Edna Lister’s Sermons 1964, Part I.




















What Is Power?

Edna Lister lecture outline. February 2, 1964. Tacoma, Washington.

Everyone knows the difference between potential power and kinetic energy, which are Power in its initial dormant but dynamic state of being versus Power in action as energy actively working. Potential power, harnessed, can do anything. Kinetic energy is potential power released into action. Running wild, it is capable of extreme destruction, but when harnessed, it can move the world.

The difference between an individual, who has a goal, is even-tempered, controls his life while conquering self, and one who flies off in all directions, lacks self-control, and has no desire to conquer, is one of soul expression versus self expression. Soul expression harnesses the potential Power of God and releases it though prayers and declarations, receiving miracles and success in return. In short, abundance, as compared with the poverty of delays for the “almost-hardlys,” ranging from the agnostics in their belief in God, to the atheists, who have no respect for the Power of God.

The conquering soul knows that “Of myself, I can do nothing. With God, all things are possible.” Breathe the Power of the Almighty as its servant, and you can do anything. To man, a million things are impossible. Yet one man comes along who doesn’t believe it’s impossible, thinks or knows it’s possible, and does it. If I declare it “impossible,” so it is to me. If I declare, “Not I, but the Power can do anything. All things are possible with God. My God can do anything” — so it shall be.

The difference between a declaration and a statement is that a statement can be weak and unsure of itself. A declaration is a positive thing, born of the fire of conviction that Power is and does the work. To see the truth, to believe the truth is not enough. Truth waits upon the declaration to move into action. A declaration of Power is like starting a jet engine. It activates the Power into becoming the atomic energy that does the work.

“I now declare my new truth of the Power of God to move into action, to fulfill all my dreams. I begin to transform my life. I move up to my Mount of Transfiguration, where Power does the work, where the renewing, rebuilding glory of the Power of God vitalizes and quickens all my projects.”

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Love and Wisdom

Edna Lister sermon outline. February 7, 1964. Tacoma, Washington. Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 13, Ephesians 3:13-19.

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing. Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13.

“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.” – Ephesians 3:13-19.

Wisdom is the Father of principle. Love is the Mother of personality. Principle represents all Power. Personality represents all Power in Action. Wisdom is all Law as Being. Love is all Law as Action. The mating of Love and Wisdom give all actions firmness and boldness. When Love and Wisdom are one, they become Nonresistance, which is the greatest, most powerful of all primary laws.

You get into action according to your desires, which are the appetitive soul’s most basic and primitive expressions of love. When you use the power of love as base desire to gratify self’s dark appetites, you steal from yourself. You rob from your soul’s Light to live in the dark or shadows. Thus you dilute, adulterate, and dissipate the Light within you. Self, dwelling in darkness, steals your soul substance to sustain itself. Only truth is self-sustaining.

What do you desire? Choose! Stand, know and praise God, knowing no fear, bowing to no delay. Only love enough brings uncountable, unthinkable rewards, spiritual treasure beyond belief, the Life abundant! Be bold and courageous in all your declarations.

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The Word, Your Magic Wand

Edna Lister sermon outline. April 12, 1964. Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 13, Ephesians 3:13-19.

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing. Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13.

“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.” – Ephesians 3:13-19.

1 Corinthians 13 describes the magic word, which is love. The Letter to Ephesians 3:13-19 describes your magic wand, which is comprehension.

In the past, sermons served as the week’s scriptural study, a way of approach to God. Today, sermons serve as entertainment, and unless they are entertaining, the audience is unlikely to feel that the sermon has worth. Yet you enjoy no greater entertainment than when the mind is intrigued and curious about God and the application of His law. The academic approach to God is intellectual. Your practical application of law is effective only through your comprehension of law.

1 Corinthians 13 has three sections. The first is on pride of speech. The second section is about pride of knowledge. The third section is about giving. In the first section, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, you take pride in what you say, which reveals what you are, and what you are not without your magic word, which is love. These three verses describe love as speech going forth with your every use of the magic word.

One (1) symbolizes the individual standing upright in the Garden of Eden. Two is the number that symbolizes agreeing with God and adjusting to man. Three symbolizes perfection of outer expression, being perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.

The second section, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, deals with the knowledge of what love is, and what you are. Love, as knowledge, is the Path of Completion. You become love in all ways and in all things. Wisdom mates with love to form the double trinity of creation, the use of love as wisdom. The third section, 1 Corinthians 13:8-13, deals with love as giving. Its six verses deal with the creative Power you express through living on the thirteenth Path, the Via Christa.

When you perfect your expression of love as giving, you become as perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect, through surrender and devotion. Then all Power may use you. You are returning to your proper heavenly place as lightly as a thistledown alighting on a leaf.

Do you believe that God is all powerful? Love is the magic and your wand is comprehension. The thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians is dedicated to the Via Christa way of life through using your magic wand of comprehension.

“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.” – Ephesians 3:13-19.

Love is the magic by which you comprehend the breadth, length, depth, and height of the love of Christ, which is above knowledge. You use comprehension as your measuring rod for all these things.

To comprehend gives you the ability to enter the silence easily, to exercise compassion for the world. Love is dynamic and powerful. Your rapturous devotion to God enables you to love God enough. “Love never faileth.” To comprehend love, you listen, hear, stand and reach higher, ever higher toward God. “He who has seen me has seen the Father” is your goal.

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The Word, Your Magic Wand

Edna Lister sermon transcript. April 12, 1964. Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Elizabeth Barnes, Ruth Johnson, Lotus Landis, Irene White, Virginia Whitehead. Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 13, Ephesians 3:13-19.

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing. Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13.

“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.” – Ephesians 3:13-19.

Today, when you passed through the doorway of this room, you stepped into the golden silence. Christ, as the blood of the Lamb, represents the three emanations of Light — Wisdom, Love, and the Word.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1:1. Love is the Word’s magic motivating power — without love nothing can move into action. A word carries a vibration of energy, but without love, it can never go far. Your magic word is comprehension, which is also your magic wand.

Early in their ministry, the disciples and devoted followers held morning services, which were the only private lessons they had. They preached sermons that were exhortations on law and the greatness of Jesus’ teachings. They held their public meetings in the afternoon because many people had far to travel. Everyone wanted to know about Jesus, the greatness of the Power that flowed through him, the miracles he performed, the laws he taught, and how they should live. But they were tired; instead of being a lesson for them, it was usually entertainment. Ninety percent of sermons today are entertainment.

A sermon is supposed to arouse you, to be exciting. Sermons are exhortations to live according to the greatness of the laws Jesus taught. God has forever sent forth His Power to encourage people to ascend, but emotion or intellect too often takes charge. That's how sermons became entertainment. A sermon is meant to awaken, to arouse your desire to seek, not to be intellectually entertaining. Sermons should be lessons, a resume of what heaven is like. They should awaken your curiosity, excitement, brain cells and make you think about something beyond this flesh.

You always need academic education, because it’s the first way in which you open your brain cells. You have forty-four soul faculties but usually limp through life using only four. A jack of all trades is high in the course of ascension because he has awakened so many faculties. Such curious souls will teach in the inner College of Ascension because they are so eager to learn and to feed that soul-hunger in others.

You must be curious about living, about life, about God and religion. You must study these sermons, which were Jesus’ classes. You must be excited, curious about everything and apply your academic training practically or you accomplish nothing.

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.

This chapter divides into three outstanding sections devoted to love. The first three verses all deal with the love as it applies to speech, knowledge and giving. Pride in the little self makes you boast and transforms you into sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal. Love is selfless. You are sounding brass if you know that you know. Your love is then a love of the self.

The Word is a vibration. You can fumble, deny God but you pray, ascend in consciousness and become as perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect, at your particular level. You pray from the grade you occupy right now. Waste no time feeling guilty. Say, “Here I am, Father. I am a good stinker. Please send enough Power through me to go forth and heal.”

“Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. This passage teaches what you must discard to have love at your fingertips. These four verses (four is the number representing service) list fifteen things that love cannot be. Give God all fifteen and say, “Let them be consumed. Let them be burned in the lake of fire.”

Giving is an expression of the love vibration. You give just what you are or what you are not. Agree and adjust. It frustrates your enemy when you agree with him. Adjusting is keeping up appearances, which saves more souls than the name of Jesus the Christ. This is one of the greatest laws of life.

“Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:8-13.

Love never fails. You always send forth a vibration, even if it is a “blah” nothing. Love succeeds and returns to you according to the degree you have sent love forth. How great is your love? Next you learn to give up childish things. Too many blame their parents or background for what they are or do now. This is just a way to escape responsibility. People often run their lives based on what their parents did, but repeating an old family pattern does not awaken new brain cells. What you did last year has nothing to do with what you can do this year.

This entire chapter is a chart for daily living and deals with perfecting your outer expression. The first three verses relate to pride of speech. The next four verses are devoted to knowledge. Verses eight through thirteen tell exactly what to do to move from the fate line to the Path of Destiny, the Via Christa. What does the magic word mean for you? This is the thirteenth chapter whose thirteenth verse explains love. Thirteen is the number that represents the Via Christa. One represents the individual standing upright. Two symbolizes agreeing with God and adjusting to your fellow man. Three represents perfected outer expression. Four, five, six and seven, added, equal twenty-two, which creates a path of completion and perfected outer expression.


“You can be as perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.”


Pray yourself up in consciousness when you feel unworthy. You are becoming perfect when you pray from the grade you are in then. You may deny God like Peter did, but declare that you are as perfect as you can be. Declare, “Send the vibration through me now” to help someone, to be perfect, and, you pass to a higher degree. You can be as perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.

The twenty-second Yetzirah Path is like returning to college to earn a Master’s Degree. Then you ascend in consciousness to the thirty-third degree and begin a new cycle for your Doctorate. You may fall into another mess, but you will be at a higher level.

“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 fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:13-19.

Comprehension of what God’s laws mean in relation to you gives you your magic wand. Comprehension is your magic wand. Apply to your life what you comprehend of the laws of wisdom. You obey a law only when you comprehend the purpose behind it. For example, the law of forgiveness requires you to forgive another seventy times seven. You must give the forgiveness you would in turn get. Many say, “I am not strong enough.” Let your magic wand be backed by the magic Word of love.

Comprehension involves responsibility. When you understand your relationship to God, you understand your relationship to humanity. Do not think, “Why should I do it all?” The limitless Power of God from above is the only strength you have. You can do anything, if you lay your fears on the altar. God cannot enter your mind with a scrub brush — you must do it to return to Him. It’s up to you to use your word of love.

Paul declared that God and Christ are one “for whom the whole family of heaven and earth are named.” This is the spirit of the inner man, the spirit of energy and comprehension. The fullness of God is success. Success is not what you think you know, but what you comprehend.

What are the length, breadth, depth and height of love? The worldly measurements will pass away when earth reenters Sagittarius and Jesus returns. An atomic explosion of etheric Light will set earth in its proper orbit in Sagittarius as gently as a feather. The recent earthquake in Alaska was the release of Power that opened the way for earth to shift. The land in Washington State rose and fell one to two inches for two hours, though the land returned to its original position. God used the destruction to remove something of evil from the world.

God releases Power through the Elect during Holy Week, bringing miracles. Saturday night following Good Friday, the Gates of Light open and shafts of Light illumine everyone who has ever prayed. God releases Power through those who can take its fullness until Easter noon.

This Power, diluted to meet different grades of consciousness, is moving over and through you for healing. Pray for the possibilities of God to possess you. What God gives, He cannot take away. Perfection must manifest.

We are going home. You may choose how you go. You can suffer your way back or lay your fears on the altar and choose to be a son or daughter of God, joyously or fight every step of the way.

Do not blame anyone or anything for any reason. Everyone is good where he is. All your ills come from having your nose in other people’s business. Gird up your loins, face God in love and do your own work. The Power that is moving earth into Sagittarius can shift you and hold you, too.

Use your magic word and magic wand. How are you applying them? What is the depth of your love? Start anew with love and curiosity, leaving guilt behind. “Ye are gods and it doth not yet appear what ye shall be.” You must comprehend your own brain equipment. Enfolded in the brain is more power than in Niagara Falls. Cease holding onto the limitations. When you expand upward, nothing limits your God-given Power and abilities.

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Edna Lister sermon outline. April 19, 1964. Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: Matthew 10:27-39, Ephesians 6:17.

“What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” – Matthew 10:27-39.

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – Ephesians 6:17.

The tenth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew is important. It begins with Jesus commissioning his disciples: “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” – Matthew 10:1. He endowed them with power against the wiles of evil and unclean spirits.

The whole chapter is a briefing on their work, how to meet situations how to act, what to do. He had to teach them how to stand alone, but in strength. The overall picture that he presented is about the nature of their responsibility. He must have given them countless hours on these points. This was the final integration of all those laws for them.

He told them not to go among the Gentiles or Samaritans because he did not want them to tempt themselves. Jesus did not want his disciples to feel too big and important because they had earned the right to use Power for healing. He knew they were not yet strong enough in their faith. He wanted them to tackle the easy cases first.

“If the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.” – Matthew 10:13-14. He cautioned them to shake the dust from their feet rather than to waste time trying to convince or to force someone to believe the good news. Do not look back, but forward to new victories.

Jesus warned them of the challenges they would meet, wolves in sheep’s clothing, betrayal, scourging and trials. These verses contain four outstanding points. First, you have no need to fear: “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.” – Matthew 10:26.

Second, you must preach the Word: “What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.” – Matthew 10:27. Jesus follows this with a build-up of assurances.

Third, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 10-32-33. To deny means not to accept or to hold. If men are weak, they repudiate Christ on earth. Jesus leaves them in their own class, knowing they cannot be held responsible for their sins. They are not yet ready for ascension.

This is Christ’s way of protecting and saving the weak ones, and giving them time to mature in spiritual strength. Those who confess his name are ready for more responsibility. Classes of preparation open to strengthen them for the climb.

The fourth outstanding point deals with your relationships: “I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” – Matthew 10:35-39.

Can you hear him saying, “You may not love family more than me.” Some disciple must have complained, “You can’t mean my mother or sister!” Each must have been asking Jesus about his specific case. Jesus finally made it emphatically clear that he meant all relationships. Let go of the selfish tendency to possession in your relationships, or to let other possess you. Do not allow these old taints of self to hold you back.

You must remember all laws you have learned, and apply them. “Agree with thine adversary quickly.” – Matthew 5:25. “What is that to thee? Follow thou me.” – John 21:22. “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” – Romans 13:10.

Osiris and Isis brought the truth of the soul’s immortality. Zoroaster taught worship of Light. Buddha taught the sacrifice of material things. Jesus brought the law of love to fulfill all else. The sword of truth is the Word of God that cuts asunder light from dark. The sword is two-edged with love and wisdom.

“And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” – Matthew 10:38-39. The selfishly inclined seek a life of pleasure and leisure, and lose their life in the finding, which is hedonism. Those who lose their life, their old way of living for Christ’s sake, find eternal life. You must sacrifice the past to gain the future. God cannot turn back the clock of life. However, He can and does set it to the same vibration forward, and gives you the chance to conquer where you are and as you travel.

You cannot create or fill your creative prayer molds without exercising imagination. See the angel with a flaming sword that guards the gates to every lost paradise. The sword of love is a symbol of defense, not for killing. You are seeking the gates to the atomic life of the mind and spirit. To pass the first portal, you must lift your desires to mate them with your will in the first marriage of the Lamb. You may never kill desire.

The second portal is intuition, which opens under your love of God. The third portal is spiritual illumination, which opens under the wisdom of God. Together, desire as love, and will as wisdom, create the Christed “I AM” consciousness of the Oversoul, which descends to direct and control your life in the perfection of ascension.

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The Sword, Your Flaming Scepter of Power

Edna Lister sermon transcript. April 19, 1964. Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Elizabeth Barnes, Edna Bender, Ruth Johnson, Virginia Whitehead. Scriptures: Matthew 10:27-39, Ephesians 6:17.

“What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” – Matthew 10:27-39.

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – Ephesians 6:17.

The tenth chapter of Matthew is ambiguous though vitalizing. Read the ninth chapter first, which records that the disciples had already seen Jesus perform so many great miracles. He had just called Matthew. They had come from healing the woman with an issue of blood, and the resurrection of Jairus’ daughter.

We have a record of Jesus’ work but the disciples were with him night and day, and had received countless hours of special instruction from him. He had given them “power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manners of sickness and all manners of disease.” He empowered them with his own powers, enfolded them in and expanded them with Power. They had grown into a state of expectancy.

Jesus knew each person’s history at a glance and made a just appraisal of all who contacted him. The gift of making a just appraisal opens only by developing complete universal compassion with no possibility of misuse of Power.

Jesus knew each disciple’s potentialities, how far they were from making a just appraisal of others and achieving their own potential. A good teacher of God’s law works to awaken, to bring forth and develop a student’s potential. This is ascension, the unfolding of potentialities. Generally people use only four and occasionally five of their forty-four potential faculties.

Jesus is the greatest teacher of ascension the earth has ever had. He knew he had only a short time to train the twelve and wean them, to make them independent, to see them holding to the Light. As long as you give Light, you keep it going.

He stood with the disciples after the miracles and knew their pitchers were full. They had taken in all the law they could hold and had to go out to apply it. He had to let them try their wings. They had reached a point where they were tired of hearing their teacher’s voice. Every student in the world eventually tires of hearing his teacher’s voice.

If you let go of the Light, you become like an old dried-out sponge. Unless you use what you have, your sponge dries out. He showed them their sponges must be dripping wet to apply truth. He called them to him, prepared them to express law, and sent them forth with an armor of Light. This chapter was their briefing. It covers everything they would meet as they went out.

You cannot unfold the Bible properly without considering personality. God speaks as personality, through personality, to personality. God is both principle and personality and you must worship Him as both to remain balanced; they go hand-in-hand.

Jesus knew he was dealing with personalities. This chapter deals with personality, the twelve disciples, and their relationship to the world. “When ye come into a house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return unto you.” – Matthew 10:12-13.

“Blessed are all who dwell herein” is a salutation and a blessing. “Let your peace return unto you.” No one can take back a blessing, which is a gift of love, but you can let your peace return to you from above so that you have no difficulty forgetting the past. Never declare that you have misplaced your love.

“Whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.” – Matthew 10:14. Be not concerned because of their refusal. Leave without condemning, blaming or carrying their negative words with you. As Longfellow wrote, “Let the dead past bury its dead!” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Psalm of Life. Shake off the negative vibration to lift it, and like smoke it disappears. If, when giving a treatment, you feel the pain going up your arms, lift your arms high or run cold water over your wrists.

The feet symbolize understanding. Keep yours clean and do not let what a “house or city” did affect you past the door or city limits. Let love be with them but forget the past. This chapter is full of big laws, eternal laws of life. As St. Paul said: “Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14.

Every day is a new beginning in your high calling of God under Jesus the Christ. Matthew makes four points in the tenth chapter: Do not have any fear, preach and witness, do not deny, and let go of your relatives. Fear is where the self is. Love is where God is. “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.” – Matthew 10:26. God is greater than all that is outside.

Jesus assured the disciples that if they obeyed law, no one could hide anything from them. He was comforting them after his strong warnings in the first part of the chapter. You can obey laws, but to make a just appraisal you must know the principles behind them. To make a just appraisal, you must apply Light from above to the situation.

Jesus prepared them to skim their cooking pots of jelly. What kind of scummy froth would cover their jelly? Self. It cannot remain covered because God is greater than the scum of self. God is greater than all the darkness coming up from earth.

“What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.” – Matthew 10:27. He had told them to hold their tongues, but to speak when they must and not to push themselves into anyone’s business. You are offensive when you stick your nose where it does not belong. Yet a time may come when you must witness the truth. You may offend, but cover the offense with love enough.

Let your peace return to you. Do not fear anyone on the outside, but be afraid of letting your soul be killed. Fear nothing on the outside, just what rises from within. Never curse God or life because your jelly formed scum or did not gel.

“Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” – Matthew 10:26-28.

Jesus was telling them that the Power of God that was sending them forth is greater than anything earthly they could meet, if they let their own peace return to them. Pay no attention to the outside. Just be sure you do not have your nose in anyone’s business.

He gave them a great privilege. The disciples may have asked, “Lord, what about the mysteries?” He said that everything would be revealed under law at the right time when the person is ready. When the time is right, you may give the secret teachings you have received in “darkness,” but be sure to ascend into the Light before you speak.

Each interprets a lesson according to his personality type and level of comprehension. If Jesus could have done some editing, some verses would sound very differently.

“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 10:32-33. When you confess Jesus as the Emperor of Heaven, it releases Power through you according to your grade, your degree and kind. He opens the record, enters your name is as having taken a new initiation and registers your grade.

Jesus must sign your graduation certificate before more Power can be released according to your new grade. When he acknowledges you before the Father, it is like graduation. To deny means the opposite of accepting and holding fast to law. If you deny the law, you do not accept or hold to the law within the test. Then the Master cannot sign your certificate for passing an initiation. He says, Not yet.”

Once you have declared that you accept, you are responsible not to misuse the new Power coming through you in thought, word or deed. You are responsible not speak idle words or words you do not mean. Your Guards remind you not to use no idle words.

When you are strong enough to pass the initiation, you are turned loose with your Guards to face the test. If you do not pass, the Master says, “Let her go awhile yet. I cannot sign the certificate for this high initiation.” He saves you by denying you acceptance when you are unable to hold.

When you accept and witness the truth, he says, “Yes, you are ready.” Your Guards lead you along the new path. You are measured with a rod of Power. The Master does not demand actions of you beyond your ability if you are not strong enough to hold the initiation. He holds you according to your ability at that time. He stands before the great Court of Law and if you must be slowed for your own good, he does it.

Heaven holds many kingdoms, councils and courts where you can now go. You enter the courts of the Almighty according to your faith. Heaven is a place and a state of consciousness. No matter where your substance is, it will always be in a place. Even if you deny, you cannot escape. You are part of the whole forever, and must be enfolded in Light. However, you must give up possessive holding and do what you are called to do.

The eleventh commandment is to “suffer fools gladly.” This chapter covers every human relationship — father, mother, son, daughters-in-law. Jesus taught us to give up possessiveness and blame in our relationships. He did not set law aside but added to it. He taught minding your own business: “What is that to thee? Follow thou me.” Do everything without offense. Agree with God and adjust to man, abstain from all appearance of evil, and love fulfills the law.

Osiris and Isis brought the law of the soul’s immortality. God is all that is and is everywhere evenly present and available right now. The teachings of immortality degenerated until the Egyptians worshiped animals. Zoroaster taught worship of Light in Persia, which degenerated into worship of the sun. Buddha taught the sacrifice of material possessions in India, which degenerated into the begging bowl.

The sword has been a weapon of defense through the ages. It’s time we see its significance in its proper place. You may defend truth, but if you use the sword to defend self or to satisfy the self, you are not defending truth. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12. The true sword is double-edged, representing the dual aspects of God as Love and Wisdom, and its hilt is Selflessness. The flaming sword, shining with Light, a fire that consumes and burns, is the source of healing. It represents soul illumination, love that consumes, and the wisdom of the Almighty as given to Solomon.

Why would an angel with a flaming sword bar the gate to the Garden of Eden? Because you cannot live in the past. You must let your own peace return to you, and to do so, you must look forward. Live today, always in the now. You are on an ascending escalator. You cannot live in the past or your soul shrivels and you dry up. No one can live in the past; God Himself cannot turn back time, for all the powers within the universe are geared to push everything forward, including you when you try to live in the past. You must live this moment.

God stations an angel with a flaming sword at every gate and at the door to every lost paradise. You may feel that time has passed you by, that you have lost time through disappoints, broken dreams and advancing age. And truth be told, the aging process consists of this. Where are your dreams? In a locker somewhere? In the basement? God takes every lost dream, every unfulfilled desire and moves them forward in time when you give up trying to live in the past. Everything you have ever wanted to be or to do is waiting for you now.

It is never too late, only too soon. Shake the dust off your feet. Let your peace of God and greater understanding return to you. Stand in the Light, going forward in glory. The Power is greater to express and accomplish. Have the forward look. Take the dollar sign off your dreams. Live in the ever-present now.

Father, we have ascended, and we know that every single word we have ever asked of Thee stands, that every person we have ever brought to Thee stands in the Light. Every day the clock moves forward. We know that You raise your ideals, dreams, and glories for us. Every day the Power is greater to go forth to achieve and to accomplish. We are so grateful that we can come to You today with clean hands and a pure heart. As we go forth, we ascend and praise Thy holy name.”

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Life, Your Glory and Splendor

Edna Lister sermon outline. April 26, 1964. Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: John 11:20-44, Psalm 24:7-10.

“Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there. Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard me. And I knew that Thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that Thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.” – John 11:20-44.

“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.” – Psalm 24:7-10.

Glory means to praise and to honor. Splendor means a magnificent brilliant, a brilliant light. Jesus had received word that Lazarus was ill and said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.”

“Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.” – John 11:5-6. Instead of going to Lazarus, Jesus remained where he was for two more days, then announced that he was going to Judea. Then he said, “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.” – John 11:11.

The disciples questioned the decision because the temple leadership had so recently tried to stone him. He told them to walk in the Light. They did not understand that he spoke figuratively of Lazarus sleeping, so he said, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.” – John 11:14-15.

Mary and Martha were distinctly different types. Mary used expensive lamp oil to light the evenings for conversation. She sat at Jesus’ feet and listened, absorbing all he said. Martha listened on the fly, and gained a smattering through the bits she heard while working.

Yet when Jesus arrived at their home in Bethany, Mary was a mess of tears and weakness, while Martha was the strong and reliable one. Mary sat to be comforted by the neighbors and friends because she had lost her brother. Martha was strong and saw to the details of caring for the many visitors.

Martha represented the higher rational soul, the Mother principle of protection for the weak. She was always the worker, offering a brisk selfless love while doing what must be done. Mary represented the little self’s type of love, personal and possessive, for me and mine. Martha spoke secretly to Mary saying, “Jesus calls you.” The higher Oversoul and ways call the self up in consciousness.

Both sisters said, “Lord, if thou hadst been here my brother had not died.” But Martha declared him the Christ in full faith, knowing he could do anything right now. Mary blamed Jesus, saying he was too late. Yet it is never too late, only too soon. When Mary knelt at his feet and wept, he “groaned in the spirit” and was troubled, then asked where they had laid him. “Jesus wept.” – John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible. He wept because he was groaning in spirit again. To be the Messiah, Jesus had to suffer, personally, every experience that a man could have.

Imagine the full picture. So many people were gathered near Lazarus’ tomb, all the mourners, friends, neighbors, the curious and Jesus’ followers with the disciples. Jesus was responsible for all these people. They, too, had to pass their initiations or they would forget the laws he had given them. His compassion for their suffering was boundless. He groaned in spirit because he had deliberately delayed to prove great laws to them, to impress them. He put his beloved ones, especially Mary, through one of the hardest initiations and they were not coming through. Through these events, Jesus proved that he did not snoop. He knew that Lazarus was dead. He did not ask where the tomb was, but where they had put Lazarus to rest.

“Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard me. And I knew that Thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that Thou hast sent me.” – John 11:41-42.

Knowing that he had put his beloved ones in a tight place, he thanked God and prayed aloud so that all could hear. He prayed that the Father would let him cover all the debts the people involved had created. He cried, “Lazarus, come forth” in a loud voice, and he came forth. “Loose him, and let him go.”

Would it have been better just to have healed Lazarus’ illness instead of this spectacular “Come forth”? He heard the crowd’s comments. Had he done right to put their faith through such a test? If thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God. – John 11:40. “Lazarus, come forth” is still your glory. It has lasted and shall last for centuries to come.

Metaphysically, to resurrect the old is not enough. You must “Loose him, and let him go.” You must be loosed from past bondage to the subconscious mind. For example, when you perform an exorcism, you must follow it with the declaration, “Let go,” to the little self.

Once resurrected from self, you can permit the self no more blame or weakness, no more bondage. Once you are called forth, even your curses are cleared away. Everyone has a past filled with swearing and curses, which are anything that is now a blessing. Anyone who curses God or our Lord Jesus names them more often than you do. No harm comes to the world or God on the misuse of these names. The names of God and Jesus the Christ can do no evil. Their names lift, no matter who uses them.

Each who curses creates a debt to pay, but the greater debt accrues to the intolerant one who blames and curses the one misusing the name. He who curses falls at the Master’s feet immediately on passing to the other side. The intolerant one is too heavy to ascend, and needs the treatment to “Come forth.”

What are splendor and glory? Splendor is glory, brilliant Light and illumination. Glory is honor and praise. Hear me! “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. who is this King of glory? The Lord of Hosts, he is the King of glory.” – Psalm 24:7-10. Glory is an ecstasy, a magnificent rapture of soul. When engulfed with glory, you are too full to hold it without rejoicing.

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Life, Your Glory and Splendor

Edna Lister sermon transcript. April 26, 1964. Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Elizabeth Barnes, Margaret Pratt Doan, Ruth Johnson, Irene White. Scriptures: John 11:20-44, Psalm 24:7-10.

“Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there. Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard me. And I knew that Thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that Thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.” – John 11:20-44.

“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.” – Psalm 24:7-10.

In Bible study, you can never segregate just a few verses and hope to understand the whole. You need to understand what occurred in the passages preceding and following the portion you are currently studying.

The preceding chapter, John 10, is one of the greatest descriptions in the Gospels of Jesus’ mission on earth. His enemies had again tried to stone him for blasphemy. He had healed a blind man on the Sabbath and said, “I and my Father are one.” This was just too much for them. Caiaphas the high priest and others of the Sanhedrin were seeking to destroy him.

When Jesus first heard of Lazarus’ illness, he said, “This sickness is not unto death but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.” This unites all Jesus’ miracles and shows that he was preparing himself for the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension. Jesus had to live through and suffer all that a man could, the full gamut of human emotion and experience, so that the world might truly believe. He had to prove that resurrection and ascension are possible.

Jesus deliberately delayed for two days in going to his beloved three, Lazarus, Mary and Martha. Just as Jesus had felt a little reluctance in changing the water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana, so did he hesitate in raising Lazarus. His disciples thought it was because of the threats of violence made against him in Judea. He stood in the Light during those two days of delay. He knew the cross would be the next step and this is how he prepared himself. You can do anything when you stand in the Light twenty-four hours a day.

Jesus told his disciples that Lazarus was asleep and that he was going to awaken him. The disciples thought this meant “rest in sleep.” It clearly states that Jesus already knew Lazarus was dead and he told them so plainly. Then Jesus said, “I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe.”

Thomas, the disciple known through history as the one who doubted, said, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” They had no idea of Jesus’ true intent to raise Lazarus from the dead. He said all this to build his followers and disciples’ faith and to set the stage for the miracle. To this day, the raising of Lazarus builds your faith.

Martha, Mary and Lazarus were sisters and a brother. Jesus was very close to this family during his ministry. They were good friends as well as his followers and he spent much time with them. Mary was converted first and loved Jesus greatly but she was never sure of herself. She always needed special attention.

“Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.” – John 11:20. Most verses mention Mary before Martha but Martha is mentioned first here. She went to meet Jesus as soon as she heard he was coming. Martha, the strong one, usually did all the work while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened. Martha got her truth “on the fly” while she worked and took care of the details. Mary, when it came down to brass tacks, listened and did little.

John 11:2 says that Mary once anointed Jesus with oil and wiped his feet with her hair, a courtesy Jesus’ host had ignored. Mary paid attention to detail in this instance but Martha applied truth through attention to detail constantly, so she courteously went to greet Jesus when she heard he was coming. Mary remained inside and sat and wept with the Jews, being comforted and perhaps enjoying it. It also could be that Mary was keeping the Jews occupied because of the danger to Jesus.

“Then said Martha to Jesus, Lord, if you had been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.” – John 11:21-27. Martha had complete faith when she declared him the Christ.

“And when she had so said, she went her way and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came unto him. Now Jesus was not yet come into the town but was in that place where Martha met him. The Jews then which were with her in the house and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.” – John 11:28-31. Martha called Mary outside “secretly” and told her that Jesus had called for her, knowing this would rouse Mary from her depression. The Jews all followed her to Jesus.

“Then when Mary was come where Jesus was and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying, unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto; him, Lord, come and see.” – John 11:32-34.

Mary then knelt at Jesus’ feet, weeping and said, “If you had been here, he would not have died.” Where Martha had faith, Mary pouted and blamed, thinking, “If Jesus loved us, why did he let this happen?” God pays no attention to your pouting. The only thing you get from it is a debt for the time you spend doing it. Martha calling to Mary symbolizes the Oversoul calling to the little self to come up.

Jesus “groaned in the spirit” and was troubled. He asked, “Where have ye laid him?” This is proof that Jesus minded his own business; he never snooped. He did not call on his great soul vision to see where they had laid him. You do not ask God to do those things you can do for yourself. Never in his ministry did Jesus lower his high vision or divert the Power to cover mundane things.

Jesus said to Martha and Mary, “Thy brother shall rise again. I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” At their reaction, Jesus “groaned in the spirit” and wept.

John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible: “Jesus wept.” Jesus wept that the doubts and blame of the subconscious had taken over in his loved ones. He loved Mary, Martha and Lazarus personally. His friends asked why he had let this happen. Mary was hurt and thought he did not love them. Had he come before Lazarus’ death he would have pleased them but Jesus chose to do the thing that would glorify God and always be remembered.

Jesus knew his textbook had to be strong enough to fortify his disciples and followers and great enough to last two thousand years. Everything he said and did has meaning at many levels. Years later, Jesus engineered and supervised the writing of the Gospels from above.

“Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid.” – John 11:36-40.

Jesus put his loved ones through a great initiation and they came out limping. This is why he “groaned in spirit,” wondering if all those who watched would really see. He knew it was essential that they all truly comprehend the significance what he was doing. He had raised others from the dead but never before had there been such a crowd of witnesses. He heard the doubts of the crowd and their criticism as he went to the grave. Even Martha said, “Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.”

Jesus knew this miracle would bring the wrath of the Sanhedrin on his head and that his crucifixion was close. This was the beginning of his travail, which lasted through Gethsemane and ended on Calvary. Jesus knew the Power he released must be great enough to hold his disciples and followers in faith through all that would come.

“Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.” – John 11:41-42. With this prayer, Jesus wiped out their doubts, curses and blame. You can wipe out curses and debts of blame through high prayer. Anyone who curses in the name of Jesus Christ or uses his name in vain creates an anchor to God that will eventually bring him home.

When a man uses the name of God or Jesus in vain, he is caught up in spirit before a Council at death of the body. The curse is wiped out when he kneels at Jesus’ feet. Yet, though he did not know, he must still pay the debt on earth for all who heard his curses. Never judge or blame another for his idle words. The intolerant one who judges, saying, “You are doing it wrong,” pays the greatest debt. It is impossible for the name of God to do wrong, no matter who speaks it.

“When he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.” – John 11:43. Jesus called upon the Power, breathed deeply and cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” The Power did the work under the principles of Light, color, tone, number and name. You can speak the Word to breathe a soul back into the body. The declaration inflates the mental body the atoms, and a shaft of life sparks draws the soul back to the physical body. History is filled with accounts of persons being revived after being declared dead.

“He that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him and let him go.” – John 11:44. Martha had said that her brother’s body would stink because he had been dead four days, but there was no decay or stench when the tomb was opened. Lazarus was dead by the world’s standards.

He had left his body and was escorted to a temple on the inner where his body was held on the fifth breath for four days. Jesus knew that Lazarus was awaiting the call to return. Though Lazarus was bound hand and foot, yet his grave clothes were white and unstained.

“Lift up your heads, oh ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, oh ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.” – Psalm 24:7-10.

Jesus is the king of glory come to do the “greater works” and to teach us how to also. The greater works are under the principle of expansion encompassed in glory, the Shekinah glory and the splendor of the Light. Glory means honor and praise. Splendor is joy, wisdom, love, illumination, comprehension and brilliant Light. You must express this joy.

Do you know how to praise God? Read Psalm 24. Reach for the stars so Power can move through, possess and cleanse you. Let the king of glory enter, the Lord, mighty in battle. Be a militant Christian, strong in holding your high place so you cannot be pushed off by the self or the other fellow. Possess every foot of ground on which you stand that your little self is lifted, eradicated by your Oversoul.

When the door of the crown of the head opens, the gates swing wide. These are the gates to the ten cities that man must rule within himself. The Oversoul says, “Lazarus, come forth!” to the little self. Joy opens the gates of your eyes and ears to let Power move in and possess you. The glory of the Supreme gives you Power to stand. Be zealous! All the Power you need comes through from the Source, from thrones, from the River of Life. Let Love move in to fill you that you may fulfill the law.

The joy of love, the splendor and glory of God possesses you as beauty, and is yours for the simple step of accepting it. The whole of the glory of the Lord moves through when you open your gates. Then, through you, His glory fills the earth as splendor.

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Your Magic Wand

Edna Lister speech outline; International New Thought Alliance 49th Congress Rally. May 22, 1964. Seattle, Washington. Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-19.

“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.” – Ephesians 3:14-19.

Fairy tales describe a wand as a thin stick or rod waved to produce a miracle. A miracle is an instantaneous acceleration of law. Your spoken Word goes forth on a vibration that acts as a magic wand.

New thought, in all its different approaches or vibrations, has become a new magic wand in the world. For the past several decades [in the early 20th Century], many orthodox mainline protestant ministers reached a point where instead of grimly preaching so-called old-fashioned sermons on law and obedience, they thought they had to make themselves popular by making their sermons entertaining.

New thought, in all its many branches within in our International New Thought Alliance, has gradually changed this attitude by placing emphasis on obedience to divine immutable, unchangeable principle. You have heard those principles tonight. They are the only requirement to be one with our universal New Thought Alliance.

We still have two approaches to God as eternal truth, the intellectual approach and the devotional approach. They are not incompatible, yet confusion results in seeking to reconcile them. The intellectual and devotional approaches are complement each another just as the expressions of wisdom and love are unified as one. God must be both principle and personality at the Source since we all agree that you cannot have anything out here on the periphery of Creation that does not exist at the Source.

Starting with this as the basis of your hypothesis, you will find no difficulty in relating wisdom and love in truth through the scientific approach to unfold the Bible, which is our Christian textbook of principles. Therefore, you can be obedient and use principle as you worship in spirit and in truth. “The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth.” – John 4:23.

When you know that there are many different yet valid viewpoints in interpreting the Bible — psychological, metaphysical and mystical, for example — you can understand the resulting confusion. When personality enters the interpretation so do opinions, prejudices and self-centered ideas, because personality is full of these.

A personal interpretation, based on personality, is not enough to satisfy the soul. It must also be based on a scientific interpretation, on principle. That is why we have an International New Thought Alliance. It takes all of us to make a perfect whole. Our basic principles have been proven long since. This is our forty-ninth Congress and we have proven for ourselves that the Christ principles are greater than ever before. Science itself is proving the “greater works.”

The Ten Commandments are ten laws that everyone must obey. The nine beatitudes are nine ways to express universal compassion to our fellow man. The thirteenth chapter of the Letter to Corinthians gives three answers to what love is, to what we really are, and how to express our love. These three-as-one truths form your magic wand.

Science is proving many things for us. You have all heard of the prophecies in ancient books of wisdom that are now coming to light. Earth was cast from its true orbit in our galaxy during the“rebellion in the skies.” Those who have eyes to see with and ears to hear with, and are using them, can discern this truth. As we watch and listen, we are told that this is one of the mysteries revealed, and that earth and our solar system shall be returned to its original orbit in Sagittarius. This shall happen with no loss of life or harm, as lightly as a thistledown lights upon a leaf.

God’s Power uses Nature to work miracles, releasing built up force through earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Do you believe this can be? It is done by the one Power as part of the greater works, the same Power our magic wand of love invokes.

“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.” – Ephesians 3:14-19.

The spark for our magic wand is comprehension of what love is. How broad is your love? How long does your love endure? What is the depth of your love? Does a scratch on its surface find self? What is the height of your love? Does it extend to the Source?

The United States and Canada have now completed the North American Defense Command (NORAD) at Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado. The computers it houses are held stable by huge blocks that act as shock absorbers. This is the greatest mechanical computer mind in the world today, and it registers every earth vibration. We have a NORAD for consciousness in the INTA. As a group, we form a great and powerful mind, whose thinking goes forth to change every old condition. We form a worldwide Distant Early Warning [DEW] line of protection as a cushion around every individual for whom we pray.

You create, as I create, a cushion of love with the magic wand of love, a mighty vibration. I wave my wand and do this as I am protecting my creative tools of desires, thinking, and imagination with a cushion of love. Do you believe this? Do you comprehend what is the breadth, length, depth and height of your magic wand?

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Harmony

Edna Lister article; International New Thought Alliance Quarterly Magazine. June 1964. Scripture: Psalm 23:6.

“And I shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever.” – Psalm 23:6.

I started in the high place of my consciousness where the Wisdom of God illumines me, and the Love of God possesses me. Harmony has become the keynote of my life, expressing as thoughts, words and actions.

Harmony now oils the squeaky hinges of my inharmonious self and I am now all harmony. I am poised and strong. My vision of harmony is steadfast. Harmony is the oil of Spirit that I pour on every troubled water of my life as I pray. I hold my consciousness above all dark clouds of earth, for the House of the Lord is a House of Light.

The universal law of harmony encircles my family and my friends and draws unto me all “added things.” “And I shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever.” – Psalm 223:6. Harmony has now become my only way of life.

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A Formula for Daily Living

Edna Lister article; Great Britain INTA newsletter. June 16, 1964. Seattle, Washington. Scriptures: 1 John 3:2, Romans 8:28.

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be.” – 1 John 3:2.

“We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28.

Love, faith, and praise are the three most important keys to our kingdom of heaven. They are limitless cosmic principles that you may contact and use limitlessly all your earth life.

God sent you here with the power of choice as to how you use them. What you think about them, the use you make of them, is your choice alone.

How you use them today determines what your tomorrow will be. What you think, feel and say about them today will appear tomorrow as your life’s expression.

The quantity of your love determines the quality of your faith. If life’s little daily frustrations dilute your love, you will not appear greater! If doubts and fears dilute your faith, they will delay your miracles.

Since praise is the motive power behind every miracle of your life, it follows that praise sets love and faith into action. Therefore, the more you praise, the more vitalized and quickened your love and faith will be.

If your molds of desire are well planned and built, and by praise you keep the substance of love and faith flowing into them continuously, no delays should interrupt our speedy results. Praise keeps love flowing forth to touch everything about you with its transforming magic.

Praise is your only hold on your own constancy and alertness, and causes the warmth of God’s love to hold your fires of faith burning white hot in your crucible of life. Pure love, held at constant white heat, melts all obstacles and barriers the world can produce between you and your fulfilled dream-desires.

Your praise grows weak or fades only when you neglect praising, until your love cools, faith falters, and you do not grow greater in strength and courage with comprehension of God’s bountiful laws unfolding for you. Feed your prayer molds constantly with the substance of love and faith to fill them to become visible.

Only enough praise can hold the vibration of love and faith high enough to keep them moving forth from the Source, unchanged in quality or quantity. Unless you hold the vibration of love and faith steadfast, it will leave thin spots in the molds, and they will leak, causing delay.

To know that nothing can separate you from the love and faith of God brings you miracle after miracle. To praise and name everything good that comes to you by God’s name on earth, Good, gives principle a chance to transform any darkness into Light.

Thus it is that “all things work together for good to them that love God” enough. Then shall it appear that we truly are sons and daughters God. It shall then also appear what you can do and be when you love God enough and when your faith is constant and strong enough to overcome the world, with praise as your companion, day and night.

Beloved, we are now the sons and daughters of God and it does appear that we are doing the greater works and becoming the outer fulfillment of joy.

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Rejoice! God Reigns

Edna Lister speech outline; International New Thought Alliance 49th Congress. July 5, 1964. Seattle Washington. Scripture: John 4:23-24.

“The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” – John 4:23-24.

Two thousand years ago, a babe was born in humble circumstances. He grew to manhood and grew to be the greatest Teacher in the world. He didn’t write a book. He didn’t have a home. He didn’t build a church. He traveled, was scorned, flogged, his friends left him — he even borrowed a grave.

Yet, the laws he taught are greater than all science today. Science is still trying to understand substance. He spoke, and substance was created into healing, bodies came back from death.

There is one Light as one Mind, one Power, and one Substance. Archaeologists’ evidence backs up the Bible. Just as told in the Bible, Moses struck a rock and produced water. Energy researchers are extracting water from rocks today. Moses understood that to work a miracle, you need God as consciousness, not God and.

You see the body, but not Spirit, mind or emotion. Nobody sees you. You get a glimpse, as you use the eyes of love. You are threefold as Spirit, thinking and emotions, as relative Mind, Substance, and Power.

“I hope, I want, I will, I won’t” are words of challenge never to use. Instead, take your invisible three-quarters of the self, and turn it up to God. If not, you are three-quarters submerged, like an iceberg. All you need is to declare God as all there is. Life is an escalator. If you look back, you become cross-eyed. Look forward.

The New Testament is a complete book of psychiatry, a must-read, especially the chapters on taints of earth which tell you the things not to do. Anyone who obeys the laws of God turns his submerged part upward to God. To do so, he must have a burning desire for God and a burning desire to see God first.

Put Him into all you do. Praise everything that you want increased. Joy, beauty and all good will follow you all the rest of your life when you praise and put God first. Turn the submerged part upward. Stay in heaven first, and God will reward you.

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I Will Arise

Edna Lister healing meeting speech outline; International New Thought Alliance 49th Congress. July 6, 1964. Seattle, Washington. Scriptures: Luke 15:18, James 1:17.

“I will arise and go to my Father.” – Luke 15:18.

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

I will arise. I enter my Father’s house. I now stand under the Light from above. I now wait upon the Lord in the high place. I work out my salvation below while I stand on my own mountaintop in consciousness. As I wait, I pay attention. I am alive and alert.

As I arise in the morning, I reach for the stars. I declare the glory of God in all my affairs, all my heart and all my body. I say, “Lord, don’t let me miss anything today — chance, opportunity or detail.” I declare three times, “I am alive and alert with the Power of God.”

I rejoice and breathe the Breath of the Almighty. The Power of God is without shadow of turning; without variableness, I rejoice and am glad. God’s perfect healing glory now fills every name, every affair, every condition associated with me. Thank You, Father.

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I Will Arise

Edna Lister healing meeting speech transcript; International New Thought Alliance 49th Congress. July 6, 1964. Seattle, Washington. Scribe: Ruth Bender Collord. Scriptures: Luke 15:18, James 1:17.

“I will arise and go to my Father.” – Luke 15:18.

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

To arise and go to God, take a deep breath. For how long do you hold your high point in devotion and obedience to God? You all use the one Breath of Life, and inhale all the life you require on a single breath. The Breath of Life is the source of your life, and is a gift of the Father of lights, freely given.

The deepness of your breathing is the measure, the length, breadth, depth and height of your love. If anyone can scratch through the surface of your love, if what they do can hurt your feelings, you are expecting something from someone who has no capacity to give what you want.

God neither slumbers nor sleeps. You just arise, breathe deeply, and ascend in consciousness. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” – James 1:17.

God is deathless, ageless and abiding. You may be also through the Breath of Life. Set your use of the breath like a clock at night. When you awaken, breathe yourself into your body before you get out of bed.

On arising, reach for the stars to inflate the atoms of your atomic fire body of soul. Breathe deeply throughout the day to replace and maintain the atomic power of the body.

“I will arise. I will reach for the stars. I will move into my Father’s house. I will remain in the Light from above. I will remain in the high place of the Lord in my consciousness.”

You have ample energy from breathing deeply and remaining high in consciousness in the high place. When a challenge comes, say, “This is just what I want, another opportunity.”

I declare the glory of God while I stand on my own two feet. I am now alive and alert with the Power of God. I breathe atomic power for energy. It is a scientific fact that you can inhale this atomic power for physical energy.

At night, rest yourself before going to bed. Rest is greater than sleep for renewing mind and body. Rest includes diversion, and recreation such as reading, conversation or watching television.

Just before you go to bed, reach for the stars and declare that the Power of Almighty God is possessing you. Declare that your every breath shall renew you. Whatever you do, do it for the honor and glory of God. Declare, “I rejoice and am glad that I am now one with the Power of God.”

The Power must use you. There is only the one Power. It is now moving through every person attending this Congress and all their affairs. Every condition is now being lifted. Everyone who has asked for a healing is now healed. This Power never varies in availability. Now reach for the stars, and say, “I rejoice and am glad.” Repeat in three sets of three declarations, or nine times.

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Being For God

Edna Lister healing meeting speech outline; International New Thought Alliance 49th Congress. July 7, 1964. Seattle, Washington. Scriptures: Romans 8:31, Romans 8:37-39.

“If God be for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31.

“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God.” – Romans 8:37-39.

Who can be against us if God is for us? Is God for us all the time, or part-time? What is a conqueror? How may I be a conqueror?

I listen. I hear. I hearken, I obey. I ascend. To ascend is to move up from a static condition into a higher place.

I can listen to or for one thing and not hear another. I can hear and pay no attention. When I hearken, I pay attention.

I obey under the compulsion of my desire to return to God. I ascend in consciousness, I come to God and I ascend when I am aroused.

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Your Magic Wand

Edna Lister healing meeting speech outline; International New Thought Alliance 49th Congress. July 7, 1964. Seattle, Washington. Scripture: John 1:1-3.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” – John 1:1-3.

Your magic wand is the Word of God, which is good. The Word was God, who pronounced us good. When I say, “This is good,” I call upon God’s name.

I am now receptive to all good. I am become flexible to all good. I now adjust to all good. I am now balanced as all good.

All that God has is mine to draw upon. My good is my gift from above. All that comes to me is my good. This is now my good. Everything works together for good for those who love God enough.

God’s great name on earth, His magic name is, “This is good.” I now fashion my magic wand. I wave my magic wand over all my affairs, bringing them together for good.

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Love in Action

Edna Lister Truth Temple speech outline. August 4, 1964. Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13.

In the past, ministers gave sermons expounding on the laws to be obeyed. In the present, sermons have become entertainment. To enter the future, ministers must intrigue and entice their audiences into the desire to know.

Charity is love in action. The first three verses of 1 Corinthians 13 deal with pride in self and self-indulgence: “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.

The second set of five verses examines what we are and what we must become: “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.

The third set of five verses tells us what we must do: “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” – 1 Corinthians 13:9-13.

Thirteen is the number of the Via Christa, the Way of the Christ. The thirteenth verse “And now abide faith, hope, love; these three; but the greatest of these is love,” describes the Via Christa as our way of life. Love is the magic word: I love.

The only way to truly comprehend these last five verses is to view them in the light of “I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to myself.” – John 13:32. What you think yourself will never be accurate unless you give up “me” to become one with the Light. The difficulty arises when you want to escape responsibility; you go up and down in consciousness.

Millions of unborn miracles are yours for the asking and for the giving up of self, becoming Light’s instrument. You are always giving and doing. What returns to you? The answer tells you what you are really giving and doing.

When you give up self and reach up for light, life always and forever returns to you in abundance. You must stand before the blockage, the barrier, the wall and use your open sesame: Love.

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>Love and Wisdom

Edna Lister sermon outline. October 4, 1964. Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: 1 Kings 3:2-14, 1 John 4:14-21, Proverbs 4:1-13.

“Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the Lord, until those days. And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honor: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.” – 1 Kings 3:2-14.

“We have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also.” – 1 John 4:14-21.

“Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.” – Proverbs 4:1-13.

Solomon had just been crowned king. The Israelites had no temple yet, so they still used the altars their ancestors had built atop the high places. “Solomon loved the Lord.” When you love God enough, you strive to please Him. It was not enough for Solomon simply to walk in the statutes David had recorded. He needed to do something special, so he went to the high place at Gibeon, where he made one thousand burnt offerings.

As a result, the Lord appeared to him in a dream and asked, “What shall I give thee?” Solomon humbly asked for understanding to judge rightly. The Lord, pleased, gave him the wisdom and added riches and honors. Yet Solomon had to earn the “long life” through obedience to the Lord’s statutes. For, to be understanding, you must balance your love with wisdom. Love alone is overly soft, but wisdom alone is too harsh. Solomon’s wisdom balanced his love for true understanding.

Solomon returned to Jerusalem, and the two harlots asked him for a decision about whose child the infant was. Wisely, he asked for a sword to divide the child, knowing the real mother would give her baby up to save its life — and she did. Solomon had judged wisely.

“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.” – Proverbs 4:5-8.

Love gives you the boldness you require to stand because the loving approach embodies nonresistance. Nonresistance is perfect poise, which enables you to move instantly in a balancing direction.

Your personal “burnt offerings” grant you access to the principle of nonresistance, which is the balance of love and wisdom. A thousand burnt offerings open the thousand-petaled lotus to extend its antennae up to divine Mind. Each petal is rooted in its own section of your brain surface, as in a receiving set. The petals serve as a host of receiver antennae, constantly reading the broadcasts of Mind in the River of Life.

You can tune in on the wisdom station and receive the broadcasts of logic, reason, discernment, discrimination, and discretion. These faculties are the application of wisdom. Proverbs 4:1-13 lists the rewards for seeking wisdom and understanding. Love and wisdom, in perfect balance, create compassion, which is understanding. This confers the boldness it takes to stand steadfastly on principle while knowing the truth.

Your burnt offerings are bits of the little self. You must die daily from self to the soul, or die of self. You must sacrifice self and its opinions and prejudices to open the soul’s lotus petals. You may not make demands or expect more of another than he is able to give. No one can give when he has nothing to give. Surrender of self is the process of surrendering to God to be possessed by His Power, as its servant.

When you ascend in consciousness to the world of spiritual illumination, you necessarily leave behind the lesser mental concentration. To balance love and wisdom means to move into the realms of thrones and crowns. When you live like the children of Light, you dwell under the protection of nonresistance.

“We have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also.” – 1 John 4:14-21.

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Love and Wisdom

Edna Lister sermon transcript. October 4, 1964. Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Elizabeth Barnes, Ruth Johnson, Irene White. Scriptures: 1 Kings 3:2-14, 1 John 4:14-21, Proverbs 4:1-13.

“Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the Lord, until those days. And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honor: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.” – 1 Kings 3:2-14.

“We have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” – 1 John 4:14-21.

“Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.” – Proverbs 4:1-13.

King David’s reign was marked by political disruptions, and he had Solomon crowned while he was still alive to watch him. David and Solomon had definite contact with the Source. No temple had been built in Jerusalem, just altars.

Solomon went to the altar at Gibeon and made a thousand burnt offerings because he wanted to be sure he had no buried taints to dilute his hearing, and to hear God’s answer clearly. He touched the gamut of the emotional life in the thousand burnt offerings.

Solomon asked the Lord, “Give Thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad.” What good is it to have all wisdom but no understanding heart to know how to apply wisdom? With an understanding heart you comprehend what you think you know.

Solomon’s speech pleased the Lord. The title, Lord, here refers to the Councils who had charge of Solomon. God spoke to him in a Voice that came from Source:

“Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life, neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies, but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment. Behold, I have done according to thy words. Lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart” under the Love principle, “so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honor, so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.” – 1 Kings 3:11-14.

God created us in His image and likeness and gave us a means of instantaneous contact with the Source on one deep breath. You can have no life without breath. Where there is breath, there is life. Every time you breathe, you inhale life and Light.

God created us with a great computer mind, which we activate on the breath, and it transforms atoms into energy in the brain. If you breathe from the River of Life and declare, “This is good,” Light flows through every atom of your being. You take from the River of Life just what your body can use, so the divine Breath of Life must be diluted, or most humans would destroy themselves.

Deep breathing inflates the atoms of the mental body. God sent you here with the power to contact the Source for one thousand days of lifting and transforming self. When you make a thousand burnt offerings, you can breathe up and from the Source, pure and undiluted.

God gave Solomon understanding to go with what he knew. The Mother principle in those days was secondary, the Father principle was primary. Through Solomon’s understanding, which is an expression of love, the Mother principle became primary. Solomon combined mother love with his application of wisdom. For example, to the two mothers who claimed one child, Solomon said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.” The child’s real mother said, “O my Lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it.”

Understanding and compassion are names for other facets of love. A perfect balance of love and wisdom operates in your life as the law of nonresistance, the most powerful law in the universe. Stand and say, “This is way it has to be,” and you stand like a rock of nonresistance as the world swirls around. High tides may rush over you, but the low tides always follow. When you take a stand, it must be selfless, nothing for the self but complete surrender to be the servant of Power. You stand before law without taints. When enough of God’s creator instruments become perfect for Power to use, we will save the world.

You stand on principle and wait upon the Lord, but never in your way. You may not command or demand of another. You can get only what a person has to give. If he has only criticism, hatred and resentment, he will give it to you. It is all he has. Stand as a rock in the power of nonresistance. You get back what you earn. “Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; keep her, for she is your life.” Do not let instruction leave you; remember it.

The crown of glory is ascension. Allow no insulating air space between you and your crown of glory. A breeze between you and your crown means you have slipped. Love, love, love!

To balance love with wisdom is most important. You can see what the other person means, even when he bothers you. No one wants to be forced into the kingdom of heaven. If he enjoys mud puddles, he enjoys wandering up and down beside still waters in self-satisfied peace, not in beauty, glory, or soul ecstasy. Sadly, many ministers do this.

Ascend to spiritual surrender as you make your thousand burnt offerings. If you have nine hundred perfect days but slip on the nine-hundred and first day, you must do it all again. Yet no matter your score of perfect days, you have gained that much strength and opened new lotus petals. Every burnt offering of lifted soul taints extends another lotus petal antenna to Source.

Your body is not the sum of you, but it registers what you are. The high breath descends from the spiritual to the mental to the emotional life. The law of nonresistance and a thousand burnt offerings allow Light to break through your bondage. Thinking makes the declaration. Imagination makes the pictures.

A thousand burnt offerings take care of “little me,” until you are set to gain understanding through the balance of love and wisdom. Stand in the immovable place, where nothing can touch you. When the tidal wave comes, lift it — the tide always goes out, leaving you free.

Nonresistance is a direct stimulus of the creative impulse itself, a balance between love and wisdom. You must become a perfect instrument for Power to use, and you may not have your own way to make someone else conform. Love balanced with wisdom says, “I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” – John 12:32.

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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).

Bible. Some Scriptures taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.