Edna Lister’s Sermons 1965, Part I.

























What Is Power?

Edna Lister sermon outline; February 2, 1965, Tacoma, Washington. Scriptures: Philippians 4:13, Mark 9:23, Matthew 19:26.

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

"If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." – Mark 9:23.

"But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." – Matthew 19:26.

Everyone knows the difference between potential power and kinetic energy. Potential power, harnessed and released into action as kinetic energy, can move the world. Running wild, it can't do anything constructive.

It's like the difference between a person who is goal-oriented, even-tempered and controls his life while conquering, and one who scatters his energy, lacks self control and has no desire to conquer. The former is soul expression and the latter is self expression.

Soul expression harnesses the potential Power of God, and releases it in prayer and declarations. The results are miracles and success, as compared to the delays and anemic failures that result from no respect for the Power of God.

Lack of conscious direction and control of their faculties is what ails people, from atheists to agnostics to people who lukewarmly "believe" in God. To empower your own soul, remember this — Of myself, I am nothing; with God, I am everything.

To most people, a million things are impossible. Yet one man comes along who thinks, believes in and knows the impossible is doable, and he does it. If I declare that something is impossible, then so it is for me. If I declare, "Not I, but the Power can do anything. All things are possible with God. My God can do anything," then so it shall be.

The difference between a statement and a declaration is simple. A statement can be weak and unsure of itself. A declaration is a positive soul proclamation, born of a fiery conviction that God's Power is ready to do the work. Just to see the truth, to believe the truth is not enough. Truth waits upon the Word, the declaration to move into action. A declaration of Power is like starting a jet engine. It ignites the potential atomic power into kinetic energy that does the work.

Declare, "I now declare that my new truth of the Power of God is to move into action to fulfill all my dreams. I begin to transform my life. I ascend to my Mount of Transfiguration, where Power does the work, where all my projects are vitalized and quickened with the renewing, rebuilding glory of the Power of God."

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Loveliness and Beauty

Edna Lister sermon outline; February 7, 1965, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: Matthew 12:38-50.

"Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah: For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and, behold, a greater than Jonah is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished. Then he goes, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? And who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." – Matthew 12:38-50.

From the time Jesus opened his ministry, the Sadducees had sent temple spies to follow him, seeking information that they could use to condemn him. They never ceased hounding him, trying to trap him from every angle. They hindered him from the start.

Jesus taught in parables for two reasons, to keep the temple spies from knowing exactly what he meant, leaving them confused by their interpretations, and to unveil the mysteries, which he must unfold for his disciples. Working according to a precise plan, he knew that he had little more than three years in which to train twelve men to carry on his work of ascension of consciousness, which he founded 2,000 years ago, and which grows greater year by year.

He always unfolded the mystical meanings of what he had taught in public at night, after the crowds were gone. Thus, a chapter may seem to be a mass of unrelated facts and thus, so many interpretations abound.

"The scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah: For as Jonah was in the whale's belly three days and three nights, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, a greater than Jonah is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here." – Matthew 12:38-42.

To understand this text, you need to relate all these scattered statements, and integrate them into a whole. Jesus answered the scribes and Pharisees with the story of Jonah, then immediately mentioned the queen of the south and Solomon in the same verse to confuse them with historical facts. Later, he unfolded the mystery to his disciples.

The queen of the south represents the Love principle, as desire, arising in consciousness to mate with Solomon, who symbolizes Wisdom. Thus, intuition and illumination open the Christed "I AM" consciousness. The love of Jesus the Christ, which brings the glory of oneness with all beauty, is love. Loveliness is the full illumination of Light.

The story of an evil spirit illustrates something from the outside possessing a soul. For instance, some husbands possess their wives, mothers may possess their children, and brothers and sisters may possess each another. Yet you can neither possess another soul, nor may you allow it.

You must stand free and illumined to have Power use you. You cannot be weak or demanding, but must be positive, dynamic, under a brisk, vital, alert love, the servant of all Power.

Turn on the heat. Otherwise, the Power you release is so diluted, it goes just across the street, not being strong enough to vitalize, project or to heal. Love is a power. Love is the substance of which beauty is made.

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The Good Shepherd

Edna Lister sermon outline; February 14, 1965, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: John 10:1-20.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?" – John 10:1-20.

As a young man, Jesus had traveled all over the world before he returned to Judea to take over his cousin John the Baptist's ministry of preaching the advent of the kingdom of heaven. Jesus was about thirty-one years old when John baptized him, at the beginning of Pontius Pilate's governorship of Judea.

After the baptism, Jesus retired from public activity and remained secluded until the Baptist was betrayed into Herod's hands and beheaded. His other cousins, James and John, were searching for him. When he returned to Capernaum, he chose his disciples, and immediately began to train them to carry on his work.

Often, when a Gospel states that Jesus "left" his disciples, he went to the inner realms. He could ascend his body with his consciousness even then, and seemingly disappeared.

During the forty days and three temptations in the wilderness, Jesus had chosen between acknowledging himself as the messiah for whom the Jews were waiting, or to walk as a son of man, alone, knowing where he had to go and what he had to suffer. His sacrifice was to follow the Via Christa, the Way of Christ, to establish the New Jerusalem.

For this reason, we know that God cannot fail or allow evil to win. Although you cannot see the way ahead, you know what the end shall be. Your confidence in God is supreme.

The Parable of the Good Shepherd presents three salient facts about spiritual responsibility: I am the door of the sheep. My sheep know my voice. I lay down my life for my sheep.

Jesus explained the parable, but the disciples were still foggy about its meaning. Some followers said, "If you are the messiah, tell us plainly." Yet his vows did not allow it. They had to learn to recognize his voice and follow of their own volition.

Everyone has sheep. Your sheep are your creations of imagination, thinking and desires, your creative tools. "I am the door of the sheep." Even God cannot force anyone to follow Him as His Begotten Son. You must hear His voice, and accept the "one door" to His fold.

"My sheep know my voice." Every time you call the name of a sheep today, you call to every sheep of similar degree and kind out there. Yesterday's sheep also come running to you. Some are black-faced, but do you repudiate them? You do, if you say, "This is not mine. I didn't create it. I do not deserve this."

Your creations are always with you. Repudiating them does no good. You may forget your sheep, but they follow you when you open the door, and enter again. Thus, you must acknowledge the law, "Only my own can come to me."

To say, "I lay down my life for my sheep," is surrender to be the servant of all Power. You surrender opinions about, prejudice against and blame for, and "I will. I won't. I cannot." All these are partly black sheep. You must call them back to melt, dissolve, and absorb them into Light.

Jesus was always able to portray God as exciting, to make the kingdom of heaven thrilling. It is wonderful, filled with limitless glory and beauty. You can "take up your cross" and really follow.

Life is your cross of ascension. "My yoke is easy" because Love cushions you when you love with the love of God without self. "My burden is light" because it is a joy to serve, to watch for the relief and release.

Who is the agent of Power? From what Source above, with no barriers? As Isaiah said, "Here I am Lord. Send me."

In this principle, you may have confidence: Your every decree shall come to you. Call your sheep. Send forth good words. Broadcast and fill your world with white sheep. Remember to call your black sheep "good." When you wave your wand of love, lo, all false sheep fade into Light.

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Edna Lister sermon outline; February 21, 1965, Tacoma, Washington. Scriptures: Hebrews 1:1-7, Hebrews 2:6-8.

"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire." – Hebrews 1:1-7.

"What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him." – Hebrews 2:6-8.

Formerly, God spoke to our fathers though the prophets. In these days, He speaks to us by His Son. God's Voice releases vastly greater Power and consciousness is raised since He has spoken to us through His Son. Integrate this with Jesus' declaration that we shall do the works and greater than he did.

As St. Paul said, we are joint heirs to the kingdom of heaven, which is like a trust fund, so great and limitless that we cannot overdraw the account. Yet receiving this inheritance is subject to certain conditions. For example, according to the terms of a will on earth, sometimes one must live in an old house to inherit it.

It is the same in heaven: You must "dwell in the house of the Lord forever," now and forever. If you do not use the interest from your account, it reverts to the Universal Bank. Then your income shrinks.

The house of the Lord represents consciousness of God. What are the individual bonds within the inheritance? All the attributes and virtues of the Source: Honor, loyalty, integrity, wisdom, love, compassion, mind, power and substance, joy, surrender and obedience.

The first requirement is being responsible for the upkeep on the inheritance: Acceptance of truth, surrender of self, such as fear, doubts, opinions and prejudices, and obedience to principles.

How do you contact your inheritance? Daniel prayed while in the lions' den, and broke through all barriers from earth through heaven to the Source. He saw only Light, and was conscious of Light only. There were no lions as far as Daniel was concerned.

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 2:5. Only one thing is wrong when you cannot contact my inheritance: You lack contact with the one Mind, which was in Christ Jesus. Your inheritance is always good.

Science has mapped the different spheres and ceilings around earth, which grow hotter as they ascend: the atmosphere, troposphere, chemosphere, ionosphere, mesosphere and exosphere. Each has a different temperature range and a ceiling.

They call the ceiling between the atmosphere and troposphere the sound barrier, which creates a boom when jets break through it. It is the last of the seven gates of illusion of which the Hindu writings speak.

Your inheritance is as great as you can think it to be. Yet, your payable-on-demand drafts on the Power are too small. Your prayers usually lack the fervor to reach the Source.

"What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him." – Hebrews 2:6-8.

As you reach up to God, He reaches down and an explosion occurs of illumination, glory, ecstasy and rapture in the Light, your inheritance.

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What Are Angels?

Edna Lister Bible study outline; February 21, 1965, Tacoma, Washington. Scriptures: Acts 23:8, Psalm 91:11-12, Matthew 24:30-31.

"The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both." – Acts 23:8.

"He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone." – Psalm 91:11-12.

"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." – Matthew 24:30-31.

According to one history, Jesus and the disciples journeyed from Jericho to Bethany. Nathaniel walked closely beside Jesus, discussing the relationship of children to the kingdom of heaven and the part parents played in it.

He asked when and how they were to teach children as guardians when Joseph Caiaphas, the high priest and a Sadducee, did not believe in angels. How were they to teach children about heavenly ministering angels? Jesus taught him the history, and explained about the orders of the angelic hosts, which are a separate order of created beings, entirely different from the orders of those creations that take on flesh.

Angels are not members of the group called the Sons of God, nor the glorified souls of humans, who have passed through the mansions of the soul. Man travels through the angelic orders in soul initiations, but never becomes a member of the angelic orders. Angels are servant messengers of the Most High God. The angels that Jacob saw ascending and descending the ladder, were taking initiations through their own orders. Angels are protectors, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

To gain their full protection, you must give up earth's "that's impossible" and accept God's "possible." Accepting is easy, but giving up is hard. Mix everything in life, the people and experiences, with joy, and declare, "This is good. All is good. Let there be Light."

Make sure that your prayer pattern follows your soul's needs. For instance, saying, "I am doing so much better," is following an old pattern. I'm doing so much better than what? Compared with the past? Compared with God?

Your goal is ascension for more love, Light, Power and life. Anyone can measure up on the outer, to worldly standards. On the inner, it takes time and space for the full life of a soul to show.

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Healing the Lepers

Edna Lister sermon outline; February 28, 1965, Tacoma Washington. Scriptures: Matthew 8:1-4, Luke 17:11-19.

"When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. And, behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them." – Matthew 8:1-4.

"And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole." – Luke 17:11-19.

Ash Wednesday opens Lent, which is the period of sacrifice of self, not of things. Since Twelfth Night, you have come through a period of soul searching to discover exactly where the last of earth-taints are in your life.

Where do you search? You can go wrong in only three places, in your creative tools of desire, thinking and imagination. You know what old pictures you still build and remove them. You know where your thoughts betray you, and you surely know the depth and height of your own desires.

What plans have you for your future ascension into the state of perfection, where you can count on yourself to hold steadfastly? How do you plan not only to control imagination, thinking and desires, but to conquer their old runaway betrayal of the soul?

This story of the ten lepers healed, and the one who returned, gives us the key. Jesus told them first to "tell no man." The lesson is that after you have had a miracle, you are open to challenge. Maintain silence and do not give anyone the chance to tear down your high vibration.

If you talk about a miracle in the first person, you challenge the law, which returns to you as the temptation to doubt and fear. If you give in, the miracle will fade and the former condition will return. Hold your silence before men and offer praise before God.

"And it came to pass, as [Jesus] went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole." – Luke 17:11-19.

Jesus and his disciples were traveling to Jerusalem and passed through a town on the border between Galilee and Samaria. The disciples, who were still adhering to their religious opinions and prejudices, would not have anything to do with a Samaritan, who was an outcast.

The lepers were Samaritans and thus were considered to be as Gentiles, who remained apart according to law, and cried for help. The disciples did not want Jesus to tarry, but he stayed and healed them. Yet later, only one, the Samaritan, returned to praise God and worship in gratitude.

Praise is protection. To withhold praise impoverishes the soul. Praise brings soul to sovereignty over self. Without praise, only self is sovereign, not soul. You must choose between soul and self.

When you let the self take over, you sell your soul stock short, and if you continue, someday you will not have enough left to pay you dividends. Senility begins with a lack of gratitude and praise for what you have. Senility results when too much soul substance is is wasted and mind fails the body.

Soul conquering requires rigid discipline of the self and unconquerable devotion to the principles of honor, loyalty and integrity. Praise, under all conditions, whether perfection, delays, or adverse. Praise weathers any storm. You can always last one day longer than the tempest.

Praise awakens your flaming imagination, burning desire and unconquerable devotion to principle as honor, loyalty and integrity. God cannot fail. God is triumphant forever and will outlast all His creations. You can last with Him.

You can stand and comprehend. You can conquer. As a soul, you are a flame and a fire. Keep the fires burning, like the tenth leper who returned, though praise, praise, praise. Triumphantly declare, "I am become a conqueror."

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What Is a Messiah?

Edna Lister sermon outline; February 28, 1965, Tacoma, Washington. Scriptures: John 4:5-14, John 12:32-36.

"Then cometh he [Jesus] to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." – John 4:5-14.

A messiah is a "promised deliverer," one who carries a message of hope and inspiration. To the waiting Jews, the expected messiah would combine the servant of the Lord with a threefold office as prophet, priest and king.

When Jesus refused to become a king, he failed the expectations of some of his followers. They had many ideas about the expected messiah, but mainly that he must take over the kingdom of Judea and rule, driving out the Roman conquerors. Many, including Judas Iscariot, expected him to announce himself quickly.

They expected their messiah to be the liberator of the oppressed, an anointed one for whom John the Baptist had prepared the way, announcing that he was the one so long awaited. John the Baptist had preached destruction unless they turned to the new messiah.

John was heroic as a harbinger, but somewhat tactless as a preacher. He attracted throngs to hear about, to watch for, and to see the new messiah.

No wonder Judas Iscariot worked to gather the young scions of Jerusalem to put Jesus on the throne of Judah. He and the other Zealots had long since accepted that a new kingdom would unfold and the throne would be restored when the new messiah appeared.

Jesus refused the crown, but announced himself first to the Samaritan woman at the well of Sychar. He proved by his every word and action that he was a descended creator god, an anointed one for his own to recognize and accept him.

All true prophets of the Lord are anointed. Are these prophets the only messiahs? No. Everyone who builds hope in hearts, everyone who helps even one person out of bondage is a messiah, and wears a portion of the mantle of messiahship. The truth these prophets speak is always part of a messianic message, even if their words fall on stony ground to be rejected.

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What Is a Messiah?

Edna Lister sermon transcript; February 28, 1965, Tacoma, Washington. Scribe: Ruth Bender Collord. Scriptures: John 4:5-14, John 12:32-36.

"Then cometh he [Jesus] to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." – John 4:5-14.

The mantle of messiahship is the golden robe of the 33rd Degree. Each has woven a part of his mantle, a piping on the collar, a cape. Some weave it to the fingertips, decide they have given too much and unravel it to the elbows again.

This sermon deals with Jesus' personal teachings. He had just come to the Passover in Jerusalem and overturned the tables of the money changers in the temple. He trained his disciples right to the end.

"I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die. The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man? Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light." – John 12:32-36.

You, too, will be lifted up, but you must lift evil first. If you think you are working here, wait until you get to heaven, where "retirement" is a bad word!

This chapter is all about water and the spirit. Earlier Jesus had said to Nicodemus, "Unless one is born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God" – John 3:3. This verse relates personality and principle; he deals with the soul and ascension.

Jesus had traveled two or three days from Capernaum to Sychar in Samaria, near Jacob's well. He was tired and thirsty, and sat by the well.

"There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water." – John 4:7-10.

Jesus is referring to the spiritual identity with a source from God. The well of life is within you. You have no Light unless you breathe. Do you believe this? Jesus gave this woman her Godlike identity.

She asked him why she had to go to the temple in Jerusalem to worship. He said the location did not matter, but you must worship in spirit and in truth. The spirit means soul. Worship God as personality and principle.

This is the first time that Jesus admitted he was the messiah. When he told her that he knew she'd had five husbands, she called him a prophet, but he said anyone can be a prophet.

The Jews had been told that the messiah would take over the world when he came. A messiah is a prophet, priest and king. Jesus was also a prince of the house of David. He had the mark of the ruling class. At least sixty self-proclaimed messiahs had plagued Judea, and all they had was an earthly lineage. The authorities put them to death as troublemakers.

You must ascend to have a messianic message. Three quarters of your humanity is submerged. Only one quarter of you is visible, and you must keep a close watch on your submerged part.

You may breathe spiritual breath and the Light with every breath you draw. When you work on teaching the Light, that Light, which contains all the Mind, Power and Substance, works on your cells.

You become that which you desire. You are gods, messiahs in the making as you ascend. The more you surrender to the Power, the nearer you come to the Light.

The will of God for you is all perfection. You must choose the well of living water that is your Source. Take one deep breath and talk to God, saying, "I am ready to be used." That is the secret.

You must surrender your whole body to be the living ensample of God. First, you must give God a chance to heal you. To do so, you must erase whatever taints you have and transform them. This is another great power of being.

What are your declarations for healing? Will the Light and Power of God become the living water within you? You have not over-visioned a goal for yourself, but have under-visioned all your life. It is never too late, just too soon.

"He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." – John 14:12.

Every promise the Master made is true. "Greater works shall you do" if you are ready to do the work. What will you do to possess this pearl of great price?

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The First One Through

Edna Lister sermon outline; May 2, 1965, Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: Matthew 21:19-22, 28-32.

"And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done." – Matthew 21:19-22.

"But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him." – Matthew 21:28-32.

Intellectuals are calling ours "a society in a dilemma." Wherever we turn, we find a heavy problem. No one can foresee what the results of any given decision may be. Everyone is in bondage to some kind of fear until personal fears are magnified into world fears.

Improvements in communication and transportation have made us a neighborhood without making us a brotherhood. We are fast learning that we must be our brother's keepers, or we will destroy ourselves.

We have permitted the forces of secularism and materialism almost to destroy our faith. Your capacity for faith diminishes as world opinions and ideas leave God out of the equation entirely. Worship of worldly opinions causes people to conform to secular humanism, and worship of material things causes faith to shrink.

No Shekinah glory fills the sanctuary. No pillar of cloud leads us by day or pillar of fire by night. We hear no fluttering of angels' wings over us, see no miracles. No exultant praise fills our temples, and no mysteries are revealed.

Prophesied for the end of this age is a series of events that will be as short and sharp as they are swift and sure. Veil after veil will be lifted as we walk along the pathway of greater revelations. The Light of prophecy sheds a brilliance, limited only by temporary shadows imposed by the lifting of evil from earth.

What does the "first one through" mean, through to what, from where? The "from where" must mean right where we stand this very hour, of course. The "what" can mean every goal for happiness that each chooses. Yet fundamentally, everyone is seeking security, contentment, serenity, peace and all other virtues.

"And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done." – Matthew 21:19-22.

The story of the barren fig tree epitomizes this lesson. Jesus withering the fig tree symbolizes wiping out all evil. Saying to the mountain, "Be cast into the sea," refers to lifting all burdens, as in "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee." – Psalm 55:22. "Cast your burdens on me, and I will make them Light."

Finally, to create and bring forth all your heart's desires, you must ask in faith. "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." – Matthew 21:22.

We have learned that the purpose of Creation is to express, to give. If life has no purpose, you live a useless, miserable existence each day.

You must have a goal, and your purpose is then to reach it. Once found, you put your faith in the goal, give it your devotion and must serve it. Is it a goal just for you, competition in the world, pushing your way through to be the first one there? Oh no.

When you, as a creator god, descended from your heavenly place above, you gave up your position, exactly as you do on earth when you move from one city to another. If you want to return to your place, you must earn it again. Achieving your goal means sacrifice, surrender of self and, the greatest of all, devotion to that goal.

"A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not." – Matthew 21:28-30.

The story of the two sons explains that not everyone who starts first finishes first. Failure results from indifference. Everyone has opportunities to forge ahead, if they hold steady.

We are all swimming in the River of Life. The weak and indifferent laggards are along the shores, backwashes and stagnant places, but regularly, the river sweeps them back into the mainstream.

Prayer keeps us all afloat. Every prayer for those who are struggling draws someone into the sparkling waters again, though they may have been delayed.

I must be my own "first one through." My first call must carry me through the first time, without blame, regret or slipping backward.

My faith unconquerable takes me through any problem the first time I pray. Faith is my justification, my glory, my triumph. My prayer of unwavering faith breaks through any barrier.

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The First One Through

Edna Lister sermon transcript; May 2, 1965, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Elizabeth Barnes, Irene White. Scriptures: Matthew 21:19-22, Matthew 21:28-32.

"And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done." – Matthew 21:19-22.

"But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him." – Matthew 21:28-32.

Society is in a dilemma of secular materialism, leaning to science, denying the Power of God or that Jesus is the only Begotten Son of God. The world must face the truth that the Power of God exists. People magnify their personal fears into world fears. World trend requirements have made us a neighborhood, but not a brotherhood.

Yet, you take yourself along with yourself, day and night, wherever you go. Be sure to bring your loyalty to God and personal integrity with you.

History reveals many who were the first one through with idea — Washington and our Founding Fathers, Gladstone, Disraeli, Marie Curie, Churchill, the Buddha, the astronauts, etc. Everyone with a new idea, who breaks through the barrier of "the way things are," suffers for it.

People who have a goal are purposeful. Without a soul purpose and goal, a man is lost. To reach any goal, you must be the "first one through" for yourself.

Jesus taught the lesson of the barren fig tree because everyone is a fig tree in potential. Each has come through a barren state, some mental block to success. You must break through the barrier of self's barrenness to access the vast soul potential within you that is not yet bearing fruit.

Each of the Elect is a creator, begotten by and descended from God. We have been thrown from the Garden of Eden and are earning back our place by good hard work.

In life, you go through periods of progression and regression. When a tree bears no fruit, you must uproot it. This is symbolic also of old emotions, ideas, beliefs and idle words.

You must center yourself and focus on a goal, which in this case is returning to your original state. You are building a mansion in the sky. Never let go of your overall goal to attain any short-term goal.

You are building your road back home after what seems like eternities in the wilderness of consciousness. For every little surrender of the self, you are working on the inner to promote soul growth, earning back your position in heaven.

You are breaking through the barrenness of self to those potential soul qualities within. Only your own weaknesses keep you from attaining. You cut your own vibration with idle words, and soul taints.

You may even destroy your own creative prayer molds just as you fill them to overflowing. Yet you do not waste one moment in guilt.

Instead, quicken your consciousness and circumstances until you break through, and ascend in consciousness. Lift the past. Forget the past, and move forward, reaching toward the mark of the high calling of God.

Any idea you receive from the source of all ideas carries the power of that source with it. Release the Power. Declare, "Here I am, Father! Please shoot the Power through me to fill this mold. Let it come to pass."

Do not take time to deny that you have a pain or any other hindrance. Break through now. Ascend in consciousness into a new concept of where you are going. Give the goal all your faith, all your service, and serve no false gods on the side.

When God puts a new heavy task before you, He says, "Child, no one out there can take away this beautiful form you have created. The substance is Christlike. It comes together again, and no one can tear it down. It will come together again."

God has already poured out the substance for your miracle-molds, and you cannot ask for anything too big. You can be the first one through with prayers for everything.

When you pray a prayer for release of Power to gather some politician or public figure into the Light, declare them good, even if the news says they are black. Every time you pray, surround them with a sphere of Light, no matter how dark they are.

Some people pass away under a cloud of hatred. Your task is to surround them with love, for the Light to heal them on the inner. You can be the first one through. Lifting the darkness of earth is a wonderful goal.

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Eternity Is Now Mine

Edna Lister outline, May 9, 1965, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: Psalm 27.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord. Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.–Psalm 27.

Today is Mother's Day. A mother represents nourishing, sustaining love, and our defense. A child always runs to its mother when in fear. Mother's Day marks an anniversary of another beautiful year together in mothering brooding yearning love. This has been a fruitful year in growth in every way. We have made greater advance in understanding than in any previous twenty years. We have unveiled and prayed more evil practices up into the Light than ever before in the history of the centuries. Light has drawn evil's poison fangs and stripped the stingers from its lashing tails. We are lifting fear from earth. We are working to free earth from every sorrow, all tears and all pain. Every time one member of the Elect conquers one of these challenges, Light penetrates into every place over earth where tears, pain, or sorrow still exists.

Love, the eternal principle of duration, begets relative time. Time is rooted in and and grows from the principle of Mother Love. All space is rooted in and grows from Wisdom, the eternal principle of extension, by which the Godhead extends itself as space. Time is always now as Love. Space forever opens under Wisdom. Spoken into manifestation by the eternal Word, Mother Love and Father Wisdom are the sum and substance of Creation, and ways of life.

Time without space is lifeless. Time needs a space for action. If Love is bound or limited, no action can result. To take advantage of time eternal requires space. Universal Wisdom and Mother Love transcend time and space, being eternal and everywhere simultaneously. Selfless Mother Love, where selfless, is God’s timing; selfless Father Wisdom is God’s spacing. Wisdom and Love march hand in hand forever.

Faith is the first action in creation. God had to step out on faith in the beginning when He said, "Let there be Light." Faith is the ability to use inner vision, a-seeing-to-believe that law will work through the principles of cause and effect, action and reaction.

Mother love expresses in many degrees, broadly divided into three different kinds of love—emotional-sentimental, mental-intellectual, and spiritual-universal mother love.

Emotionally sentimental love, which says, "I want! Give me! I demand!" is really compounded of and mixed with selfishness. Selfish love rides the soul with a whip and spurs puts the loved one in bondage, and says, "I gave you the best years of my life." Such counterfeit love always demands a return on investment, and lives in a state of, "What will this do for me? How will this affect me?" Such people lack proper timing, so usually blunder. They lack proper spacing, so choose the wrong time and place to talk. Counterfeit love finally collapses of its own weight, and the sentimental lover escapes into a "nervous breakdown" demanding more.

Mental-intellectual love, which says, "I will. I won't," is always challenging and aggressive. It "knows best" and compels the loved one to accept to avoid an argument. Such love is always watered down, diluted with self. They learn no timing or spacing until the loved one runs away.

Spiritual-universal love is timed and spaced in regard to the feelings of the loved one, a devotional giving with no thought of getting. Eternal love is here now. Universal Mother love transcends time and space, being eternal and everywhere simultaneously.

"The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?" – Psalm 27:1.

The law says that "only mine own can come to me," yet mine own comes to me when I am rightly timed and spaced. The keynote is faith, and "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." – Ephesians 6:13.

You conquer by testing all the laws you learn before preaching to anyone else. Life is your school of experience and research laboratory where you test for strength or weakness to stand fearlessly.

Time is a priceless gift. When a blow comes, what is your choice before the world, being a weakling or a conqueror? Stand near God — hear with your ears open, and see with the eyes of mind. Then you are seeing as God, with illumination and knowing.

You form success from properly using timing and spacing in the now. You are successful when God's Love times your words and His Wisdom puts you in the right place. This is the proper use of eternal time now.

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Eternity Is Now Mine

Edna Lister sermon transcript; May 9, 1965, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Elizabeth Barnes, Irene White. Scripture: Psalm 27.

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord. Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." – Psalm 27.

We have all yearned, under the vibration of Mother Love, to reach a higher standard of illumination. Mother love is a brooding, yearning love and compassion for the world. Mother love and eternity are the same. Mother love forms into time. Father Wisdom forms into space, and love moves out as faith. God used faith as the substance of creation, so the Father moved forth as faith as well.

You need space in which to pray, to ascend in consciousness, which is not crowded with everyone around. And you need both time and space in which to create. All principles must act as one to create a time and space continuum. To create, you must fill the space with love, for it does not fill itself — so pour love into it. This is one interpretation of mother love acting as faith.

Mother love comes in three types — emotional sympathetic-sentimental, intellectual-mental, and spiritual-universal. Emotional love never gets together in time and space, wrong place. A time is appointed for everything. When you wait on the Lord, you do not blunder, so wait to do it at the right time.

Spiritual universal mother love is balanced in both time and space and thus always knows the exact right time to do everything. Mother love is God's perfect timing. An intellectual know-it-all love challenges everyone and everything, saying, "I won't put up with" this or that, which constantly throws them off on timing and spacing. When you use universal timing and spacing, life and your affairs flow smoothly because God is behind you.

Are spiritual mothers doormats? Only a sentimental mother is a doormat — she gives, then forgets the giving, and no task is too hard or too long to her universal Mother love. Having done all, you stand, and create the perfect timing under the grace of God.

Declare, "I stand under the Light in my Father's house while I wait on the Lord. I look up into the Light now, waiting, hearing, and listening to the Lord." Set your conscious mind to doing things out here, while your inner soul waits on the Lord.

You must stand, and plan your timing and spacing for tomorrow. Do the next thing next if life interrupts you, and the delay will not throw your timing or spacing off-track. No matter what the interference, accept it with mother love, and with no resentment.

God may say, "You must change your schedule, for the world needs this lifting now." And having done all, you stand while knowing that God will work it together for good.

Timing holds you under the protection of universal mother love, keeps you from doing something at the wrong time, and puts you in the right place at the right time. The great principles of Love and Wisdom express as time and space while you release the Power under compassion.

You can use everything that comes to you in the school of experience as rungs on the ladder to climb higher. Mother love asks nothing for itself. It gives everything it has, and is always in the right place at the right time, because it lives under universal timing, which matches universal spacing. Mother love knows when to withhold a word at the right time, wastes no time, and holds no opinions or prejudices.

In Mother love, you remain serenely confident, and having done all, you stand and watch all things work together for good. You'll be in the right place, knowing the right prayer. The right words will be put on your lips.

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Appreciation Is a Love Affair

Edna Lister sermon outline; May 16, 1965, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: Revelation 3:11-22.

"Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." – Revelation 3:11-22.

To appreciate is "to put a value on anything or person, to evaluate, to prize, to esteem, to cherish." The definition, "to cherish," adds love to the meaning. Appreciation is "a sensitive awareness of correct values, discriminating discernment."

You cannot appreciate anything or anyone without understanding. You cannot love a nothing. You need either an abstract idea, or an object of love, an individualized expression. You cannot love an idea, an object or a person without an appreciation of what they stand for.

The first chapter of the Revelation speaks of stars and candelabras and their meanings. The second and third chapters of the Revelation hold two sets of promises, six promises to creators, and seven promises to the worshipers before the throne of the love of God.

"Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see." – Revelation 3:17-18.

First, you must buy gold tried in the fire, to be rich. Second, you must buy white raiment to be clothed in purity. Third, you must anoint your eyes with the eye salve of praise to see.

Gold is yellow, symbolizing that it holds all attributes of wisdom. Ours is the religion of love in which we teach honor as loyalty to God and integrity of soul. Wisdom is the stairway upward in consciousness. You must keep moving or someone coming up from the rear will shove you off the trail. The summit of the climb is never crowded. Climb, and keep your gaze focused up.

Second, you must buy white raiment, which represents purity of heart, mind and purpose. All hidden self-centered will eventually shows through anyone's camouflage, no matter how carefully applied. Lukewarmness is just talking and thinking about conquering self.

Third, you must anoint your eyes with eye salve. Look with the mind's eye as vision, and see with the eyes of the soul. See all the unborn miracles up there, waiting to come forth under faith.

Without praise, you can have no soul vision. Praise starts faith into action. Love is timeless, measureless and works all things together as one. It is always the right time and right place under love, which makes you unconquerable.

Love of self is too tired, too weary and too self-satisfied to be in the right place at the right time. Self-pity is the heaviest burden on earth, and always collapses under its own weight.

"Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name." – Revelation 3:12.

The sixth and seventh promises go together (Revelation 3:12 and 3:20-21). You cannot receive God's name until you sit on your own high soul throne. You cannot be a pillar in the temple until you are securely in the high temple.

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." – Revelation 3:20-21.

Power, personalized for you to release, stands at the door knocking. Let it in to fill your endocrine glands with energy. To sup means to take in, to assimilate. Reach for the stars. If you feel low, break through the ceiling to open the lotus centers in the mental body. Then Power takes charge.

The throne represents the structures of the brain opened wide and functioning for spiritual seeing and hearing. It takes a thousand burnt offerings to open them, and only praise can swing the Gates of Light wide.

Love is your space ship, your orbiting satellite. Praise is your jet engine, and faith is your fuel. Appreciation is your ignition switch. Without gratitude for what you have, you cannot start your engine of praise. The fuel of faith is inexhaustible and self-renewing, so you never need to stop to refuel. The faster you go, the more fuel you have.

The name of your jet plane is New Jerusalem. God is all the words you can use when you declare it good, which is His name. God is all beauty, success, strength, glory, wisdom and love. Every name is His when you call them on yourself.

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Appreciation Is a Love Affair

Edna Lister sermon transcript; May 16, 1965. Scribes: Elizabeth Barnes, Ruth Johnson, Irene White, Ross and Virginia Whitehead. Scripture: Revelation 3:11-22.

"Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." – Revelation 3:11-22.

Appreciation means "to put a value on anything or person, to use the thinking function to evaluate, to prize, to esteem." To cherish means "to be tender, to watch over, to love, take care of the person." To cherish someone is to appreciate them, and brings love into the meaning the meaning of appreciation. You can cherish something that is objective, as well as a person, but you cannot cherish anything that you cannot love.

Appreciation is a sensitive awareness of soul values and a discriminating discernment of acceptable moral values. You cannot appreciate without understanding, nor can you love "nothing" or something that you do not value. You need an object of love, either an abstract idea or a personalized expression, and you cannot love either without an appreciation of what they stand for. Appreciation is a definite part of your soul's infolding to God.

All these nuances color your love affair with God, and it must be a passionate love affair with God. Otherwise, a coldness taints your love, because it is not love enough. Even otherwise honorable people sometimes have been cruel to others, and later claimed their honor drove them to it.

To be in love, you must be in love with and devoted to an idea, an object, an organization, or a person. Worldly love is a self-love, a love turned inward. Yet you need something exterior to your self to love.

Repudiation of a remote God sitting on a distant throne sent millions to worship God as mere principle, devoid of personality. They also threw out every idea of divinity related to Jesus as Christ. They call him a "good" man but forget that Good is God's hidden name on earth. These people miss the mark of full appreciation of God.

God creates through divine cosmic breathing, exhalation and inhalation, which requires a tremendous creative tension between the Father and Mother, masculine and feminine aspects of God. "Good" is dual, not threefold. Good is either absolute, one with God, or merely relative, as the various types of good we see in the temporal world, in time and space.

The first chapter of Revelation paints a picture of Jesus the Christ immediately after he ascended to the Father. A "son of man" describes a person having the attributes of substance and appearance as human form, God as personality. This lifts the image of God as personality into the beauty of God as a person.

The two-edged sword symbolizes two rays of Light, Love and Wisdom, which equal justice. "Having the keys of hell and death" means Jesus Christ has the power to hold earth until it can be cleansed. The "seven stars" represent the seven churches of the Revelation, and the lampstands are their congregations and their levels of consciousness.

This passage from the Revelation mentions two promises, mystically called the "promises of Melchizedek." The sixth promise, "I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go out no more," is given to the creators in Philadelphia, the sixth church of brotherly love, which represents creative Power.

"Unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." – Revelation 3:14-16.

The seventh promise is to the Laodiceans, the worshipers before the throne, the inheritors of the Love of God. The seventh church in Revelation represents love for and worship of God. How do you escape lukewarmness? The love of God takes you to the "high place" in consciousness for true worship of God as the Light of all that is.

You must defend the truth that is in you, but not by arguing, telling how much you know, or spouting opinions or prejudices. Many people who open their mouths reveal nothing more than their ignorance.

"I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see." – Revelation 3:18. First, to be rich, you must buy gold that has been tried in the fire. Second, white raiment means to be clothed in purity. Third, you must anoint your eyes with eye salve of praise. Buying gold and white raiment comes under the law of wisdom. Wisdom is the gold of earth. Gold is yellow, signifying that it holds all the attributes of wisdom. Wisdom on earth is tried by fires of adversity on earth. Wisdom is the builder, and can build the form in the mold you choose.

The golden Christed religion of love teaches loyalty to God and integrity of soul. Wisdom is the stairway up the mountain to God. You must keep moving or someone coming up from the rear will shove you off. Pay attention only to the Voice of God. Permit no one and nothing must to affect you. It's never crowded at the mountaintop, the summit. So, keep climbing and keep your gaze lifted to God.

White raiment symbolizes purity of heart, mind and purpose. The shame of nakedness alludes to the desire body that exposes every desire, worthy and unworthy. Your hidden desires and selfish will always shows through, exposing your lukewarmness, which just talks and thinks about surrendering self.

So, you must put on white raiment, and use it as a robe of purity to cover the transgressions of others, to cover their nakedness. Love and cherish them instead of self-righteously judging them. A cherishing attitude, a true and just love makes it easier for the other fellow to go on. Let him keep his pride. This does not mean that you must cover the transgressions of an unrepentant soul or live with evil. You cover transgressions, yes, but need not assume obligations that you cannot keep.

Power stands at the door, knocking. To personalize it, you must let it in to fill your endocrine glands with energy. To sup with means to take in, to assimilate. Reach for the stars! If you are low in energy and vibration, break through the ceiling to open the mental body lotus centers. Then God's Power takes charge.

Third, anoint your eyes with eye salve, which is praise of God. Look at everyone and everything with eyes of the mind, as soul vision. See all the unborn miracles waiting to come forth under faith. Praise starts faith into action.

Your eyes will tell you if you are appreciative enough and in love with God. If you need glasses, you are short on praise, which is appreciation verbalized in the spoken Word. Praise everything, even the worst people. Remember that God or other people may not always praise you. Say, "Though You slay me, yet will I praise Thee."

If disappointments strike, praise God. Declare, "This is good." Praise God because He is God. We are going home to God and taking the world with us, like the tail of a comet. Love is timeless and spaceless. You are always in the right place at the right time, in the right frame of mind, with the right words. Self-pity is heavier than lead, the most burdensome emotion.

Love is timeless, measureless and works as appreciation, which entices you into a love affair with God. Now is always the right time and this is the right place to love, which makes you unconquerable. Self-centered love is "too tired, too weary" and too self-satisfied to be in the right place at the right time.

The sixth and seventh promises go together. You cannot have God's name until you sit on your own high soul throne. You cannot be a pillar in the temple until you are securely in the high temple. The throne is the higher creative centers of the brain — the nerves, endocrine glands and gland-like structures — wide open and fully functioning. It takes a thousand burnt offerings to open them, and only praise can swing the doors wide.

Love is your space ship, your orbiting satellite. Praise is your jet engine, faith is the fuel, and appreciation is your ignition switch. Without gratitude for what you have, you cannot start your praise engine. The faith of God, working as you, is inexhaustible, so you never need to stop to refuel. The faster you go, the more fuel you have.

God is all the words you can use when you praise and declare it good, which is God's most potent name. God is all beauty, success, strength, glory, wisdom and love. Every name is His when you call them on yourself.

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock." The Power of the living God is knocking at the door. Reach for the stars to open your door to God. God is Light, the vibration above all material creation. You belong to God, so declare, "My new name is Light."

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What Is Nonresistance?

Edna Lister sermon outline; May 23, 1965, Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: Matthew 5:38-42, John 15:12-24.

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away." – Matthew 5:38-42.

"This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father." – John 15:12-24.

Resistance is "opposition to some force or object, to another or to others." Nonresistance has two phases, unresisting or irresistible. Resisting includes opposing, fighting or hating, begrudging, blaming and resentment when someone wants your coat or forces you to walk a mile. Being unresisting is being a weak worm, a doormat, one who hardly dares to breathe for fear of offending. Such a person has no life of his own at all. Self-pity takes over and leads to martyrdom.

Why give up your cloak? Why turn the other cheek? Why walk two miles? You are supposed to learn the lesson the first time you turn your cheek. Keep out of such a position, which means to avoid the appearance of evil. Be still and wait. Seek first the kingdom. Jesus taught so many admonitions about this. If someone wants to argue, give him the first word and the last. Why should you give up your cloak or walk two miles? So you can make certain that you hold no grudge, resentment or blame. Always give more.

Nonresistance is the greatest law of all, the secret of all success. Nonresistance is not a passive attitude. When you live by nonresistance as Jesus taught it, no one dares to touch you. Stand steadfastly. Irresistible nonresistance is the most aggressive law on earth, for it never stops pushing. Nonresistance is a challenge to all enemies of Light. If Jesus had not walked among us, we would know nothing of sin. He emphasizes "love one another" in this chapter. His whole message is one of love. To love enough comes from being filled with devotion to something.

How do you become irresistible? Some say that you must learn to concentrate on the love of God. Concentration is to the self, an act of will, which is not the way to be irresistible. Concentration must ascend into determination to give beyond the "coat" and the "mile."

Determination becomes an impulse of soul, the fire of the soul in action, which takes you to the Mount of Transfiguration. You receive your new pattern of life on this mountain top of the soul, no longer afraid of standing naked or unprotected, no longer afraid of the Light.

You live by honor, loyalty and integrity. You give more than you are asked, yet remain strong, not imposed on. Irresistible love uses you. Beauty takes charge, covers others' transgressions and never leaves them naked in sin.

Your love invokes the irresistible Power of the universal law of nonresistance, and it moves through you, bursts through your body-sheath as strength, health and compassion, and forms protective rays of repulsion around you. This is the place where what you ask for is given unto you.

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What Is Nonresistance?

Edna Lister sermon transcript; May 23, 1965, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Elizabeth Barnes, Irene White, Ross and Virginia Whitehead. Scriptures: Matthew 5:38-42, John 15:12-24.

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away." – Matthew 5:38-42.

"This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father." – John 15:12-24.

Resistance is opposition to some force or object. People oppose anything they think will make them less in any way. Most people are so full of their own resistance, they have no idea of what others are trying to tell them.

Nonresistance is the greatest law of physical expression. To live by this law is not weak, but powerful. When you wait upon the Lord and someone pins your ears back, you learn your lesson so it does not happen again. You may hold no resentment when someone asks something outrageous of you. Instead, you eliminate your internal conflict.

Nonresistance is dynamic, but a spineless "worm" attitude invites resentment. Meeting the demands "out there," beyond your physical body, without taking the vibration into your aura, is best. This is exercising nonresistance, compounded of the glory of God, working for you. You must have a spiritual anchor above to know security, and need devotion to a Supreme Being of Light to whom you go in confidence. You are forever insecure if you do not acknowledge the Source Overall.

You have no reason to feel cowed or hurt because someone is always hurting you. Only the little self feels hurt. The choice is yours, and free will is a constant challenge. When you finally get sick of seeing the little self hurt, look your criticizer in the eye and wait. About the third time he begins to belittle you, stare at some small freckle or mole on his face and watch him run.

No one has a right to push you around under the law of nonresistance. Yet you are supposed to cover the other fellow's transgressions, not expose them by telling the world how wrong he is. You need not examine his transgressions — that's his task, so let him do it. The Power of the law of nonresistance opens the door and does the work when you let it.

Jesus Christ is the only teacher who has said, "Ask in my name," so use his name. This is the only verse where the Master said, "Anything you ask in my name," the Father may give you. Ascend in consciousness from the resistance vibration. Do not resist people or experiences, but love and draw them to you. One Power operates through and uses you, and you contact this Power according to your measure of faith. Wait continuously on the Lord in devotion and praise. Stop arguing. Let the other person have the last word as well as the first. Let the glorious power of nonresistance take charge.

Resistance is opposition to some opposing force or thing. This is a law of heavy, mundane resistance. You get into a lot of trouble over this law. For example, you may obey the law of giving, but resent the other fellow's lack of gratitude, which creates a small resistance that can quickly grow large.

The dictionary definition of nonresistance is responsible for a lot of confusion. It supports a doormat idea — a worm-like weakness that takes it as it comes. Yet this is not nonresistance. Nonresistance is a great principle, a part of love, wisdom, honor, loyalty and integrity. Underneath them all is nonresistance. It is the most powerful law ever expressed — even faith folds into it.

The person who lives by nonresistance is powerful. Everyone who lives by it is a huge powerful recorder, able to examine every thought and word to see if it will be of value. The law of nonresistance never stops pushing in the serenity of its Power. Consider why you might need to turn the other cheek. If you get into a situation where the other fellow must slap your cheek, turn your other cheek and have him slap that, too, so you will remember not to land in the same situation again. In today's slang, people say, "Watch out or you'll get your ears pinned back," meaning you will learn earth's lessons whether you like it or not. Psychology teaches that you cannot go around carrying a load of resentment and remain healthy.

Being unresistant means a man is an easy mark; he invites trouble. Nonresistance expresses the glory of God and your devotion to a Source. A man without a Source is a man without a soul anchor. Yes, God gave us all these abilities and He wants us to use them — but not to gratify self.

Concentration never took anybody to God, but has made skull bumpers of many. Concentration is the first step, but as you ascend in consciousness under surrender to all the Power, you give up self — it creates a quickening. Focus your attention on God, and enter your closet to pray with the Master.

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Your Soul's Accomplishment

Edna Lister sermon outline; May 30, 1965, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: Matthew 14:24-33.

"But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshiped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God." – Matthew 14:24-33.

Before these events Matthew describes in his Gospel, Herod had just given Salome the head of John the Baptist. His disciples told Jesus when they heard about it, after John's followers had buried his body. Immediately, Jesus went by ship to a desert place, apart.

Whenever people heard that Jesus was near, they followed him on foot, out of the cities. Jesus was touched by compassion for them and healed their sick loved ones. When evening came, the disciples wanted to send them back home, into the city for food. Instead, Jesus increased the five loaves and two fishes and they were left with twelve baskets to share. They had fed 5,000 men, including their women and children.

Then Jesus "constrained" his disciples to go by ship before him, which means he used a mild but persuasive influence on them. He was firm, but final. When you are constrained, you are obliged to conform, but through loyalty, not force. He wanted his disciples to leave for the farther shore that evening, while he returned to the mountain, the high place in consciousness, to pray and complete his vigil for John the Baptist. He planned to meet them later.

A storm blew up and their boat was being tossed about on the sea. In the middle of the night, they saw Jesus walking toward them across the water. They thought he was a spirit, a ghost, and feared him. He said, "Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid." Peter was always brash, and he was fully sold on Jesus. He wanted to walk to him, and said, "Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water." Jesus answered him with one word, "Come." Peter's faith was sublime, as long as he looked up in consciousness. He saw only Jesus, as Daniel saw only the Light in the lions' den. The difference here was in the quality of their faith. When Peter wavered, he cried, "Lord, save me."

Peter's faith had grown as he watched and participated in the feeding of the 5,000. He held a new conviction. He saw the stature of a man, God-high. He focused his attention on Jesus' stature, and he had a new goal. As long as he centered his attention on his newly realized stature of Jesus, he remained afloat, walking on water. When his attention flagged, he sank.

Your lifeline of Power always moves along your line of attention, and the Power follows. When your attention sags into aches and pains, for instance, the Power line follows, and flows into the aches and pains to nourish and sustain them. When you center your attention on needs, you have more needs, a "miracle of needs." Any increase from the invisible to the visible is a miracle. This is how you can increase the aches and pains into ever larger miracles of pain.

Power is always working miracles of increase. What are you feeding with your increase of the five loaves and two fishes? Your faith conditions your loaves and fishes. What quality and quantity of faith is yours?

Three factors are involved in producing a miracle: First, you must have a goal. Second, you need sufficient depth to your conviction. Third, the quality of your faith and the quantity of your love is critical. The goal is to be God-high as you follow the stature of the Christ. How high is God? Do you want to be God-high? You may believe in someone else being God-high, yet not be willing to do the hard work necessary to become God-high yourself.

Your conviction must be to center your attention steadfastly and unwaveringly. You cannot succeed if you blow hot or cold. You scatter the Power if your attention wavers in intensity. You are constantly focusing your attention on something, from birth to transition. Since Power concentrates wherever you focus your attention, you have a miracle there. If you focus your attention on nothing, you have a miracle of nothing. When you center your attention on the stature of Christ in you, God-high, your soul will accomplish a God-high life.

The quality of your faith and quantity of your love must be exceptional. Your faith stretches your soul, and your love sends the substance to fill your creative prayer molds. Remember to constantly send up more praise, for praise carries your gifts of faith and love upward to God.

Do you believe, in faith, that God is? Do you believe, in full faith, that a man can be God-high? Are you now convinced that your soul can accomplish anything? Do you center your attention on what you want?

Become enraptured with God, enthralled with the stature of Christ and his beauty. Be enthralled with life itself, always with twelve baskets left over to share.

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Your Soul's Accomplishment

Edna Lister sermon transcript; May 30, 1965. Scribes: Elizabeth Barnes, Irene White. Scripture: Matthew 14:24-33.

"But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshiped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God." – Matthew 14:24-33.

John the Baptist and Jesus were cousins, but as close as brothers. When Jesus heard of his cousin's death, he took his disciples away, but the multitudes had followed them. John's death at the hands of Herod had upset everyone, for John was popular and well-loved. Jesus was compassionate with the great throng because he knew that sometimes principle, law, is not enough — in times of trouble you also need love and compassion. So, having compassion on them, he worked with them all day healing them and their sick loved ones. By evening, everyone was hungry, so he fed them of the five loaves of bread and two fish with twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish remaining.

After Jesus had cared for everyone, he sent his disciples ahead of him by ship while he sent the multitudes home. Finally, Jesus went apart to pray, and while he was praying a storm that had been brewing blew up while the disciples were in the midst of crossing the Sea of Galilee. Jesus knew their ship was in danger of being swamped, so he went to them, walking across the waves.

The men were frightened because they were far from a safe haven onshore, and knew how strong the crosscurrents could get; their danger was very real. All Power comes from the invisible Source of All Light, including the kinetic power you have or the universal Power you can access. The Power will go to wherever you fix your attention, so if you focus on your needs, they will increase.

Jesus knew all this and had taught his disciples these laws, but they had not seen them in action, at least not in a situation like this. Their fear drove everything from their minds except survival. Jesus was calm and unhurried as he walked toward them, and they marveled. In calming them, he used a persuasive force just firm enough to get the results they needed. Peter, who later came to represent perfect faith, still needed proof and asked for it. The Lord told him to come and a miracle happened — Peter walked on water until his faith slipped and he needed saving again.

Three different factors are essential for you to be able to conquer — first you must have a definite goal. Second, you must have a focused attention backed by an abiding conviction that you will succeed. Third, you need a sufficient quantity of love that is invincible in its quality.

Your consciousness of the realm of miracles must be God-high. How high is God? Ask yourself, Do I want to be God-high? Do I want to be perfect? If you do, you seek ways to do it, not ways to get out of doing it. You choose whether you can see your goal, or miss the mark because of laziness or lack of attention. Remember, if you pay attention to worldly needs, they will grow. When you contemplate and entertain the ugly thoughts, the doubts ad fears, you dilute God's Power as it moves through you. Power will go wherever your attention is centered, so hold your attention on a high goal of ascension and healing, and feel the Light surrounding you.

The prophet Daniel is a perfect example: He dared to enter the lions' den, but had to keep his attention completely focused on his goal. The quantity of his love was perfect, and the quality of his love was supreme. Daniel surrendered so completely to God that he did not know there was anything in the world but God. His attention was wholly focused on the Light. Daniel was a finished product of surrender, plus the perfect quantity and quality of the love of God.

You must love God enough. Turn on a super-heat in your soul to love God more every hour of every day. Lots of people think they want to walk the path to God. The quality of their love may be there, but not in the quantity that counts.

Center your attention on the goal of being God-high — if you slip, start at the beginning and return to it. Have the soul conviction that you can reach the God-high goal. From this high point you can speak words of wisdom, do acts of compassion, all while being able to stand against the darts of the enemy and a world that wants to drag you down.

What are you doing with the love of God that is moving through you? Focus your attention on the God-high goal. Do you dedicate praise-time each day for something you want increased? The miraculous Power follows the line of your attention, and increases whatever you center your attention on, wherever it is.

Ask yourself, Do I really want to reach that God-high stature? Keep reaching until your praise increases the quantity and quality of your love to supreme perfection. Then God-high stature is your soul's great accomplishment.

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Life, Your Detriment or Glory

Edna Lister Pentecost Sunday sermon outline; June 6, 1965, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: Ephesians 3:9-21.

"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." – Ephesians 3:9-21.

What you get from life depends upon three things — the measure of your love of God, the measure of your faith of God, and the measure of your surrender of self to become the servant of all Power.

In all religions, every man is his own boss, free to choose what kind of boss he will be. If ninety-five percent of a man cannot believe or accept, his remaining five percent stands little chance of practicing the Presence of God.1

Each of life's detriments can become the highest point of illumination, or it can be the lowest weakness. "Choose you this day whom ye will serve." – Joshua 24:15. You must choose between then serve either God or self. If you choose to serve God, you will earn a crown of glory. Should you choose to serve the self, you will earn a martyr's crown of thorns.

The powers of God have been working since the dawn of time to fashion us into perfection. So, "This one thing I do now," I recognize one thing only. I am having a love affair with Power. I now know the breadth, the length, the depth, the height of God's love.

It's time to recognize a few things. God has done all He can or me. It is high time I take responsibility for myself, or at least to cooperate with God. Psychology has taught self-determinism. Love teaches soul-determinism, which is so far above self. I may choose self-power or God's Power as me.

Faith has become my conducting rod of Power. Love plus faith creates a reliance, a zeal, a fervent constancy in my conduct. I cannot dislike detriments. I cannot dislike anything — all my worst favorites are now turned into beautiful assets of glory.

I surrender, speak the Word, and let God do the work. "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." – John 5:17. When I fold all love, all faith into a conviction of God's glory, the result is so great that nothing can stand before it. We have built a today on the deathless and abiding zeal of two women, Carrie Chapman Catt and Lydia Pankhurst. They were ready to give up their life for their ideal, the suffrage movement.

A man who was facing failure because he had no business for nearly a month during the Great Depression, decided to give God a chance. He knew only one thing, and while not a student of religion or specifically religious, he declared, "This is the greatest month of my life." He quit sub-letting his mind to the world and its ideas of failure. He then enjoyed more business during rest of that month than he had for the three months previous. God hadn't changed, but he did. He turned on the heat under his love and faith until they measured up God-high. He became his own spiritual boss.

During the 1920s, a superintendent of Baldwin Locomotive Works, an American manufacturer of steam engines and cars, traveled to France when his firm had sold important machines to the French Government. The largest, most important engine had broken down, and the needed spare part was unavailable because it was hand-made. He had no time to wait for a replacement part to be shipped. They had informed him that no payments would be made, and no more sales unless he supplied the part at once. This man had no psychological, physical or metaphysical fix, just God was left.

He put on his hat and went to a movie. He surrendered to Spirit and let Spirit work. His subconscious mind got involved in the movie and off the engine track as he watched. He let go so God could do the work. In the middle of the movie, he heard a voice say, "Look on the scrap heap." He jumped up and rushed to look. Sure enough, he found a discarded part, the exact duplicate of the one he needed. He had it cleaned and polished, and sent it on time. He folded his love and faith into one, surrendered to God and invoked the Power.

When you give up self for Power to use you by declaring, "This is good," you face death of the old. The new life of glory moves in and possesses you. Your old martyr's crown turns into a jeweled crown of glory. Your all-out conviction that the Father does the work causes wings to grow on your crown, and your soul soars.


1^The Practice of the Presence of God is a collection of the teachings of Brother Lawrence (born Nicholas Herman), a 17th Century Carmelite monk. Compiled by Father Joseph de Beaufort, it includes letters, as well as records of his conversations. The basic theme of the book is how to develop awareness of God's presence in your life.

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Life, Your Detriment or Glory

Edna Lister Pentecost Sunday sermon transcript; June 6, 1965 Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Elizabeth Barnes, Ruth Johnson, Irene White. Scripture: Ephesians 3:9-21.

"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." – Ephesians 3:9-21.

The only gift you can give to God is your lifting of some darkness to be changed into Light. Have you given enough love and compassion to the world, to the ones of darkness who need your love and compassion?

Three dimensions form your measuring rod of life — What is the measure of my love? What is the measure of my faith? What is the measure of my surrender to become the servant of all the Power of God?

The world lives by faith in God and love for God, but this is not enough to ascend your consciousness. God has created you from His Love-Substance, and it should possess you. Without love, your soul finds no nourishment or sustenance.

The faith of God must possess you; to be so, you must achieve complete love and faith, with no variation, no turning. Only by the faith of God can you surrender to the point of perfect balance. Your surrender of self must equal the faith and the love of God.

No outer principality or power can make anyone bow his knees and kneel where he does not want to. You can become your own boss. You choose what kind of boss you are, rigid, soft or balanced. As the boss, you choose your religion and determine how to achieve a balanced life.

Offenses against God and man are detriments. As the Armageddon continues, we shall have detriments, but they can become glories and take us as high as we desire to go. Choose how you will manage your spiritual life.

To conquer means you can wear a crown of glory, if you do not have too many deductions. Unfortunately, many people operate with 95 percent doubts and fears and only 5 percent of the Power of God's presence. What is your measure of faith and love? How surrendered are you to be possessed by the Power?

Since the beginning of time, God's Power has sought to make man perfect. Civilization itself has caused man to ascend in consciousness. Science has made our outer lives almost perfect when it comes to convenience — think what we have in the way of worldly, material comforts. People used to complain about doing dishes, now it's the dishwasher, but they still complain.

The power of my love — Have I been a witness to the breadth of my love? My love is never enough. I increase it by adding the Love of God wherever I go. If I detour to dislike anyone or hate something, I repudiate love. Do I love God more today than I did yesterday?

The length of my love — Love is like a circle. When I return to the circle's beginning, where am I? Has my love grown to its eternal length? Or must I make the same old vows in the same old ditch of self?

The depth of my love — Can another scratch my love's surface and find brass? Solid love cannot be scratched, marred or touched. If someone hurts me, the scratch on my surface has no depth. God never knows that He's been insulted. Only "little me" can be hurt.

The height of my love — I must grow a head taller than he who slings the insults. I remember to say the magic words, "This is good," and mean it. I let him be as insulting as he likes. What has he to do with the Power, length, depth and height of my love? If I do not accept an insult, how can I be hurt?

You can either wear a crown of glory or be a martyr. What do you do with the substance God sent you? You choose every hour, moment by moment. Offenses will come if you have outside interference, but you must continue choosing to build upward strength.

We are working today to build a solid foundation in politics. Carrie Chapman Catt helped to open doors for the women of America. In England, they nearly stoned Lydia Pankhurst to death for her suffrage work. These women started to open doors for women with an idea, a goal. They knew they had a mission and the intestinal fortitude to fulfill that mission.

You face death every hour to the old conditions in life and the self and your surrender gives you space to grow. Fill this space with faith, love and Light. Do not sublet your mind to the world's ideas, prejudices and opinions, or you are not in charge of your life. "This is good. This is the greatest month I ever lived." These statements evict the sublessors from your holy temple, your mind. Be your own boss spiritually and you will be your own boss materially.

If you really want to free your mind to receive the answers, get the subconscious mind out of your hair by involving it in positive creative activity. One man had to design a new pattern for a hand-carved wooden part. Within a few years he distributed more than 30,000 of his patterns in the U.S.

How do I surrender? I pray for the love of God and the faith of God. I position myself to receive the right answers to my prayers.

The same Power of God has worked for you from the beginning of time. Fall in love with God so much that you become fully surrendered and have the faith of God. Instead of condemning your self for past mistakes, move with the love of God. If you are busy or perhaps in prayer and the doorbell or telephone rings, the sound cannot ripple the mirror surface of your mind, if you are the boss. Instead of losing patience, you remain serene, high in consciousness and encourage others to do so also.

Let your children grow up with crowns of stars on their heads as their crown lotus centers unfold. This starry crown is real. Detriments can be your exaltation and glory. Everyone has the same thin skin. Put a shield of mother blue around your loved ones to protect them.

You are all at home and in charge when you choose to have Jesus the Christ "dwell in our hearts by faith." For it is he "of whom the whole family of heaven and earth is named." The only way to be "strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man" is to be possessed by the love of God, to be "rooted and grounded in love."

Do you use your reactions to the world as your measuring rod of life? Where are your eyes and ears? If you use your faculties as though they were God's eyes and ears, He shields you with Light and you are "able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us."

This becomes your crown of glory, "to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge." You grow wings of soul as you are "filled with all the fullness of God," becoming a creator with God "through all ages, world without end. Amen."

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Your Bargain With Life

Edna Lister sermon outline; June 13, 1965, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: 1 John 5:1-10.

"Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth Him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which He hath testified of His Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made Him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son." – 1 John 5:1-10.

"Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." – 1 John 5:4.

"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one." – 1 John 5:7-8.

A bargain is an exchange of favors, a mutual agreement. It takes two to make any bargain or contract. A bargain also means to get something cheaply, something marked down in price, to haggle or to cheat. So we may consider a bargain from a high or a low viewpoint.

How do you bargain with life? You can do so just one way, you must agree and adjust to life itself. You can agree and adjust to life in only one way also, by believing that Jesus is the Christ. Your covenant, your contract with God, is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and that everyone can be born of God. Just a promise to be good, to do better, to ask for another chance does not make a bargain with God.

No one can bargain with God. The law is the law and everyone must follow it. God says, "Child, do you love Me enough to declare My creations perfect, and that all else shall follow? If you love Me, you can accept." While you cannot bargain with God, you can make a covenant with God. The only way to make a covenant with Him is to stand and love Him enough to accept all His promises.

You bargain with life demands that you sign in every hour on the hour to prove that you are alive and alert with the life of God, that you accept all His promises. This demands a certain alert awareness.

You watch and listen for you must hear when the adversaries knock at your door. You must be ready to agree and adjust. To do this means sacrifice, the giving up of self to live by soul.

To live by the tenets and principles of soul requires fervent prayer and praise. Ascend in consciousness to live in the crown of your head, your prayer room, your altar room of Light.

You are born of God, which means a new body filled with new life. New ideas, new excitement and new love of God are all signs of a new covenant with God on the inner, and a new bargain on the outer, based on prayer, praise and gratitude. Your new prayer covenant is far above the old duty form of prayer, which says, "Oh, I get up at six in the morning to pray and meditate." Offer God joyous prayer, right off the top, all the time.

You take three steps in prayer. First, tune out all earth noises. Then tune out all sounds waves. Finally, tune out all earth's thought waves, the noise of the collective "world mind." Now you are ready to tune in on the high frequencies in the golden silence. Words are too feeble to express this prayer. Here, time fits into space.

From conscious prayer, your life in God and Christ must become an unconscious prayer. This is the vital life pattern inscribed for us to follow. You still use conscious prayer, but your life must be an unconscious prayer.

Three bear witness on earth, Spirit, water and blood. Let us explore the mystical meaning of this. Spirit is new soul substance sent from your star of Oversoul to fill your creative prayer molds. Your choice is whether to let self or soul use this substance when you need a miracle. Your faith is your connecting line, and your praise turns on the switch.

Water symbolizes emotions, and the flowing River of Life. Agree with God that love is the answer, and adjust to your fellow man that "This is good." By not blaming, you waste no time. You always have room for the needed additional Power to fill you. Your love is firm and brisk, not squishy or sentimental.

The blood represents the red ray of the Son's Power, which is compounded of a balance of Love and Wisdom. Three bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit. The Father of Wisdom is the stable strength of spiritual illumination. The Word holds the soul records of all lives, and the pictures that accompany them.

The Holy Spirit represents the Christed substance of the white Light of the Christ. This is all Power, all Substance and all Mind as one, which melts and dissolves anything and everything not like unto itself.

Here you find what your bargain with life, of agreeing and adjusting with life, has given you. You have tuned in on all God's attributes through the golden silence. You have contacted all the potential powers of your own souls.

Your bargain of life, which is your covenant with God, opens the way for full transfiguration and ascension to receive the crown of life. You know a higher rapture, a growing ecstasy. You have a witness within you, the shining radiance of soul beauty.

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Your Bargain With Life

Edna Lister, sermon transcript; June 13, 1965, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Elizabeth Barnes, Irene White. Scripture: 1 John 5:1-10.

"Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth Him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which He hath testified of His Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made Him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son." – 1 John 5:1-10.

A bargain is an exchange of favors based on a mutual agreement. It takes two to make a contract, and one party cannot get very far if the other party does not agree. A bargain is also something marked down in price. When you say, "I got a bargain," you have bought something for very little. Bargaining means to haggle on its high vibration, or to cheat on the low side.

How can you bargain with life? You cannot change life, people, families, or what they say. A bargain must be a personal agreement. To agree with and adjust to life is the only bargaining power you have.

John, in his first Epistle, says that we must believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. You do not have the honor of God, unless your honor stretches to suit the less than worthy out in the world. If honor is of God, it is an integrity of soul that cannot be touched. It is loyalty to God.

Mathematics is based on certain immutable principles of God. Just so must we be loyal to God's principles, to wisdom, love, faith. You are in a position to bargain with God only if you are faithful to your honor, and loyal to principle, untouchable and immovable. To declare that Jesus was the first Begotten Son of God means that you know he holds the Scepter of Power, given him by the Father. He said, "Ask in my name." Only Jesus said this.

Your bargain is with life. You cannot bargain with God, which is utterly unthinkable. God looks at the soul who demands that law change and says, "This is law, and it cannot be changed." So, you make and must sign a covenant with God. Fortunately, He is an understanding Father. You can depend on the elastic power of His beneficence. Your covenant with God is that you can be born again through Christ consciousness. Declare, "I am born again daily, my feet placed on the path."

You have all this beauty when you agree and adjust with God and with life. You will not find it easy to assume your responsibility, to keep your bargain with life. Watch, look, listen, and be ready. You lose time only when something comes and bang! you shoot with both barrels before you know what you are doing.

Fulfilling your bargain requires that you are always on the job. Check in and punch the time clock every hour on the hour. Make sure not to lose the contract papers for your bargain with life; your only lockbox is praise and prayer.

No chains, no barrier can withstand you, if you praise and pray and sing until Light has dissolved the barrier. The full Power of God can do it in an instant. For example, Daniel's praise and prayer in the lions' den went to the Source, and burst every ceiling and barrier. You have the same ability to listen to the laws of God. Never think in terms of evil. Live by the loyalty and integrity of God. Ascend in consciousness and live by the higher creative centers in the golden bowl, your head. Ascend to your high altar, your contact point of true contemplation.

First, close out earth's noises as you move up, zipper your body in a cloud of blue light, and access your faculty of closing out earth noises. Second, close out sound waves. This is the hard one. Finally, you close out thought waves instantly by praising God with high statements. Move up, zippered up in a blanket of Light. Close out the subconscious world mind.

In the golden silence, time fits snugly into space, and you are then set for success. Words are futile here. You have touched the golden silence in an instantaneous act and are there. You create a particular method to make such a condition available instantly. The Light is around you.

To use what God endowed you with, you have to coordinate your imagination, thinking and desires, your open sesame to great Power that comes from above. On earth, you bear witness to spirit, water, and blood, which are symbols for pure spiritual substance that becomes what you declare.

Every time you turn to God, He breathes more Spirit into you. Light refills your Oversoul Star. If it's a new task, you can breathe enough new Spirit to make clear your way. It melts, dissolves and absorbs antagonism.

Water symbolizes your emotional life, which can color the River of Life moving through you. Emotions can trip you, if you can say something negative. Water bears witness to you.

The "blood of the lamb" is mystical, the symbol of the Master's Power for miracles. It energizes the water whirling, mixing with blood to make a miracle. The Word bears witness, and holds the record of your life, a record of every word in Hall of Records. The books must balance or debt piles up for transition, the death of the body.

The most powerful, glorious act is to make your bargain, look into face of an enemy and say, "I think you are wonderful." Be pleasant, take the wind from their sails. Never let anybody know they have even impressed you. Your bargain with life works for you, as you give up self for the white Light of the Christ that you invoke upon every place. It contains all the substance you need for your creations. You have formed a pattern of glory for yourself when you make a covenant with God.

Agree and adjust with the world; stand, put your attention on God. Hold others under a covenant with God, and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even your faith. On this path, God becomes the most important focus in your life. When you sign a covenant with God, you become your own witness. Some of the beauty of God possesses you when you become the witness before the world.

Call down a shaft of fire on the evil and go up in the Light. God wants all evil healed. Work from this premise. Once a day, return to the fundamentals: Plant your feet on the ground and say, "One God, one Light everywhere. I'm in it. I cannot get away from it. Where evil is, let them be thrown into a confusion of tongues. Let the Light take over. God is working everything together for good."

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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 Brother Lawrence. The Practice of the Presence of God. In the public domain.

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

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).