Acceptance, a Law of Doing

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines acceptance as “a receiving with approbation or satisfaction; favorable reception; as work done to acceptance. An agreeing to the act or contact of another, by some act which binds the person in law; acceptance of the terms of a lease binds the party.”

Acceptance, as the world defines it, is “the act or fact of accepting, or taking what is offered, whether as a pleasure, a satisfaction of claim, or a duty, to take or receive willingly, or with consenting mind, to receive a thing or person with favor or approval, with patience or resignation, to tolerate.”


“Acceptance is obedience to the principle of nonresistance.”


Acceptance is obedience to the principle of nonresistance. Acceptance is a law of doing, a soul virtue and an initiatory degree rooted in the absolute principle of nonresistance. As an ascending soul, acceptance is how you apply the principle of nonresistance in your life and relationships. However, do not accept anything, to take it into your being or consciousness, unless you lift it first to a cloud continent of Light.

The vow of acceptance is “This is mine to lift right now. I accept this as my present lesson. Let me gather from it every bit of knowledge for my future soul guidance and protection.”

















Edna Lister on Acceptance

“The kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.” – Matthew 13:47-48. The dragnet cast into the sea typifies your family life, the life of an organization, or a group. You must accept the whole catch, then separate the not good from the good. – Edna Lister, Release the Indwelling Power, January 11, 1933.


Do not try to make the other fellow over in the image of what you think he should be. Instead, make every bit you pay out in acceptance pay you increasing dividends in turn. – Edna Lister, Sermon on the Mount, January 31, 1933.


The secret of success lies within you as the ability to stand and accept whatever comes into your life as your own creation, looking neither to the right nor to the left, not to family or friend to find where it originated, but to accept it as your own responsibility. – Edna Lister, Sermon on the Mount, February 1, 1933.


You take yourself into what you take into yourself, what you hear, see, and accept. – Edna Lister, The Law of Attachment, August 24, 1934.


People are the most egotistical when they are doubting, setting up their own opinions as false gods and worshiping them. You cannot be egotistical when you are accepting truth. All that comes to you is yours to lift. – Edna Lister, Faith in Action, October 3, 1934.


Until you let go of possessions as belonging to you, you must toil and earn by the “sweat of your brow” (Genesis 3:17-19). When you accept that everything you have belongs to the Father of all Lights as the supreme truth, then “all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33) will supercede the law of earning by the sweat of your brow. – Edna Lister, Undated Correspondence, 1934.


To accept means that you are meek toward God, with no thought of self or idea for “little me.” – Edna Lister, Abandonment to the Supreme, January 9, 1935.


As a Priest [the sixth Sacred Degree], you must accept anything that comes to you as your responsibility to lift from earth by giving it to God. – Edna Lister, Beatitudes, January 19, 1935.


You must accept God’s promises as applying to you. Acceptance is conversion, the revelation of the indwelling divinity of your soul. Acceptance is also implied in the principle of nonresistance, which encompasses Christ’s Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension. – Edna Lister, Prayer, the Broad Highway, May 15, 1935.


Life is exactly what you make it. You may accept or discard what life offers, which is your choice to exercise your free will. – Edna Lister, The Go-Getter, August 25, 1935.


The yoke of love is being meek and humble of heart, accepting anything that the world offers, but climbing on into the Light. – Edna Lister, Life’s Greatest Satisfaction, December 8, 1935.


You cannot be hurt unless you accept the barb, take it in, and make it yours. – Edna Lister, February 22, 1936.


Declare, “I AM now accepting my great service. I AM now accepting my great position. I AM now accepting full responsibility for my own Light. I am become a good shepherd. Thank Thee, Father. Thou dost always say yes.” – Edna Lister, Self-Healing, April 22, 1936.


Always accept, but remain divinely discontented or risk stagnation. – Edna Lister, The Rich Man Also, June 19, 1938.


To those who accept, new ideas and ideals will come forth in all creative work. – Edna Lister, August 25, 1938.


Accept a higher place for yourself, then move toward that goal with everything you have to move and use. Do so, and ever greater capacity shall be given to you. – Edna Lister, December 26, 1938.


All you have been asked to do is to consider only the Light, to call everything perfect, to accept law as your true guidance in daily living, to see only the good and just, to keep your countenance shining with love and no darkness moving from you. – Edna Lister, November 8, 1940.


Accept, and apply all possible laws to yourself first. – Edna Lister, August 26, 1941.


Accept all that comes to you as yours to lift in service to God. – Edna Lister, October 21, 1941.


The moment you think that you can’t do or cannot accept something that requires letting go of the little self, you close out your share of Mind, which thinks through you and as you. Thus, you step into a cold fog, the absence of Light. – Edna Lister, October 29, 1941.


To accept truth is to see truth. – Edna Lister, The Great Challenge, March 8, 1942.


Humility accepts everything as a gift. – Edna Lister, 33 Degrees: The Preparation, April 17, 1942.


The first step in lifting is always, “I accept.” The second is always, “Let Power” — fill it, make it over, recreate it, vitalize it, open this door, move this mountain, fill it with strength, etc. Add anything you need under this “Let” as a statement. The third step is always, “Thank you, Father, it is so. It is finished”; then again, “Let it be so.” This looks simple, but it is one of life’s hard simples. To keep it up day after day, week after week, requires a determination which few people have developed. This is the full formula, though thousands of words can be said about it. “I accept. I let. I praise without ceasing.” – Edna Lister, October 21, 1942.


Accept the precious experience of each small episode, which has given you credits stored in heavenly realms, rewards of advance in initiations. – Edna Lister, June 30, 1944.


There are seven great steps in ascension and only in this order can full knowledge enlighten man’s so great spiritual darkness — acceptance, surrender, sacrifice, repentance, praise, exaltation, and illumination. Many schools list repentance first, but it means giving up all self. Yet it takes acceptance, surrender, and sacrifice just to lift off the lid. – Edna Lister, November 10, 1944.


You can stand on one of two rocks — gracious acceptance of a gift, or greedy taking of it as your due. Gracious acceptance is above the high water mark; greed is below and emotion will sweep you away. – Edna Lister, February 12, 1945.


When you truly accept all that is given to you as your own and value it as precious jewels, you will be free of the small self. – Edna Lister, March 12, 1945.


Once you truly heed the law of acceptance, you will find true freedom from all domination by other personalities. – Edna Lister, March 12, 1945.


“…”I accept” is the first step, but it takes a long time to accept with your whole soul. Yet, if the Power flows through physical cells long enough, it lifts all unlikeness to God. ascend to a cloud of Light, to your room of Light. When you see, you do accept. – Edna Lister, Surrender to Love, March 18, 1945.


The first and fundamental law of expression for the Elect is this pearl of great price: To ignore the truth of appearance and accept, surrender to, and declare the truth of reality. – Edna Lister, April 13, 1945.


Principle is the ladder — law becomes each rung. As you accept a law, you form the next higher rung. – Edna Lister, June 4, 1945.


Every infinitesimal deed, thought and attitude is vitally important, even those of which you are unconscious or unaware when you accept. – Edna Lister, July 9, 1945.


“There is never an excuse … ” restates the law of acceptance. – Edna Lister, July 14, 1947.


Instant acceptance says, “This is mine to lift right now. I accept this as my present soul lesson. Let me, oh God, gather from it every possible bit of knowledge for my future guidance and protection.” – Edna Lister, July 17, 1945.


Give your self no excuses; accept from your self only the perfect. – Edna Lister, December 1945.


Instantaneously accept law with no questioning, no deviating, no “why,” “if” or “can’t.” – Edna Lister, February 14, 1946.


Once you accept full personal responsibility in life, you start upward in soul ascension. – Edna Lister, April 1, 1946.


There is no “lesser” or “greater” status in ascension, except in the ability to accept and to surrender all self. – Edna Lister, October 7, 1946.


When you are high in consciousness, there is never any question but of acceptance; this does not refer to seeking advice for reasons of confirmation, clarity, or for obedience. – Edna Lister, October 7, 1946.


No one can hurt you unless you accept it. What you do not accept cannot touch you. To accept hurt feelings is the self catering to little self’s pride. No word or action can offend you unless you consider yourself to be offended. – Edna Lister, October 13, 1946.


The Holy Spirit is neutral but contains all law, wisdom and energy. You cannot compel it, but may only accept it. For example, you cannot voluntarily stop breathing, thus, law automatically uses you as an outlet. – Edna Lister, November 6, 1946.


You must accept your oneness with God and that no separation exists. Either you accept this oneness in being, or choose to continue the victim of your separateness in thinking. – Edna Lister, One Life in Christ, March 16, 1947.


Progress in heavenly realms requires the release of more Power, through a corresponding sacrifice of self, and a full acceptance of the responsibility that goes with the promotion. – Edna Lister, March 28, 1947.


When you reach inner high places, you may not excuse, explain or justify, above or below, anytime. Declare, “I accept.” Let the other fellow excuse, explain and justify. – Edna Lister, June 8, 1947.


The first great Neophyte law is “I accept everything that comes to me as my own to love, to lift, to make into Light, to conquer, to learn my needed earth lessons forever." – Edna Lister, July 3, 1947.


You must learn earth’s lessons to become again the creator god that you are. The first great law is “I accept everything that comes to me as my own to love, to lift, to make into Light, to conquer, to learn my needed earth lessons to last forever." – Edna Lister, July 5, 1947.


The first of the great laws is, “I accept all that comes to me as mine own. I earned it in past lives, created it in this life, or it is something of darkness that only I may lift for my Father. Therefore, I do accept and lift all that comes to me."

The second of the great laws is, “I now accept my great responsibility to lift all that come to me, which entails these three things: 1) assuming all responsibility for all darkness around me, 2) the responsibility to sacrifice self and 3) the responsibility of full surrender to be the servant of all Power.”

The third of the great laws is, “I now observe every detail of my life. I am alive and alert to observe above and below. As I use observation in my outer life, according to my practice of observation, exactly so shall I see and hear in heaven, the inner.” – Edna Lister, July 5, 1947.


Observation is the first law always, as instant acceptance with no excuses. – Edna Lister, July 14, 1947.


If you still feel an impulse to say, “I don’t understand. I was going to” — you have not yet accepted responsibility. – Edna Lister, July 14, 1947.


Nothing limits the number of neurons that you may open by obeying the laws of acceptance and details. Stand on your observation point to accept and observe. – Edna Lister, July 14, 1947.


Acceptance is the first law of reprimand. If you cannot accept a reprimand, you learn nothing. – Edna Lister, August 20, 1947.


Instant acceptance permits no excuse, explanation or justification. It is a complete surrender of all but the desire to ascend, involving a complete sacrifice of self, place and position. Acceptance is complete love for God.

This declaration of acceptance covers everything — “Father, I accept this, whatever it is, as something to work out and up into a greater knowledge, illumination and almighty strength.” Then use wise speech or golden silence and pray while you stand outside the situation. Do not wallow in it. – Edna Lister, November 13, 1947.


Discipline the self every hour of every day for acceptance. – Edna Lister, December 13, 1947.


Acceptance is not just prayer service and mighty vows, but depths of humility and ability to stand under blame and scorn, being responsible for everything about you. You must learn to conquer and drink self’s bitter cup. You can avoid the vale of illusion if you learn how to seek advice without dictating the answers to God beforehand. – Edna Lister, April 29, 1948.


The time to sacrifice self is now! The way to sacrifice is by instant recognition, acceptance, surrender, and lifting into the Light, which opens the payment of debt and becoming selfless. – Edna Lister, May 13, 1948.


As you accept truth and do not fight anything, the Oversoul awakens and consciously kneels before the thrones. Any slightest “I” of earth can cause it to sleep again. The greatest o’ershadowing is when your Oversoul touches you for an instant as you serve on earth. – Edna Lister, June 15, 1948.


Most truth-seekers start searching to disprove truth by using “science,” which makes acceptance difficult for them. The basis of relativity is that no matter how straight a line appears, it always ends as a circle. When you use every principle of science, those principles will balance you. – Edna Lister, July 1, 1948.


Accept your responsibilities. Do not give up, no matter how tired you are. That is a “temptation in the wilderness” — to sleep because self wants few or no responsibilities. You may choose to be a creator god or a toadstool. Do not be a toadstool. Accept and do it — or regress to the creature level. – Edna Lister, December 1, 1948.


You cannot enter the kingdom of glory except through simplicity. Be simple as a little child in accepting this. – Edna Lister, From Light to Form as a Creator, August 2, 1949.


If it is not good for the whole world to do always, it is not good for me to do once. If you disobey the least of these laws, you disobey them all. The first law is I accept. “I am. I can. I do.” – Edna Lister, August 15, 1949.


"I accept" is the conquering statement. Nothing may stand between the blow and declaring, “I accept.” When you say, “This does not belong to me. I’ve had enough of this,” you cut your life-line. – Edna Lister, March 27, 1950.


When you do not accept your lessons on earth, you do not accept lessons in heaven. – Edna Lister, April 15, 1950.


Acceptance is always personal. All too often people say, “I accept” when they really want to think about it and still not accept it. While acceptance is crucial to ascension, it is important not to accept resentment, blame or criticism as yours before you lift it. – Edna Lister, Five Steps in Ascension, April 16, 1950.


You must accept spiritually and mentally before Light can completely heal you. When every cell in your mind accepts the healing that the Master has given you, you will be healed. You let enough Light in only as you get your self out of the way to let it in. It does not do any good to stick your head in a corner and say, “I accept,” then come out and do as you please. Fear of the Lord is obedience to the law. Yet “but,” “if” and “try” all imply doubt. I must accept full responsibility for all that comes to me. – Edna Lister, October 3, 1950.


Learn to accept your lessons in life, and to hold your place on the path. – Edna Lister, The Way of Ascension, October 29, 1950.


Every deceiving vibration has an odor and color. Accept no teacher until Jesus the Christ has okayed him. You can know this through prayer. – Edna Lister, November 16, 1950.


It ill becomes you to feel blame or contempt for another, who is in trouble, if you cannot accept seeing yourself in a similar place. – Edna Lister, May 9, 1951.


Power moves through you when you accept your responsibility. – Edna Lister, June 12, 1951.


Remember the law of correspondence, “As above, so below.” You cannot return home until you have learned your lessons. Initiation is right where you are now. The tragedy is that not everyone accepts that the kingdom of heaven is open to all believers, not just a select few. – Edna Lister, June 14, 1951.


“I accept” is the first initiation of responsibility for the great degree of comprehension. “Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.” – Matthew 5:25. Unless you accept, and agree with the adversary, you cannot comprehend. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.


“I accept the fact that this has come into my life! Within it I find most of my lost soul substance.” As you lift it and declare it good and very good, God adds as much soul substance as you have redeemed for purification, so He reinvests it as a gift new soul substance returned with 100 percent interest. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.


To accept, you must become as perfect as your Father in heaven. Pretense is not good enough. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.


You either induct darkness and weakness through the five senses into the mind and heart, or look up, accept the Light from above and let it flood into the world. Light pushes darkness away, eating it, consuming it as it goes. It is a matter of choice. What you see, hear, feel, smell and taste in the outer can be white or black. When you continue to induct from the world, the intention of good seems to disappear until you choose only black. Move up in consciousness, let the Light do the work, and cease misusing Light the instant it enters your consciousness. – Edna Lister, June 25, 1951.


The humility of acceptance to be led by the Light is the greatest of virtues. – Edna Lister, June 25, 1951.


If you live under the laws of expansion, you do not have time to think about it — you hear, accept and ascend on it to gain comprehension. This is a natural law of the universe. You hear, accept, ascend, and as you comprehend, you become. Comprehension is an act of God, which produces illumination. – Edna Lister, July 27, 1951.


When you accept that faith is the substance of your healing, your wings of faith will lift you to the Source of Light. – Edna Lister, Prove Me Now, October 28, 1951.


Blind faith is unacceptable beyond the Gates of Wisdom. However, never lose or leave your high point of consciousness by saying, “I can’t accept that.” Say instead, “I accept, Lord. Help my unbelief by opening the door that will give me the knowing.” – Edna Lister, November 19, 1951.


“I accept” are the magic words that hold you to your high point. When you accept first and make a declaration, you zip yourself in Light automatically. Light cannot shatter your soul debts until you have spewed out the root, the “I can’t accept that,” or a similar statement of repudiation. You cannot ascend until you lift that misused soul substance. When you say, “I accept,” you save the world, nations, cities and everything down the line. – Edna Lister, November 19, 1951.


The first step in tying earth to heaven is to look from inner to outer and discover what makes things work. Keep lifting all lines of Light, and don’t cut any. Declare, “I accept right now and weave everything that comes to me into the fabric of my life.” The Father then strengthens your cable of Light. – Edna Lister, January 31, 1952.


When you keep your golden silence, accepting all blame for everything touching you, never charging a debt to another, no one ever misses your voice or your words. The time has come to put on your share of the mantle of the Messiah, placed there by our Lord Jesus when he said, “All the works I do and greater shall ye do.” So, I say we shall accept our full responsibility and go forth to achieve in his name, forgetting self, and pressing on. – Edna Lister, April 22, 1952.


Watch yourself closely that you do not invest your life in others. Let your investiture of others be in universal love, done with abundant abandonment that is a state of being. For example, when you ask whether others are accepting your help, you invest your life substance in them and they become anchored, attached to you. – Edna Lister, May 19, 1952.


Acceptance rules the speed in your operation of lifting. When you see negativity in a person, you fail to accept Christ as your model. – Edna Lister, June 2, 1952.


God always gives you enough time to accept and obey. – Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, September 28, 1952.


To hear the law, to accept the law and to obey the law leads to submission to be used by law. – Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, September 28, 1952.


You can stop the negative power of criticism, if you do not accept it. If you are hurt, you are accepting the negativity. You put a head, eyes, tail and stinger on it and give it power. Then it stings and returns to the sender like a boomerang. – Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, September 28, 1952.


Your acceptance must be threefold — the way, the truth, and the life. – Edna Lister, October 1, 1952.


Truth is something you must accept and become. You do not try to become it. You become the law right now. It is like being on the Mount of Transfiguration. You cannot beg, buy or borrow it. You must become truth. – Edna Lister, October 23, 1952.


In 1922, I (Edna Miriam) worked with seven other young women selling stockings in the shoe department at the White House department store in San Francisco. We pulled orders and restocked for 22 sales associates, and within two hours the department was a mass of confusion. The manager ran through six young women in three months because the work was so tough. I decided I could button my lip, say nothing and outlast 22 salespeople at once. I made two cents on a dollar sale, and took home checks for $159.00. [More than $2000.00 today.]

After seven months of this, I knew I had completed her training in alertness, acceptance and obedience, and said, “I can fold more stockings than they can dump on me.” I have since applied this training with every troublemaker she has ever encountered: I button my lip, say nothing and outlast them. I declared, “Do your worst, and love wins.” I succeeded because I knew no one could do anything that I could not out-wait, out-love or undo. – Edna Lister, October 23, 1952.


The hardest fact to accept — against which the lower self struggles with all its might — is that you are responsible for everything that comes into our life. Both the good and the less-good are direct results of your own conscious or unconscious creating. – Edna Lister, Faith, the Challenger, 1953.


You must accept everything as yours to lift, and never blame or condemn, no matter what. – Edna Lister, May 26, 1953.


When a person needs to accept a healing directly from God, but they choose to depend on a healer or a doctor, then you must speak the Word to heal the healers or doctors in vibration so that the high Power can go through. This is true, whether the soul depends on a human agency, such as a doctor, a healer, massage, or an x-ray machine or drugs. – Edna Lister, October 13, 1953.


Your speed in lifting depends on how fast you can accept. Acceptance is recognizing that the River of Life bathes you, no matter what the circumstances. When you are up in consciousness, you cease to compare yourself with others. You take joy in their good points and improve your own. When you see negativity in another, you fail to accept Christ as your role model for all behavior. – Edna Lister, March 29, 1954.


Truth is something harmoniously beautiful that you must hear, accept and become. – Edna Lister, Righteousness, April 7, 1954.


To say, “I’ll try” means “I’m not ready to accept and become.” – Edna Lister, Your Life’s Practice, May 23, 1954.


Acceptance of new ideas, thoughts and concepts means cracking the shell surrounding the old ideas, thoughts and concepts. – Edna Lister, I Arise, June 20, 1954.


You must have a foundation of principle before you can say, “I accept.” To accept is to choose to cooperate with law. – Edna Lister, I Accept, June 27, 1954.


Law always presents a debt in love three times. If you accept it willingly, lovingly and happily, you can lift it easily. However, if you deny the debt, you must do it over. When you find yourself saying, “I had to learn this the hard way,” you have missed the boat three times. Missing the mark in lifting means your opportunities may go to the next in line in soul age. When your spoken word stands fast, you have illuminations. – Edna Lister, July 6, 1954.


You receive healing and miracles “in due season.” You can take the long way around by trying, but if you surrender and accept, God can shorten time. – Edna Lister, July 19, 1954.


Seeds must unfold and grow in darkness toward the daylight. God had to send us to earth as seeds to germinate (accept) with our faces turned from His Light into darkness. – Edna Lister, July 19, 1954.


When you experience a crisis of any kind, you reach the point of lifting only when you realize “This is mine to lift.” You must recognize, accept, lift, and ascend the self. – Edna Lister, October 5, 1954.


“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” – Matthew 16:24. To take up your cross means to give up all self and to accept everything that comes your way as a gift to give to God. – Edna Lister, October 17, 1954.


The Mantle of Messiahship is forgiveness, which shrinks or expands according to your understanding of it. It is yours forever once you accept it and your responsibility to lift all that comes to you. – Edna Lister, November 15, 1954.


Prompt acceptance of whatever comes to you, whether you feel it deserved or not, will pay the largest of all dividends. Acceptance saves you from having to meet the same situation often, until you learn the lesson.

Sometimes experiences seem repetitious, and you ask, “Why does this always happen to me?” Rest assured, it’s because you have refused to seek the hidden lesson sent for the good of your soul and its strengthening. Life will present any repudiated lesson again, until you accept it as having some message for you. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1955.


No power on earth can make you have an enemy if you refuse to accept the enemy-idea or give it form and substance. Another may tell you that you have an enemy but you create it. – Edna Lister, The Well of Living Waters, July 31, 1955.


All souls must return to God under their own steam. Each summer, from Ascension Day to August 10, your Guards are prohibited from making any suggestions. That is the key, for you must accept your responsibility in all ways. – Edna Lister, August 10, 1955.


If you accept your full responsibility to lift the force for your family, you, too, can be completely cleansed. – Edna Lister, August 10, 1955.


Since your job is to eliminate the idea of an enemy outside you, you must accept everything instantly, to lift. – Edna Lister, Divine Laws for Conquerors, October 7, 1955.


You can breathe atomic power from the Source only in proportion to your surrendered acceptance, without rebellion or inner conflict. If you do not accept, you limit the the degree of power you can breathe. – Edna Lister, November 21, 1955.


A state of grace automatically is an attitude of acceptance and surrender. – Edna Lister, January 5, 1956.


“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” – Romans 12:2. The renewed mind you share is that divine Mind that was in Christ Jesus. – Edna Lister, Spiritual Inventory, January 22, 1956.


God accepts your possible measure of surrender. He never expects the impossible. – Edna Lister, April 21, 1956.


To walk the Via Christa, you must apply five states of being — awareness, recognition, acceptance, surrender and obedience. – Edna Lister, Aspiration, June 17, 1956.


An ascending soul may never excuse, explain or justify self. The answer is always “I accept.” Sacrifice your reaction to blame, even of guilt and self‑blame. “I may never excuse, explain or justify self above or below. My answer is always ’I accept’ — Father, I accept this (whatever it is) as something to work out and up from into a greater knowledge and greater illumination and a greater Almighty strength.”

After accepting, use wise golden speech or golden silence, pray and stand outside it. Do not wallow in emotion. When you have earned the right to know, God will reveal it to you. – Edna Lister, June 26, 1956


Hold yourself gracefully and in an accepting attitude. “I accept all loveliness and everything else to lift.” – Edna Lister, July 16, 1956.


Every soul must accept that everything is Light: You live on Light. You breathe Light. Your body is whirling Light. – Edna Lister, Lights and Colors, July 17, 1956.


We have “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” – Ephesians 4:6. The "in you all" can be pea-sized or limitless. The difference is in how you accept. You must allow more than just a trickle of Light to flow through. – Edna Lister, Go Preach the Gospel, July 22, 1956.


Accepting and declaring everything good, as love, melts, dissolves and lifts all darkness from earth. – Edna Lister, The Glory, Your Ascension, November 11, 1956.


After accepting, you win most of the battle against self with your desire to conquer, yet your practice is the tricky part. – Edna Lister, November 26, 1956.


If you refuse to accept, your crown lotus petals close tightly, flat on the head; opening them again is hard. – Edna Lister, December 4, 1956.


Acceptance amplifies your mental and spiritual equipment and attunes you to receive wonderful new ideas from the River of Life. – Edna Lister, Your Attitude Toward Man, December 9, 1956.


The Realms of Heaven are open, more vast than any you have reached so far. Use this to your advantage of beauty, harmony, and "added things." The base metals of the world turn into gold, not on demand but because you are serving the Ruler of the universes. Accept your heritage. Accept the glories you are to express, the powers that are to move through you for healing. But, remember, you cannot make one life spark do anything. You may not command or demand. – Edna Lister, December 10, 1956.


Review your life to see where self remains to be cleansed, where you have been wrong. As you look for the reason, you must accept the responsibility that everything that comes into your life is your own, if not of your making then still yours tolift ito the Light. – Edna Lister, January 24, 1957.


Prejudice lives in a closed mind, and is born of self, pride and self-indulgence. Yesterday’s ideals become tomorrow’s opinions and prejudices, crystallized unless you accept new things about them today. – Edna Lister, February 5, 1957.


Truth is something you hear, accept and become. You cannot try to believe in the truth. “I’ll try” is the cry of the lazy subconscious mind saying, “I want to play a while longer.” When you do not hear, accept and become, you find so many roadblocks. – Edna Lister, May 9, 1957.


Acceptance is the first law of the ascending soul. Declare, “I accept,” then release Power to cover all outer challenges. No matter what, you can adjust to, lift, and make all things perfect with Light. – Edna Lister, May 12, 1957.


Those who fill the lesser degrees of Mastery believe that God’s Ppower is theirs to be used selflessly. They are Adepts who do not advance beyond the mental realm of heaven. They must turn back to surrrender to God and accept the fact that they must let God use them to release His Power. – Edna Lister, June 4, 1957.


Each soul must accept the Only Begotten Son of God in the same way that anyone accepts the fact that there is a God, and each proves it for himself. We are prohibited from trying to convince anyone. It is so considered as a use of force. Jesus the Christ is the Only Begotten Son — eventually, all must hear and accept this as a tenet of faith. – Edna Lister, June 28, 1957.


The Elect do not live by common sense (although we never ignore it), but by royal sense, which comes not by thinking lack or limitation, but instantly accepts, acts, knows and stands firm on this point of no return. The Laws of the Crown supersede all other law. – Edna Lister, September 5, 1957.


Never make excuses to defend someone. Just hold to your high point of being and accept. – Edna Lister, September 9, 1957.


“I accept” is essential to an open mind. – Edna Lister, The Brain, Your Instrument of Power, September 24, 1957.


The law of acceptance prepares the brain cells to record everything that comes, even divine illumination. It awakens old cells to make room for newer information and ideas. – Edna Lister, The Brain, Your Instrument of Power, September 24, 1957.


When anyone reaches a point of saturation, of repudiating or refusing to accept the law, law then sets them in the highest rate of vibration they have attained, that they may not fall lower. – Edna Lister, October 4, 1957.


To accept chastening is like turning your face to the sun, lovingly turning about to face the Light. Your Father does not reprimand you; He simply turns you to face the Light again. – Edna Lister, November 21, 1957.


Irritation, impatience and antagonism often overtake you as you become a Light. If you can love God enough and accept the blame that goes with irritation or resentment, you can put the other person in the Light and Light will heal you both. Do not blame. – Edna Lister, December 2, 1957.


We are all born with the equal right to become, but can assimilate only what we have accepted on earth. – Edna Lister, The Point of No Return, December 15, 1957.


Reconciliation is the first acceptance of law. – Edna Lister, December 25, 1957.


When you accept law with no inner conflict, you move from repentance and reconciliation to atonement. – Edna Lister, December 25, 1957.


Personal desire and will, when wedded, become I AM consciousness. This is available to all believers, according to their faith, and degree of acceptance. You ascend according to your degree of aspiration. Your degree of ascension is how you accept, assimilate, and become law. Keep going. Never look back. When you can accept with dignity and joy, you ascend. – Edna Lister, January 9, 1958.


You are blessed and truly free from fear when you are no longer a conscientious objector, but a comprehending accepter. – Edna Lister, February 17, 1958.


Humility is the ability to accept and surrender self. – Edna Lister, Come Ye Apart, April 20, 1958.


“Oh, I can’t accept that” puts a deadly curse on the Power a promise releases. No matter who makes you a promise, accept it as if it were from God’s mouth. – Edna Lister, Promises Given, May 4, 1958.


Law: “I accept that this might be true until I find out it is not.” Empirical philosophy deals with your relations in the outer world. Everything came from Light; therefore, everything out here must have truth in it, and as you analyze, you must pull the husks away from the truth. – Edna Lister, May 12, 1958.


Accept everything as yours to lift onto a cloud continent of Light. – Edna Lister, August 28, 1958.


You cannot accept and doubt simultaneously. – Edna Lister, September 4, 1958.


God accepts each soul at his own level. All your back-stroking in consciousness is wasted effort. You cannot accept and doubt simultaneously. Go up in consciousness on everything instantly, not down into the mud. Nothing is too small to declare good. “I accept. This is good. Let there be Light!” is the law of life and the only perfect way. – Edna Lister, September 4, 1958.


The law is instant acceptance, not acceptance after making excuses. “I accept this, Father. I lift this because it is mine to lift.” – Edna Lister, September 11, 1958.


Power will not tolerate its own misuse, or it becomes pure force that will turn and rend you. The instant you use the pronoun "“I” in a demand on Power, you separate Power from Mind and Substance, and it goes forth as force that you must then redeem. This is why we preface declarations with the word, “Let,” and why we stress surrender, acceptance and nonresistance. – Edna Lister, September 25, 1958.


A gracious, accepting attitude is the expected state in the courts of heaven. – Edna Lister, October 9, 1958.


What comes to you is yours to lift. The law is instant acceptance, not acceptance after making excuses. “I accept this, Father. I lift this because it is mine to lift.” – Edna Lister, October 12, 1958.


When you cannot accept instantly and say, "This is mine. I love You, God," you are out of tune with the divine harmony. – Edna Lister, October 13, 1958.


To “take up your cross and follow me” means to give up all self and accept whatever comes. – Edna Lister, October 17, 1958.


When you accept and say, “Father, I am grateful You can trust me with anything. Here I am,” you instantly put yourself in an orbit around the Source.– Edna Lister, October 20, 1958.


“Seek ye first the kingdom of God.” – Matthew 6:33 means “I accept.” Ascend into the Light this minute and every minute. “I accept” will take you there, but you must remain in the Light. Don’t spend 90 percent of the time climbing back, but stay up in consciousness. “I accept” is the test for how much Power God can trust you with; “I accept” promotes you. – Edna Lister, A Charted Heaven, October 21, 1958.


Your inability to accept instantly is your biggest stumbling block. Do not ask, “Did I sin? What law have I broken?” Just accept, repent, and God will write what laws you have broken in words of fire before you. – Edna Lister, October 23, 1958.


“I accept” is the first fundamental law of governing self. Acceptance is a higher responsibility of all humanity. – Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.


Life’s keynote is “I accept.” You open the vibration of ascension with “I accept.” – Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.


You can judge where you are by your degree of acceptance and obedience. – Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.


“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:29-30. Accept the yoke of responsibility; you will find its weight and colors are also Light. – Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.


You cannot ascend until you accept the law that you must sacrifice self. – Edna Lister, October 30, 1958, Ruth Johnson, scribe.


Acceptance, observation, and ascension are the keywords in holding your place. Accepting without observation is useless. Observation is a watchfulness over every area of your life, and I mean the whole of it in action. To observe yourself and others’ reactions to you, that is the thing. To become law is the goal. – Edna Lister, November 11, 1958.


Acceptance: There is never a time when you may excuse, justify or explain, above or below. The answer is always “I accept.” – Edna Lister, November 17, 1958.


Remember that acceptance is the first step, application to, and practice of are the second and third steps. – Edna Lister, December 12, 1958.


When you accept the law of action and reaction, you are making a scientific approach to God. – Edna Lister, December 18, 1958.


Acceptance: You may never excuse, justify, or explain self, above or below; your answer is always, “I accept.” When you sacrifice your reaction to blame, more Light and Power can fill you. You must sacrifice even a feeling of guilt and self-blame to ascend.– Edna Lister, January 29, 1959.


Your climb begins the instant you accept responsibility for your thoughts, emotions, words and deeds; every time you detour off the path, your climb ends until you accept. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.


Patience universal, in a higher sense, waits upon the Lord for fulfillment. No patience is the opposite of impatience. Universal patience is above earth, in the Source of Mind itself. Work for acceptance and endurance of delays as being perfect. – Edna Lister, May 11, 1959.


The release of greater illumination depends on acceptance. The true scales to measure the quantity of Power released is the weight of glory released through your mind, heart, body, affairs, and aura as acceptance. The greatness, fervency and completeness of your ability to accept is the measuring rod of Power. This is why learning perfect, willing, ready, and alert in-the-moment acceptance is so important.

To accept first, to seek first the kingdom of heaven, to stand blameless and accept blame instantly are the final tests of surrendering self. The quality of love you release is also measured by your ability to accept. Unless you accept high law as a need to become, you are not surrendering self. Acceptance of law, surrender to law, then complete devotion to both is worship of the One God. – Edna Lister, May 15, 1959.


To accept each thing while seeking first the kingdom of heaven, to stand blameless and accept blame instantly, this is the final test of surrender. The quality of love you release is also measured by your ability to accept. Unless you accept a high law as a need to become, you do not surrender. Acceptance of law, surrender to law, and then complete devotion to both — this is worship of the One God. – Edna Lister, May 15, 1959.


The fifth law of expression is to accept responsibility. – Edna Lister, Transfiguration, Resurrection and Ascension, May 19, 1959.


You gain mastery by accepting responsibility under tests and trials. – Edna Lister, Transfiguration, Resurrection and Ascension, May 19, 1959.


Some people confuse their idea of humility with acceptance, and have a half-baked opinionated idea of humility. The terms are synonymous and have an air of royalty when accepted perfectly. – Edna Lister, May 24, 1959.


To awaken with a sense of well-being in the morning means you have fully accepted law at night before the altar. When you return in the morning with a heavy heart, your words at the altar were right, but you are not yet convinced that you need to accept. Search your soul for rebellion, willfulness, pride, and arrogance. As you pay up, you go higher. If your enthusiasm is not yet enough, your zeal stops short of breaking through to the golden Light. – Edna Lister, May 28, 1959.


When you accept and meet your responsibility, your words release Power. – Edna Lister, Jesus’ Seven Last Words, June 7, 1959.


The soul who will not accept God just will not accept responsibility for his own debts, which he wants to avoid paying. Irresponsibility is the state of consciousness at the root of agnosticism and atheism. – Edna Lister, Heaven as a State of Consciousness and as a Place, June 16, 1959.


Neophyte law of acceptance: “I accept all that comes to me as mine. I earned it in past lives, created it in this life, or it is something of darkness that only I may lift for my Father; therefore, I do accept and lift all that comes unto me.”

“I now accept my responsibility to lift all that comes to me, which entails these three things: assuming all responsibility for all darkness around me, responsibility to sacrifice self and the responsibility of full surrender to be the servant of all Power.”

“I now observe every detail of my life. I am alive and alert to observe above and below. As I use observation in my outer life, according to my practice of observation, exactly so shall I see and hear in heaven.” – Edna Lister, Eight Great Powers of Being, June 23, 1959.


“I accept” is the testing for the amount of Power with which God can trust you. “I accept” promotes you. You react with a sense of joy if you have accepted without a grudge, but create a debt blame if you believe that God thinks you are bad. The minute you make vows to conquer self, you begin the ascension initiations. – Edna Lister, July 13, 1959.


Man ascends even through revolution, which is a keynote of life. You revolve around a new truth or law no matter whether you accept it. You keep revolving and two years later you may accept. – Edna Lister, I Am the Way, October 4, 1959.


“Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” – John 18:37. We hear the voice of truth when we are ready to accept the responsibility of maturity. – Edna Lister, I Am the Truth, October 11, 1959.


When your acceptance is complete, you have won more than half the battle. – Edna Lister, October 16, 1959.


It is a law that you must take up your lines of responsibility and accept your mission. Your acceptance must be threefold: the way, the truth and the life. “I am the way” means “I accept my divine inheritance.” As the Elect, we have come here as descended creator gods and it is high time we accepted the responsibilities that accompany our heritage. "I am the truth" means “I accept my mission to lift everything about me. This mission for God is the sun center of Light in my life.” Finally, “I am the life” means “I accept the doctrines of resurrection and ascension of soul.” These are the greatest steps in soul conquering and ascension. – Edna Lister, I Am the Life, October 18, 1959.


You must accept that fact that you are the children of God walking the earth. You have no place to go, no place to find except the kingdom. – Edna Lister, Behold, I Am With You Always, November 1, 1959.


When the same people keep telling you what to do, it means you will not accept a new law. – Edna Lister, Tomorrow Is Yours, December 13, 1959.


The law of acceptance is “Only my own can come to me,” which is based on “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” – John 10:27. – Edna Lister, December 15, 1959.


They give crowns to conquerors. Anyone successfully completing an initiation or mission receives a crown. Jewels are added like oak leaf clusters on your medals. Sometimes you pass the same initiation repeatedly, so each occasion of conquering adds something to the luster of your crown. The purpose, of course, is polishing. You form your jewels of the soul from the degrees and kinds of truth you have accepted. – Edna Lister, January 28, 1960.


Humility is the graciousness of acceptance. To live in humility is to live with an open mind, accepting law. – Edna Lister, February 23, 1960.


From the moment conscious mind accepts responsibility, makes a stand and declares complete cleansing of the subconscious, self poses a constant series of choices between self and God, between acceptance and repudiation of law. Conscious mind may accept the subconscious and declare, “I AM good! I AM perfect! I AM ascending!” – Edna Lister, March 11, 1960.


Acceptance of truth creates a state of grace. – Edna Lister, What is a Miracle? May 6, 1960.


Immaturity is an unwillingness to be responsible for your actions. Maturity is acceptance of your responsibility. – Edna Lister, From Gethsemane to Ascension, May 8, 1960.


The great law of agreeing — “Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him.” – Matthew 5:25 — hangs on accepting. – Edna Lister, May 13, 1960.


Each soul, on the climb upward, must find and accept the pearls of wisdom laid off on the descent and forgotten because they were left above. – Edna Lister, May 19, 1960.


Acceptance is a relative law under the absolute principle of nonresistance. – Edna Lister, How Can I Help Myself? May 31, 1960.


You accept under the law of suction (cohesion), which binds you to the Source. – Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life? June 7, 1960.


You grow selective, accepting or drawing in only the good under the law of suction or cohesion. – Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life? June 7, 1960.


“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” – Proverbs 16:32. To rule your self, you must accept all responsibility wherever and whenever you meet it. To accept your personal responsibility is your crown of glory and honor. However, take responsibility joyously, without talking about how much you have accepted, or it will become a cocoon of self. – Edna Lister, Steadfastness Through Vigilance, June 19, 1960.


The tragedy of earth’s illusion is that you may stop just short of knowing the rapture, ecstasy and joy coming from full acceptance of responsibility. – Edna Lister, June 22, 1960.


Law is law. Principle is principle, undeviating and unchangeable. Sometimes a dozen people will follow the same law on a low plane, yet each at a higher degree than the last, each according to his ability to accept responsibility. To accept a law means a firm responsibility to become that law. – Edna Lister, September 8, 1960.


You must be able to accept without feeling sorry for yourself, imposed on, or criticized. It takes many years to reach this point of awareness, to be able to do your own chastening. – Edna Lister, September 12, 1960.


Don’t argue about what you can’t accept. Put it on a shelf of Light and Light will resolve it at the right time. – Edna Lister, Here and Hereafter, October 9, 1960.


The words between awareness and acceptance are “Many are called, few are chosen.” – Matthew 22:14. Many are called to accept, but few choose to accept. Some would rather see separation and loss than to see perfection in Light. – Edna Lister, October 10, 1960.


Are you growing in understanding of what soul taints are? Be sure to add the fatal words,…”Why, I didn’t mean that,” to your list of taints. These are words of repudiation, not acceptance of personal responsibility. If you love God enough, your acceptance is complete. – Edna Lister, October 14, 1960.


Always be ready for instant change: You must accept change as a servant, an instrument of all the Power. – Edna Lister, December 8, 1960.


You have no excuse for hesitancy in acceptance, even though something seems untrue or appears black. Say, “Let the Light shine! Unveil thyself,” and it shall be so. – Edna Lister, December 8, 1960.


A law is a vibration that you reach up for and that in turn causes you to move up in consciousness. Recognize it as greater than you are. Accept that law as part of the whole, of God as life. You cannot apply a law in any greater proportion than you have learned to accept that law. – Edna Lister, The Gift of Discernment, December 11, 1960.


You may not demand anything of your loved ones. You have been chosen, if you can accept the fact that you have no right to make demands on anyone. According to the height of your acceptance of the fact that you have no right to demand anything of anyone, you are chosen. You may demand of self only, never of another. When I bow to another’s demands, to obey what he demands, I am gone. However, the minute you do not consider the worth of every demand, not to take it into your being, you are done. – Edna Lister, January 1, 1961.


Where you stand is where you are supposed to be. You must be able to live in every condition and call it good. Accept responsibility for the place you occupy. Accept your responsibility not to overlook a detail.– Edna Lister, January 12, 1961.


You can accept only what you comprehend as law. – Edna Lister, January 12, 1961.


“Ye are gods.” – John 10:34. Why do you not accept this? God takes charge in your life when you accept the authority He has given you over your body and affairs. The body is the primary manifestation of your “works” and how you bear witness to the Power. When you accept this fact, you are immortal now. – Edna Lister, Know That God Takes Charge June 11, 1961.


The law of observance is acceptance coupled with logic, reason, discernment, discrimination, and discretion for consideration. “Lord, please don’t let me overlook any detail today.” – Edna Lister, August 3, 1961.


Once you completely accept and obey the Crown Laws as part of your soul’s expression, no barrier exists, for you need no practice area. Light operates instantly and all protection is instant. This is why learning obedience is so important. Unless you practice obedience to law in small, simple ways, the desire to be obedient in a large issue will remain nil. Out of nothing, comes nothing. – Edna Lister, September 7, 1961.


Every cell, molecule and atom is Light — accept this. All is a matter of acceptance only. – Edna Lister, September 10, 1961.


Time, circumstances, situations and people will disrupt your established customs and habits. You must accept this graciously and return in an instant to begin where you left off. – Edna Lister, September 10, 1961.


An illumination accompanies accepting an initiation, which renews your awareness of law; it may be sudden comprehension of something you heard years ago, which now adds to your goal, enlarges your horizon, or raises your life standard. – Edna Lister, The Twelve Wheels of Ezekiel, December 5, 1961.


Refuse to accept the names others call you. They may fume and fret, but you can lift them faster than they can spew them. – Edna Lister, This I Comprehend, December 10, 1961.


God does not ask blind acceptance of you, but He does expect an ascending degree of acceptance. – Edna Lister, December 18, 1961.


To declare, “I accept. This is good. Let there be Light!” instantly, under all conditions is how to fulfill your covenant with God. Holding fast to this, you cannot fail. – Edna Lister, March 19, 1962.


You must put every smallest law heard or accepted into practice on everything that follows. – Edna Lister, March 27, 1962.


You can accept the truth of appearance or the truth of reality. Some deny the truth of reality because they do not understand the difference between the truth of appearance and the truth of reality. Your love of God demands that you accept the truth of appearance, and instantly lift it without believing it. Do not waste time, but lift it as high as you can. Enter the Light and declare, “Let the Light possess me.” You strengthen what you repudiate. – Edna Lister, March 29, 1962.


When stubbornness has made you repudiate a lesson, your acceptance creates tears or watering eyes. – Edna Lister, April 9, 1962.


Accept life as a school and you will be able to adjust to life in this world, to the outer appearance of things. You can tell the difference between one who repudiates his lessons and one who accepts life as a school by the way they adjust to life. Acceptance is the first law of life. What comes to you today is part of today’s lesson. In the morning, say, “I accept the lessons of this day.” – Edna Lister, Heaven, a Place to Fill, April 10, 1962.


You must accept blame to make a heaven on earth. – Edna Lister, April 10, 1962.


Accept instantly, then wait upon the Lord in quiet confidence, acting in obedience because of your love for God, not despite resentment, but applying logic, reason, discernment, discrimination, and discretion. Under acceptance, you are pliable, malleable and movable to wherever God needs you. – Edna Lister, April 16, 1962.


Of all the treasures of the soul, acceptance is the greatest jewel. To accept lovingly without rancor, resentment or hurt is the true attitude of the ascending soul. Every “I accept” is a sight draft on the Power. [A sight draft is like a bearer bond or cashier’s check, payable on demand.] A time will come when after saying, “I accept,” there will be such a release of Power, such illumination, such an opening of comprehension on matters of law that the joy of it will be almost overwhelming. The little words, “I accept,” are almost equal with, “Father, I love Thee.” You need both; you cannot say them too often. - Edna Lister, April 27, 1962.


Do not accept the horizontal intellectual as your natural place. It is easy to slip below this if you allow it. – Edna Lister, May 7, 1962.


If you delay in accepting truth or the law, then no matter how far you have climbed, you draw the earthy magnetic currents, not the spiritual etheric. Your delay reaction will also draw the magnetic currents through family, friends, coworkers, adding their force as momentum. This pushes emotional and mental fatigue poisons to the crown, where they meet the etheric currents descending, to adulterate the optical tracts. The spiritual result is damage to soul vision; the physical results range from migraine headaches to blindness [macular degeneration]. Stubbornness causes a film over soul vision, which becomes physical cataracts. – Edna Lister, June 3, 1962.


The world does not really want to accept responsibility — the result is stubbornness in conquering, resistance to hearing a new law, and rebellion. – Edna Lister, June 7, 1962.


You may not descend in consciousness to criticize. The law is, I accept. You must agree and adjust, and declare that everything is good. – Edna Lister, August 13, 1962.


We call the time between receiving a new law and accepting that law, whether it is one second or three years, the mystical “three days.” When you accept, you not only learn the law but become the law in three days. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee.” – Proverbs 4:7-8. To get wisdom means to accept law; understanding comes only through obedience. If you question or doubt, you receive no understanding of the law. You get understanding through wisdom, but open understanding only through acceptance and obedience. – Edna Lister, November 14, 1962.


Healing takes faith and joy as instantaneous acceptance under the law of growth. The faith of God sets aside time and space to heal you. The rays of Light raise the vibration of any heavy mass. Transforming the matter in a physical condition is easier than transforming the mind of the person in that situation. You must nourish and sustain the healing vibration and keep your thinking as vital as the Light. – Edna Lister, November 14, 1962.


The secret of outer success is enthusiastic, joyous acceptance. – Edna Lister, December 19, 1962.


“I don’t think” and “I can’t accept that” are examples of repudiation, which you express as opinion and prejudice. Be open and accepting. Take everything under advisement and consideration to remain open for something new. – Edna Lister, January 10, 1963.


Acceptance is not difficult, just look into the Light. When you accept, you gain wisdom. – Edna Lister, January 10, 1963.


Jesus became the law by accepting full responsibility as Messiah when he said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6. “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” – John 8:12. This is why we must accept our responsibility to follow him all the way. – Edna Lister, March 18, 1963.


The motto of the Elect is "All for one and one for all." When you accept this, you submit to rigid discipline and surrender self. You sacrifice all self for soul training, which is rigid obedience. – Edna Lister, June 18, 1963.


Unless you ascend in consciousness to lavish acceptance of loving God first to lift self to soul, you don’t remain on the path. – Edna Lister, The Cross, June 23, 1963.


Accepting is not hard if you have always loved God. – Edna Lister, July 24, 1963.


Attend to the now, and accept rather than asking why or making excuses. – Edna Lister, November 15, 1963.


It is necessary that you accept, lift, and declare good whatever problem another brings into the Light for solving. Only after you declare, “This is good. Let there be Light,” and accept whatever needs to be lifted can you turn your soul vision to an outer problem. Send the Light to the problem and to him who brought it. Light clarifies the solution and puts the words on your lips. The first and only problem is to accept, to lift, and to declare it good. Only so can you avoid becoming enmeshed in the outer world’s problems. Once you claim a problem as yours, you identify with it, and are no longer in the Light waiting for the solution. – Edna Lister, November 22, 1963.


When you accept, you enter a state of glory and illumination that is Transfiguration. – Edna Lister, Shekinah Splendor, December 15, 1963.


You cannot force another to accept anything or any belief. – Edna Lister, God as Principle Applied Under Logic and Reason, November 5, 1963.


The Christos hallmark is to be alive and aware under acceptance and surrender. – Edna Lister, December 19, 1963. The secret of outer success is enthusiastic, joyous acceptance. – Edna Lister, December 19, 1963.


Evidence of dawdling and playing with the Light emerges in the tones of voice and the words spoken. The result is definite in self-serving excuses and explanations. Positive evidence of ascension appears in acceptance of law, “This is mine to lift.” – Edna Lister, June 28, 1964.


An ascending soul’s attitude should always be acceptance and surrender. – Edna Lister, June 28, 1964.


If you would but remember “I accept” — these are the words you have buried in self. Make a song of them and sing it all day — “I accept.” – Edna Lister, June 28, 1964.


Accept every difficult experience you are given. It shall enable you to do what otherwise you would have been unable to do for God. – Edna Lister, July 23, 1964.


To accept keeps you alert to life’s details and looking to fulfill law. Not to accept closes off all fine perceptive abilities, sensitivity to law dies and ascension is impossible. – Edna Lister, July 28, 1964.


When you allow another to cause you an earthquake within, it is self, for no one else can get in to touch you. Only what you are thinking or feeling touches you. Stand free of self, and be majestic and magnificent in your surrender, for under surrender only will you accept what comes to you to be lifted, and not to cause innter turmoil. These hindrances are subtle. When you forget the law of complete surrendered devotion to be the servant of God’s Power, you do not accept instantly — and the proof is when it sends you farther into self. – Edna Lister, September 20, 1964.


Those who accept God only as principle do not want to accept responsibility. To accept God as personality requires that we assume personal responsibility. – Edna Lister, Deity and Divinity, October 6, 1964.


The law of nonresistance goes into effect when you accept responsibility. People respect those who assume personal responsibility. – Edna Lister, Responsibility and Respect, October 18, 1964.


The law of responsibility is to accept your place as your own, and know it is in the right place at the right time. – Edna Lister, Responsibility and Respect, October 18, 1964.


In the face of an initiation by fire declare, “I accept. This is good. Let there be Light.” Answer instantly, even when it appears as dark as night. You cannot afford to think negatively, reject or repudiate. To keep my vow to assume responsibility for everything around me, no matter how outrageous, I must say, “I accept. Let there be Light. I accept this as mine to lift.” – Edna Lister, January 23, 1965.


To keep your vow of responsibility for everything around you, no matter how outrageously people act or speak, you must say, “I accept. Let there be Light. This is mine to lift, and I accept.” – Edna Lister, January 27, 1965.


When a physical test comes, do not deny it, but ignore it. Do not accept it emotionally or let your subconscious mind take charge. Just do not give it room. Denial gives it substance for being. Ignoring it gives it no life, no substance. – Edna Lister, March 30, 1965.


Common sense is the dividend you receive by accepting your experiences as your own creations, as the reward you have earned. You are now in your own place, the place you have earned, and when you accept this, you are on the Path of Ascension. – Edna Lister, Truth as Practical Common Sense, November 28, 1965.


To accept does not always mean instant action. To accept and apply proper consideration from every angle and phase must be your constant practice. – Edna Lister, May 27, 1966.


Those who fail to accept responsibility for all they do and say will remain on the fate line, unable to see their destiny. – Edna Lister, August 7, 1966.


Even an exclamation at something that looks dark, an instant acceptance of darkness, lowers the vibration, which you must then build up again if you are to continue ascending. – Edna Lister, August 22, 1966.


The acceptance degree is not hard to pass if your acceptance is deep enough and high enough so that earth’s cross-vibrations cannot make your path crooked. – Edna Lister, October 20, 1966.


Never say, “I will” or “I won’t.” Say, “I am, I can, I do. I obey, I accept.” When you slam the door on yourself, it is hard to return. – Edna Lister, December 5, 1966.


Nothing is impossible to the Light of God. You speak the Word and God works as you and through you when you accept instead of repudiating. – Edna Lister, May 7, 1967.


Accept what comes to you: If someone criticizes or tries to change you, thank him for taking time to help you to become perfect. Do not say that you will do it his way. – Edna Lister, Beauty, a Spiritual Way of Life, May 9, 1967.


The attribute of the virtue of faith is your ability to accept. – Edna Lister, Judgment and Love, May 14, 1967.


For each great acceptance, revelation comes through to you. Hold and seek advice, for revelations are tricky, with mundane earth illusions flowing in to do the tricking. – Edna Lister, June 14, 1967.


You get stuck when you meet something you do not accept, and it takes some kind of blow to loosen you. – Edna Lister, October 30, 1967.


Be conscious of the glory of miracles. Accept the day’s happenings as beautiful experiences for your soul’s growth. When you think of soul challenges as earth problems, they become heavier. – Edna Lister, November 16, 1967.


To repudiate before accepting is an act of pushing the world away, usually born from a life-long attitude of self-satisfaction. To accept everything presented to you for consideration before rejecting it meets the challenge of faith as “evidence of things not seen” in an active, seeking, alert way that opens doors and bestows added things upon us. – Edna Lister, Faith in Action, 1968.


You must accept blame to make a heaven on earth. – Edna Lister, April 15, 1968.


“I accept” means “I move up in consciousness to God." – Edna Lister, The Holy Ghost on this Day of Pentecost, June 2, 1968.


You block the Light if you do not want to accept the responsibility. – Edna Lister, June 28, 1968.


Where there is a desire for perfection there is an instant acceptance and no excuses. The attitude of an ascending soul should ever be that of acceptance and surrender.– Edna Lister, August 1, 1968.


Acceptance leads to flexibility, which creates balance. – Edna Lister, Five Important Mysteries, October 27, 1968.


Accept all new conditions and events as good and part of God; each is right in some way for someone. – Edna Lister, Five Important Mysteries, October 27, 1968.


Accept a higher place for yourself, then move toward that goal with everything in you. – Edna Lister, December 26, 1968.


The sign of spiritual royalty is acceptance in which is no repudiation. You, because of a desire for perfection, have rejected much. It is odd, but the very desire to have perfection can lead, unconsciously, into repudiation of Light. This is the habit of all habits to eliminate. Once you eliminate this, all other habits, your obedience to law will fall into place. – Edna Lister, January 17, 1969.


You must lift repudiation, which is the devil incarnate. Entertain no inner conflict. Lift so that you build up no force. Whenever anything comes to you, look on the supposed adversary and accept his attitude that you are always wrong, from the lifting point of view. Yours is not the way, but God’s is. You can take life’s bumps and bruises if you give it all to God constantly. This way, you do not get hurt, or add a debt of force to pay. – Edna Lister, February 9, 1969.


The steps of ascension include realization and acceptance. Realization is first, knowing who you are and where you are going. Second is realization of your oneness with God. Third is realizing your responsibility. Acceptance is accepting your responsibility. – Edna Lister, May 8, 1969.


Perfection is as perfection does, and when perfection cannot perfect, it learns to accept. – Edna Lister, July 2, 1969.


You will never get anywhere unless you are willing to accept on faith those mysteries that you do not know for yourself; your measure of faith gives you comprehension. – Edna Lister, Light on the Path, July 6, 1969.


Watch repudiation. You say no without a thought or consideration. You still do not understand the matter of repudiation and acceptance. Learn your lesson where you are so you do not pay same debts again. – Edna Lister, July 10, 1969.


You are not supposed to be gullible, but to look into the face of evil, accept its existence and say, “Thou art Light”: Then stand and on truth and declare it until God makes it into Light. – Edna Lister, July 27, 1969.


To a self-styled “perfectionist”: Perfection is as perfection does, and when perfection cannot perfect, it learns to accept. – Edna Lister, July 29, 1969.


There is a lengthy process between garnering experience, understanding, and comprehension. When you accept your true status of responsibility and live it out to the highest vibration, always allowing the high vibration to absorb the lower ones, then you will never allow a low vibration to contaminate a high one — meaning no self blame, no self-pity, no sense of guilt. – Edna Lister, October 29, 1969.


To accept Jesus as the Christ is good. It opens the first veil of illusion and holds you, but takes you no higher. Waiting in stillness for the Lord to create through you takes you higher. – Edna Lister, November 17, 1969.


The Oversoul awakens and descends on your acceptance, and depending on how high you ascend into the Light. There is always a higher Source of Light to which to ascend. – Edna Lister, January 12, 1970.


When someone curses you, accept it as born of love and return it to them as love. It is another way of stating that you return good for evil. – Edna Lister, The Miracle of the Centurion’s Servant Healed, November 8, 1970.


The line of responsibility has no end, but you may not take it in then spew it out. Do not criticize or ask why. Accept what family and friends are handing you. – Edna Lister, May 24, 1971.


Senility is based in repudiation, refusing to recognize or accept responsibility. You bring the tendency not to awaken enough active cells of acceptance with you. Repudiation and rejection are easy. Ascension is hard. – Edna Lister, May 28, 1971.

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Three Steps to Healing

This Edna Lister Bible study outline is dated April 12, 1950, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: Matthew 9:27-34.

“And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.” – Matthew 9:27-34.

The two blind men who were following Jesus, cried out, “Thou son of David, have mercy on us,” in recognition of his identity and the Power moving through him. Recognizing the Source of Power is always the first step in healing.

Then Jesus asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They answered “Yes, Lord.” The second step in healing is always acceptance. He really asked, “Do you accept,” and each answered, “Yes, I accept.”

The final step to healing is forever “according to your faith.” Their eyes were opened immediately, restoring their vision. Jesus warned them to tell no one because he knew that the doubts of those whom they told would be too great a test for their faith, and their healing would falter.

You must allow your faith to grow and wax stronger in the stillness of the golden silence. That stillness provides the poise, peace and power that you regain for your soul by praise, joy and rejoicing.

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Five Steps in Ascension

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated April 16, 1950, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: Acts 3:1-10.

“Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.” – Acts 3:1-10.

A miracle is either an instantaneous act or a slow process, according to your desire, awareness, recognition, acceptance and surrender. The length of the process of healing depends on the degree of your consciousness.

Desire is the Creative Impulse, a fundamental principle, which you bring with you to earth, and use turned either up or out and down into the world. Awareness is the awakening of consciousness. When you are unaware, you are unconscious. You are supposed to be aware of whether a friend or danger is approaching. You are more easily aware of love or hate. Yet you must synthesize all five senses into one for true awareness.

Recognition, which means “to know again,” is also a universal faculty. You use it to place a person or a thing within a frame of reference, to give it a name. Acceptance is always personal. All too often people say, “I accept,” when they really want to think about it and still not accept it. While acceptance is crucial to ascension, it is important not to accept resentment, blame or criticism as yours before you lift it to a cloud continent of Light.

Surrender of self is an act of soul. People dislike the idea of surrender, thinking that it means giving in to others. Yet you surrender to God first, then to love, to forgiveness and to Light. When you have truly surrendered, you are then lifted, filled, used and happy because God needs you.

“A certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.” – Acts 3:2-3. Peter was with John at the Temple. “With” means you are never alone.

Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” – Matthew 28:20. It’s never a case of God and you, but God with you as you. Like Peter, you can say, “What I have, I can give always,” for I have the Light of the Creator.

All things are made of this Light, which is always flowing and available. The Light does the work as the Power. Light is the way of ascension. The creature consciousness dwells in the darkness of self. Only a creator has the desire and the will power to surrender freely to God.

All you do and all you can use is Light to create the right emotional and mental conditions for God to move in and heal. When you use a weak love, poor in quality, it causes delay. If you want time, as length, instead of quality, you must leave so much out, which is the difference between now and later.

You receive the hidden riches from above when you create from Light. At first glance, ascension is like being a mountain climber, climbing, staying level or descending. Yet true ascension is going up always.

Jesus will return as he left. When he ascended, he rose into heaven and disappeared. At his return, he will be unseen by the world of men, seen only by a few, riding on a cloud.

To think and declare, “He has come! He is here!” is the creator’s attitude of expectancy. The creature expects to be hurt, and thus fears. The creator lives in fervent anticipation of more Light, life and glory.

I am health, wealth, love, for “I am become rich, I have found me out substance.” – Hosea 12:8.

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Acceptance and Obedience 1

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated September 2, 1952, Tacoma, Washington. Scriptures: Romans 12 and Matthew 7:16-20.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12.

“Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” – Matthew 7:16-20.

From the time the soul first hears about returning to God, it begins the long pilgrimage from the Land of Egypt, which represents darkness, famine, lack of initiative, and weakness. The soul must pass through the Land of Promise, which symbolizes inspiration. There you must fulfill all your promises and your vows to become like God.

Then you must enter your original Garden of Eden, which is the high place in consciousness, your tower room, the prayer closet. In the garden, you find the golden silence, and hear the voice of Oversoul’s I AM consciousness.

Acceptance of and obedience to law are twins. Truth is not just trying, but full acceptance of the law as applying to you. You move from, “I hear,” to “I accept” and “I become.” You pass through four stages of acceptance, from being unwilling to expend any effort, to doing without grudging the time or effort it takes.

In the first stage, you wonder, “Who am I?” Young zeal is still slumbering, so it rolls over to whine, “Leave me alone! I want to rest.” The creature soul is still a skull bumper in this phase, never leaving its own opinion, its cubicle of supposed reality.

The second stage is the first awakening. The creature soul says, “I hear,” but usually responds to any new ideas with, “You are wrong!” At best, the consciousness is a ceiling bumper in prayer here. Yet, how can you learn unless you see something wrong outside, somewhere else, in someone else. This is the only way of learning what’s wrong.

In the third stage, the creature soul finds its personal will, and uses it constantly as, “Do it my way.” The majority rules here, and “I” and God form the majority.

Intellect backs the will and forcefully seeks to strengthen will as determination and concentration. The “star grabbers” in consciousness grasp at the Light they can see outside of the self. They “try” to hold onto the Light and often fail, but at last they are off earth.

The fourth stage is the crucifixion of will, as symbolized by Abraham sacrificing his first begotten son, Isaac. The story of Abraham and Isaac on Mount Moriah, illustrates the soul’s perfect sacrifice of self to God. Abraham represents the soul’s willingness to sacrifice the firstborn of self to do God’s will.

In the fifth stage, soul becomes a “throne seeker” searching for the I AM consciousness of the super-conscious mind, the Oversoul. What the throne seeker finds is the “I AM that I AM” of God, the source of all good, the substance of God’s Reserve Bank.

We are all like the five-year-old boy who spread his arms and said, “See me? Everyday now I practice flying.” He hop, hop, hopped as high as possible, saying, “I don’t quite know how yet, but I’m learning!”

Help yourself along by declaring, “I AM all acceptance and obedience! I hear the still small Voice that is as loud as thunder. I hear I AM THAT I AM.” By your fruit you will be known:

“Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” – Matthew 7:16-20.

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This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated June 21, 1953, Buffalo, New York. Scripture: Romans 12.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans 12.

From acceptance to obedience is a long pilgrimage. We ascend from creature consciousness, the Land of Egypt and “midnight of the mind” urges, through the Promised Land dawn, where the sons of man are learning to believe in God.

We are returning to the full Light of creator consciousness, the Garden of Eden, as sons and daughters of God. We are transforming the old into the new, lifting self to soul. We move from acceptance to obedience, which are twins, one following the other. What is acceptance? What is obedience?

The old idea was that proper obedience was the complete submission to the will of God. The difficulty arises when blind obedience to ideas about God comes first, before God. This anchors the soul to earth.

Blind obedience to this mysterious divine will makes man a plaything, a weak worm subject to illness, and aging must result. The other extreme is willfulness that takes and grabs, making no payment. The extremity of willfulness is atheism, born of fear.

Yet Abraham set an example of obedience for all time, when he offered Isaac as a living sacrifice. He received a ram in the bushes from God, as a substitute. To accept willingly is good, but to declare it good also is even better.

The secret of acceptance that transforms and renews you is willingness to sacrifice self. An unwilling sacrifice, one that is forced or offered grudgingly, does not transform you.

You transform yourself in four stages, from acceptance to obedience. In the first stage, the soul asks, “Who am I?” Young zeal is slumbering here, and the creature soul says, “Leave me alone.”

We call them skull bumpers at prayer since they get no farther than their own heads. They start to climb, but self throws them back because they are still selfish and indifferent.

The second stage is the first awakening in which soul is teaching the self by outer recognition. Self first sees all the faults in others. “You are wrong” is the most often repeated phrase. They remain ceiling bumpers in prayer because great complacency still fills them.

In the third stage, the creature soul finds the will. Will and intellect rule here under the attitude of “My way or else!” The self-centered “I, me and my” majority pulls God down to the level of self. This is the star grabber stage, though, as the soul begins to reach higher.

Through sacrifice and service you ascend to the fourth stage, to begin crucifying the will, mating the self’s desire and will to God’s desire and will for you. You become a “throne seeker” in prayer to answer the question, I AM what?

Soul is no longer weak, tired, ill, mad, complacent or asleep, but determined to sacrifice selfish desire to God. Declare, “I am obedient to ’I AM’ consciousness as intuition and illumination.” Listen for the Voice, loud and clear or “still and small” but The Voice.

You find that you have become “I AM THAT I AM.” Your body is like a filled bobbin, ready to weave perfection for God to see, not man. The will of God is perfect now. Your soul vision is out front and up front.

Leave self-satisfaction behind to work at soul ascension. High vision is your transforming Power. You never reach up if you focus your vision at eye level or below. Your soul’s vision must ever focus higher or you stagnate.

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Acceptance and Obedience 3

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated July 5, 1953, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: Romans 12.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12.

Growth, from acceptance to obedience, is a long pilgrimage from creature consciousness to become sons and daughters of man in the Land of Egypt, through the Promised Land as sons and daughters of God, and back to the Garden of Eden as creators. The way is hard.

You are learning how to believe in God. Think! People take time out to think about whether God exists, whether they can trust Him. Why do this? To believe, to know that God is, transforms your whole life, and lifts self to soul.

Ask, What is acceptance? What is obedience? They are twins, working together as one. The old ideas were unquestioning acceptance and obedience. Yet when blind obedience comes first, as puppet-like unthinking submission to the will of God, it anchors you to earth, to experience delay and difficulties.

Another old idea is that man is but the plaything of the mysterious unknown. “It must be God’s will that I am a weak worm or experience illness.” This led to punishments and hair shirts. Hair-shirt martyrs fill the earth today.

The other extreme is willfulness that takes and grabs, offering no payment for anything. The extremity of willfulness is born of fear, and we call it atheism.

Yet, we have an example for all time in Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son on Mount Moriah. As he raised the knife to sacrifice his only begotten son, an angel spoke, Tell the story of the ram in the bushes. {This is an outline, and these were Edna Lister’s instructions to herself.}

The secret of acceptance is instantly ready willingness to sacrifice self. To declare people, events and conditions good, transforms and renews life. An unwilling sacrifice, grudged and forced, does not transform.

You grow through four stages from acceptance to full obedience. Yet, you may sum the whole of life’s questions in “Who am I?”

In the first stage, young zeal is slumbering. Nascent desire says, “Leave me alone.” As skill bumpers, they start to climb but fall back, throwing the responsibility for everything that happens outside back onto situations and people. They are selfish, indifferent, butterfly chasers and escapists.

The second stage describes the first awakening of the soul. Their most favored statement is, “You are wrong.” As “ceiling bumpers,” they see all the faults in others and the world, but not their own.

They are complacent, self-satisfied and “holier than thou.” Yet, how can a rational soul learn what fills the creature soul without “seeing” it on the outside first? You must learn to recognize what is wrong before you can clean house and ascend.

In the third stage, they find their “will power,” and will and intellect begin to rule. The most oft repeated phrase is, “Do it my way” with the implicit threat of “or else.”

As star grabbers, their selfish “I am” forms a majority with God. Their attitude is “I can drag heaven down for me to use.”

Finally, in stage four you learn sacrifice of the self through the 33rd Degree of Christed service. Here you become a “throne seeker“ in prayer, who worship God as personality and principle.

To do this, you must complete your crucifixion of will, mating will to desire. Your only sacrifice is self’s desires to soul.

You no longer say, “That just took the heart out of me,” or, “He put me on a spot!” What spot? You are stouthearted to do, no longer weak, ill, angry, complacent, tired or asleep.

I AM become that soul, I AM. When you know that I AM is obedient, intuitive and illumined, you have found Oversoul’s “I AM THAT I AM” consciousness.

Your body then becomes a filled bobbin of Light to weave a pattern of perfection for God to see, not man. You listen for God’s Voice, whether still and small or loud and clear – it is His Voice.

Focus your vision out beyond self, and up front. You never reach any goal if your vision stays on or below the level with your eyes. Soul vision recedes ever higher.

Move out of the world to work at this. Stand in your Garden of Eden, free. Search for new thrones and Sources. Then you will know “Who I AM.” I AM transformed.

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From Acceptance to Obedience

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated September 2, 1953, Buffalo, New York. Scribe: Edna Bender. Scripture: Romans 12.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12.

The pilgrimage from the first time you hear about God to being like unto God is long and arduous. You must leave the Land of Egypt with its darkness, famine, lack of initiative and weakness, to enter the Land of Promise, where you are inspired to make and pay your vows and promises to become like God.

Your original Garden of Eden is the high place, the tower room, the prayer closet, the golden silence in which you may hear the voice of your Oversoul's I AM consciousness.

The twins, acceptance and obedience, must accompany you in your search for truth. Truth is not what you are “trying“ to become, but a goal to which you must say, “I hear. I accept. I become.” The story of Abraham and Isaac illustrates the perfect sacrifice to God’s will without being unwilling or grudging.

Accepting God’s will is a process of four stages. The first stage is, “Who am I?” In this phase, young zeal is still slumbering, saying, “Leave me alone! I’m happy where I am,” when you disturb it. The soul remains a skull bumper in prayer.

In the second stage, the soul experiences its first awakening, saying, “I hear you, but you are wrong!” They have progressed to being ceiling bumpers in prayer. They may be frustrating, but cannot learn unless they first see what is wrong outside themselves somewhere. They are learning what is wrong and what wrong is.

In the third stage, the soul finds its will, which is self-centered at this point, insisting, “Do it my way.” Here, the soul still firmly believes that “I” and God form the overwhelming majority. This type uses self-will and intellect as force because they are unconsciously seeking to strengthen will as determination and concentration. Having progressed to the “star grabber” stage, at last they are off earth!

In the fourth step, the soul faces the crucifixion of will. The story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac on Mount Moriah illustrates this perfectly. At this stage, the soul becomes a “throne seeker,” moving from “I am what I am” to I AM THAT I AM. The throne is the seat of consciousness in the higher creative center, in your head. I AM THAT I AM is God’s Reserve Bank for miracles.

A little five-year-old boy recently called his aunt to watch something special, He said, “See me?” as he spread his arms. “Every day now I practice flying,” he crowed as he hop-hop-hopped as high as possible. I don’t know how to fly yet,” he added, “but I’m learning!”

You can declare, “I AM all acceptance and obedience! I hear the Voice, still and small, but loud as thunder do I hear!”

I AM THAT I AM is your name. “By their fruits ye shall know them.” – Matthew 7:20.

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I Accept 1

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated June 27, 1954, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: Matthew 5:23-26.

“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.” – Matthew 5:23-26.

“I accept” means to “take responsibility, to find something favorable, to be reconciled, to receive gladly” and as graciously as you give. Grace is an eternal quality of God; grace is of the soul.

What do you accept? Your place in the world as your only hope? Satisfied or dissatisfied, complaining but doing nothing about it? Faith without works is dead.

“I accept my heavenly inheritance, to fulfill the law through love.” God in His Wisdom has a plan for you that you may know, can see and hear. “I accept that faith will hold me steadfast in action.”

The Sermon on the Mount is filled with laws to guide you into cooperation with law. To accept is to choose God, to choose the good.

“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” – Matthew 5:23-24.

To be reconciled means to accept responsibility for your actions. You cannot give freely and completely if you hold anything against anyone. When you break one law, you have broken them all. After you choose, you must act.

“Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.” – Matthew 5:25-26.

To agree with the adversary quickly, you must first love God enough. If you don’t, the adversary will take you to the judge, who will give you to the officer, who will cast you in prison.

So, to disagree is three steps down to the basement, but to agree is only one step up to your tower room of consciousness. If you cannot agree, it proves that you still believe in having “enemies,” which creates an adversary, a dark cloud of force, an entity that clings to you.

To be taken before the judge is conscience reminding you of law, your Oversoul breaking through your crust. The officer is regret. The prison is remorse, which is a sense of guilt.

To agree with an adversary means to love God more than you love self. Love is adequate for all occasions. The love you release returns to you and forms a steady flow of Power.

In this place of love’s release of Power, your aura is love as Light. When you lift your hands to pray, the magnetic current rushes up through your feet to the solar plexus. Light moves in and you ascend in consciousness on an intake of breath for strength. This happens, of course, after you have no enemies on the outer. How do you get rid of them? Love enough.

Firefighters will set a backfire to stop a range or forest fire. Remember your “fire zone” of protection, a wall of consuming fire. Whatever touches you will change into Light, so that no harm can come near you.

This happens because you accept your own responsibility and inheritance, and choose Light. Therefore, you accept your place at the banker’s window of heaven ready to collect your beautiful inheritance.

Declare, “I accept my body as God’s perfect temple of the soul. I accept my place as a perfect instrument of Light. I accept the faith that goes before me. I accept my great place in the outer now. I make myself ready for it by cooperation with God as my Father of Wisdom, my Source of all love, Power, joy, life, and glory. Father, accept my new vows as my down-up payment on new strength and glory coming to me. I am unconquerable faith with no failure in it. Use me greatly.”

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I Accept 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated June 27, 1954, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribe: Ruth Johnson. Scripture: Matthew 5:23-26.

“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.” – Matthew 5:23-26.

“I accept” means “to take responsibility, to find what comes favorable, to be reconciled, to receive gladly” and as graciously as you give. Grace is an eternal Godlike quality of the soul.

To accept involves a choice. You accept your place in life hopefully or hopelessly, satisfied or dissatisfied, complaining but doing nothing about it. Some people consider it nonresistance to accept hopelessly. Others accept aggressively, but both modes deny the Source.

You cannot pull your plug from the Source of Power and still have the energy to run efficiently here. Many pull their plugs and go to bed, accepting the resulting physical weakness.

You must accept from the soul side. God fills your Oversoul star with perfect substance when you declare: “I accept my heavenly inheritance that God has a plan for me, one that I can know, see and hear.”

You must have a firm foundation of divine principle before you can say, “I accept,” because the world challenges you when you claim your heavenly estate. Your inheritance must include enough wisdom and substance to plan and build perfect prayer molds.

Your overall plan must be well defined, and you must bring back the day’s plan each morning. Then you must love enough to fulfill law and your plan. For example, Job believed until Satan challenged him. He fell to the bottom, but when he bounced back, God redoubled his riches.

Miracles abound when you are able to recognize the action of law in your life. Small miracles, like almost dropping something but catching it in time, happen all day. Blaming the “almost” is cursing God. Love God enough to praise Him instantly.

God pours out enough love and wisdom for the world daily, so too bad if you forget to collect your share. Declare, “I accept that I must have enough faith to hold me steadfast in action.” Stand and call everything good, which is the wonderful foundation that holds you.

Two factors are important, the ability to choose and to act. According to the law, you must transpose each earthly experience into a lesson that reveals the divine law to obey. Acceptance of new laws is a matter of personal choice.

Collecting your inheritance is your choice, too, so be greedy in claiming your portion at the window of abundance. Forty others take your place when you step out of line with blame and negativity, so go to your tower room of I AM consciousness without resenting the phone or doorbell. Pour out love and wisdom as faith, no matter what twaddle you hear.

Once you decide to claim your inheritance, you discover that your only choice is God. “Trying” will bring you to boiling, but only choosing God takes you to the point of white-hot faith needed for a miracle a minute. Ascend and love God enough. How much is enough? When you hold the miracle in your hand.

Every request is good, even if you burn your fingers, or if your desire is gone when you get what you prayed for. When you love God enough, and make strong decrees, He will send the right answer that will expand with your joy and needs.

“First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.” – Matthew 5:24-26. Love God enough to agree quickly.

Acceptance chooses to cooperate with law. If you are drawing on your inheritance, you accept full responsibility for the actions of everyone on your lines of Light.

You may not offend, so search for inoffensive ways to speak truth. You must not smudge your page, and you do not want a dirty page in anyone’s Book of Life. If you are innocent when blamed, erase the blot by saying, “I love you.”

You cannot give if you hold anything against anyone. If you break one law, you break them all.

After you choose to agree, act quickly by going to your tower room to lift. Your subconscious will create an adversary if a single “enemy” thought remains. People who say, “I just can’t agree with that,” still believe in enemies, which creates an entity, a dark cloud of force that clings.

An adversary will take you to the judge, who will give you to the officer, who will deliver you to prison. The basement is three steps down, but your tower room is only one up. The judge is usually your Oversoul, speaking as the voice of conscience, reminding you of the laws that apply. The officer is regret. Just think of the hours you have wasted in regret.

God does not hand you to the officer if you apologize without regrets and erase your name from your adversary’s page. Some people have so many smudges on others’ pages that they run out of room.

The prison is remorse, which is the regret you feel generated by a sense of guilt. Many are in prison because they do not know how to lift their regrets to a cloud of Light. To agree with an adversary means to love God more than you love the self. Reach up to God and love Him. Say, “Father, use me.”

Love is the panacea for all occasions. Agree with your adversary, saying, “I love you. How wonderful you are.” You may never nag another soul, but you can mentally shout a good declaration, even in the business world.

The magnetic currents of earth rush up through the feet to your navel center when you lift your hands to pray. Light descends from above through the crown of your head, and you ascend on an intake of breath for strength.

Love as Light fills your aura in this place of love’s release of Power. The Light returns to you in a steady stream of unending Power when you have no remaining enemies on the outer.

How do you get rid of enemies, including those who believe you are their enemy? Love God enough. Plow a “fire zone” of protective Light, and create a wall of consuming fire to change whatever touches you to Light. Then no harm can come near you. Why? Because your actions are saying, “I accept my own inheritance and I choose Light.”

“I accept my place at the banker’s window of heaven, ready to collect my share of beauty, my inheritance. I accept my body as God’s perfect temple of the soul. I accept my place as a perfect instrument of Light.”

“I accept all the angels of Love and Wisdom on either side of me. I accept the faith that goes before me. I accept my great place in the outer now. I prepare myself by cooperating with God as my Father of Wisdom, my Source of all Power, love, joy, life, glory.”

“Father, accept my new vows as my intent of payment on the new strength and glory, which are coming to me. I am infallible, unconquerable faith. Use me greatly.”

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Stories That Illustrate Acceptance

Abraham Offers Isaac as a Sacrifice: Abraham went with Isaac his son to bring him up as an offering before the Lord, as He had commanded him. And Abraham took two of his young men with him, Ishmael the son of Hagar and Eliezer his servant, and they went together with them, and whilst they were walking in the road the young men spoke these words to themselves, and Ishmael said to Eliezer, “Now my father Abraham is going with Isaac to bring him up for a burnt offering to the Lord, as He commanded him. Now when he returneth he will give unto me all that he possesses, to inherit after him, for I am his first born.”

And Eliezer answered Ishmael and said, “Surely Abraham did cast thee away with thy mother, and swear that thou shouldst not inherit any thing of all he possesses, and to whom will he give all that he has, with all his treasures, but unto me his servant, who has been faithful in his house, who has served him night and day, and has done all that he desired me? to me will he bequeath at his death all that he possesses.”

And whilst Abraham was proceeding with his son Isaac along the road, Satan came and appeared to Abraham in the figure of a very aged man, humble and of contrite spirit, and he approached Abraham and said to him, “Art thou silly or brutish, that thou goest to do this thing this day to thine only son? For God gave thee a son in thy latter days, in thy old age, and wilt thou go and slaughter him this day because he committed no violence, and wilt thou cause the soul of thine only son to perish from the earth? Dost thou not know and understand that this thing cannot be from the Lord? for the Lord cannot do unto man such evil upon earth to say to him, Go slaughter thy child.”

And Abraham heard this and knew that it was the word of Satan who endeavored to draw him aside from the way of the Lord, but Abraham would not hearken to the voice of Satan, and Abraham rebuked him so that he went away. And Satan returned and came to Isaac; and he appeared unto Isaac in the figure of a young man comely and well favored. And he approached Isaac and said unto him, “Dost thou not know and understand that thy old silly father bringeth thee to the slaughter this day for naught? Now therefore, my son, do not listen nor attend to him, for he is a silly old man, and let not thy precious soul and beautiful figure be lost from the earth.”

And Isaac heard this, and said unto Abraham, “Hast thou heard, my father, that which this man has spoken? even thus has he spoken.” And Abraham answered his son Isaac and said to him, “Take heed of him and do not listen to his words, nor attend to him, for he is Satan, endeavoring to draw us aside this day from the commands of God.”

And Abraham still rebuked Satan, and Satan went from them, and seeing he could not prevail over them he hid himself from them, and he went and passed before them in the road; and he transformed himself to a large brook of water in the road, and Abraham and Isaac and his two young men reached that place, and they saw a brook large and powerful as the mighty waters. And they entered the brook and passed through it, and the waters at first reached their legs. And they went deeper in the brook and the waters reached up to their necks, and they were all terrified on account of the water; and whilst they were going over the brook Abraham recognized that place, and he knew that there was no water there before.

And Abraham said to his son Isaac, “I know this place in which there was no brook nor water, now therefore it is this Satan who does all this to us, to draw us aside this day from the commands of God.” And Abraham rebuked him and said unto him, “The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan, begone from us for we go by the commands of God.” And Satan was terrified at the voice of Abraham, and he went away from them, and the place again became dry land as it was at first.

And Abraham went with Isaac toward the place that God had told him. And on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place at a distance which God had told him of. And a pillar of fire appeared to him that reached from the earth to heaven, and a cloud of glory upon the mountain, and the glory of the Lord was seen in the cloud. And Abraham said to Isaac, “My son, dost thou see in that mountain, which we perceive at a distance, that which I see upon it?”

And Isaac answered and said unto his father, “I see and lo a pillar of fire and a cloud, and the glory of the Lord is seen upon the cloud.” And Abraham knew that his son Isaac was accepted before the Lord for a burnt offering.

And Abraham said unto Eliezer and unto Ishmael his son, “Do you also see that which we see upon the mountain which is at a distance?” And they answered and said, “We see nothing more than like the other mountains of the earth.” And Abraham knew that they were not accepted before the Lord to go with them, and Abraham said to them, “Abide ye here with the ass whilst I and Isaac my son will go to yonder mount and worship there before the Lord and then return to you.” And Eliezer and Ishmael remained in that place, as Abraham had commanded.

And Abraham took wood for a burnt offering and placed it upon his son Isaac, and he took the fire and the knife, and they both went to that place. And when they were going along Isaac said to his father, “Behold, I see here the fire and wood, and where then is the lamb that is to be the burnt offering before the Lord?” And Abraham answered his son Isaac, saying, “The Lord has made choice of thee my son, to be a perfect burnt offering instead of the lamb.”

And Isaac said unto his father, “I will do all that the Lord spoke to thee with joy and cheerfulness of heart.” And Abraham again said unto Isaac his son, “Is there in thy heart any thought or counsel concerning this, which is not proper? tell me my son, I pray thee, O my son conceal it not from me.”

And Isaac answered his father Abraham and said unto him, “O my father, as the Lord liveth and as thy soul liveth, there is nothing in my heart to cause me to deviate either to the right or to the left from the word that he has spoken to thee. Neither limb nor muscle has moved or stirred at this, nor is there in my heart any thought or evil counsel concerning this. But I am of joyful and cheerful heart in this matter, and I say, Blessed is the Lord who has this day chosen me to be a burnt offering before Him.” – Book of Jasher 23:20-56.

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New Testament on Acceptance


Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. – Matthew 5:11-12.


Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. – Luke 6:22-23.

Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? – Matthew 6:25.


Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? [You cannot, by worrying, add one cubit to your stature.] – Matthew 6:27.


Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. – Matthew 6:34.


No prophet is accepted in his own country. – Luke 4:24.


O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. – Matthew 26:39.


Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. – Mark 14:36.


Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. – Luke 22:42.


I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. [We have descended from heaven, not to do our own will, but the will of Him who sent us.] – John 6:38.

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Old Testament on Acceptance

If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. – Genesis 4:7.


Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. – Psalm 19:14.


The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaks frowardness. – Proverbs 10:32.


It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment. – Proverbs 18:5.


To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. – Proverbs 21:3.


I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye My holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols. For in Mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord God, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things. I will accept you with your sweet savor, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers. And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed. And ye shall know that I am the Lord when I have wrought with you for My name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord God. – Ezekiel 20:37-44.

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Acceptance in Other Sacred Writings

Whatever is brought upon you, take cheerfully, and be patient when you are changed to a low estate; for gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable souls in the furnace of adversity. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 2:4-5.

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

Edna Lister


Etymology of acceptance: Latin acceptare, from accipere, "to receive."


Acceptance is a law of doing.

Acceptance is a soul virtue that you earn under the second Degree of the Disciple.

Acceptance is an initiatory degree.


Quotes

At bottom, the whole concern of both morality and religion is with the manner of our acceptance of the universe. – William James

Make it a point to do something every day that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain. – Mark Twain

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


References

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "Montaigne; Or, The Skeptic," Representative Men. Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Co., 1850, p. 149.

James, William. The Varieties of Religious Experience, A Study in Human Nature. New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1903, p. 59.

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, ed. Oxford University Press, 1971, p. 179.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV), Public Domain.

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, editor. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1981.

Twain, Mark (Samuel L. Clemens). Following the Equator; A Journey Around the World. Hartford, CN: American Publishing Co, 1897, 549.


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