Sanhedrin, and then was taken to the Roman governor. After a sham trial there, Paul finally demanded to be tried by Caesar as a Roman citizen, knowing the governor could sentence him if he demanded a Roman trial.

So Paul was sent to Rome with other prisoners. They started in late summer but did not sail directly to Rome, the merchants having business to do at several ports along the way. The sailing was becoming dangerous and they had to hug the coastline. They ran into contrary winds and ended up at a tiny harbor on Crete. They stayed several days, but since the town was not large enough to winter in, they set sail again.

After two weeks of slow sailing, not making much progress, Paul warned them, saying, "Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives." – Acts 27:10. However, the centurion paid no attention to Paul, listening instead to the merchant ship owner. Soon they ran into an equinoctial storm, the cyclonic winds called Euroclydon.

They battled the storm for three days and their fate seemed hopeless; the men feared they would be shipwrecked and drown. Paul exhorted them to be of good cheer. "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 knew he simply had to speak and encourage these men. It is just as bad to stand back when you really know but do not speak the truth as it is to prophesy stupidly. Parents answer their children's questions from their own past experience. Paul's experience told him of the terrific dangers of an equinoctial storm. He was bearing witness with logic, reason, the facts of his previous experience, plus his faith. This you should remember and always do.

Those men battled that storm for fourteen days and nights, living in constant fear shipwrecking on the rocky coastal shore. Near midnight of the fourteenth night, the crew cast out anchors and wished for daybreak. Some of the sailors pretended to cast more anchors but were really launching a smaller boat to escape. Paul knew they were trying to escape, and told the centurion and soldiers that everyone had to stay together or no one could be saved.

Paul's warning involves the law of remaining with the ship to save it, like staying with a business that seems to be failing but knowing that you can save it only by remaining. Back of his warning lay the power that held the ship together despite a few who would abandon the ship to wreck it.

Paul knew all their lives could be saved if they stayed and worked together. He based his faith in his love of God and put his soul stock in it. Fourteen is the number that symbolizes choice and separation. Do not try to escape a plan, or leave it because delay or obstacles come. Take all the love you put into it and invest it in a new life plan today. Always see a solid platform of faith in front of you, remembering that you cannot go ahead if you have left too much of yourself behind or with others. Cry if you must, but let love turn your tears of experience into pearls and string a new rosary of loving faith.

The four anchors cast off the stern have a special meaning. The ship's prow faces land, symbolizing balance on earth. The four anchors represent what is behind you. The ship broke in half when they ran it aground. The stern broke into pieces. Some floated on bits of the wreckage, others on boards, all of which represent life preservers. The sea in this story symbolizes the sea of life. Your four anchors are faith, steadfastness, devotion, and surrender. The anchors on the left are faith and devotion, on the right are steadfastness and surrender.

Faith is the great principle, never conquered in any age. It is unconquerable when unadulterated with doubt or fear. A joyous love and grateful praise makes for perfect faith. Faith is a glory, assurance and confidence, a trust, a comprehending stillness that stands and knows, remaining immovable, untouchable and all conquering.

Steadfastness is the soul virtue that makes you able to stand fast and not to look back. Love will melt, dissolve and absorb anything in the past. That's how God takes care of the past for you when you love Him. Having done all, stand steadfastly on the foundation of principle and law.

Devotion is a tricky virtue to hold on course though life. Some people are grimly devoted to self-pity, which is devotion to self. Make your devotion an unqualified success. Whatever you choose to devote yourself to, turn on the switch and give it your all, then transfer that devotion to God. Devotion to God is part of loving God. Devotion to God as principle helps you break through the veils of illusion, but devotion to God as personality take you straight to the Father. Do not put your devotion into menial tasks. Pour love into your four anchors, but save your devotion for God.

Surrender of the little self makes you buoyant enough to ascend. Surrender opens the way for an expectant attitude to move in and stay. Elias Howe, who invented the sewing machine, had faith, devotion, steadfastness, and surrendered to an idea. Despite all manners of obstacles and delay, he succeeded. Turn your devotion upward to God. These four perfect laws will take you to His throne.

Paul lived by his obedience to God. The angel said, "Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee." – Acts 27:24. When you make a demand on law, you are brought before your Caesar, which represents the world judging your goals. Caesar also represents the absolute justice of love and wisdom, the fulfillment of every promise made to you. Because you must be brought before Caesar and because you are surrendered in love to wisdom, faith, steadfastness and devotion, God gives you the lives of all on board your ship.

Everyone on board escaped to land in their natural way, not the captain's way, which would have wrecked them all. They escaped because the angel had shown Paul that if he stood and believed, his word of faith would stand fast. The attitude of such absolute faith so affects the other fellow's consciousness that it works, it puts and keeps a life preserver under him. It works the same for you. Only while you stand still in faith, can the Father bring your miracles to pass. I have eyes to see with and ears to hear Your Voice, O Father.

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This One Thing I Know

Edna Lister sermon outline; December 3, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-13.

"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 long-suffering, 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." – Ephesians 4:1-13.

Jesus descended and ascended again to open the Gates of Light, which evil had closed. The universe is expanding, and the creator gods are now ascending, as is all life, from the creature to the creator stage. Your creative tools are desire, thinking and imagination.

"I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering; bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." – Ephesians 4:1-3. Paul referred to himself as a prisoner of the Lord in the bond of peace. When you are prisoners of the soul, the little self becomes transformed in the life of God.

To endeavor is to strive toward, to hold oneself to a certain way. Endeavoring has three stages, transforming, sublimation and transfiguration. Transforming means to move from one state to another, to change or recondition yourself to a new soul place through dedication, sanctification and the awakening of desire.

Sublimation is the awakening of vision. Meeting the challenge of one body, one hope, and one Spirit, the acceptance, the consecration to "One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." – Ephesians 4:5-6. These verses hold the promise of limitless life and strength. "I am convinced," means "I know." The vitality of the life forces circulates through the bloodstream, leading to weakness or to strength.

Transfiguration means to be lifted up, to "be still and know that I am God." To "let" and to give praise brings eternal immortal life and youth. You become as radiant as the sun. When our Lord "led captivity captive," he showed us life. You cannot escape life, but what do you do with it? Sacrifice self to gain soul protection, turn inaction into action, indifference into soul-desire. Get up, get going, and do something. Make all your low points of weakness into high points of vision and glory.

Your old captivity to self becomes captive to love. Every new desire adds a new jet engine to your Transfiguration. You do know what to do next. You can be an apostle, a messenger of love, an evangelist and live the Gospels of Jesus the Christ. You can be a pastor and give guidance where it is needed. As a prophet, you can see where disobedience will lead you.

You can be a teacher when you are identified with the one God, the one Father. You know who you are, a son or a daughter of God, and you shall become the full stature of the Christ.

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This One Thing I Know

Edna Lister sermon transcript; December 3, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Ruth Johnson, Irene White, Ross and Virginia Whitehead. Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-13.

"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." – Ephesians 4:1-13.

This passage is among the most interesting in the Epistles. It contains so much in so few verses. Every time you read a section, you think it wonderful. Verses nine and ten are peculiarly written and set in parentheses. "(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.)" – Ephesians 4:9-10.

They accused Jesus of consorting with publicans and sinners. He came to save the lost souls, the rebellious ones. As it was in his ministry, so it is in yours. As you leave your home, as you step through your door, you feel as though you step through a shaft of Light. So you are blessed, cleansed and healed before you step out into the world's vibration. In the world, you descend into the "lower parts" of the earth. You receive credits toward fulfillment of your mission, so the vibration of high Power is available wherever you go.

In nightly prayers, declare, "Wherever I have gone or my eyes have glanced, let the Power be quickened for good." If every Christian made that statement, war could not exist. Whatever love touches, it converts into itself. To fulfill all things, you must ascend above all man-made ideas of heaven into a Source of Light and glory, where the Emanations come forth, where Power of God fills you. The cosmologists theorize that the universe is expanding, so plant your feet on the truth that God has given each the power to ascend.

You do not have to be wishy-washy or so pure that butter would not melt in your mouth. I would rather have one joyful sinner than a roomful of saints too pure to tolerate others. Ascension is not spineless and futile, but is all power, beauty and truth. The kingdom of heaven is open to all believers, yet you can go only as far as your soul goal and plan take you.

Paul said, "I am a prisoner of the Lord." Reading this, many quit God right there, saying, "I refuse to be herded into heaven. I refuse to be a prisoner." Little do they know that they already are prisoners of self, in bondage to their own hates, criticism, ideas, and blame. God sent you here with equipment to be divine, Godlike. You were supposed to use this equipment in a Godlike way, not to serve the self. So many people hold on to their small selfish hatreds like grim death, and so keep themselves from ascending.

A prisoner of the Lord is a prisoner of the law, and an ambassador of Light. When the self is a prisoner of the law, the subconscious will stop trying to be boss you, but will remind you to turn down the thermostat before leaving the house. It would properly put a hand on your lips when you would speak idly or to the wrong person. When you are protected from making mistakes, you have no regrets. The law is perfect, and obedience to law lifts you.

Paul gave us the keys to this power, which are meekness and forbearing. Love is strong, love is fearless, love is courage. To be meek and lowly means to keep your lips buttoned at right time. That is a blow to self advertisers, those who shout about their good works, like Pharisees praying on the street corners.

"Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." – Ephesians 4:3. Endeavoring means to hold one's self fast to an idea, the ability to keep unity. You have three God-given creative tools — desire, thinking and imagination. Unless you keep them working in balanced unity, you cannot have a balanced life. Peace comes from unifying your emotional desires with perfect thinking. If desires, thoughts and imaginings take you in different directions, you are a mess.

Hold the reins of imagination's horses steadfastly. Let no cross-eyed pictures break your unity with Spirit. Your brain cells are like a mirror. Sometimes the mirrored scene in the water is more beautiful than the real view on land. Your brain cells are designed to act like still pools, mirroring pictures of God.

Under ascension, you climb through three phases — transformation, sublimation and transfiguration. A caterpillar is a prisoner of natural law, so it automatically transforms itself into a beautiful butterfly under this process. You transform yourself when you rid yourself of opinions, prejudices, criticism, blame. God always says, "Child come up, come higher. I'll send Light through you and wipe you clean." When you blame someone, you pay for the original debt, their debt and the debt you just caused.

Transformation means to change your life, to step up in your conscious thinking to be a joyous prisoner of law. To transform your life, you must light the flame of desire under the burner. Sometimes a person must recreate his desire to transform, as in the case of an alcoholic, for example. You need an offering more attractive and greater than self. Often your smile or good word changes another's day, yet if you do not like yourself, your work, your place, you just do not like. When you look sour, you react on another person in the opposite way.

Steel is porous, walls are porous. The River of Life permeates everything. You are in highest form of substance on earth. Let the River of Life move through your porous body to cleanse it. Breathe deeply to eliminate fatigue poisons, but also think in Light. Be a prisoner of law and let the Power of God send you forth and work through you as sublimation. Sublimation is a state of being sublime, high in consciousness.

By recognizing one Lord, one faith, one baptism, you can be under the Baptism of Fire day and night. "One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all" is the Source of your life. Sublimation is composed of this. Unifying yourself with all that is, your identity, your powerhouse.

Transfiguration is the glistering Light shining from Jesus' face. It is your reward, too, your covenant of peace. It is your imagination, desire, and thinking, working in unity to lead captivity captive.

When you have lifted any expression of the little self that is unlike God, self becomes captive to the power of love. Your soul's destiny is to give up self to become the prisoner of divine law. One day, when enough believers want to be captive of love, want to ascend, want to unify and meet for days of prayer to lift all darkness and self from earth, the golden Christed Age can come.

You know laws must be obeyed. You know you want peace. When you live for it, you can have the beauty earth can produce. What is keeping you captive? What trait? Using slang instead of the right word? Declare that God in action works for all good. He can send strong winds to blow all radioactive material up to sun to be absorbed. Can be shot up with missiles.

Abraham tried to pick ten good men. The angel said find just one. Be captive to captivity. Be under the bond to Lord or law, so nothing can slip. Sign up to be a full prisoner of the law of love. When you do not obey law, you get off the beam. Through process of transformation, sublimation, transfiguration. No matter what happens, stand and grow into the stature of Jesus the Christ.

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This One Thing I Comprehend

Edna Lister sermon outline; December 10, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: Ephesians 3.

"For this cause I, Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, if ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." – Ephesians 3.

In the Epistle to the Ephesians, Paul opens with the glory of Jesus the Christ and holds it through three chapters. He speaks of predestination, redemption and forgiveness in the first chapter. He writes of the dispensation of the grace of God in the second chapter, and repeats the reference to the dispensation and grace in the third.

The dispensation is the management of the world by divine Providence. It is God's planned beneficent care for us. The grace of God is a state of charm, of pleasing quality, a state of consciousness caused by, including, taking in, grasping and holding comprehension. A state of grace means compassion plus the love of God.

To comprehend is defined as "to include, to take in, to grasp and to hold." Comprehension means to understand completely, a super-understanding, not from the surface of the mind and "I think," but as "I know." These chapters reveal the mysteries. The mystery revealed in the first chapter was "Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God," as revealed in these passages:

"Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will." – Ephesians 1:9-11.

"Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me." – John 14:11.

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman … I am the vine, ye are the branches." – John 15:1, 5. These verses also describe your divinity, and your identity with God. Full comprehension is a compound of all virtues, and you must synthesize the five senses to have comprehension.

The second mystery, the "fellowship with men," includes the Gentiles: "Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God." – Ephesians 3:8-10.

Unsearchable means "being beyond the means of search." Ordinary searching will not work. You must search with boldness, and access with confidence by faith.

To be granted comprehension, you must grounded in love, to comprehend the breadth, length, depth and height of the love of Christ. What is the breadth of love? What does love include? Love is a broad highway versus the narrow path of obedience to God's law. The narrow path is hedged in and pitted with self. If you step off your strip of ideas about what you "should" do, you will have no love.

"I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory." – Ephesians 3:13. I pay all debts. I take in debts to pay. When my brother is weak, I take up his burden, the excess. I free him enough to allow him to finish the climb of that initiation. Spiritual debts include war and evil. You do not need to pay them all. Pray, and leave what the other fellow needs to learn his lesson in this lifetime. When you must take on a debt, remember that it is your glory. Pass it on, the favor of debt-paying, with no blame, and taking no credit to the self. Can you take on blame? You must, to lift it.

Second, you shorten the length of your love of Christ by whining, "How long, oh Lord, how long?" How long can you carry the burden? One day longer than God. Third, measure the depth of your love of Christ: How deep is your love? How much battering can it take? Your own past misuse returns to you. What is the quality of your love?

Fourth, what is the height of your love? How high is God? How great in quantity is your love? Does it include all principalities and powers? You must balance your love with wisdom. A cubic foot of atomic power would hold trillions of tons of energy. When you go high consciousness, you release this potential as Power.

When the breadth of your love is truly wide, when its length is great enough, when its depth is deep enough, when its height is high enough, atomic energy runs your body. This is the Christ Power, the Christ Mind, the Holy Breath of Spirit. You must comprehend that you draw this Power from the very air you breathe.

Clare Boothe Luce said, "Take your hats off to the past and take your coats off to meet the future." You need and must welcome more life experiences to finely temper the soul to withstand all darkness. The power of love is the only mystery you need to comprehend. Glorious Power flows from the Source to you. This is your life. This is you, the glory of the Power triumphant.

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This One Thing I Comprehend

Edna Lister sermon transcript; December 10, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Ruth Johnson, Irene White. Scripture: Ephesians 3.

"For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, if ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." – Ephesians 3.

Ephesians, the third chapter, is such a magnificent text. In Ephesians, Paul takes the group to the highest possible Source of heavenly Power. The opening chapter is about the Source. In the third chapter, he outlines how the Power can use them.

Jesus trained all his disciples to become experts in psychiatry and led Paul to do the same. He unfolded universal laws to them, the relationships of man to man, and man's relationship to God. No modern psychiatrist can compare to Jesus as the healer of mind and soul.

The first portion of this text mentions predestination, redemption and forgiveness. While orthodoxy teaches that predestination is God's "preordination of men to everlasting happiness or to misery," it also means "election, to appoint or ordain beforehand by divine decree" Simply put, predestination means that you have no place else to go but back to God. No matter how far you wander, you will eventually return to your Source.

Redemption is the act of redeeming. To redeem is "to ransom, to deliver, to reclaim." The prefix re- means to go back, to return. In redemption, you redeem your soul substance by lifting the life sparks, as you lift yourself from one path to step onto another. You redeem your own soul substance by lifting the life sparks of soul substance to be cleansed in the eternal flame.

Even if a soul has turn to evil, when all memory of evil is wiped from its mind eons hence, the repentant soul will come forth again with a new name and a cleansed memory. The soul substance that people have used in retrogression is purified above and returned to them here on earth. This is why you can recognize someone who has been redeemed.

Forgiveness is "the act of forgiving, a pardon; giving up resentment for an offense." Forgiveness is a dispensation composed of and based on God's laws. A divine plan backs Creation, and a comprehensive management structure oversees it. The "dispensation" outlines the overall management of the divine plan. You must follow the law Jesus gave or you return too slowly to be of much use to God.

Paul received an ordination of the soul to preach the Gospel of Christ through the grace of God. A state of grace is a state of consciousness. Grace also means charm, such as the gracious charm of one who entertains no inner conflicts. Most people have no conflict with God or the world, but do entertain inner conflicts within themselves.

In Ephesians, chapter 3, we read the mysteries. The first deep mystery is your identity with God through Jesus Christ as only Begotten Son. You need only to follow Christ to be completely enfolded with God at the Source. Endless references in the Bible tell us of our oneness with God: "I and the Father are one. I am the vine and you are branches."

The second mystery is the fellowship of the mysteries, which is based on soul knowing that Jesus is the Christ and the First and Only Begotten Son of God. The sons of man, those coming up through evolutionary processes, do not know that Jesus is the Begotten Son, and so repudiate him. They do not know him or the truth of his being. The sons of God, however, have established their own identity with God and Jesus as the Christ. The gentiles, to whom Paul refers, were those sons of God and of men who were ascending to this illumination.

The third mystery is "the love of Christ which passeth knowledge." The world passes right over this mystery because it is incomprehensible to most people. Love is a good step above knowledge and it must be to become comprehension. All is good but you do not receive fullness of that good until you comprehend love, until you know the depth, breadth, and height of love. Once you comprehend it, it can never to taken from you. To comprehend the depth of love, make a study of the Book of Job.

The breadth of love does not go beyond your own aura if you love in spite of or have negative thoughts about anyone. If you live in spite of, you are filled with pride in self. You are thinking about love, which is good, but only a little improvement. Broad loving takes the blame, pays others' debts and even the world's. If you tell God what you will do for Him, then gripe when the tests come, you love self first and God second.

"The fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise." – Revelation 8:12. Every evil one from the beginning of time has left his darkness behind in black clouds among the constellations, which is gradually released for the Elect to lift for cleansing in Light.

The force behind the darkness rolls around until it is redeemed by those who created it or by one who redeems back from the magnetic currents through his body. For example, when I had an accident in which my body was injured, I said, "All I can lift by hand and word, I shall do and dedicate to Thy service, Father, but let the other Christians do the same." When you are ill or hurt physically, say, "Thank You Father," and pray for all those in the same boat. Every prayer you pray lifts force left by evil ones on earth.

What is the length of your love? How long does your love last? Do you say, "My patience gave way." The length of your love is how long it lasts, or endures. When you can stand like Job and say, "Even if You slay me, I love You," or, "I can love just one day longer than you can hate."

How deep is your love? Can it overlook anything the world can produce? Do you ever think the other fellow is wrong? You had at least better say it's a good wrong. The depth of your love cannot be like a tumbleweed, but must be as deeply rooted as an oak.

What is height of your love? Too many waste time getting adoption papers to be a son of God. All you need is to remember your consciousness of the Source of all Power, of the powers in heavenly places. Go to your heavenly place, a place to go in consciousness. When you do, your love passes above mere knowledge, to comprehend, to include, to take in, to hold that which you know.

Once you comprehend and respond to the highest vibration of the Source, you do not forget, because you have lifted the five senses into apperception. All is lifted into your love of Almighty God. When the length, depth, height of your love is great enough, you will comprehend and broadcast Jesus the Christ as only Begotten Son.

You will become divine love expressing. Take off your hat to the past but peel off your coat and get ready for the future. A state of grace is that place where your identity with God, your fellowship is so complete that you cannot help but lead a triumphant life.

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The Song of the Lamb

Edna Lister sermon outline; December 17, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: John 1:35-36, 1 Thessalonians 5:14-23, Revelation 4:6-12.

"Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; and looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!" – John 1:35-36.

"Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." – 1 Thessalonians 5:14-23.

"And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing." – Revelation 5:6-12.

The Song of the Lamb is a song of praise. A lamb represents purity and innocence, and also peace and joy. The lamb is the Christ's personal symbol, representing new beginnings, declaring his innocence before he descended to earth. Jesus walked earth as purity and innocence. The "blood of the Lamb" represents the purity of life with no taint of earth. Yellow represents Wisdom, blue symbolizes Love, and red signifies Energy (the Word). Red represents the Son of God, the Holy Spirit, Holy Breath and Holy Spirit, all combined as the white Light of the Christ.

Jesus is best known and most depended on in his role of the Lamb of God. When John the Baptist heralded him crying, "Behold, the Lamb of God!" he gave Jesus his identity as the Lamb of God for earth. For the first ten years of his life, Jesus embodied the sacrificial lamb idea. In the last great chapter of his adult life, he was the lamb sacrificed. They reviled him, crowned him with thorns and forced him to carry his cross. Whenever needed, Jesus was aggressively, positively, dynamically nonresistant, able to stand on principle, and to know the truth.

St. John, in the first chapter of his Gospel, set the keynote for Jesus as the Word and as a creator god when he wrote, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … All things were made by him … In him was life; and the life was the light of men." – John 1:1, 3-4. God spoke the Word to create. The Light itself was the life in him, the action of creation, and the substance, too. Praise lifts you up in consciousness to the Word. Praise opens the vibration and you send the substance into the prayer molds by your spoken Word.

You use the Word to create your creations by declaration, but you must also call them good and very good. You follow the good when you seek first the kingdom of righteousness. Declare, "This is good. All is good."

"Rejoice evermore" describes how you apply the Word. When your soul is rejoicing, you are in joy. Life means to move, to take action, to be alive. When you "pray without ceasing" twenty-four hours a day, you are God conscious and always giving thanks for outer "added things."

"Quench not the Spirit" means never turning off the Power by allowing the little self to take over your consciousness. Light will "prove all things" when you use it to apply law, follow directions and pay your vows with obedience to law. "Abstain from all appearance of evil." – 1 Thessalonians 5:22, or any letting go of God. When you avoid the evil of idle words, "our whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." When you follow the good, you are obedient.

Praise is your contact point for being filled with and releasing the Light. Praise tunes your instrument, and plugs you into the live wire of omnipotence. The Light becomes your expression. "Let your Light so shine." Does my Light shine? Am I good enough? Praise the Master without waiting for the key, or money, but do it now. Prune the dark shoots and put on rose-colored glasses.

Declare, "I am the Light of the world." Your preparatory work is finished. You are ready for the University of Life. Behold the glory of God! You cannot lose God. He is the All That Is, greater than any church, teaching, altar, or image. Churches are simply places to seek for God. Choirs sing the Song of the Lamb at all hours in heaven's temples. All you need to do to see and hear them is to look up in consciousness.

Follow these simple directions: "Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil." – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22. Because the three basic principles are the Light, the Word, and the life, you must speak as the Word to have Light and life. Singing the Song of the Lamb is a most beautiful expression of the Word.

"The four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to Him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created." – Revelation 4:8-11.

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The Song of the Lamb

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated December 17, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Ruth Johnson, Irene White, and Ross Whitehead. Scriptures: 1 Thessalonians 5:14-21 and Revelation 5:9-12.

"Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." – 1 Thessalonians 5:14-21.

"And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing." – Revelation 5:9-12.

The Song of Lamb is a song of praise. A lamb represents purity and innocence. It represents especially the joy all animals have in life itself. The gamboling lamb is so free, so abandoned to the sheer joy of living that it leaps in the exuberance of its joy. Joy is another name of the Holy Spirit.

Great controversies have raged about Christmas not being Jesus' birthday. He was born during the Hebrew month of Nisan, which roughly coincides with April. I am positive that Aries the Ram was uppermost then, and was being used as the ascended symbol of Aries, the Lamb.

Way back in the beginning, waves of Light, high in their rate of vibration, emanated from the Source of All Light, and spread out to the rim of the universe to open this great day of manifestation. Thus, the Supreme begat took on form. The first Begotten of God was first to step from the center, ready for manifestation, eventually becoming the embodied soul we know as Jesus Christ, the Beloved. He is the only creator god who descended with the supreme scepter of power, given to him by the Father.

As the Beloved, he is the personality whom we call the Lamb. All the many songs of the Lamb praise the Source, exalting God Himself. The prayer keynote is adoration of the Supreme, through the Voice of the Beloved. Jesus came to earth under the auspices of Lamb because it is a title of his Oversoul. Originally, no part of this first begotten creator god was meant to take on flesh. He was to have a supervisory role on the inner.

The Beloved's mission changed due to the rebellion in the skies, and here at the outpost where the descended creator gods took on their heaviest sheath like the molecular desire body. The rebellious ones wanted the masses to ascend faster, which started the conflict that became the war between good and evil, between the Sons of Light and the dark Sons of Belial. This war is now culminating in the Armageddon.

Symbolically, the conception of life, the fertilizing of the two seeds of life occurs on the winter solstice. Full Power is released then for the birth at the spring equinox, symbolized by Easter. Jesus represents the joyous life-loving Lamb for the first twelve years of his earth life, all innocence and purity. He became the sacrificial Lamb again at the Crucifixion, and went out on that vibration. He came to earth to express love, and opened the vibration to exalt womanhood when he recognized his mother from cross.

At Jesus' baptism, John cried, "Behold the Lamb of God!" All the Gospels record the story, but only John gave him his supreme begotten title. James and Peter gave him his names on earth, the Son of Man and the Son of God. John writes that he was the Light and the life of men. He was the Word from which all things were made. You cannot create without the spoken Word. Only God knows what you want as you speak the Word. He has given you free access to His Light as Mind, Substance, and Power.

"I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High." – Psalm 82:6. "Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?" – John 10:34. Therefore, your spoken Word can be powerful for good or ill. When you limp, you have cut off your own power, so you droop and die. When you bury your soul in a sarcophagus of self, you have no life.

At the point where the world slides down in consciousness, ascend and climb ever higher in consciousness, into the Light. You will have such energy such as the world has never known before, and your physical body is already equipped to release it. Einstein said that mass becomes energy, and energy becomes light as it explodes.

Under the Word, you can choose a formula to live by, one that works for you. "See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men." – 1 Thessalonians 5:15. Declare, "This is good." The only way to overcome evil is to declare it good, to dig out whatever is below the surface, even if it is good for nothing, declare it good. Paul says to follow that which is good to begin with, for the good is part of righteousness. See as far as you can today, and next year you will see more and farther. You will move with the principles of God that do the work, but you may not wobble in your faith. You must be stabilized in body, mind and soul to succeed.

Rejoice evermore with your Oversoul, the part of you that sees God, and be caught up in soul illumination. Rejoice without wavering about what happens in life, and focus on receiving your credits in heaven. When someone bothers you, you really have no way of knowing how often he or she has tried to overcome the annoying trait. If you send good thoughts as canaries, they return singing, but your anger and thoughts of irritation return as crows.

Pray without ceasing. What is a prayer? Do you really believe that God answers prayer? Do you know it? You must believe and say, "Let it come." Be balanced in what you permit and do with imagination and emotion. You cannot lose faith and win anything. The substance of your body and mind is a Godly vibration, but you could still dissolve your faculties through misuse of your soul substance. Yet you cannot lose God, for He is the same yesterday, today and forever. How can you lose Him?

Someone who misuses substance or arrogantly calls himself God does not change God. You can rub your nose in the dirt with him, if you choose to. Let him enjoy it if he so desires. If he wants to suffer his way back home, it's his privilege, but you can know God, and know His good.

Give thanks for God's Holy Breath, for His care. Thank God for every promise another makes and believe that He has it in store for you. God can fulfill the promises of those who promised in His Name, even if they withdraw it. I depend on God to fulfill promises people have made for the College of Ascension. The most stubborn ones just do not want to be healed. Use the little that you have anyway. That is the law. Praise what you have.

"Quench not the Spirit." You do this when you consider darkness, or moan about the same old headache, pain, etc. Get up and rejoice instead. Praise. What good is silence in morning if you get furious when someone spits in your eye at 10:00 a.m.?

Use no idle words, but praise God instead. If you do not want death, why would you let someone bore you to death? Let the Light of God move in and use you. Do not allow yourself to be disillusioned. How many words a day do you use? At the office, send Light to each person whom your work and the sound of your voice touches. Use what you have no matter how small it seems.

A woman who had attended one of my lectures in Washington was accosted while walking through a small park on her way home. The lecture topic had been Psalm 91 on protection. "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler." – Psalm 91:1-4.

All she could only remember "feathers" when the robbers accosted her in the park, so she shouted "Feathers! Help! Feathers!" And they ran away, right into the police. She had faith in God's protection and it saved her.

One day, you will see great white temple and hear a glorious Voice. The Mind of God will pour reassurance and confidence in to fill you with the first song of the Lamb: "The four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to Him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created." – Revelation 4:8-11.

The Lamb is the name of the Supreme Beloved One at the Source. The eternal Elect are those from above who keep the ever-living, ever-new truth alive on earth. Even those who use the name of Jesus, the Lamb of God, the only Begotten Son, as a curse keep his name alive on earth. The Master meets them all with forgiveness when they pass to the other side.

Every day, declare, "Jesus is the only Begotten Son of God," and praise, him and the Father. God has made us sons and daughters in His image and likeness and priests in His name. Do you want to feel like an heir of the Most High? Do you want this inheritance? Do you want it recreated for the Christed Age? Then sing the Song of Lamb in joyful celebration. We celebrate Jesus' birth on December 25th, to germinate the divine conception of life above. Take advantage of the life eternal, and Light everlasting.

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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).