Edna Lister's Sermons on Appreciation

Appreciation is "the recognition of the quality, value, or significance of people and things; a judgment or opinion, especially a favorable one, an expression of gratitude; awareness or delicate perception, especially of aesthetic qualities or values."

To appreciate is "to recognize the quality, significance, or magnitude of; to be fully aware of or sensitive to; to realize; to be thankful or show gratitude for." Appreciation is a soul virtue, the twin of gratitude.






Appreciation Is a Love Affair With God 1

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated May 16, 1965, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: 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 must have 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 as one. It is always the right time and right place under love, which makes us unconquerable.

Self love 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 gland-like parathalamus 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 them wide.

Love is your super space ship, our 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.

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 With God 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated May 16, 1965, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Elizabeth Barnes, Ruth Johnson, Irene White, Ross and Virginia Whitehead. Scripture: 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 must have 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 of appreciation color your love affair with God, and it must be a passionate love affair with God. Otherwise, a certain degree of coldness taints your love, because it is not love enough. An illustration of this is shown in otherwise honorable people who are sometimes cruel to others, and later claim 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 must have 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.

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" are 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. This verse holds three steps back to God. To be rich, you must buy gold that has been tried in the fire. White raiment means to be clothed in purity. You must anoint your eyes with eye salve of praise.

Buying gold comes under the law of wisdom, for wisdom is the true 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 mountain top. So, continue 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 to have or to do 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. Wearing white raiment, you can 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, a scofflaw, or live with evil. Cover transgressions, yes, but do not make excuses for evil or assume obligations that you cannot keep, morally or ethically.

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 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.

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 isGod. We are going home to God and drawing the world after us, like the tail of a comet. Love is timeless and spaceless, so 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 your orbiting satellite, your space ship.

Love is timeless, measureless and works through you as appreciation. Appreciation 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 new name for you until you sit on your own high soul throne. You cannot be a pillar in the temple until you are securely in the temple. The throne is the higher creative centers of the brain, its nerves, and glands, wide open and fully functioning. It requires a thousand burnt offerings to open them, and only praise can swing the doors wide.

Love is your space ship back to God, and your orbiting satellite once you arrive. 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. The faster you go, the more fuel you have, so you never need to refuel.

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. 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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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister


Etymology of appreciate: Latin appretiare, to appraise.


References

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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


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