Faith, an Absolute Abstract Principle

Webster's 1828 Dictionary defines faith as "belief; the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting on his authority and veracity, without other evidence; the judgment that what another states or testifies is the truth. The assent of the mind to the truth of a proposition advanced by another; belief, or probable evidence of any kind. In theology, the assent of the mind or understanding to the truth of what God has revealed. Simple belief of the scriptures, of the being and perfections of God, and of the existence, character and doctrines of Christ, founded on the testimony of the sacred writers, is called historical or speculative faith.

"Evangelical, justifying, or saving faith is the assent of the mind to the truth of divine revelation, on the authority of God's testimony, accompanied with a cordial assent of the will or approbation of the heart; an entire confidence or trust in God's character and declarations, and in the character and doctrines of Christ, with an unreserved surrender of the will to his guidance, and dependence on his merits for salvation. In other words, that firm belief of God's testimony, and of the truth of the gospel, which influences the will, and leads to an entire reliance on Christ for salvation.

"The faith of the gospel is that emotion of the mind, which is called trust or confidence, exercised towards the moral character of God, and particularly of the Savior. Faith is an affectionate practical confidence in the testimony of God. Faith is a firm, cordial belief in the veracity of God, in all the declarations of his word; or a full and affectionate confidence in the certainty of those things which God has declared, and because he has declared them. The object of belief; a doctrine or system of doctrines believed; a system of revealed truths received by Christians."

Faith is also "the obligation imposed by a trust, the duty of fulfilling one's trust, allegiance owed, fealty, the obligation of a promise." As a verb, faith means "to place or rest one's faith on, to speak upon one's word of honor, to give credit to, to believe, to trust."


To every pilgrim adventurer walking the Via Christa, faith is knowing as God knows. "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." – Hebrews 11:1. Faith is an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being, a law of doing, a virtue and a faculty. Complete faith fulfills the law of materialization and the law of progress, because faith is the divine substance of all things hoped for.

The law of materialization is "Believe and know, nothing doubting." The law of progress is "One step at a time in unalterable faith."






































Edna Lister on Faith

Fear is faith inverted. – Edna Lister, Your Magnetic Powers, January 13, 1933.


The mustard seed has complete faith in its ability to expand and grow. In full surrender to that inner urge to expand, it grows and produces potentially thousands of other mustard trees. Faith is the complete ability to grow and unfold, to expand and enfold. You receive rewards of faith not from people, but in an increased ability to express your manifold gifts. – Edna Lister, The Parable of the Mustard Seed, January 16, 1933.


Divine active faith knows that "According to His riches in glory does He supply your needs." – Philippians 4:19. – Edna Lister, December 1933.


Faith is your diamond drill bit that sharpens itself as it penetrates the crust of your intellectual selfishness. – Edna Lister, Recognizing Your Good, April 22, 1934.


You must be obedient to all duties on the outside until your faithfulness promotes you beyond them. – Edna Lister, Christian Growth, November 4, 1934.


Having all faith in God confers immunity to earth's ills because faith raises the vibration above disease. – Edna Lister, Life More Abundant, January 4, 1935.


Faith is a principle to which understanding is the key. – Edna Lister, The Blood of the Lamb, February 15, 1935.


You judge yourself, hard or soft, tough or easy, according to your faith. If your judgment is hard, your faith increases. If soft, with excuses, you fail to progress. – Edna Lister, Eternal Life, April 21, 1935.


Faith's aspects include receptivity, the listening attitude, and discernment, the ability to see spiritually. – Edna Lister, The Substance Hoped For, January 5, 1936.


Faith is the line of Light over which spiritual substance travels. – Edna Lister, Joy, March 19, 1937.


Be continual in your faithfulness. – Edna Lister, June 15, 1938.


Only those who have looked up in faith can know the joy of compensation. – Edna Lister, August 14, 1938.


Do not disturb another's faith. – Edna Lister, August 19, 1938.


Faithfulness makes all things possible. – Edna Lister, October 27, 1938.


We stand within the great fold of Jesus the Christ, and he calls us to make a last stand against all darkness. We have stood through the heat the long day of heat, toil and labor, and just a few more hours remain. Hold your standard of strength and courage high and climb to an ever higher place of spiritual seeing and hearing. Let your faith grow to its greatest and fullest stature of the Christed one that you have become. Unless you express childlike faith in the Master and the powers the Father granted him, unless you are able to believe fully, you cannot reap the full reward for full faithfulness. – Edna Lister, November 6, 1938.


Be faithful to God and law shall be faithful to you in all ways. – Edna Lister, November 6, 1938.


Be faithful, even unto the loss of all self. – Edna Lister, November 14, 1938.


Have full faith, for God is faithful to the end of all darkness and into the perfect shining of all Light. – Edna Lister, November 14, 1938.


Be faithful in all things and God will most surely be faithful in all your true needs. – Edna Lister, December 26, 1938.


Be faithful to the greatest extent of your present ability. Use all the faith at your command. Let "according to thy faith" mean much more than ever before. – Edna Lister, January 1, 1939.


Stand more firmly embedded in the rock of full faith. No harm can come near your dwelling, body, home or business, if you place your faith in the One God. – Edna Lister, January 2, 1939.


Love is faith, which goes forth and lifts all whom it touches. – Edna Lister, February 3, 1939.


Faith includes all other action; it permeates darkness with a piercing Light, and opens all doors. Delay cannot enter when you have put faith into action. Your degree of faith may cause delay, for there are many degrees, from cold to white heat. The most delaying degree is the one we call lukewarmness. – Edna Lister, September 1, 1939.


To the faithful shall go the rewards of the mighty; to the faithless shall go all rewards of weakness. – Edna Lister, September 13, 1939.


Faith leads you one step at a time to live each day knowing that not only tomorrow is taken care of, but next month and next year, physically, materially and spiritually. – Edna Lister, February 22, 1940.


You must stand in absolute confidence in the faithfulness of God's Power and Love to fulfill all His promises. – Edna Lister, August 2, 1940.


Faith and the Holy Spirit are one. – Edna Lister, August 4, 1940.


Faithfulness brings rewards greater than all laws, has joys too great to be borne, peace beyond comprehension. – Edna Lister, August 4, 1940.


Faith opens all doors, and is an anchor above. It shall reward you greatly. – Edna Lister, August 4, 1940.


Love is all-embracing in its Power to release you from every bondage of earth. Faith is your rod of Power, your measuring rod, your staff to lean on, your life itself. Look up, lift up, give up, praise up! Earth can create no bondage that unquenchable love, backed by unconquerable faith, cannot melt and dissolve and absorb now. – Edna Lister, October 25, 1940.


Each will be left where his faith takes him; he will go no higher when God moves on. – Edna Lister, October 25, 1940.


Allow no one and nothing to push you from your well-directed path of faith. Faithlessness does not set aside paths, destinies, or accomplishments. – Edna Lister, November 6, 1940.


The faith principle is exact law in action. – Edna Lister, A Design For Ascension, 1941.


The law of faith is, "Ask, believing, then praise and act as if you have it." – Edna Lister, January 9, 1941.


Being fervently faithful, in love with God, constantly, steadfastly faithful at a white point of heat under all conditions is honorable. – Edna Lister, February 13, 1941.


When you ask for anything in faith, it unlocks the door of life to what you should have, which is waiting for you from birth. – Edna Lister, February 23, 1941.


A few whose faith abounds are greater than many with little faith. A faithful few are better for vibration-building than many who doubt. Be faithful unto the death of self, and unto the glory of your own soul. – Edna Lister, March 10, 1941.


Your faith is a beacon light to illumine your path homeward. – Edna Lister, April 1, 1941.


Edna Miriam said, "Once more, I'm stepping out on faith, which is the substance of things I hope for. After all, this is my ruling law. Faith is the substance of all I hope for and the evidence that I have what I need." – Edna Lister, April 29, 1941.


Faith comes first, then joy, love for all, and complete understanding of everything. – Edna Lister, May 6, 1941.


Let faith possess you, let it use you unto all perfection. – Edna Lister, The Destiny of the United States, May 25, 1941.


You cannot really use unconquerable faith, but you may surrender to it and let it use you. – Edna Lister, May 29, 1941.


Faith is the substance of your desires. – Edna Lister, June 3, 1941.


The trials of your faith are more precious than pure gold. "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." – 1 Peter 1:7-9. – Edna Lister, Shangri-la, the Paradise of the Soul, June 8, 1941.


The Power of God keeps you through your faith. – Edna Lister, Shangri-la, the Paradise of the Soul, June 8, 1941.


Is your faith so great that you strive forward for the whole loaf, not just one slice? – Edna Lister, July 20, 1941.


Your only necessities are to stand and know that unquenchable love will prevail in giving you every desire of your heart, and unconquerable faith will bring to pass whatever you decree and declare. – Edna Lister, September 23, 1941.


Faith is your bulwark and your fortress. – Edna Lister, February 8, 1942.


Faith unconquerable transforms faith in God into the faith of God. – Edna Lister, The Key: Understanding, April 12, 1942.


Your unconquerable faith builds your pipeline to God. – Edna Lister, The Joyful Conqueror, June 7, 1942.


Without faith, everything suffers a "death" of vibration, so abiding dynamic faith is your only incentive. – Edna Lister, Victory! What Price? July 5, 1942.


Faith is the Holy Breath that you breathe. – Edna Lister, Victory! What Price? July 5, 1942.


No barriers restrain or delay you except your doubt and lack of faith. – Edna Lister, October 7, 1942.


Only the fullness of unconquerable faith finds the courage to follow the Master's Path. – Edna Lister, November 5, 1942.


Faith recognizes no limitation, but says yes, though the whole world is saying no. Faith sees no lack, reflects no darkness, though all seems dark, bows to no man-made barrier at any time, but ever keeps the eye single on a goal of glory and perfection. – Edna Lister, August 31, 1943.


"Faith without works is dead." – James 12:20, and love is the "works." – Edna Lister, September 16, 1943.


Love equals faith. – Edna Lister, The Chalice of Love, May 21, 1944.


Faith is unconquerable. Love is unquenchable. Love is a fire that has never been put out. No one has ever conquered faith, and it will use you. – Edna Lister, June 5, 1944.


The faith of God admits no doubt or fear ever. – Edna Lister, December 11, 1944.


"According to your faith" (Matthew 9:29) is according to your present idea of God's Power and ability to work miracles. – Edna Lister, December 21, 1944.


You cannot live tomorrow today. You can only live in the now. Therefore, have faith. Use faith. Live just this one hour filled to overflowing with faith. God will do all else. Each thing rightfully yours will be waiting in the right hour. You cannot hurry it toward you. You can only misuse this hour’s substance fretting.

To "wonder" is to doubt. Will you waste your life by doubting God’s ability to "bring thine own to pass," or use each hour to the full to build your path to your own? Believe me, what God has for you is greater than what you can do for yourself. – Edna Lister, February 7, 1945.


All you need to do is to stand on a firm foundation of unconquerable faith until God can open your new door fully. – Edna Lister, February 28, 1945.


You can increase the fervency of your praise and the Power behind your unconquerable faith each hour — if you care enough about it. – Edna Lister, September 17, 1945.


Use the power of right faith and you will become unconquerable. – Edna Lister, September 24, 1945.


Faith is all-conquering when backed by love of God. – Edna Lister, August 14, 1946.


Faith expressed through active works becomes unconquerable. – Edna Lister, Fully Awakening to Understanding, October 27, 1946.


At the high point of faith and love, any barrier is burned away, the walls are shaken down, and bonds broken (see Acts 16:16-40). – Edna Lister, Aggressive Christianity, November 17, 1946.


Abraham made the greatest advance in faith for all time when he followed the orders of the One God, who commanded him to "Walk before me and be perfect," and called upon him to offer his son as a sacrifice. Jesus made the advance in achievement for all time when he found his own lordship and divinity of soul through having found Oneness with God, The One. – Edna Lister, Vicarious Atonement, January 5, 1947.


A blind, unreasoning belief is an emotional faith that "waits to see." The intellectual-mental type of faith must know why, when and how, and requires "proof" and "signs." You reach the highest unshakable superconscious "I am faith" when you become faith. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Giver of Life, February 2, 1947.


"Blind faith" is martyrish and doesn't believe that there's "enough left over for me." – Edna Lister, The Three Phases of Life Through Faith, April 20, 1947.


Your thinking must hold but a single idea to fill it full of complete faith: You must know that God's Glory is immediately present. – Edna Lister, The Three Phases of Life Through Faith, April 20, 1947.


The difference in people's degrees of faith is the difference between unconsciousness and consciousness. Faith is everywhere evenly present as the substance of God's Light. Faith is your number one expression, the outstanding flavor of your life, that which makes the dish. An agnostic's disbelief is a vacancy, an empty room in the head and heart; he is just advertising that he has a vacuum, an empty room. Open the rooms, and let faith fill you. Look up, breathe in, and know. – Edna Lister, Jesus' Prayer of the Ages, April 27, 1947.


Moses was 120 and "His vision was undimmed and his power was unabated" because he lived by the faith of God. – Edna Lister, Jesus' Prayer of the Ages, April 27, 1947.


Faith, love and joy weaken if you give in to argument. – Edna Lister, An Encompassing Faith, May 4, 1947.


Faith is the source of inner, joyous beauty. Faith is beautiful, pure beauty. – Edna Lister, An Encompassing Faith, May 4, 1947.


Faithfulness in love is the backbone of truth. – Edna Lister, June 9, 1949.


You cannot fail when you stand immovable in faith. As God commanded Job, "Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways." – Job 22:28. – Edna Lister, December 13, 1949.


The final step to healing is forever "according to your faith." – Edna Lister, Three Steps to Healing, April 12, 1950.


You must allow your faith to grow and wax stronger in the stillness of the golden silence. – Edna Lister, Three Steps to Healing, April 12, 1950.


Faith rides forth on love, not indifference, scorn, or hatred. – Edna Lister, The Dead Shall Arise, April 19, 1950.


Unconquerable faith and unquenchable love will heal the seat of vision. – Edna Lister, Healing the Seat of Vision, May 10, 1950.


Hebrews 11, one of the mightiest chapters in the New Testament, is all about the miracles showered upon those who had faith. Read it often to release the Power of faith. – Edna Lister, Promises Made, September 17, 1950.


Faith is the first step back toward God. Faith is action, the action of kneeling and praising God, the use of divine creative fire. Faith is your rod of Power, the activity of your life. – Edna Lister, Promises Made, September 17, 1950.


You must mix deathless, ageless and abiding desire with faith to put faith into action. – Edna Lister, Promises Made, September 17, 1950.


Faith is the first step back toward God. – Edna Lister, Promises Fulfilled, September 24, 1950.


Faith is the substance, the point on which you stand, equal to the Power you will release between night and morning. Faith is like a lightning rod or a line of Light with which you can always contact your Father. – Edna Lister, October 3, 1950.


Light absorbs darkness according to your faith. You come to earth in complete faith with all potentialities. – Edna Lister, October 12, 1950.


When you face the three temptations of forty days in the wilderness of self, you either choose to quit, or add to your faith's completeness every hour. You must have a strong purpose behind your faith in order to create, or you misuse divine substance to the self. Climb from blind faith and belief into a deep conviction that God is. Only by an abiding, unalterable conquering faith can you stand. Then climb from "conviction" into the full faith in God, which is the faith of God. – Edna Lister, Unconquerable Faith, November 5, 1950.


A miracle is the difference between the absolute faith of God and the relative faith in God. – Edna Lister, November 14, 1950.


Faith cannot be conquered by anything — it is the substance of your life. – Edna Lister, Be-Attitudes, June 5, 1951.


"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." – Hebrews 11:1. Faith is the substance of Light. When you become faith, you become a transforming power for good. – Edna Lister, To Seek the Light, June 10, 1951.


Without faith, you cannot create anything or get anywhere; you make no progress. Faith too often degenerates into mere self-centeredness because the zeal to achieve is egocentric. Faith entails sacrifice of self. Not to be thought egotistical in your enthusiasm, you may cover your faith with false humility, which breeds egotism. When you become faith, you will not need to hide your enthusiasm for achievement. – Edna Lister, To Seek the Light, June 10, 1951.


The faith of God is unconquerable when you put God first. When you ascend, live, move and have your being in the Light, then all your lines of Light remain welded to the Source. When God is not in first place, you drop your lines of responsibility and sink into despair. – Edna Lister, To Seek the Light, June 10, 1951.


When you try long enough, it becomes an act of faith. You must go through the action of trying between the stages of blind faith and belief. Pretense is not good enough. Knowing and faith are one. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.


When you need a miracle, read Hebrews 11; it forms the bulwark of Power behind anyone seeking help. It has the same effect in your life as tuning a certain radio station does. It tunes your dial to a higher frequency and builds faith. – Edna Lister, The Flaming Sword, July 29, 1951.


A miracle's completeness is in accord with the quality and steadfastness of your faith. – Edna Lister, The Flaming Sword, July 29, 1951.


The fifth degree of breath, the pure Breath of God, breathes through the atoms of your whole body. God has so constructed your atoms that they convert the Holy Breath to energy. Let the new atomic substance fill your atoms and declare that it consumes poisons. This is the secret of healing. This is what happens when a minister gives a healing treatment under divine law and says, "Let Light consume darkness." It will consume any manners of things because it is the consuming fire of love that consumes darkness and negative things. Declare, "Name, you are under divine law to consume only that which is darkness."

Place your faith in the Light, which is the power of God's original substance to consume poisons, which are then lifted. Take care of your body, and refill it with the atomic substance of which God made it. Use everything on the outside to the glory of God, but cure yourself of the idea that anything has any power over the pure Power of God. Faith is atomic. You cannot see faith or radiation, but you can and do see their effects. Pain and sickness is a lack of atomic energy in the body. You pay no attention to pain. It goes out when you go up in consciousness. – Edna Lister, October 21, 1951.


If your faith cannot reconcile that the truth lies on the right hand on earth but on the left in heaven, you will be drawn and quartered by intellect. Until you have unconquerable faith in this absolute fact, you are not applying what you know to what you do. 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.


You will be in the graduating class when your plan, faith, and action become a Holy Trinity. Otherwise, your affairs will reflect a certain coldness unless you continue to love God more. – Edna Lister, November 10, 1951.


Blind faith is not acceptable; you must keep searching for the truth of the faith that is in you. Blind faith is out, but you must faithfully hold to complete devotion to God. – Edna Lister, November 19, 1951.


Watch faithfully for details to attend. Step out on faith, by faith unconquerable, in the full faith of God. Move up in consciousness in love, doing each task each hour in an increasing abundance of love. Love shall fulfill all law unto you. Live valiantly by the love of God, which is invincible. Live by love and strength, which form unconquerable faith. – Edna Lister, January 4, 1952.


Your faith is only as great as the amount of self you have surrendered. The more self you give up, the more faith you have and the more miracles can be performed through you. – Edna Lister, February 4, 1952.


Find a reason for the faith that is in you, a faith that nothing can conquer. – Edna Lister, March 31, 1952.


The rule is more prayer, thinking only of God, and no thoughts of self. More prayers of rejoicing with no thoughts of self. More faith unconquerable with no allowance of time, effort, substance or power for the little self. – Edna Lister, May 19, 1952.


Your daily life is your temple and your religion. Who can separate his faith from his actions, or his beliefs from his occupation? – Edna Lister, May 22, 1952.


"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." – Hebrews 11:1. Everything earthly is made of the one substance of God. The difference between material substance and spiritual humanity is the degree of unconscious to conscious faith. – Edna Lister, The Flaming Sword, July 6, 1952.


Power is active faith; faith is unconquerable active Power, with nothing negative or passive about it. The faith, acting as Power, which Joshua and the Israelites used to cause Jericho's walls to fall, was the same faith Jesus used to raise Lazarus, the widow's son and Jairus' daughter from the dead. – Edna Lister, The Flaming Sword, July 6, 1952.


If you do not have a miracle, it means you do not believe you will at some level. A miracle builds up faith and as it builds, the miracles come. – Edna Lister, August 31, 1952.


A miracle builds faith and as it builds, more miracles come. Those using the faith and the love of God only, without selfish interpretations, have released enough invisible Light and Power of God to create into outer visibility that which must appear. Those who have chosen to use rote formulaic demonstration to overcome physical needs have difficulties. They have not released enough Power to make their demonstration 100 percent effective. Their lukewarm prayers demonstrate only 20 percent. Then they need recourse to doctors and physicians.

The one who asks his brothers to add their prayers to his can have a miraculous healing. A thousand or a hundred thousand together is better to pray for one than for any to pray alone to demonstrate in their way. Being unwilling to share with another is selfish. It is putting yourself on a material level with the publicans, who have no reward for their demonstrations. They want all the outer credits, but have no healing. – Edna Lister, September 14, 1952.


Those who must see to believe shall see, but they shall award no credits in heaven for them. With sharp knives God trims the trees of laggards, doubters and disbelievers. Your Tree of Life shall bear much after the blossoming and fruiting of your faith and love during the whole year. Each month shall be a glorious success and an ascension. – Edna Lister, September 18, 1952.


Faith is unconquerable but it must be complete. There are degrees of faith from weak to strong to complete. Complete faith knows that nothing can separate you from the love of God. – Edna Lister, The Magic in the Sky, October 5, 1952.


Faith is the expression of the Mother God principle. The Father God principle of Wisdom holds molds in form. Faith fills your molds as substance. You express a facet of God when you express faith. – Edna Lister, The Mantle of Messiahship, October 12, 1952.


Set faith into action by becoming the point of white heat that will ignite your affairs. The higher you ascend, the greater the faith as substance descends; thus, your affairs here grow and prosper. – Edna Lister, The Mantle of Messiahship, October 12, 1952.


When you stand in unquenchable love and unconquerable faith of God, you always have control. Yet if you use Power, which is using force, you could wither the fig tree. Say, "Here I am Father. Let Power go forth," then stand. First you visualize what must be perfect. Let perfection do the work. Your mind would only cloud the perfect outcome. – Edna Lister, December 15, 1952.


God has given you keys to kingdoms of glory beyond the vision of ordinary men. He has given you abilities in the release of Power greater than your present acceptance and surrender can function. You, yourself limit the daily miracles of your life because you do not yet grasp the mightiness of the Power to be sent through you to conquer all remaining evil when your choice becomes limitless enough to vision such power of love. You each receive according to your faith.

How is the state of your faith? Are you sharing your faith with evil? If you are living by earth’s standards, the outer truth of appearance part-time and part-time by the full faith of God, your results will be indifferent. Only when you reach up and hold fast to the faith of God and stand in the full Light, filled with Light only, ignoring completely and forever all thoughts of earth and earth’s ways, can you have miracle on miracle every day of the year. – Edna Lister, January 12, 1953.


Belief is finite, but faith is infinitely unconquerable. – Edna Lister, May 29, 1953.


Do everything in the Master’s name, and you shall become strong in unconquerable faith unto the glory of the Father’s reign on earth. – Edna Lister, November 25, 1953.


Faith is the substance of creation, yet it comes in many grades of quality, from mud bricks made with straw to those made of sand and cement. Since you cannot alter the principle of faith, you must put it into action. You measure your faith's action component in quantity, twenty-four hours a day of pure zeal, or diluted indifference, lukewarmness, fears and doubts. – Edna Lister, Unquenchable Love and Unconquerable Faith, April 4, 1954.


Faith is the name of potential energy without active vibration, an invisible whirling of life sparks. Then came three Emanations: Wisdom, Love and Energy, which opened the vibration of this primordial substance of the void. So, the faith of God should come first because faith is substance void of expression, merely being. It had to become, to manifest. Substance has only the power of becoming once God has given the soul conscious direction and control over it. – Edna Lister, Your Life's Plan, May 16, 1954.


Daniel ascended until faith conquered him. He couldn't see lions in the den; he looked up and loved God so much that he didn't know hungry lions were there. The den was so filled with the Light that the lions cowered in a corner while Daniel worshiped and loved God. – Edna Lister, Your Life's Practice, May 23, 1954.


Be faithful to a perfect end and that end will be the beginning of another success. – Edna Lister, June 18, 1954.


You must stand upon faith to fulfill a miracle. Faith is the switch that turns you into an instrument to make a decree and release Power. – Edna Lister, I Arise! June 20, 1954.


You cannot break an atom personally, though your body does so constantly, but you believe that it can be done. You take the scientists' word on faith though you aren't in the lab, because you see the results. So you can take Jesus' words on faith because enough people have proven his words through the last nineteen centuries. – Edna Lister, I Ascend! July 11, 1954.


Where you speak the Word, faith moves in to do the lifting. – Edna Lister, December 13, 1954.


Be faithful to the principle of beauty, and you can never be off balance. – Edna Lister, May 19, 1955.


Faith, like Light, does not tolerate anything other than itself. – Edna Lister, The Walls of Jericho, June 5, 1955.


Faith is the substance for which you struggle and the evidence that you will eventually win, if you keep your soul free, wings spread, and throw out the ballast of self. – Edna Lister, The Walls of Jericho, June 5, 1955.


Faith moves mountains of disharmony, gossip or anything, when you rise and stand in faith while it comes to pass. Faith does not tolerate anything other than itself. It uses you. You do not use it. – Edna Lister, The Walls of Jericho, June 5, 1955.


Your state of consciousness is your thinking, feelings and the imaginary pictures you build at the time. Your life is simply an externalization of that in which you place your faith. – Edna Lister, Aspiration and Prayer, June 19, 1955.


Faith is an outer expression of an inner joyousness of soul because you love God enough. – Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, August 14, 1955.


"Faith is the substance of things hoped for." – Hebrews 11:1, and it becomes the heavenly manna that feeds you. – Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, August 14, 1955.


"What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." – Mark 11:24. To be fed by the manna of faith, you may indulge in no willfulness or force in asking, no half demands, no setting time limits. – Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, August 14, 1955.


You must surrender self-will to abide in faith. – Edna Lister, Joy As Courage, October 23, 1955.


You must have unconquerable faith in God's Light. – Edna Lister, Our Divine Gift, December 25, 1955.


Every enemy of Light is divinely restrained. Light absorbs darkness according to your faith. You need unconquerable faith to fulfill and complete our mission. – Edna Lister, January 12, 1956.


Do not try to conquer faith; let faith conquer you. – Edna Lister, The Beatitudes Are Be-Attitudes, February 12, 1956.


You must have firm, unshakable faith in the Power of God to do the work after you have spoken the Word. – Edna Lister, Miracles of Increase, March 11, 1956.


Faithfulness is not a part-time job, but works a twenty-four-hour shift. The faithful soul transcends all outer conditions, limitations and events in life, and nothing can touch or harm him. – Edna Lister, Before Abraham Was, I AM, March 18, 1956.


You cannot see the principles of mathematics, but you know they work. The principle of faith operates the same way. Faith is its own proof, yet each must prove it for himself. – Edna Lister, The Pathway of Faith, May 6, 1956.


Every great accomplishment on earth has been based in faith. Every miracle, every desire is underwritten by faith. You have no enthusiasm or incentive without faith. Faith is the motive power of all action. Faith is the Power of God in action. – Edna Lister, The Pathway of Faith, May 6, 1956.


The results of your faith, miracles or delays, do depend on both the quality and quantity of your faith. If your approach to God is diluted and adulterated by your thinking, imagination, and emotional life, your faith will be weak and ineffective in its results. If your approach is undiluted by self, and your efforts steadfast, your faith will show in your works. – Edna Lister, The Pathway of Faith, May 6, 1956.


The faith principle is steadfast courageous honor, the exercise of balance between Love, Wisdom and honor above all things. – Edna Lister, June 25, 1956.


"Faith is the substance of things hoped for." – Hebrews 11:1, yet since Jesus said, "believe that you have it and you shall," to us, faith has become the absolute possession of all things hoped for. – Edna Lister, Courage Through Faith, August 12, 1956.


Nothing is impossible under the spoken Word. Yet, it is not always instant in its action. The spoken Word must have an undercurrent of faith upholding it until it goes forth as the Power supreme to build the object or desire into outer form. – Edna Lister, November 4, 1956.


Every teacher who has ever destroyed some old interpretation of truth has paid a debt of force, though he receives credit for his faith and motive of unveiling new glory. – Edna Lister, The Glory, Your Ascension, November 11, 1956.


Faith is the substance of your body; you use unconscious faith in everything you do. – Edna Lister, December 15, 1956.


To do anything, you must have a desire to serve God and humanity, and have unconquerable faith. That is your first step. "God, please put me where You wish me to be." Do not put a price on your service. Just love Him. – Edna Lister, March 7, 1957.


Like a dot extended into a line in math, your faith in God becomes the faith of God. – Edna Lister, June 29, 1957.


The law of progress is, "One step at a time in unalterable faith." When you take "one step at a time" in unalterable faith, Light reveals every step of the Way. – Edna Lister, September 21, 1957.


We are not passing judgment, meting out punishment or giving orders, but being trained to dispense mercy through poise, wisdom, love, compassion as balanced justice. Our act of faith is to put a platform of Light under other fellow. The world is living by blind faith. We cannot see the glory of many going home on blind faith from where we are. The masses are so blind and yet they look up. God cannot set aside law for them, but He does give them demonstration to build up their faith. If the darkness of self-satisfaction will ruin them, He takes their candy away. – Edna Lister, October 21, 1957.


Faith is substance, a Rod of Power that establishes one with the Source, a power within itself filled with the energy of the principle of all energy. The Source principles of Wisdom, Love and Energy or Mind, Substance and Power are necessary to faith. – Edna Lister, What Money Cannot Buy, December 1, 1957.


Faith is a bridge across the abyss, the way to all success that gives a serenity and soul-confidence that nothing can touch. – Edna Lister, What Money Cannot Buy, December 1, 1957.


When you present your desire, which is your goal, you are required to stand in unconquerable faith. Your prayer pattern must be lavish love as defense: You must stand and defend your faith in love, which is a defense and the fulfilling of the law. – Edna Lister, December 16, 1957.


Some people turn their faith on like a faucet when they pray, then shut it off. – Edna Lister, December 25, 1957.


A miracle is a sum of steadfastness and faithfulness in love of God without ceasing, moment by moment, day by day, not letting go until you get it. – Edna Lister, January 7, 1958.


Your degree of ascension is according to the degree of your faith. – Edna Lister, February 6, 1958.


You will reap the reward of long years of holding. It is the reward of all those who have held, whether under mistaken ideas or under the laws of the Almighty direct. God rewards faithfulness whether full panoplied with His Love or mistakenly to the self of opinions and prejudices. Faithfulness works and to each their own reward ascending to their love of God. – Edna Lister, February 20, 1958.


You must have a "faith-base" of operations. A simplified definition of faith is "loving God enough" to trust Him completely, with abandon. Faith is a principle, but also a "name" of God to call on. – Edna Lister, Come Ye Apart, April 20, 1958.


Oh ye of little faith, take stock now. You will not be happy with what you see. How many holes have you left, filled with "concern"? This is a lack of faith. If you fill a hole with concern, you are using your faith-substance to fill the holes you are constantly creating. You must increase your expression of faith, love and joy. You must accelerate everything. Stand and do nothing but love God. You are not constant when you allow a vibration from the outside to move you. – Edna Lister, April 27, 1958.


Faith is a high, working vibration in Mind, Substance and Power. Mind is the idea forming the mold, faith becomes visible Substance that fills the mold, and Power is the divine activity that energizes the mold to make it visible. Substance, Mind and Power (called Love, Wisdom and Joy at the Source) form a Supreme Trinity that operates as desire, will, and action in lower realms. – Edna Lister, Promises Fulfilled, May 11, 1958.


Faith is loving God enough to trust Him completely. You cannot base your life on faith unless you love God. – Edna Lister, Promises Fulfilled, May 11, 1958.


Faith in God's promises is your base of operations, your trust in the fact that the material object or condition will come forth from invisible substance. – Edna Lister, Promises Fulfilled, May 11, 1958.


Faith is a matter of logic and reason; the only time it falters is when imagination works overtime. – Edna Lister, Ten Commandments and Beatitudes, November 4, 1958.


Faith is the substance of your every hoped-for miracle. Your main creative tool is the Breath of Life, which operates as faith and through your spoken word. As you speak the word in prayer with faith unconquerable, faith absorbs everything from your past. God gives you free choice. If you hold a high point of consciousness in faith, Power holds. Yet if you retreat again to doubt and fear, you recreate the mess. – Edna Lister, Faith Unconquerable, November 30, 1958.


Faith operates as all principle. As Love, faith is a quality of substance, as Mind, it is a vibration of knowing. As Power, faith is energy. In a composite vibration, they bring form to pass. – Edna Lister, Faith Unconquerable, November 30, 1958.


Faith is the "evidence of things unseen" (Hebrews 11:1), your evidence that God moves through you into manifestation. – Edna Lister, Faith Unconquerable, November 30, 1958.


When someone curses, God fills the lack of love and credits them for their faith in their curse. Some people are more faithful to their curses than to their love. – Edna Lister, Love Unquenchable, December 7, 1958.


By your faith in the spoken Word, you will have a miracle. – Edna Lister, Realization, May 3, 1959.


Everyone whom faith has instantaneously healed has later been told "it couldn't happen," usually by family. Some then fail because their belief in the miracle collapses. – Edna Lister, Visualization, May 17, 1959.


"Faith is the substance of things hoped for." – Hebrews 11:1. When the first mystical rays of the faith of God touch you, universal Mind flows forth. Soul grasps the concept and impresses it on the mental faculties of logic, reason, discretion, discernment and discrimination. Faith carries the mysteries ready to unfold. Faith is the substance of every fulfilled desire; it opens the windows of heaven. – Edna Lister, Manifestation, May 24, 1959.


Faith is like a mechanical switchboard for Power. Your faculties are the switches. When you throw the main faith switch, you turn on the Power, but faith never goes "on" without praise. Praise God always that the substance of faith pours forth. – Edna Lister, Manifestation, May 24, 1959.


All God has ever asked us to do is to use faith, to "believe to see." – Edna Lister, I Am the Truth, October 11, 1959.


Faith is unconquerable, which means you cannot stop it. If blocked, unconquerable faith will just bypass the obstacle until faith is completely justified. Faith is its own justification. – Edna Lister, I Am the Truth, October 11, 1959.


Faith knows that the Book of Life reveals the answers to tomorrow's questions when it is time to give them. – Edna Lister, Follow Me, November 29, 1959.


"Faith is the substance of things hoped for." – Hebrews 11:1, therefore, faith is the substance of your body. – Edna Lister, January 9, 1960.


Faith makes you get up in the morning and do everything. – Edna Lister, January 9, 1960.


Faith is from above, so use it. – Edna Lister, January 9, 1960.


As a son or daughter of God, you inherit a kingdom. If you liken the kingdom to a vault, having a master key overall is essential. Your master key is unconquerable faith. It opens heaven wide and every other door needs only an extra turn of the key, with more love. So, faith is the actual possession of all "things hoped for." Once you open a vibration by the use of unconquerable faith, your Word becomes law. Here you may stumble on disobedience, the reason for your delays and seeming failures. – Edna Lister, Lo! I Am With You Always, April 25, 1960.


Burning expectancy keeps unconquerable faith moving through you and as you in filling the molds for your creations. – Edna Lister, Lo! I Am With You Always, April 25, 1960.


When you celebrate under true Ascension laws, you celebrate with all faiths. There is no separation in faith. – Edna Lister, God Is Safe and Dependable, June 5, 1960.


Faith is a principle, but hope is its most common expression on earth. – Edna Lister, June 13, 1960.


Faith, the principle of omnipresence, carries you from God as Light into outer expression as form, and back to God. – Edna Lister, Is Faith Enough? June 21, 1960.


Faith is spiritual substance that becomes. – Edna Lister, Is Faith Enough? June 21, 1960.


All increase comes under the great principle of faith. Soul faith in the good is strong and aggressive, a powerful challenge to all self's weaknesses and world ideas. Self, using faith inverted as negative and passive, causes good to shrink until it disappears. You have no increase of the good under self. You need unconquerable faith, invincible joy and show soul conviction in the outer world. – Edna Lister, Increase Through High Prayer, July 3, 1960.


Faith is your outer application of principle. Faith is your expression of your inner love of God. – Edna Lister, The Ladder of Faith, December 18, 1960.


Prayer builds your ladder of faith, and when you stand firm, you build another rung. Love is the principle, but faith builds your love into visibility, keeps it operating in good working order. Faith is the expression of Love, which makes things visible. – Edna Lister, The Ladder of Faith, December 18, 1960.


The quantity of your love determines the quality of your faith. – Edna Lister, A Formula for Daily Living, April 1961.


No faith at all is desperation. Faith can work the worst decision in the world together for good. Persevere! – Edna Lister, June 1961.


"What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." – Mark 11:24. You begin with half surrender, half love and have half faith. Finally, you learn that faith is the actual possession of your desires now. – Edna Lister, Without Shadow of Turning, June 18, 1961.


A lukewarm approach to faith and lack of love in the world encourages evil to exist. – Edna Lister, November 1, 1961.


Faith is a compound principle composed of so many things. Faith is love plus joy. Faith is a great stillness. Faith is a complete waiting confidence in God, and trust in your own ability to hold. – Edna Lister, This One Thing I Do, November 26, 1961.


When desire is burning to be faithful, it excels all personal selfishness. – Edna Lister, February 7, 1962.


Let nothing corrupt from the world lessen your faith. – Edna Lister, March 28, 1962.


Faith is the only way to have identity with the Source. Geometry is faith, all science is faith. The Word that has become flesh is also faith. You are the sum total of your own identity, what you put your faith in and what you practice. You need the faith of God, not faith in God. Then you must do something about it. You can fully hold consciousness of your identity to the Source when you practice this. – Edna Lister, Identity: Your Hope of Glory, April 29, 1962.


Reach for the stars to let faith possess you. When you are faith in action, you are unconquerable. – Edna Lister, What Is Compassion? May 6, 1962.


"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." – John 15:7. The Master gives us full directions for living, and always teaches us something. Jesus emphasized faith as an outstanding principle. To abide in loving faith is to keep the commandments of love. The quality of love behind faith determines the speed of a miracle. The substance is waiting for you to stamp it with your name and number on your spoken Word decree. Your love-as-faith prepares it as molds of form, and Spirit does the work.

You take three steps in a miracle, or stamping substance — explosion, expansion and expression. The idea causes a Power explosion in your higher creative center, your head. Your use of Mind for your plan causes an expansion of faith. Your resulting expansion of faith releases more substance for expression. One step follows the other.

A miracle can die without sufficient nourishment, or it can go to seed. You must feed your miracle mold with loving faith a thousand times an hour. Your decree can sink to "human nature," the creature stage of a worm, weak, full of doubt and sorrow. Yet a miracle of weakness is still a miracle. A creator stands strong in courage to garner wealth, fame and health. Any inner conflict weakens your faith and love. Inner agreement makes your love and faith strong and invincible. – Edna Lister, God as Personality and Principle, May 20, 1962.


The apostles always said that faith came first, and taught from their foundation of faith, but the Master taught them that faith really is "the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen." Christianity has lasted 2,000 years. Anything that lasts that long must have some virtue. Television pictures that flash through space are modern proofs of Jesus' law of unseen faith. Certain things you do must conform to man's laws. For example, when you turn on the television, you still must tune the right channel to get the desired picture. – Edna Lister, God as Personality and Principle, May 20, 1962.


To comprehend Mind, Substance and Power, you must look up, reach up and discover that under Power, you contact the concept in Mind. As it fills your brain cells, an explosion of illumination comes. Your desire (your expression of love as principle) reaches out, and as it touches the concept in Mind, you experience illumination, a new idea. This great explosion of the Power principle causes your use of divine Mind. Whenever you use Mind to think through your faculties, you expand the principle of faith within your consciousness. As you have an idea, faith expands and pushes you into expression of its Substance as love. Through the absolute principles of God, you precipitate Mind, Substance and Power, and so you create. – Edna Lister, God as Personality and Principle, May 20, 1962.


You can know no security without knowledge of your Source. Your faith of God is security. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." – Hebrews 11:1. Faith is substance and your evidence. How can you doubt this? Spring always comes. You cannot force its arrival sooner, or delay its arrival for even a second. You can transform yourself when the conditions are favorable. Faith isn't something you "try for." Faith is something you become. – Edna Lister, The Great Reign of the Christ, July 29, 1962.


The faith of God is. You have no lasting identity without faith as your anchor in the Light. You have no security without the faith of God, not faith in God. The full faith of God must possess you now. You must belong to faith, not faith to you. Some belong to churches, houses, lands, money or to things. Faith is not something you own, but become. – Edna Lister, A Triumphant Soul, September 29, 1962.


When you lend yourself to be invariable and unchanging, faith possesses you and you know that all is well. When you abide in the faith of God, you set aside time and space, the faith of God possesses you, and fills your molds. Through faith, you see each next step toward perfection in your life, and know that your dreams and every desire will come true. – Edna Lister, November 15, 1962.


It takes millions of years or millions of efforts to blaze a habit track for faith in the brain. – Edna Lister, Your Field of Wheat and Tares, December 9, 1962.


You can have a miracle only by a rebirth to a higher level of consciousness and faith in God. Sometimes you may wonder why your prayers or declarations do not work. Yet if someone irritates you or you have even one subconscious doubt or dread, your faith is incomplete, and you can have no miracle. Everything that startles or scares you owns you. – Edna Lister, Born of Spirit, June 9, 1963.


Conscious mind must activate an unconscious faith, for faith must be conscious. – Edna Lister, The Water and the Fire, June 16, 1963.


God will fulfill all promises. According to your faith, so shall it be. – Edna Lister, July 22, 1963.


When faith is great enough, all works together for good. – Edna Lister, July 24, 1963.


James said you cannot afford to waver: "A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways." Ask for anything in the name of the Master and endure temptation until you have it. The great Teacher came to earth and said, "Use my name and I will stand behind it" when you ask in full faith believing. – Edna Lister, August 15, 1963.


It is a great faith initiation to "know the truth" and to carry on each day without a doubt or concern. – Edna Lister, September 24, 1963.


Your loved ones reflect your every fear; when you lift those fears, your loved ones will reflect your faith. – Edna Lister, November 8, 1963.


If you dilute your faith by doubts and fears, you will delay your miracles. – Edna Lister, A Formula for Daily Living, June 16, 1964.


You do not need to have great faith to have a miracle, but you cannot repudiate the miracle or it does not last. When another's faith brings a miracle, but he who received the miracle has a shadow of skepticism, the miracle does not last. – Edna Lister, December 14, 1964.


Faith is the comprehension bestowed by knowing that God is everywhere evenly present. Faith gives you the strength to stand. – Edna Lister, Responsibility and Respect, October 18, 1964.


To produce an "impossible" miracle, stand in silence and hold the goal before you, in faith only, with no feeling of tension. – Edna Lister, April 22, 1965.


People's capacity for faith diminishes as world opinions and ideas leave God out of the equation entirely. Worship of worldly opinions causes some to conform to secular humanism, and worship of material things causes others' faith to shrink. – Edna Lister, The First One Through, May 2, 1965.


If you have to see it before you believe it, your vision is of the self and stuck in the world of appearances. Faith is the first action in moving beyond the world. Faith is the ability to use your inner soul vision, to believe that you will see law work. This is how God stepped out on faith in the beginning when He said, "Let there be Light." – Edna Lister, Eternity Is Now Mine, May 9, 1965.


Praise starts faith into action. – Edna Lister, Appreciation Is a Love Affair With God, May 16, 1965.


The world lives by faith in God and love for God, which is not enough. God has created you from His Love-Substance, and it must possess you, or your malnourished soul finds no sustenance. You must achieve complete love and faith, with no variation, no turning. Only by the faith of God can you surrender to the point of perfect balance, and your surrender of self must equal your faith and love of God. – Edna Lister, Your Life: Detriment or Glory, June 5, 1965.


The measure of your faith of God is your surrender to be the servant of all Power. – Edna Lister, June 7, 1965.


Faith and victory are synonymous, yet faith is not victorious when you dilute it. – Edna Lister, June 14, 1965.


Desire, thinking, and imagination form the real power of faith, which is unconquerable. Faith reaches up to its Source, and love bestows comprehension. Love moves forth, forms a sphere of Light around you, and this becomes your protection. – Edna Lister, Your Mysterious Coach, August 25, 1965.


The word "faith" represents loyalty, honesty and integrity. – Edna Lister, A New Found Horizon, May 8, 1966.


Being "faithful unto death" is wiping out every negative self-expression. – Edna Lister, A New Found Horizon, May 8, 1966.


The law of abundant ascending faith is "more and more," not "less and less." Let your "hope" become your reality. – Edna Lister, September 8, 1966.


Your faith determines the height of your ascension. – Edna Lister, October 20, 1966.


Don't bruise another's faith, even if it's "in the devil"; listen, and gradually help him to expand his faith into truth. – Edna Lister, October 27, 1966.


Faith operates under the great principle of nonresistance. The keynote virtue of faith is to stand and hold, immovable and untouchable. To apply faith as nonresistance means to hold, to stand, to endure — this is the background, the foundation and the reason for miracles. You stand, hold and endure continuously until the miracle comes. – Edna Lister, Am I Strong to Endure, December 18, 1966.


Faith is the capacity to know God, and its virtue is your ability to accept. – Edna Lister, Judgment and Love, May 14, 1967.


There is an element of faith even in indifference, because that is all the faith they have. – Edna Lister, June 11, 1967.


Faith is love as action. Faith is the substance of the bloodstream. You either have faith or you don't, and you don't have faith if you fail to use it. If you do not exercise faith, or if you let your faith falter often, you will develop anemia or some soul disease. – Edna Lister, November 20, 1967.


Faith is the substance of Light; it is the evidence of things not seen. – Edna Lister, The Keys of the Kingdom, June 16, 1968.


Faith is God's hold upon you. Faith permeates your soul, your emotional life, your mind. – Edna Lister, The Heavenly Mysteries Unveiled, October 20, 1968.


You approach the Mount of Transfiguration through and by the principle of faith. "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." – Hebrews 11:1. All substance everywhere is faith, for faith is Light. "Let there be Light" released that original Power of faith. – Edna Lister, Your Mount of Transfiguration, December 2, 1968.


Faith is your live wire to omnipotence, your telephonic line up to the Source. – Edna Lister, How to Be Enfolded in Light, December 15, 1968.


A miracle is faith in action. – Edna Lister, Light on the Path, July 6, 1969.


Your faith is a book, chapter after chapter, a record of your life. – Edna Lister, Secret Place of the Most High, November 16, 1969.


You can't have real faith without humility. – Edna Lister, November 24, 1969.


Every statement you make is dedicated to you. To ponder faith, analyze Hebrews 11:1. "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Faith is real, not a blank or absence in your consciousness about delay or fear. We must have full faith, not just Wisdom, Love and Energy, but a complete faith. That is why the Word (God) is complete — when you speak the Word, all that God is acts in one direction at once.

If faith as substance is to do the work, you cannot do it. You must, under law, prepare the way to a complete, strong vibration. To do this, you must comply with the laws that reach that vibration. How can you reach this faith? Breathe. As God created, He breathed. Faith then operates under the expansion principles of substance, which includes everything. God gave man the ability to inhale life itself, so breathe. You either breathe and expand, or shrivel up to nothing. – Edna Lister, Faith Complete Now, November 15, 1970.


The law of materialization is "Believe and know, nothing doubting." Complete faith fulfills the law of materialization, because faith is the divine Substance of all things hoped for. – Edna Lister, The Fiery Furnace, November 17, 1970.


Faith is all of God in action — God acting as you. You must be the living expression of faith to be one with all that God is. – Edna Lister, When Is Healing Lawful, November 22, 1970.


Believe in the unbelievable. – Edna Lister, May 9, 1971.


God is with you and nothing can defeat you. Believe that you now receive Power from Him. "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." – Matthew 17:20. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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Treatments for Strengthening Faith

"Faith is the invisible substance of my visible miracles to come." – Edna Lister, February 23, 1960.


Exercise your faith with the words you use; for example, to treat for arthritic hands, declare: "Faith is the substance of all bone tissue. Pure faith moves through these hands. I am now conforming with the divine pattern of beautiful hands. Every extra bit of substance and tissue is melted and dissolved from the bone. Light moves through these joints, melting and dissolving all unneeded material leaving the joints perfect and normal." Study a picture of beautiful hands. "Because God levels the high places and builds the low places and makes the crooked places straight, He is now reducing and making these knuckles perfect. Thank You, Father." – Edna Lister, June 26, 1963.

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Declaration of Unconquerable Faith

Unconquerable faith is the golden stream of life flowing from the Heart of God. Faith is the ever flowing bloodstream of the white Light of the Christ. Faith is the beginning and the end of life.

Faith is the substance underlying all manifestation, its foundation bedrock. Faith is the everywhere evenly present substance from which all creations are fashioned and formed.

Faith is the Flame of Life within the heart of the co-creator with God. Faith is limitless, inexhaustible. Faith is unending and all enduring. Faith is unconquerable. Faith is all conquering. Faith is complete here and now.

Faith is mine to use here and now. Faith can open all doors, overcome all darkness, overlook all weakness and perform miracle after miracle. Faith is the Life of my life, the Heart of my heart, the Soul of my soul.

Faith is the divine Rod of Power between God and His Sons and Daughters. Let faith now rule our lives, and reign upon earth forever! – Edna Lister, 1939.

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Stories That Illustrate Faith

A Valley Filled with Water: Elijah illustrated a superb act of faith when he said, "Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand. And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones. And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water." – 2 Kings 3:16-20.

Elijah put his lines of omnipotent faith up to God and held them there until God welded them to the Source. – Edna Lister, Fulfillment, June 6, 1948.


Jairus' Daughter: Behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. … While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. – Luke 8:41-42, 49-55.


We all reach a stage where our unconquerable faith, like that of Jairus (Luke 8:41-56), comes to the fore. His child's unconscious unconquerable faith in her parents was a sight draft[1] on her parents and relatives, to comply with her wish to be healed. When they were unable to save her, they partook of her faith. Our unconquerable faith tells those who doubt that they can partake of our faith because it is there. This is the unquestioning devotional approach. – Edna Lister, Prove Me Now, October 28, 1951.


A Woman Healed: A woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. – Luke 8:43-48 (see also Matthew 9:20-22).


A Mother's Faith: Matthew's Account: Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. – Matthew 15:21-28.


Mark's Account: [Jesus] arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid. For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs. And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed. – Mark 7:24-30.

1^ A sight draft is like a bearer bond or cashier's check, payable on demand.

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New Testament on Faith

Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. – Matthew 8:13 [A law of reciprocity].


Behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: for she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. – Matthew 9:20-22.


According to your faith be it unto you. – Matthew 9:29 [A law of reciprocity].


[Jesus] did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. – Matthew 13:58.


If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. – Matthew 17:20.


With God all things are possible. – Matthew 19:26 and Mark 10:27.


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


And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. – Mark 5:25-34.


Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. – Mark 6:4-6.


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


And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. – Mark 11:22-24.


He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. – Mark 16:16.


With God nothing shall be impossible. – Luke 1:37.


And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: and she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. – Luke 1:41-45.


And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. – Luke 8:43-48.


Fear not: believe only. – Luke 8:50.


He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own? – Luke 16:10-12.


And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. – Luke 17:6.


The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. – Luke 18:27 and Mark 5:36.


As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. – John 1:12-13.


Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. [Faith is not reciprocal.] – John 2:24-25.


As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:14-16.


He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. – John 3:18-19.


He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. – John 3:36.


And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death. Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house. – John 4:46-53.


Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. – John 5:24.


I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? – John 5:41-44.


Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. – John 6:29.


Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. – John 6:35-40.


Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. – John 6:47.


In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. – John 7:37-38.


Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. – John 11:38-45.


Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them. – John 12:35-36.


He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. – John 12:44-47.


Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. – John 13:20.


Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. – John 14:1.


Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do. – John 14:12.


Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. – John 20:27-29.


Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1.


1 Thessalonians 5 is your prayer of faith: But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. Brethren, pray for us. Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. – 1 Thessalonians 5.


What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. – James 2:14-26.

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Old Testament on Faith

The Lord preserveth the faithful. – Psalm 31:23.


A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. – Proverbs 11:13.

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Faith in Other Sacred Writings

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of his love: and faith is the beginning of cleaving unto him. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 25:12.


A man of understanding trusts in the law; and the law is faithful unto him, as an oracle. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 33:3.


Become earnest about the Word! For as to the Word, its first part is faith; the second, love; the third, works; for from these comes life. For the Word is like a grain of wheat; when someone had sown it, he had faith in it; and when it had sprouted, he loved it, because he had seen many grains in place of one. And when he had worked, he was saved, because he had prepared it for food, (and) again he left (some) to sow. So also can you yourselves receive the kingdom of heaven; unless you receive this through knowledge, you will not be able to find it. – The Apocryphon of James, Codex I, 2.


The living book of the living was manifested in the hearts of little children: No one could have become manifest from among those who have believed in salvation unless that book had appeared; for this reason, the merciful one, the faithful one, Jesus, was patient in accepting sufferings until he took that book. – The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2.


Faith came to dissolve the division of wisdom into ignorance, and it brought the fullness of love, in order that there should be the unity of perfect thought. – The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2.


Faith receives, love gives. No one will be able to receive without faith. No one will be able to give without love. Because of this, in order that we may indeed receive, we believe, and in order that we may love, we give, since if one gives without love, he has no profit from what he has given. – The Gospel of Philip, Codex II, 3.


Farming in the world requires the cooperation of four essential elements. A harvest is gathered into the barn only as a result of the natural action of water, earth, wind and light. God's farming likewise has four elements — faith, hope, love, and knowledge. Faith is our earth, that in which we take root. And hope is the water through which we are nourished. Love is the wind through which we grow. Knowledge, then, is the Light through which we ripen. – The Gospel of Philip, Codex II, 3.


Things visible among men will dissolve – for the vessel of their flesh will dissolve, and when it is brought to naught it will come to be among visible things, among things that are seen; then the fire[1] which they see gives them pain on account of love for the faith they formerly possessed. They will be gathered back to that which is visible. – Thomas the Contender, Codex II, 7.


You have understood all the things Christ has said to you, and you have accepted them on faith. If you have known them, then they are yours. If not, then they are not yours. – The Dialogue of the Savior, Codex III, 5.

Endnote

1^ This "fire" is not the high Light, but the creative fire, which being rooted and grounded in desire, seduces the body to attend to the "truth of appearances" first. Thus is the human will suborned and eventually corrupted to serve the dubious pleasures of the physical.

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Faith in Action

Edna Lister created this Bible study outline for October 3, 1934, Buffalo, New York. Scriptures: Matthew 14:22-33, Malachi 3:10 and Luke 14:16-24.

"And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God." – Matthew 14:22-33.

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." – Malachi 3:10.

"Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper." – Luke 14:16-24.

Fear is faith reversed. Every miracle comes "according to your faith." Fear is your remaining belief in the negative. Faith is seeking possibilities, while knowing that you never waste any time.

God gets a thrill of real pleasure from His own creations. Jesus said, "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." – Luke 12:32. Faith is a free gift from God. The kingdom of heaven is a free gift, but you must raise Hell to get it. We have delayed His pleasure, and become the "lost sheep" that the Master descended to save.

We have all experienced giving someone a gift, which they then received with indifference, and it is not pleasurable. The parable of the Great Supper (Luke 14:16-24) illustrates giving a gift and being met with indifference.

God must plan to contrive to sneak up on us, to entice us to take the whole "kingdom of heaven." Yet, every time heaven catches up with you, you seem to dodge it, playing "keep away." You have dodged so often that you have become experts at dodging.

You need only to reach out your hand, and heaven is there. Spread your arms, physically and mentally, and expand your mind. Faith is an expansive idea. Just as a piano has no value if no one is playing it, faith is useless if you do not exercise it. Possessions are useless unless you can use them.

The world judges a person's worth by the material value of his assets. Your only valuable heavenly asset is faith, which determines how much you have of anything else. If you choke off your faith, you shut down your supply. Your only enemies are your thoughts against supreme faith.

The hand symbolizes the body's working principle. Faith symbolizes the mind's working principle. Imagination works as the forming principle of mind. The finished work of imagination is judgment, which is the retarding principle of man's life.

Ideas such as "I'm too old, too weak, too late," stop all expansion and growth. People say, "He's gone to seed." Every plant goes to seed. Old age means that the body has gone to seed. Seedy things are hard-shelled.

Defend your faith, and avoid anyone who tries to destroy it, for faith killers have the lowest type of mentality. People are the most egotistical when they are doubting, setting up their own opinions as false gods and worshiping them. Yet you cannot be egotistical when you are accepting truth.

God calls you good. He has said that you are gods, so accepting this is not egotistical. God is your Father. Declare, "I know I can do anything. Disbelief creates an absence of Spirit and a vacancy of mind, no matter what your mentality or attainments. If you constantly embrace your faith within, your faith's magnitude becomes majestic.

Prove Me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. – Malachi 3:10.

Peter, who represents faith, was the first disciple called, and the first to recognize the real Christ. Let no one rob you of your faith, but defend it as your companion of soul. Daringly Peter crawled out of the boat and got his feet wet. Yet, when the physical called, he suffered cold feet from a lack of daring.

You cast yourself out, but first you must climb out of the boat. Try risking little things first, remembering that many small miracles make up a large miracle. Faith is the gateway. Faith controls the portals of Mind. God dares. Dare to surrender, and risk everything, without weighing the matter, or judging the pros and cons. Climb out of the boat, and take a chance now.

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Abiding in Christ

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated October 7, 1934, Buffalo, New York. Scripture: John 15:1-13.

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." – John 15:1-13.

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." – John 15:4-5.

To abide means "to rest; to sustain, remain; to continue, dwell; to stand firm, to remain faithful to." Abiding means permanent.

Love principle   Wisdom principle

Christ principle

Christ is the true vine, through which we produce the fruits of the Love principle, the Wisdom principle, and the Christ principle. A husbandman provides careful vine management.

Our Father is the overseer, the King of Heaven. An over "seer" is one who sees all minds and hearts, all hidden things clearly. He knows exactly the moment when a lesson must come.

When you abide in Christ, you continually maintain your contact with Light, which ensures that you will produce perfect fruit, and a perfect harvest. Your Father, the great Pruner, will prune every broken branch eventually.

You may also assume greater responsibility and use the word "let," which is your great pruner. The Master's promise for those who abide is, "If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will and it shall be done unto you." – John 15:7. "Done unto you" is a peculiar wording when "done with" or "done for" would make more sense. "Done unto" implies all "added things."

You have glorified, justified, and pleased your Father when you abide in the Christed consciousness. Christed love and joy then abides in you. This is no hollow, shallow promise, but the Word of the universal Christ. He has promised that he shall make your joy full.

The Master commands you to use love, to give your life for a friend, which means lifting your loved ones each day. When he calls you friend, he makes you his equal in opportunity for Ascension.

You are chosen to go and bear much fruit, but you must choose: "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." – John 15:16.

In 1291, Moslems converted the ancient Church of St. John into a mosque.[1] It bears an inscription, which one must crawl over the roof to see, "Thy Kingdom, O Christ, is an everlasting Kingdom." [See Psalm 145:13.] We have reached the point where the world must and shall acknowledge Christ.

Imagine being transported to a beautiful room with a dozen doors with no locks or knobs. Behind just one is untold treasure: Life, beauty, wealth, power, love, and youth.

The door will open only by standing perfectly still, only by abiding in perfect steadfastness, only to the right word of praise. You have only one chance. If you move, you may open the wrong one. What would you choose to do?

Only Light sent forth from above will open the kingdom to you. Finally, you must stand in Christed courage.

Is your life filled with counterfeits in Power? Why take the false or settle for the vain? You must be an ensample of Christed love and wisdom, acting as compassion. You must be cleansed and pruned to grow and to bear much fruit.

1^ The Al-Omari Grand Mosque in Beirut, Lebanon was built as the Church of St. John the Baptist by the Knights Hospitaller, but converted to a mosque in 1291.

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Jewels of the Soul

This Edna Lister Palm Sunday sermon outline is dated March 29, 1942, Buffalo, New York. Scripture: Matthew 21:1-17.

"And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, and brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased, and said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there." – Matthew 21:1-17.

Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a young donkey, the humblest of all animals, not caparisoned in cloth of gold, but with the robes of his own disciples. Nothing could be more simple or humble, yet he gifted us with the riches of the kingdom, all its precious jewels.

What are these jewels locked fast in a casket of the gold of Spirit? The latch is the lock of self, and the case has only one key, which is selflessness. The casket of gold is immortality of soul, as Jesus taught.

It holds the jewels of honor, love, faith and joy. The jewel of freedom is the greatest of all, and you may gain it only by simplicity of Spirit, for the world's complexities bring you only bondage. Simplicity is freedom, which never misses an opportunity to do good.

When you live simply, by the honor of God and the faith of God, it brings you the Master's joy. It also brings love, which is your new name for God, brooding, devouring Mother Love.

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The Price of Freedom in Christ

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated November 3, 1946, Tacoma, Washington. Scriptures: Acts 15:23-29 and Galatians 5:13-18.

"And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia. Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well." – Acts 15:23-29.

"For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law." – Galatians 5:13-18.

What is freedom? We have reached the point of the vast cycle of time in which the hedonistic influence is at the forefront again. Searching for freedom individually, and insisting that one's own way is the only right, causes all human suffering. Therefore, harmony must arise from cooperation. The Book of Acts, chapter 15, tells the story of three factions getting together in a conference, consulting to find a common meeting ground, one that was best for all. Out of many ideas, they desired to find one that would hold them together.

The three factions in the conference each represent a phase of individual mind. The apostles represent the super-conscious mind. The elders symbolize the conscious mind. The brethren signify the subconscious portion of mind. The apostles knew Jesus personally, and had been at the Last Supper. They represent your super-conscious spiritual faculties, including illumination, intuition, imagination, faith and understanding.

The elders also knew Jesus and were among his followers. They represent the intellectual faculties of man's mind, such as logic, reason, judgment, discrimination, discernment and discretion. The brethren are "of the world" seekers, who represent the instinctive subconscious urges, and the appetitive soul traits of pride, arrogance, opinions, and prejudices. They believe what is "plausible," not factual. The apostles are guardians of the flame of life and the agents of God on earth. The elders, to judge rightly, must discern and discriminate against the enemies of God. To be discrete in speech requires discretion in emotions and thinking, with no idle words.

The brethren must ascend the tendency toward relying on the plausible excuses of the subconscious, and the justification for doing what little self pleases. The enemies in the subconscious mind are the stamping ground of opinions and prejudices, always in contact with the base, low-level world mind. You must decide whether you will bow before them, get on your knees and weep, or stand and take it. While you remain in bondage to the subconscious mind, you cannot ascend. The tears that self weeps can create a mud puddle or a lake if you let them. Your spiritual faculties are always seeking to lift you up, while the appetitive soul urges are dragging you down.

How can you be free? What is the price of freedom? What is the basis of your soul freedom? The basis of your freedom is faith unconquerable, love unquenchable and wisdom inexhaustible and limitless. You can be free by letting your imagination, your kingly faculty, be an apostle of balance among your illumination, intuition, faith and understanding. When you allow your self to be dragged down by instinctive creature urges, you remain subject to illusion, delusion fear, doubt and death. When your spiritual faculties have lifted you up, you open the all-seeing eye, the mystic eye of the mind.

The Light of the apostles flows down through the elders, into the brethren and out into the world. The price you pay for freedom is the choice you make to let the apostles and elders rule your consciousness, not the creature self of earthy appetites. True freedom causes you to expand and ascend into Light. Embrace the Light with soul exaltation by spreading the wings of your mind and arms of your heart. The price of soul freedom is your choice for soul ascension.

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An Encompassing Faith 1

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for May 4, 1947, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: Acts 16:16-39.

"At midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. And when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Let those men go. And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace. But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans. And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city." – Acts 16:25-39.

A slave girl, who was possessed by a spirit of divination had followed Paul and Silas all over the city of Thyatira, speaking about them and attracting unwanted attention. In irritation, Paul cast out her demon, making her useless to the men who made money on her predictions.

They had Paul and Silas arrested and thrown in prison. There, they prayed, praised God and sang hymns. They made no argument and wasted no time protesting. Their outstanding faith created a miracle for them.

The only argument you really have is with self. Arguing with self makes your love and faith weak, and the opposition wins. When you are in agreement with soul, your love and faith become even stronger, while the opposition weakens, and you win.

An outstanding faith creates aggressive faith, love and compassion. It has nothing negative or passive about it, but is energetic, joyful, praiseful, prayerful and songful. Without faith, you have no great vision of the good. Lack of vision plagues the earth today because people feel they cannot see and thus, do not.

What is outstanding about your faith? How energetic are your praise, prayers and singing? How great is your life's beauty?

Most people are too hasty, too hurried and too busy to know the beauty of life. Stop a while until you can sense the inner beauty, capture and hold it, nourish and sustain it. When you let life's beauty feed you, your faith grows more beautiful. Dare to be enthralled with love, loving it more than self.

You can be a searcher for beauty, a collector of the glorious. As you let yourself be transformed and transfigured in ascension, you reflect your love in the quality and inflection of your tone of voice.

Take time to live now. You dwell in a body composed of the same substance as stardust. Show God the stars of beauty in your shining eyes. Walk in joy at your high point of soul expression and conquering.

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An Encompassing Faith 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated May 4, 1947, Tacoma, Washington. Scribe: Ruth Bender Collord. Scripture: Acts 16:16-39.

"At midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. And when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Let those men go. And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace. But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans. And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city." – Acts 16:25-39.

Lent comes forty days after the New Year. Easter is forty days later. Ascension Day is forty days after that. You make vows to become responsible for others, to absorb the darkness they have created, leaving to God to set the debt they must pay.

The law says that nothing may stop the other fellow from seeking. Loose him and let him go. Place a pillar of fire about him and declare that nothing can harm him. Pray for his desire to flame in him. He can and will look up in consciousness only through his desire, not yours. You can lay anyone's life line in the Master's hands, and let Light care for him. When you worry about him, you tangle your lines of responsibility, wasting your time.

Today's text includes argument, agreement and an encompassing faith. Paul and Silas did not argue with self or with God, but prayed and praised and sang songs of praise. They were in perfect agreement with faith, and thus, self was in agreement with soul.

Three quarters of the average person's life is a mess because they argue with self. Some people collect hurts and offenses. As collectors of darkness, they take offense, even when the other fellow does not mean any.

You ought not to take into your heart what you do not wish to have there. Do not collect old age wrinkles or frowns. Do not repress fear, worry, and resentments, but call them up from the basement to agree with you, even one moment a day, over one infinitesimal point. Like an unruly disobedient child, no good place exists where you can stop him, unless you have lifted his line of Light.

Faith is both a principle and a substance. How do you put faith into action? Faith, love and joy weaken if you give in to argument. You are truth, so how can you quit being truth? All the life in you is truth, which is a principle. The substance of your body is truth.

Faith can be boiled up into a definition; faith is the source of inner, joyous beauty. When you are of truth, you have the love of God, and you love God with a mighty love. Love permeates your aura like a fragrance. Love is faith, and others follow it. The world will follow, for it is sick of odious stenches. Just go out and do some digging, and get over being a softy.

What about the peace and joy the Master left? You cannot make universal peace at conferences when you live by argument and rebellion personally. The love of God, the love of people is the love of which we speak.

Everyone is to blame for the destructive attitudes working in the world today. Mankind is now on the edge of that volcano of self, which is just about to erupt today. If you have one iota of criticism in your heart, you are not of peace. The destruction of the world shall not come. Praise, prayer, singing and unconquerable faith shall save all.

Your Oversoul Star is filled with all the substance you will ever need, according to your faith. The Father asks at night, "Have you brought back all the Light I gave you?" Criticism will dissolve the substance He originally gave you.

Reach into the Light until you can feel that great beauty of Light, the beauty of days, the beauty on earth. Take time to live, to breathe beauty divine that is waiting to express through you and as you.

Do you ever search for beauty? Faith is beautiful, pure beauty. Love is beautiful, pure beauty. You are the heirs of God's Power, God's Love, God's beauty. Boil up in consciousness of love, not down and out in despair. As you ascend in consciousness, to be surrounded and possessed by Power and Light, you become Power and Light.

Do not go about forcing people or situations, but do not sit down and wait. Hold fast to that contact of Light. The Light goes before you to open doors and clear the way. It goes as you and for you. You are here on earth to work out your salvation. You may not criticize, or you tune in the world's criticism, and soon are a mess of it.

When you ascend in consciousness, without ceasing, you will find everything moving in for you. You will not need to make up months of redoing for five days of undoing.

When someone tears up your garden of golden silence, replant until it thrives. Declare, "Father here is your son/daughter, surrounded by a pillar of fire on a cloud of Light. Let him/her do Thy will at all times." Then, if they fall from the cloud, do not say, "That's just what I expected."

Practice golden silence and wise speech. Paul and Silas are an ensample of what praise and prayer can do. This can be your year of achieving rare beauty. Your joy and beauty are the only gifts that you can bring to God at night.

Divine Power is seeking to lift the world. You are responsible for everything and everyone about you, and everything in your place. Let the Light do the lifting. God is the One, and God is the majority of One when God is the One.

Declare, "I am ever free. I am the servant of God, and my earth is lifted. This week is my week of fulfillment."

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What Is Freedom? 1

This Edna Lister Bible study outline is dated July 10, 1955, Tacoma, Washington. Scriptures: Galatians 5:13-14 and Acts 15:23-31.

"For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law." – Galatians 5:13-18.

"And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia. Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle: Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation." – Acts 15:23-31.

You are a seed planter, but God is the harvester. If you want to be the harvester, you want outer credits. Fear of responsibility to love enough causes many people to hunt personal freedom at any cost. Fear has also kept many from entering the healing ministry. They think, "What will I do if nothing happens?"

To "love one another" means cooperation, getting together in a conference to find one idea that makes sense and is the best for all, causes the group to be cohesive. Yet first, you, the individual, must get together with self, little me, soul and Oversoul's I AM consciousness.

"They wrote this letter: The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia." – Acts 15:23. The "apostles" represent the super-conscious mind speaking to the spiritual faculties of soul. The "elders" are the conscious intellectual faculties, logic, reason, discrimination, discretion and discernment, who are pulled between the apostles and the brethren, the subconscious, instinctive emotional urges to self.

The apostles, illumination, intuition, imagination, faith and understanding, must be welded together by joy. The brethren are the "seekers," pride, arrogance, prejudice, opinions and plausibility, able to give plausible reasons for being selfish. The brethren bow to and give in to enemies, including doctors' verdicts and world opinions. The elders bow and pass on up, obeying the law of "I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." – John 12:32. The apostles are the guardians of the creative flame of life in you, as you.

The price of freedom is to love. Wisdom is limitless faith unconquerable, love unquenchable in its power to consume barriers, to heal, to lift.

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What Is Freedom? 2

This Edna Lister Bible study transcript is dated July 10, 1955. Scribe: Ruth Bender Collord. Scriptures: Galatians 5:13-14 and Acts 15:23-31.

"For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law." – Galatians 5:13-18.

"And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia. Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle: Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation." – Acts 15:23-31.

You never really escape what you do not like. Unless you are conscious of a Source beyond the self, you will have such concern. Those who concoct evil all reach an end sometime. We will always have some form of a United Nations, a unity of nations, always higher in scope, and more Christ-like.

Healers, teachers and speakers are afraid to speak the spoken Word for healing, for they all fear that nothing will happen. Never look for credit, for you may permit no self in your desires. Be completely selfless and give freely with no thought of being paid for it. Are you a seed planter, or do you want to play God and take the credit for the harvest? You are free to express God and love your neighbors as you love yourself. Salvation is free, but you cannot find it on the outer. You must make your contact above. You cannot run from anything.

"The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia." – Acts 15:23. These men were writing this letter to their peers because they had found the way to deal with a problem. When you discover how to meet a problem, every group with a similar problem is lifted. Every vibration goes out and levels every similar thing in its path. Too often, an adverse vibration goes out just when another positive vibration is about to be created.

The apostles represent the super-conscious mind and twelve soul faculties. The elders represent the conscious mind, good judgment, conscious reasoning and the intellectual faculties. The brethren represent the subconscious mind, emotional opinions and prejudices. The super-conscious says, "I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." – John 12:32, giving God all the credit. The brethren, who rule in the region of the solar plexus, have only one faculty, plausibility. Anyone can think up all kinds of reasons for not doing what he must do.

The apostles stand serene and confident, and bow to the One God. The elders constantly listen to and revert down to the little self, the brethren. Anyone who steps out to assume responsibility is free, and speaks the word, praying for the Power to move through constantly to burn out crystallized cells. It sometimes takes time to dissolve the crystallized cells to open the mystic eye.

Do you think that you have to wait for Christmas or Easter to release the Power? Move up in consciousness to the place of the apostles, the twelve soul faculties, and open the Power line from there. Stay up with the elders, too. You cannot afford to permit the little self, the brethren to move up and down. Soul must hold self in the Light.

The love of God is the only freedom you can or ever shall have. Do not ask for credit. Keep the Power flowing through. People are like sponges. You can fill those who ask for help with Power again and again. You receive your credit from above, not on the outer, and you may not take credit on the outer. Speak the Word for soul freedom, and you shall have credits as strength, life, wisdom, love and a sparkle in your eyes.

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Religious Slavery or Freedom? 1

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for October 9, 1955, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: Matthew 7:7-8.

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." – Matthew 7:7-8.

This Scripture sounds so simple, yet you can meet so much interference in attaining freedom. First, ask what you are seeking. What is religion? What is slavery? What is freedom?

Religion is the belief binding the spiritual nature of man to God, the Supernatural Being, involving a feeling of both "dependence upon" and "responsibility to." Religion is the scientific study of the principles and laws governing your relationship to God, the whole, and to man, the many parts. The practice of religion is the application of general laws to fit personal needs in one of several distinct ways.

The savage cowers in the cave of doubts and fear until the storm passes. Neutral souls just go to church, for which they receive credits. They hang onto Jesus' coattails and try to ride up. Some metaphysicians say, "Let God do the work." A few assume complete personal responsibility and apply law.

Those who love God because He is, are satisfied with the devotional approach. Yet other honest seekers need their questions answered with an accurate intellectual explanation. Both approaches are valid, and they contend with each other in the religious world. However, neither approach is complete.

Slavery is bowing to a master or an enemy, such as fear, doubt, old patterns or old ideas. People can be slaves to opinions, prejudices, pride, hatred, anger, self-pity, food, drugs and drink. Freedom is the opposite of that which enslaves. Many experience momentary freedom when someone makes them happy by offering a sugar-sop to "little me," but this is not real freedom. To know true freedom, you must know who you are, where you came from and where you are going. You are the sons and daughters of God, and the Word made flesh in His image and likeness in heaven.

You are going to heaven, where the Master has prepared a place for you "in my Father's house." Heaven is both the place, and the state of consciousness you are in now. "I may accept this," you say, "but I still do not know how to get my freedom." Complete freedom includes desire, decision and action. You can desire to be a slave to self, or to plan your life free of self! Flaming desire, free of doubt, fear or hate, will mate itself with will and exalt itself, if left alone. Decide whether little self will rule your life down, or live by soul and let Oversoul I AM rule you from up.

Who is going where, I AM or "little me?" Declare, "I am all conquering!" The action to take is to ask, seek and knock in one of three ways. "Little me" says, "Gimme. I take," and is blown by every wind. Reason and intellect, which says, "I have" and "I know," are too busy seeking causes to find time to conquer. Self and intellect are filled with too much "that's impossible," too much "I say so" talk, and not enough "I do so" practice.

To respond to new ideas, ways, patterns and illuminations, you must ask, seek and knock at the door of intuitive I AM consciousness. So, you desire that God uses you, and ask to be used. Decide to love enough, and seek God's love. Under action, you knock at the door of abundance, where all things are possible. I AM takes you. I AM can. I AM does.

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Religious Slavery or Freedom? 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated October 9, 1955. Scribe: Ruth Bender Collord. Scripture: Matthew 7:7-8.

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." – Matthew 7:7-8.

Ask, seek and knock. People are confused by these words. They want to know how to ask and seek, and where to knock. When you have heard about Jesus the Christ, or a great truth to apply, you need seek no longer. You go up in consciousness and apply it.

What is religion? What is slavery? What is freedom? Take the great statements of truth and apply them to daily life. Religion is more than theology, creeds and dogma. Fear must be counted with its form, but this is not all. Religion is one of twelve great cosmic departments, just as science and harmony are cosmic departments of principle. Religion is the study of philosophic laws, the study of the principles of God and the management of His universe. Religion is a belief that binds the nature of man to a supernatural being and involves him in two ways, both as dependent on God and responsible to God.

Among metaphysicians, one type sits with his hands in his lap, passively knowing. The dictatorial type uses law as force until it reacts on him. Only then does he inquire. Slavery comes in many forms. You can be a slave to appetites, to a creed or to another's idea of religion, to a family member or to resentment in your own heart. You have no religious freedom if you are enslaved to your emotional life.

Freedom consists of desire, to know who you are, second, decision, to know where you came from, and action, to know where you are going. You are a joint heir to the kingdom of heaven. Jesus Christ is your elder brother, and he said, "Ye are gods" and it does not yet appear what ye shall be. You are the sons and daughters of God. You are endowed with His essential parts. If you doubt this, you will remain a slave to doubt and fear. If you say, "I can't do this," you are in bondage to doubt.

"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." – John 14:2. Eventually, you must accept that heaven is a place. Heaven is also a state of consciousness, and you create a heaven here as a place in which you live. Heaven is a place. Use this as the premise that when you are free of the body, you will be taken to the right place. You can make your own heaven here now.

Live by I AM consciousness for freedom, or follow self into slavery. You choose whether you allow "little me" to take you down in consciousness, or I AM to take you up in ascension. You choose this every moment of your life. The "little me" of self is always taking offense, being hurt and indulging prejudices.


“Live by I AM consciousness for freedom, or follow self into slavery.”


Desire: Soul desire burns for more illumination, new ideas, new glories. You want all this. "Little me" is long on "I say so" and blunt about "You must do so." In I AM consciousness, you lose that talking, forcing urge and listen to Spirit. Decision: Your decision eventually must be to follow the laws of Jesus Christ. Action: From your decision to ask, seek and find comes action. Do not let I AM be gummed up with the little self. Let the love of God cover the little self with love.

When self becomes intuition and illumination, you live in the I AM consciousness. The faith of God and the will of God are perfect. God turns you loose to live His way. Let faith and love function through you as His attributes. When little self stands up, demanding to be counted, pull it up to "I AM." Say, "Come up to God!" The subconscious mind is the seat of instinctive intelligence.

The Bible likens us to forty-nine animals, which live by instinctive intelligence. These people say, "It's only natural. It's just human nature. We all have animal desires." Yet why should you let creature consciousness run your life? The intellectual reasoning group always needs to know the reason why. "Who is God? Why should I believe that?"

Enter the silence to tell God that you love Him and ask for His Power to use you, to have His love rule your life. Ask to have His faith fill you, to overcome the world now. Thank Him that He is the One. Go to I AM to ask for new patterns to live by, ideas for new ways to do all things. Ask for God to use you. Ask, seek and knock. Do not reason it out, but call on Power to use you.

Ask that Power may use you. Decide to live by that surrender to the Power, so that you may give up more and more of self. Then the subconscious does all the right things. It will lift its voice in praise. The action of I AM in your consciousness opens the door to God's abundance. When you are in I AM consciousness, the abundance pours forth and the added things come. To be surrendered is to be possessed by the love of God. To stand in action is to let the I AM" consciousness be in action as the Father.

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Religious Slavery or Freedom? 3

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated November 27, 1955, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribe: Ruth Johnson. Scripture: Matthew 7:7-8.

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." – Matthew 7:7-8.

Ask, seek and knock are three simple words to hold so much. They form a key to your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual expression, which must be as one, without inner conflict. First, decide what is important.

Religion gives you a way to comprehend the meaning of slavery and freedom. The dictionary defines religion as "a binding of the natural man to the Supernatural Being" and involves two phases, dependence on and responsibility to that Being. Religion is also a scientific study of the principles and laws governing your relationship to God, the whole, and to man, the many parts.

Your practical application of religion is to modify and dilute these great principles and laws to an understandable solution to meet your daily needs and expectations of law. You cannot separate yourself from your Source, and you grow selfish when you judge only by your relationship to man.

Commonly, your approach to God springs from one of three backgrounds, devotional, intellectual or wishy-washy. Utter dependence ranges from the savage cowering from the storm, orthodox religionists who cling to the coattails of Christ, to those who depend entirely on God. The other extreme is chest-beaters who say, "I am God. God created law for me to use." They force their ideas on you, expressing inflexible opinions about law and proper conduct, not the immutable life of God.

The "I know that" type operates on intellectual intelligence. They say they live an impersonal life, but are pestiferously personal. Either of these extremes is limp, but they are the two halves of a perfect whole. Those who go to church because it is "the right thing to do" or "good business," are in the middle course. They just take their bodies there.

Lukewarm souls use instinctive intelligence, and work under little self, always striving to make others good so they will be happy. Yet you and and must agree with God, adjust to people, and use the oil of Spirit on your squeaky relationships.

We must have another approach to God, devotional and intellectual. No person is complete unless he has devoted himself to a Source greater than himself, as revealed in the personality of God. "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." – Matthew 7:7.

God cannot set aside divine law to please you, and taking advantage of God's good nature by expecting Him to do so is dishonorable. Yet worshiping God as just principle can leave you cold. Wisdom is the great intellectual principle, but love vitalizes principle.

Who am I? From where do I come? Where am I going? You are sons and daughters of God, the Word made flesh in God's way, by condensation as He descended into Creation.

You can "walk on water" after you conquer your emotional bondage. You can do only two things to substance: Raise its vibration and expand, or lower its vibration and condense. You raise the vibration under prayer by integrating the person with faith. Your desire flames on "seek," "knock" and "find" when you finally want to ascend. As you think of God, you are with Him, love Him and want more. Since you came from the Father, you want to return, and so you seek.


“You can ‘walk on water’ after you conquer your emotional bondage.”


Decide whether you will get off "little me's" teeter-totter faith. You wallow in weakness when you let life discourage "little me," but get up and do it when your desire to do flames. Your growing desire to know more about principle ascends to mate with your will to know. Desire becomes intuition. Will becomes illumination, and the River of Life supplies your energy.

What approach do you choose, the way of self or soul? The wise soul chooses desire, decision and action. Super-conscious Oversoul never partakes of the little self. You feel better when "little me" ascends to Oversoul, yet you are never more in heaven than you are right now. Law always demands payment for debts and deficiencies. Oversoul I AM always lifts "little me" up in its expression. The weaker self-based decision is to tarry along the great path.

The River of Life is now flowing home. Twenty years ago, all we heard was talk about war. Now all the talk is about peace, the cry of those creators who walk this high road of completion. Do what you know is good now. You can surrender self. Subconscious mind is your servant, so use it as such. Seek to be an instrument of almighty Power. You cannot make Love, Wisdom and Energy perfect, since they are already, yet you must seek them.

Knocking is that soul ability to seek greater knowledge. What you find is your ability to live by life's highest principles. Let the Light of God empower you to ascend as His sons and daughters. You seek more illumination, so raise your antennae of illumination and intuition.

You are an ascending creator god walking earth, a vessel to contain Power, a channel to sluice it, an instrument to speak the Word of direction and control. God needs prayer agents of service, working together to heal the world. The scientist and religionist are one because ultimately the quests and goals of science and religion are one.

God created you for Light and Power to use. You are His creator instrument. Simply relax, breathe deeply and recharge your energy to find the freedom to express as the creator you really are.

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Seeking Independence 1

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated October 20, 1957, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: Romans 5:1-11.

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement." – Romans 5:1-11.

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." – Romans 5:1-2. The only independence you can have is by faith. Only through faith can you stand unconquerable before the world in a state of grace, rejoicing in the glory of God. You can feel free only when you are rapturously shining with joy.

Independence to express as a creator is the only true independence. One person's idea of independence is to be left completely alone. He spends his time getting somewhere alone and fighting to be left alone. All he wants is to be free from dictation about what to do and how to do it. He's running day and night escaping in mind and heart from all his obligations and responsibilities. He ends in frustration and loneliness, alone with less and less and no one to care.

Others seek after the opposite form of independence, to have someone else assume all responsibility for everything. Such persons want another to do the thinking and planning. They want to be told what and how, and are lost without someone to turn to for help. Their idea of independence is to be completely dependent.

All insecurity arises from complete dependence whether the state, government, someone or something. The only lasting security is your faith in God and your love of work, knowing who you are, where you are going and how to start on the work at hand. All the unrest in the world results from seeking freedom and independence from the fear of bondage. People try to depend on other people and their ideas, nations depend on other nations, all without God.

Naturally, you want to attain this glorious place of God-sufficiency, of God-given Power. To do this, you must understand three stages of consciousness, repentance, reconciliation and atonement.

Repentance means to become aware of a misunderstanding or misrepresenting of law. You become aware of disobedience to any known law when something is wrong. Pain is an excellent trigger for repentance. If you over eat or eat the wrong things you experience indigestion, a pain. If you buy shoes that are fashionable but hurt your feet, you repent from the pain.

We all know someone who has been caught in the act of disobedience, and they offer a shame repentance. When you hurt someone whom you love, you repent for having hurt them. You experience and witness many kinds of repentance and types of pain. You repent mainly because you hurt, not because you have broken the law. Finally, you grow into a sense of contrition. You think, "I wish I had not done that." This is your first soul repentance.

Reconciliation deals with relationships to God, other people and things. Under reconciliation you must make friends with your enemies and submit to the disagreeable. Still, submission is not surrender or agreeing with the disagreeable. Instead you relate all the facts and actions. You learn many things. Dr. Thomas Parker Boyd said, "Our right to stretch our arms ends where the other fellow's ribs begin." You may not involve another in your hurts or revenge ideas just to satisfy self.

You learn that you may not force anyone to march with you to your goal. You cannot walk on broken laws or backs. You finally regret your past words and actions, and begin to pay your soul debts by sacrifice of self. You also learn that you may not involve anyone else in your sacrifices or debt-paying. You learn to stand at peaceful ease through all tribulations, knowing that your tribulations are mellowing experiences. You would not want to miss a single one.

Atonement means to be at ease with your self, your soul and with God. Atonement also means "to set at one." This means that God Light resets you to your soul rate of vibration. Atonement opens true penitence, far beyond repentance. Penitence seeks to repair past failures, lack and damage. It makes amends.

Repentance works on the outer, but penitence works within; it is a state of rapport with your own Oversoul. You are no longer thinking of me and how it will affect me, but of how it will affect the world. You must be close to God at all cost to self. All this is very interesting, but how do you know when you have received the atonement?

In Moses' time, atonement was a blood sacrifice, a lamb, a goat, a ram, a bull. In Jesus' time, he was the sacrifice, his symbolic flesh and blood communion. An ancient saying is that the initiate is unworthy until his feet have been washed in the blood of his heart. The feet represent understanding. The blood of the heart represents the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit, purifying you to give the sense of at-one-ment.

You will know when you can stand aside and watch lovingly when others commit some foolish wrong. You will know when you can pray and love each lesson and experience, even the tribulations, the tests, trials, and temptations. No longer is it difficult to obey, because What is that to thee? has become your way, your path. You know that to be lifted, is to lift, to bind up the hurts of others heals your own stripes.

You become untouchable in gentleness, immovable in compassion. When you build up more love by broadcasting than the price of the gift, your boon will be added. You will not need a charge account when you eagerly give God more devotion than He can give us in gifts. Then all things else shall be added; they can be added as fast as you make room to receive. This is the only true, lasting glory of independence. You are free to choose the path to your goal. And when you love enough, you pay as you go.

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Seeking Independence 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated October 20, 1957, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribe: Ruth Johnson. Scripture: Romans 5:1-11.

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement." – Romans 5:1-11.

The quest for independence is a great keynote of seeking, yet you cannot successfully pursue freedom outside yourself. Inner conflicts enslave you, for without faith, you experience fear, which is the faith principle turned upside down. Faith is the only independence you can ever have. Faith in God is part-time independence, but the faith of God is faith in action as freedom.

The soul filled with the faith of God stands serenely confident in a state of grace. You occupy a state of grace when you pray with a whole heart, as a mystic who communes directly with God. Yet you cannot turn to God without faith. A fall from grace is a fall from perfect love and faith of God into a lesser state of thought, emotion and action. You must comprehend the full faith of the living God.

First is the independent type, who wants complete autonomy to escape responsibility and obligations. He is the most dependent creature on earth. Next is the free type who prides himself on having no ties. Such persons are usually agnostic, admitting no relationship to God or humanity, receiving ever less from life, becoming more lonely. The martyr type seeks liberation from responsibility by depending completely on others, and will work their fingers to the bone for one who gives them this mistaken idea of freedom.

Nations seek to maintain their independence by inverted faith, which is fear. They build barriers for security, but God is the only true security. We, as a nation and as persons, must come to know this, and accept God as the ultimate.

The Mother's Love is the mustard seed of faith that grows into a mighty tree, the bit of leaven that ferments an entire barrel of meal. One person who loves God can leaven the Christed consciousness in humanity. Conversely, we can drain the world of evil by siphoning it off. The more people you see express hatred in the news, the more you can love God enough to declare it good. True love never measures itself. True love has no measure: It is limitless.

The fifth chapter of Romans describes three states of consciousness, repentance, reconciliation and atonement. Repentance is to turn away from misuse of Power and misinterpretation of law, and to stop doing what makes you suffer. You can repent in many ways. Dieting is food repentance. Women practice pain repentance when they discard fashionable shoes that cripple them. You practice shame repentance when you are found out or caught in the act.

Contrition is the first step in repentance, a continual round of I'm sorry until you become sorry enough. Finally, you regret, "I wish I hadn't done that," which is the second step in true repentance. Love-based repentance savors of a step higher, when you really desire to ascend, and do something about it.

Reconciliation begins when you regret your disobedience and desire to know what law means. You learn how far you can go by blundering and being forced to submit yourself to the disagreeable. The sacrifice is void if the martyr wears a long face. "I'll try" is tired of being uncomfortable, but is not yet motivated by the Love of God. You must reconcile yourself with God, law and others.

Atonement is a large word that means being at one, and whose outstanding attribute is penitence, which takes you to the Master's feet. You cannot bear to hurt him, so you work to come closer to God. You surrender, knowing you may not use Power, but Power should use you. With Paul you say, "This one thing I do now." Atonement is the magnificent description of how you set our vibration to God's high keynote of faith and love.

We atoned by sacrificing animals in Moses' day, but have made symbolic sacrifices since Jesus became the atonement. Atonement is at-one-ment. M is God as the Mother of Love. E is mother love on earth. N is the Holy Spirit. T is the ladder you climb back to God, your Source. You'll know you've made atonement when you stand without desire to retaliate, no matter what happens. You'll love, want to cover others' offenses, and agree with your adversary quickly.

An Eastern adage says that a student may not enter the Holy of Holies until he bathes his feet in his own heart's blood. The bloodstream houses the soul. The Son's red ray of energy permeates your bloodstream when you breathe the Holy Spirit deeply. Breathe the sevenfold Holy Breath deeply, to possess your bloodstream in the morning while still in bed, or you'll feel like a zombie all day. Send a fretful child back to bed to breathe deeply and get up on the right side of bed.

Everyone wants independence. They leave their parents or guardian for husband or wife, yet exchange one kind of dependence for another. Often you cannot speak of truth to your loved ones because truth is a rebuke to those who are still in the contrition stage. You will find no independence in thinking about how mean or inferior they are. You feel free only when you are at one with God and declare them perfect right where they are.

Learn to surrender self, close your heavenly charge account, and pay as you go. When you quit praying on the run or telling God you'll give it more time tomorrow, you'll desire to pray and love Him more. Making each day better than the last is the way to joy consciousness. Prayer is how to stay up in the Light and know God.

Give to God after you have made repentance, reconciliation and atonement. Pray, not to get, but to see how much praise and love you can give God. One day, you will want to embrace the whole world in love, and say, "This is good," even in the midst of death. Declare, "Everything happening among the nations is good and according to God's plan." God credits even those who are most evil for bringing evil into the open to be cleansed. God uses them to bring utopia to pass just as He uses your prayers.

Many people can repent without penitence. You can tell who they are because they say, "He loves me in spite of what I do." Penitence desires to be loved because. A penitent soul lifts the whole matter to an altar in surrender. Freedom that resets your vibration to the high keynote of faith and love of God is your glory of independence.

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Is Faith Enough?

This Edna Lister lecture transcript is dated June 21, 1960, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Ruth Johnson, Florence Waldorf, and Irene White.

Is God everywhere evenly present and available? Do I believe this? Do I know this now? Do I have faith in it? Am I sure? Can I leave anything, any part of God out of my faith? To say, "God is everywhere evenly present and available in all His parts, potentialities and qualities" is to make a metaphysical statement of faith in God's omnipresence. No particle anywhere in the universe is devoid of God. He is present and available in all His parts, attributes and substance.

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." – Genesis 1:1-5.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." – John 1:1-5.

Light, as life sparks, is the essence of God's substance, which fills the universe held within a magnetic wall that radiates from the Source. His Emanations Light is God and God is Light, as the principles of Wisdom, Love, and the Logos, endowed from the Source. Everything in form consists of life sparks. God has given the living soul the power of conscious direction and control over this substance, the primordial essence of which He has made all things. He has endowed substance with the power to become.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." – Hebrews 11:1. In inanimate objects, faith is unconscious as life sparks. However, "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." – James 2:14-26. Thus, the living soul's expression of faith must be conscious. Just to know that faith exists is not enough. You must know what faith is, how it works, where to find it, and how to use faith.

How to Visualize: What happens between asking and the fulfillment of prayer? Whatever you ask for, you must picture in form as substance, as a physical, emotional or mental expression. You must have an image in mind before you can ask, which we call visualizing it. The instant you clearly visualize it, God as Light moves to fill your prayer mold. If you imagine in a fuzzy way, you lack focus, so no Light can illumine and fill your mold.

"Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." – John 14:13-14. When you ask in the name of Jesus the Christ, believing, you have it. Like so many of the Master's statements, those that seem so mystical are the most practical. The minute you picture it, it is in your possession.

People visualize in three ways. Some build a prayer mold, worship it, then do not want it when they get it. Many build a mold of belief, not faith, fill it with doubt and let it go before it arrives. Successful people build their molds with love and wisdom then hold in faith until it comes.

Is faith enough? Faith must be enough because it is the substance of all Wisdom, Love, Joy, Mind, Substance and Power. If these principles remain static as just words, they cannot do anything. You need action. Faith with works is faith in action, in active creative expression. Belief is passive, inadequate unless you actively express your faith. You must put Mind into action as your expression, and convert your beliefs into one bundle of faith that you put into action. Mind must act upon faith in a creative, all-inclusive way. When you use Mind to direct your faith, and put all your faith in action, faith is enough.

Unless your love your prayer mold, constantly declaring it filled with greater Light as faith, then faith, as you are using it, is not enough. Faith will not work for you unless you know what it is and how it works. You can tell who has a sputtering faith that works off and on, now and then, because he says, "I don't know what I've done wrong! It worked before, why doesn't it work now?"

You have to visualize your prayer mold properly and love it enough. Faith builds the mold, love sustains it, and praise keeps it in action, filling it with faith as substance. Love the people connected with your mold. Love it because you already have it spiritually, mentally and emotionally; otherwise, you starve it.

Faith is one name for spiritual substance, but it is not the Mind that creates and acts. Faith is Light in action as spiritual substance that becomes form. Light, as the Emanations, remains one, regardless of which vibration is paramount within it. Faith is Light in action as spiritual substance. Faith is the life sparks energized to become whatever you visualize, declare and ask for in love. Love is the adhesive, cohesive Power of the universe that brings together the life sparks and inflates them to become solid, visible form. Love is in faith but you, as the living soul, which has the power of conscious direction and control, must express love. Nothing becomes visible without enough love.

How Three Becomes Four: An ancient key to a mystery says that "the three falls into the four." The simplest way of explaining this is to say, "The three facets of Deity — Wisdom, love and the Logos — become the four elements of form — fire, air, water and earth — in manifestation."

Now, let us take this one step further to apply it: Three is the number that symbolizes perfected personal expression. Four is the number that represents service. From the three, the four come forth into expression.

The Word is the Emanation of the Logos — also named Joy, Surrender, or Selflessness — that takes you to the Source. You use the Word constantly, every time you speak. Use the Word wisely, and learn to use joy to surrender self until you become selflessness. The fundamental principle of Light derives from the Emanations, and from Light, four fundamental principles manifest as color, tone, number and name (form). The One Light is the Three-as-One — the Father of Wisdom, the Mother of Love, and the Son of Energy — expressing as Mind, Substance and Power. There are many sets of four. One phase of four applies to each of the twenty-two Paths of the Tree of Life.

How the One Light Expresses

Father of Wisdom

One Light

Mother of Love     Son of Energy

The first set of four principles falls under the category of mysticism, which is by nature related to the fire element. The One Light emanates from the Source. From Light, flowing from the Source into manifestation, we derive four fundamental principles in action — color, tone, number and name (form).

The second set of four — the fire body, mental body, desire body and physical body — is classified under the category of philosophy, which is by nature related to the earth element. Philosophy serves God as Wisdom and deals with the various vehicles of the descended creator gods. The physical body, the outer sheath, reflects what goes on in the other bodies — emotional, mental and spiritual. Your outer physical sheath is the sum of your thoughts, imaginings and desires of the past and of this life.

The third set of four — the electrons, atoms, molecules and cells — is classified under the category of science, the hub of the Wheel, and includes all the different combinations of substance as life sparks. Each level is a combination of life sparks that express to manifest form at that level — cells, molecules, atoms and subatomic particles.

The fourth set of four — hearing, smelling, feeling and tasting — is classified under the category of psychology, which by nature is related to the water element), which is God as Mind, and personality in action as man.

The fifth set of four — fire, air, water and earth — falls under the category of metaphysics, which by nature is related to the air element, and constitutes freedom. These elements form the place on which you stand and describe the process of lowering a vibration and condensing substance.

Earth, the Material Symbol of Consciousness: Earth's life-lessons, the source of your practical understanding, are built on all the knowledge you gain through many experiences, often bitter. Earth gives solidity to the nature. It represents your sincerity and practicality, according to your present level of consciousness. Earth is the most condensed level of substance that can be formed into solid objects. The influences of earth life can profoundly affect your material, mental and spiritual life. The effect can be negative if you induct from the world, from a low point of consciousness.

Spiritual substance becomes symbolic "ashes" and the water element on the material plane. [In chemistry, ash is the non-gaseous, non-liquid residue after a complete combustion.] Your consumption of food, drink and oxygen produces potentially toxic waste by-products in the bloodstream, as do activities such as fatigue, emotions and thinking. Drink plenty of fruit juices, herbal teas and water to counteract these wastes.

Spiritual substance becomes "smoke," as vapor or mist on the mental plane. As you lift the effects of evil, the freed life sparks ascend as a smoky cloud. Idle words and all negative expressions create a heavy grey smoke that blots the aura. Positive expressions form a "mist" that waters the Garden of Eden. Spiritual substance becomes "fire" and a gaseous essence on the spiritual plane. Moses and the burning bush perfectly illustrate this principle.

Fire, the Material Symbol of Spirit: "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: for our God is a consuming fire." – Hebrews 12:28-29. God is fiery Spirit. God as spiritual substance must use and manifest in a physical medium or form. How do we apply this? When you are ready for spiritual substance to manifest, you may say, "What I have now (my car, apartment, home, etc.) is beautiful but I am ready to be promoted. Let Spirit work through this physical medium (equipment, body, situation, etc.) for good." When God moves as Spirit, something is being saved. He moves and acts only to be constructive.

Sometimes spirit seems destructive, but this cannot really be. Only the appearance is destructive. On a cold day, fire gives warmth. You can use electricity and burn fuel — gas, coal or wood — to produce heat, which is destruction resulting in good. Yet, misuse of any of these fuels could destroy your home or body. Fire destroys old forms, and burns out old ideas. All travail of soul comes through "trials by fire," which is how you become the purified "gold of spirit." All things work together for good, if you mix the ingredients right. Name it Good and put it on a cloud continent of Light. Declare, "I AM loves you. I AM loves this and brings it to perfection now." Have you the nerve to speak the Word this way? Do you have what it takes?

You must coordinate your life. Christ 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 door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved." – John 10:9. No man (material consciousness) cometh unto the Father (spiritual consciousness) except by me (soul consciousness). Soul consciousness springs from an emanation of Light. It is a spiritual flame from the Source that becomes the individualized expression of God.

Air, the Material Symbol of Infinite Power: Air is the symbol of the infinite Power to which everything must respond. Fire, representing spirit on earth, cannot function without air. Air is present in every element – earth, water and fire. Air is the symbol of the absolute All from which you create all relative form. The law of correspondence, which is "as above, so below," informs us that each thing, grade or vibration below holds all above within itself. Air set in motion becomes wind, a physical force of potentially great power. Air also symbolizes the power of intuition over fire, which is inspiration; air whips fire into a consuming blaze. The power of intuition from the Heart of Being ignites inspiration and causes the soul's mental faculties to look up in fervent enthusiasm and expectancy.

Water, the Material Symbol of Divine Mind: Water symbolizes both Divine Mind and man's emotional life expressing in three phases as ice, water or vapor. Water may overpower fire, yet the emanation of fire, as heat, causes ice to melt into water again. The fire of Spirit raises water's vibration to untold heights, into vapor, into the essential life sparks — the interplay goes on forever.

The water element has the widest possible range of obvious, visible activity of any of the elements. The ancients viewed water as a sign of venerable wisdom, or of an old soul. Water represents Mind acting through Substance as its form. Using the air of Mind, you can fan water into divine activity as visions, creative ideas and the expression of soul qualities as Christed consciousness. When fanned by cold intellect, water becomes agnostic ice, mind and form crystallized into opinions, prejudices and silly, stupid notions. When you allow water to rule your lower emotional life, it wrecks your material-physical expressions and creations.

Light is the source of the visual sense and spiritual vision. The one Light, the Three-as-One, manifests as life sparks to form all the trinities. Light is the source of apprehension, comprehension and soul vision; consider that you cannot see without Light. Seeing is God in action as you.

Color is the source of the auditory sense of hearing, physically and spiritually. The principle of color rules the electrons that compose the sun centers in the spiritual fire body, which encases the super-conscious mind of Oversoul, the seat of soul consciousness. You hear sound on an electronic vibration. You might think it more appropriate that hearing should come under tone, but because hearing is next to Light, which enables seeing, it must be the highest vibration under the Three.

In this age, the ability to hear the "still small voice" of God, the Master or your own guards, has atrophied to the ice stage in most souls. You can raise the vibration of ice only by heating it; thus, hearing, physical and spiritual, comes under fire because you must burn away the dross of crystallization. Hearing colors your life, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Air carries the tone of the Word and it registers on the rods of Corti, the pillar cells forming the outer and inner walls of the tunnel in the spiral organ.

The organ of Corti is the ear's microphone, perceiving sound in a range of 25 Hz to 1600 Hz; unrolled, it would appear like a piano keyboard. The nostrils are definitely connected to these piano strips on which tone registers. You can raise the vibration of the eustachian tubes, set the electrons and protons dancing, and the deaf will hear. Extreme grief and a desire to escape life are factors that cause 90 percent of deafness; escape artists will always have trouble hearing. You must leave the ice stage to enter the Light stage for healing. Love, acting through faith, brings healing.

Tone is the source of the olfactory sense of smell. The principle of tone rules the lotus centers and the atomic mental body, which encases the rational soul or conscious mind. The seat of will is embedded in the brain at the level above the nose. The sense of smell is closely connected with seeing. Sometimes you can see what you cannot smell and smell what you cannot see. When the sense of smell fades, breathe deeply, because the atoms have collapsed. Use your sense of smell, but keep your nose out of other people's business.

Number is the source of sensation or feeling. The principle of number rules the vital centers and the molecular desire body, which encases the appetitive soul or subconscious mind. This is the seat of both emotional feelings and physical sensation.

Name, or form, is the source of the gustatory sense of taste. The principle of name is the spoken Word that is used to name you uniquely in the universe. As the seat of self-consciousness, it rules the auric sheath of Mother blue Light, which acts as a cushion to absorb shock to the cellular physical body. The Word becomes flesh as the physical sheath, which is a shell, the form you create by your emotions, imagination and thoughts.

You can neither repudiate the physical, nor should you give it too much negative power. Never say "this old body" or "my body is miserable." The physical sheath protects the higher level soul bodies. The whole point is to lift and ascend self-consciousness to soul-consciousness and back to Light as God-consciousness.

How Light Becomes the Four Elements

Light
Seeing

Color · Hearing
Fire Element · Electrons
Spiritual Fire Body

Tone · Sense of Smell
Air Element · Atoms
Mental Body

Form or Name · Sense of Taste
Earth Element · Cells
Physical Body

Number · Sense of Feeling
Water Element · Molecules
Desire Body

The Four Qs of Power are quantity, quality, quickness and quietness. Q has a numerical value of eight (8), the number of Power and of tying earth to heaven by integrating your perceptions of the seen and the unseen.

As St. Paul wrote, "We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." – 2 Corinthians 4:18. These four attributes of Power are available for you to use in surrendering to and becoming the servant of all Power.

Quantity operates under the principle of inaction or inertia. Quantity, used in relation to the material, physical body, governs the instinctive capacity in matter under the principle of form, which we know as conservation of energy. Quantity is the guiding principle of life for those who live from urge to urge; they measure life by what they have or do not have.

Quantity, as applied to the mental life, refers to the capacities of perception, memory and abstraction. An abstraction is an idea stripped of its connection with mind, which describes subtraction. Rationalization is the abstraction of thought. By overly rationalizing, you can strip the most beautiful idea given under soul vision until nothing remains.

Quality operates under the principle of action. Quality determines the intellectual capacity of individual mind that governs the mental faculties of imagination, reason and judgment — the quality of mind as used by the soul. Quality is cumulative, and soul constantly acts to develop all these qualities in mind. "We have the mind of Christ." – 1 Corinthians 2:16. "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 2:5.

Quickness operates under the principle of reaction. Quickness determines the inspirational capacity for illumination, which governs poised desire, inspired thinking, and God-consciousness. Quickness is being mentally alive, alert and aware. Instantly declaring, "This is good. Let there be Light," is the perfect reaction for lifting.

Quietness operates under the principle of counteraction. Quietness is akin to Nirvana, a place of poise and calmness, the Center of All, of God, of Light. It is the intuitive capacity that governs the faculties of intuition, realization and comprehension. Counteraction is a response of divine Mind ascending from darkness through intuition. Thus, instantly lifting darkness is the right use of the principle of counteraction.

Faith is the great coordinator of ascension. All religions, from the lowest to the highest, are based on inspiration, aspiration, devotion and faith. Faith causes you to aspire toward something greater than self, and inspires you to look up. When you find this goal, you express faith in it and faith-full devotion to it.

Thus, faith, the principle of omnipresence, is man's expression of hope and aspiration on earth. Faith challenges the living soul to "believe to see." As faith fills the pioneering spirit, it creates a bold, unwavering conqueror. Faith carries you from God as Light into outer expression as form, and back to God as spirit. You can have faith in yourself because you are the faith of God. Now you can trust God because you trust yourself.

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The Four Faiths

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for September 11, 1960, Tacoma, Washington. Scriptures: James 1:17, John 1:1 and Romans 8:38-39.

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

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

"I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." – Romans 8:38-39.

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." – James 1:17. This plural word "lights" holds the secret of all miracles. Supernal spiritual Light is the basis for man's illumination. The I AM consciousness at the center of each soul looks up to its Source, reaches up and touches the I AM THAT I AM of God. The result is an explosion called illumination.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." – John 1:1. The illumination is a vibration of Light which is the Word that was with God, and was God. The Word still is God's substance, called faith. The Word as Mind is Christ consciousness in man. One illustration of the Word becoming form is how you send a vibration over a wire that then becomes a telegram. You can translate vibration into outer words direct, but it is still God as the medium and the Word.

Everyone knows what love is. Faith is as important because it is "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." The four phases of faith seem obvious when named. First, faith is the pioneer. Second, faith is the coordinator. Third, faith is man's vision. Fourth, faith is your challenge. Men and women founded our nation on faith as pioneers, unwavering, untouchable, and courageous.

The Founders did not sit on Plymouth Rock and rationalize away their courage with, "Will this work?" Today's Plymouth Rock faith is like an overstuffed chair. You can sit in comfort while making miles and miles of statements assuring God of your faith in Him. They did not expect God to come down and clear this land and build their houses. They hustled every minute, just as the lily bulb spends its days and nights.

Then came the second faith. They coordinated their lives into communities, then drew up laws for the common purpose of good for all. A new thought stepped in as the third faith. It was a new vision of hope and freedom from creeds and dogmas, soul freedom for and through each individual. Here man learned to obey certain definite laws to produce miracles. For example, your obedience to law determines the size of your "added things," or miracles.

Believing to see brings you to the fourth faith, the challenge of law. Religion is not for show, but to serve God. You seek God to be used by His Love and Power. You ask through the faith of God. You hold your gains through the love of God.

Faith has proved itself. It is. Your faith of God must be great enough to condition your whole world. The Elect creator gods are the new space pioneers. Men have created the ENIAC[1] and UNIVAC I[2] computers. God created you with your own personal UNIVAC, only your keyboard is above. You touch the switches as the Light. Your faith unlocks the computer. I AM consciousness presses the keys.

Dare you invoke this Power by faith? To use you? Are you bold in your love of God? Faith, in all four phases, is an unconquerable faith.

Endnotes

1^ ENIAC: In 1942, physicist John Mauchly proposed an all-electronic calculating machine. The result was ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer), built between 1943 and 1945 — the first large-scale computer to run at electronic speed without being slowed by any mechanical parts. For a decade, until a 1955 lightning strike, ENIAC may have run more calculations than all mankind had done up to that point. – The History of Computing Project.

2^ UNIVAC I: The UNIVAC I (Universal Automatic Computer) was the world's first commercially available computer. The first UNIVAC I was delivered on June 14, 1951. The machine was 25 feet by 50 feet in length, contained 5,600 tubes, 18,000 crystal diodes, and 300 relays. It utilized serial circuitry, 2.25 MHz bit rate, and had an internal storage capacity 1,000 words or 12,000 characters. It utilized a Mercury delay line, magnetic tape, and typewriter output. – The History of Computing Project.

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Here and the Hereafter

This Edna Lister Prayer Circle speech outline is dated November 14, 1960, Washington, D.C. Scriptures: 1 John 5:1-4, 1 John 5:14, 1 John 3:1-2 and Romans 8:38-39.

"Whosoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and everyone that loves Him that begat loves him also that is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith." – 1 John 5:1-4.

"This is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us." – 1 John 5:14.

"Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore, the world knows us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see him as He is." – 1 John 3:1-2.

You hold this precious newborn hour in your hands. How shall you give it life, growth, maturity and make it pay God dividends? You do so through your faith and love.

People spend their whole life in a preparation to live "hereafter." Parents buy insurance policies for their child's college education, annuities to provide security for their old age, and insurance pensions, to say nothing of the savers for a rainy day.

Every hour of the future is a hereafter, here and now. With many, religion is but an insurance policy taken out for the hereafter, meaning death, of course.

Faith is the name of your insurance policy, and it guarantees that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is deathless, ageless and abiding. Nothing can be lost or destroyed. God is always available, always sending Light. His angels have charge over you. He guarantees eternal life.

How do you pay the premiums on your faith policy?

"Whosoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and everyone that loves Him that begat loves him also that is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith." – 1 John 5:1-4.

"This is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us. – 1 John 5:14. If you believe in Jesus Christ, you love God and your neighbor as yourself, and keep God's commandments, which are not grievous. His commandments are grievous only when you hold onto opinions, prejudices, pride of self and act as a know-it-all.

Steadfast faith overcomes the world. Yet, how can you hold fast? "Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore, the world knows us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see him as He is." – 1 John 3:1-2.

"I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." – Romans 8:38-39.

You must know your identity as a son or daughter of God. You could fill a volume with God's promises to you in payment for keeping His commandments and loving your neighbor as yourself. If you are willing to accept the terms of this policy, which define your relationship to and with God, you sign your contract with God. Paying your faith premiums means security against fear, darkness and illness.

Then you can build new prayer molds for your hereafter now. Every hour of every week of every month of the year is your hereafter. You cannot live one hour of it now or answer one question about it now. Trying to live both here and hereafter simultaneously is impossible.

Live now gloriously, and build beautiful prayer molds for your next hereafter. Then, when that hereafter becomes the present, you will have the answers and the faith-substance will fill your molds. Once your prayer ends, your hereafter begins. Stop dragging your now into your hereafter.

People have so many approaches to faith and different types of faith. For example, a paralyzed woman dreamed for twenty years of dancing on a cloud.

You need a three-stage rocket to boost you into an ascended orbit of faith. In the first stage, faith looks up and soars. In the second stage, faith looks around to serve while loving its neighbor.

The third stage sets you forever in your new orbit of joyous faith, unconquerable and victorious. Faith gives you your new Christed immortal feeling now.

"I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." – Romans 8:38-39.

Nothing can separate you from God. This is your glory, your assurance, your confidence that God is over all. His everlasting arms are beneath you, our nation and the world, and His almighty o'ershadowing wings cover everything and everyone in protection.

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The Ladder of Faith 1

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated December 18, 1960, Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: Matthew 6:5-15 and Revelation 8:1-5.

"When thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." – Matthew 6:5-15.

"When he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake." – Revelation 8:1-5.

Incense represents darkness from earth that ascends with your prayers to the angel with a censer, who receives it. Its substance is then added again to God's Mind, Substance and Power, as one. Mind, Substance and Power are like triplets with a shared umbilical line joining them. If Power and Substance are torn loose from Mind by the wrench of force, they must be redeemed the same way, through force.

The substance can be added this way at the altar. Power, however, must be redeemed by absorbing the force through an object, represented by the thunder, lightning and earthquake in this text. You do this through prayer. Thus, your ultimate reason for prayer is to reintegrate all separated Mind, Power, and Substance, which must be added to the whole again.

What is prayer? What does it do for you? Prayer is the only key to unlock the master switch to turn on the full Power of the Source of All Power. Without it, nothing happens. The proud Pharisees stood on street corners holding the gifts they were taking to the temple for everyone to see. Jesus pointed out that by doing this, they had their reward. Your reward is exact. You receive just as much as you put into your prayer. Skull bumper prayers are lukewarm. Ceiling bumper prayers are getting warmer.

Some who pray get bored and go to sleep in the golden silence. People often complain that group prayers are boring. Do not listen to the words of others, but ride out on silent praise and devotion to see and hear spiritually. Prayer is the only way to really contact the Source. Do not try to take self into the silence with you. Lift the day's episodes onto a cloud of fire. One statement is enough. You need only a glance at the negatives, not pondering them.

Many use the silence to contemplate, analyze, and rationalize, which is indulging the self. Yet the only way into the heart of prayer is through praise. Prayer opens on praise and ends on praise, never, ever on self or on needs. Praising God forms a shaft of Light, direct from the Source, over your head, the same Light that protected Daniel in the lions' den.

If your mind is full of self's needs, sit down and write God a letter, telling Him all about it. Seal it, then mail it with a match. Burn it and say, "Thank You, Father." Then go sit in the golden silence, offering praise.

Perfect prayer covers eight needs of life. "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." – Matthew 6:9-13.

"Our Father which art in heaven." – Matthew 6:9. Our Father is the world sponsor of all humanity. He is all-inclusive, a shared Father, the One God, over all. Hallowed be Thy name. – Matthew 6:9. To hallow is to honor as holy. Approach God with awe, devotion, and honor, to stand on holy ground.

"Thy kingdom come." – Matthew 6:10. What kind of kingdom is this? Jesus spoke of the kingdom in the parable of the pearl of great price. He also said it was like a mustard seed, aggressive, like leaven, able to expand, and pervasive. To make bread, you must knead and mold it. Your results, light or dark, depend on the kind of leaven you use, of the soul or the self.

"Thy will be done." – Matthew 6:10. Wisdom operates as will in man. You have free choice as to how you use will. A hair's breadth separates determination and personal force. There is danger unless you use "let" when you speak the Word. Then lay it on the altar and forget about it. Continue to thank the Father that you already have your desire. Proverbs 22:4 says that the rewards of humility and fear of the Lord are riches, honor, and life.

"Give us this day our daily bread." – Matthew 6:11. Be thankful, and use what you have this day. "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." – Matthew 6:12. Give love for whatever comes your way. Then you will have no past because you have forgiven.

"Lead us not into temptation. – Matthew 6:13. You lead yourself into every temptation you choose to pursue. God uses every tempter to fulfill His purposes. "Deliver us from evil." – Matthew 6:13. Your task is always to ask God to send Light. Light is the "ladder of faith." Prayer is an emotional outlet and your only way of adding Mind, Substance and Power together again. Prayer becomes your ladder of faith. When you pray without ceasing, your prayers build that ladder rung by rung.

Love is principle. Faith is the application of principle in the outer world. Faith is your expression of an inner love of God. Prayer will carry you any distance, up in consciousness and ascension, or to outer success. ascend in consciousness first, and consider the outer last, but your prayer must be continuous. Prayer is your jet engine. Faith is the Power to run it.

Faith is also the great finale to prayer. Some folks never listen to God. They never hear, never have time, but are just too busy to wait for the answer. Once you use praise to make your contact and God is on the line, remember to turn your dial to God and say, "Over." Then you will hear His Voice.

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The Ladder of Faith 2

This Edna Lister Bible study transcript is dated December 18, 1960, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Ruth Johnson and Virginia Whitehead. Scriptures: Matthew 6:5-15 and Revelation 8:1-5.

"When thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." – Matthew 6:5-15.

"When he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake." – Revelation 8:1-5.

We have never taught this portion of Revelation as part of our prayer formula, but it is. It gives us a universal reason to pray. Include yourself in prayer, because you are part of the whole. You get exactly what you fish for in the River of Life. Your fishing rod of divine Mind must be well baited with love of God or you catch nothing, your prayer brings no results. Unfortunately, some people feel self-important when they pray. Prayer must be well-nigh boiling with the love of God, or no answer comes.

"And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets." – Revelation 8:2. The angel trumpeters are agents of God, who sound the trumpets on January 12 and August 10, when the universal life quickens. These verses mention thunder and lightning. Thunder heralds God announcing a new, increased vibration in the universe. Lightning symbolizes seven Light rays, which means God is revving up universal activity, rewinding the celestial clock to accelerate time or release new Power. Time ticks faster when God releases Power. Time now seems accelerated, and it is. We are moving faster than ten years ago, and put more into a day, so we know the trumpets have sounded again.

"Another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand." – Revelation 8:3-4. These verses assure us that a divine personality always hears our prayers. We are those saints, the ascending Elect, whose prayers rise as incense before the throne.

To pray for someone who has misused law, lift his negativity as a dark cloud of "incense" that rises to an inner altar. God neglects no one. Your prayers of love for others ascend to the proper altar, which absorbs the smoke.

"The angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth." – Revelation 8:5. The love of God within that fire cast to earth draws all similar force left on earth to itself. When you misuse law, you separate Mind, Power and Substance. Power and Substance fill your molds and churn Substance into visible manifestation. You can separate them only through misuse of Mind. Yet the result then is lifeless. For instance, negative emotions such as resentment, revenge motives, and criticism can emotionally tinge soul substance. A mother who says, "Just wait, my dear, some day someone will do to you what you are doing now," is expressing a revenge motive.

"There were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake." – Revelation 8:5. When you separate Mind, Power and Substance, the wrenching causes "earthquakes" of illness or accidents. Lift the "thunder and lightning" force, which describes spiritual debts contracted by personalities. Personality must lift force. You sent out the force, so it returns to you to endure and lift, to show you where you are remiss before God.

The meaning of the Golden Age is to live both sides of life, inner and outer at once, as Jesus did. Live in the world while you maintain consciousness of the golden silence, which you can enter only on praise. Praise God and lift all others to their own secret place.

"When thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward." – Matthew 6:5. The Pharisees stood and prayed publicly on the street corners. Their reward was having others see them. If you take self into prayer, you get your reward, more self. Self is an illness to a healthy soul. Get rid of it.

"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him." – Matthew 6:7-8. You need not mention anyone's ills or needs, for God knows all needs. Say, "Father, please let my voice lift this force." Ascend into the golden Light where the angels stand, and lift that force in love and praise.

Most people tell God how they ache because others misunderstand them. You need not pray for self. If you must pray for self, write God a letter and burn it. Set a match to the kindling of self and let the incense of your prayers arise. Put the troublemakers on a cloud continent of Light, surrounded by fiery lights, saying, "Let the Power go forth, Father, to fill them and blanket earth."

Prayer is the flowing water of the River of Life. Prayer is knowing that God is, an assurance and confidence, the glory of soul expressing. High prayer is a glory. Your room of Light is right here, right now. Enter your temple of soul, close the door to the world and say, "Here they are, Father."

The eighth angel in the text from Revelation symbolizes the eight phases of the Lord's Prayer: "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name." – Matthew 6:9. Every world religion has an equivalent of the Our Father. You invoke Him when you say, "Our Father which art in heaven." If the whole world talked about the Father, we could have no false gods. We are all one. With this phrase, you knock on the door to heaven.

"Thy kingdom come." – Matthew 6:10. What is your idea of being in heaven with the Father? Is it to be happy and make the other fellow good? Your job is to be good and make the other fellow happy. You can ask for a raise today but it may be a bad day for the boss. Fill the boss's office with a sun center of Light before entering. Ascend above the sidereal vibration, to the Source of God.

How big is your heaven? How big is your reward? Like a mustard seed that will grow into a mighty tree? Like leaven that causes a loaf to rise? Love fills a room like leaven. Love fills a family when you love enough. Leaven thoroughly permeates bread, as your Father permeates you.

You get leaven to work by kneading it, then deflating it so it can inflate again. You pummel it to mix it thoroughly and cause it to rise. When life pummels you, God is preparing you to expand. Life needs to deflate you before you are any good. This hurts, but it works to your glory.

"Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." – Matthew 6:10. The will of God is Wisdom expressing as absolute perfection, a principle flowing through the River of Life, and all the Power released by exercising free will. Choice is free, but your results will depend on what you choose. You can let your will express as the love of God, or love of self.

When you use your great faculties of determination and steadfastness, it stiffens your spine to bear the difficulties of earth, not like a rod of brittle iron, but like a strong yet pliable willow. The spine is your rod of Power. When someone injures his stiff and brittle back, he has used will for the self.

"Give us this day our daily bread." – Matthew 6:11. If you ask for something next June but not for this day, what will you have today? Nothing, for you will spread today's good thinly on next June's slice. Put your plans on clouds of Light, and arrange different prayer molds on different clouds. Keep your molds for future months separate from today's. Pray for today's good first. Do not let anything fog your molds as you pray for today's good. Keep your future molds polished and fill them at other times. Pray in steps, in the right order, or scattered prayer will delay your miracles.

"And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." – Matthew 6:12. This phrase mentions debts and debtors. If you forgive the debts others owe you, your Father will forgive your debts. Pouring love on everyone is crucial. Live as the Christ would live and imagine that you are Christed.

God cannot forgive you if you still charge a debt of blame or guilt to yourself or others. If you cannot declare that Light absorbs the past, you have not forgiven your debtors. What you bind or loose on earth is bound or loosed in heaven. "Father, forgive my debts" is self-thinking that blocks your good. "Father, forgive me" is the prescription. Debts blossom when you want someone else to pay them.

"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." – Matthew 6:13. God never leads you into temptation, but you lead yourself with self-thinking and devotion to self. Do not blame yourself for the past, just ascend high enough to lift the force you have created to the altar. Grab negative thoughts, ascend them, and change them into Light.

Every day you cry, "Father, deliver me." Every day God delivers you from something, from your one small inanity to your million stupidities. He delivers you from your self-created evils all the time. For everything you lift, He lifts you miles and delivers you. He makes you remember to return and finish what you have left undone. God speaks to you as your conscience.

"For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever." Amen. – Matthew 6:13. Prayer builds your ladder of faith, and you build another rung when you stand firm. Love is the principle. However, faith builds your love into visibility, and keeps it operating and working. Faith is the expression of love that makes things visible.

Prayer is too often a one-sided affair. Many reach the golden silence, and may stay there all day, but complain that they do not hear God's Voice. To see and hear spiritually, you must listen. High prayer tunes you to God's broadcasting station. You can train your ears until you rev your spiritual hearing up to a higher band. Say, "Here I am, God. Over," as aviators do, then listen.

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Without Shadow of Turning 1

This Edna Lister sermon outline for June 18, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: James 1:5-17.

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." – James 1:5-17.

We have just come through the period of increasing Light to teh summer solstice, watching the miracle of spring. Breathtaking beauty has burst forth from complete cold barrenness, from darkness. Does anyone think all this just came overnight? Down in the darkness, underneath the dead surface, in the quiet darkness, something was happening. The Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. – John 14:10. The process of growth was working under the phases of expansion, explosion and expression.

In the bulb, the bush, the tree, the process works the same. Nature has been meeting the challenge of the sun toward growth. The rate of growth in any living thing is determined by its ability to appropriate life as Light. The nature of the bulb, for example, is to follow the unconscious urge to become, according to the pattern written in its being. It appropriates from and uses earth's magnetic and etheric currents, moisture and minerals.

God has given man consciousness and the personal equipment, the tools with which to appropriate. Individually, you meet the challenge of the Light coming down from above. You reach forth with his God-given tools and appropriate from this abundance of life. Your desires, thinking and imagination appropriate from Mind, Substance and Power, which are free and limitless.

The size of the portion of your heart that you give to love, devotion and seeking, determines how much you appropriate. Love expands that portion devoted to desire, so that the amount you appropriate depends on the degree and kind of your desire, its size and heat.

Nothing limits your appropriation of Mind, Substance and Power, save the eagerness of your prayers. You are the limit you place on your thinking, desire and imagination. Under expansion of your desire to learn and to know, you appropriate from every lecture, book and idea you experience in the world. Every prayer and inner illumination pushes your limits, until you become over-full.

Finally, you burst forth from the old, shedding the old bonds with an explosion. Sometimes is so great that it drives you from an old paradise. Like Humpty-Dumpty, you fall off the wall you built, break the shell and cannot put it together again in the same old pattern. Imagination and desire have expanded and extended your horizon. Move to a higher cloud of Light, and lift the people for whom you are responsible, too. Meanwhile, you help the less capable ones onto small new clouds of their own.

"What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." – Mark 11:24. You begin with half surrender, half love and have half faith. Finally, you learn that faith is the actual possession of your desires now. Experience will teach you the difference between a declaration and a demand. A demand is always forceful, a grim determination that only thinks it has given up control and surrendered self.

People who are stuck here say, "I want it. I have prayed. I have sacrificed." Beware of any "I," anywhere, anytime. The expressions of "I-me-my-mine" are nothing but self. Self says, "I have given." Soul says, "Let me give more." A declaration begins with, "Let there be," and you name the object of your desire, the goal. Then you reach for that feeling of "rightness."

Spend time loving God. Fuel the faith fires to keep them going. Your tools are thinking, desire and imagination, your steering wheel of life. You are tired of flying blind, so you put in a new instrument panel with new control switches:

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." – James 1:5-8. The instructions here are clear: Ask God, ask in faith, and remember that a double minded man is unstable.

"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." – James 1:12. Endurance does not quit before the objective is reached.

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. – James 1:17. God is not variable, on "again, off again. You cannot afford to be either.

Your new control switches are labeled Ask, Faith, Enduring, and Single-minded. Your reward for your newly expanded soul identity is a crown of life. You gain the identity that "Ye are gods." – John 10:34. Your way of life is to follow the Light.

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

Everything moves up and gives up its old life to create the new, "without shadow of turning." It takes heat to cause expansion. The warmth of love and joy are an irresistible combination.

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Without Shadow of Turning 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated June 18, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Elizabeth Barnes, Ruth Johnson, Irene White, and Virginia Whitehead. Scripture: James 1:5-17.

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." – James 1:5-17.

Do you believe that God is invariable, and never turns from His creation? He is faithful to us as we must be to Him. We have watched the glories of spring, unfolding great incomparable beauty. Did that beauty come overnight? Deep in the darkness of winter, when earth looked barren and dead, something was happening. Our Father was working. Spring is our proof that despite us, deep within, something is happening. If you lack wisdom, turn to God and ask in faith, believing.

Satan had decided that if he could bind the soul of man, he would win the world. Satan wanted God to hide man's soul in the depths of the ocean. The heavenly council refused. He proposed hiding it in the bowels of the earth. Again the council refused. Then Satan said, "Hide it deep within man himself, then he will never find it." Satan almost won, for only prayer has saved humanity. The Light of God is saving the world through us. God has released enough great Light through us to conquer darkness.

Your physical equipment releases the Power. God sent you here with this equipment ready to use, but your potential is largely asleep. You must awaken it. A few great minds in our age have used their potential to give us modern marvels, jet planes, missiles, satellites, etc. Yet, the potential has always been there.

A deeply buried flowering bulb appropriates its degree of truth through an implanted divine urge, and reaches up to the sun. A bulb unconsciously calls on magnetic currents, minerals and moisture in the air to grow up to Light and produce its flower.

Man's equipment and creative tools are different. You do not have this flower bulb urge, but you do have brain cells and faculties, including thinking, desire and imagination. With these creative tools, you may consciously appropriate all you need from God's Mind, Substance and Power to condense Light into energy and substance dense enough to fill your prayer molds. This is yours to use.

How much of your heart have you devoted to the love of God? The size of your love donation determines how much you can appropriate from your divine heritage. Say, "Here I am Father. Move in and use me."

Your potential is limitless. You can awaken forty-four great soul faculties but usually use only three or four; Einstein used five. You can awaken every faculty and quality to express, but may use them only to the honor and glory of God.

You must awaken your burning desire, which is your personal "heat of the sun." And you must send forth God's Love as compassion for humanity. Love is brisk and firm, stands on law and is compassionate, without blame.

You can reach the point of knowing that you can pray in faith believing and you have it. However, you can have only what is yours, according to the amount of soul substance in your Oversoul Star. Also, you must learn the difference between forceful demands and declarations. You can declare that you will have a car, but not demand a certain car, because that is selfish. You get the car that your unselfish mold builds.

Declare, "Oh, how I would love that car. Think how many friends I could take out in that car." See yourself giving others pleasure with your new car. Do not say, "God must answer this prayer." You can have only what is yours. This is true for everything. If you want to save your eyes, see God's perfection and good. Love Him enough for this to manifest. Then healing can come, but not if you continue to see and declare illness, limitation or evil.

You already have health in the invisible reality, so act as if you have it in the visible world of appearances. Do everything possible for your body's good. See yourself dancing on a cloud. This is how to possess health.

"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." – James 1:12. Focus your imagination up there, with God's reality. You make yourself good while you make others happy, and do not try to reform them. The Father of all lights puts the right words on your lips, and you will be able to say no, gently yet firmly.

A flower bulb represents the triple principle of expansion, explosion and expression. Ascend in consciousness to God. The instant you begin appropriating from God's almighty love, it expands your heart in understanding and you explode into growth. If you expand too quickly, you can explode, like Humpty Dumpty, and be left holding the pieces in self-pity. Yet it can turn out well if you pick up the pieces and go ahead. Lift your lines of Light and responsibility and open a new paradise. It will be greater than any you have ever conceived or imagined.

Have you expanded enough to give the world greater gifts than you did twenty years ago? How much can you desire? God's Power is so great that it can produce more miracles than you can imagine. You can draw on Light from above in unlimited qualities, if you choose. However, if you let your vibration die, you will wind up on the skids, resting to death. No one wants you then.

As you use your potential powers to mature and ascend, you expand, explode and express, which lights you from one paradise to the next. You can see how great and vast this is in comparison to the silly self-pity or fear to which you cling. When you think up in consciousness, you discover that God really is everywhere evenly present and available. Ask to have divine Mind's vibrations translated into words, believing you have it, with gratitude to God.

Expansion, explosion and expression are your set of standards, the code of principles by which you hold your point. Then, where you glance, the other fellow desists. Ask, believing you have it to receive, and enjoy it emotionally and mentally. You need ask only once. The rest is daily gratitude, praise and faith, which pours divine substance into your prayer molds and makes them overflow into glorious outer manifestation.

Have the sense of possessing something wonderful in the imaginary world, which is where all great things originate. You do not need to see how God engineers the vibration, but leave God's work to God! Have a single mind, perfectly focused. A double-minded man cannot receive anything from the Lord. Make a choice and stick to it. If what comes is not what you want, say, "God, I love this. Now I'm waiting for the real thing." Life is generally an endurance race. To endure means to stand as love. Complying with the law of endurance is believing that Power works through you. Even an evil man who believes he can do something, has faith in that.

Your crown of life is your conscious identity with God. You know the Power you can draw on, and who you are. You know that you have credits and debts to pay both here and on the inner. As a son or daughter of God, you are an heir to the kingdom if you comply with law. This is your heritage.

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

Abiding by law is wearing your crown of life and Light, which means you do know the way. You are a creator god, ascending according to your love, faith, forgiveness and your desire to do good deeds to help others. Lift and help wherever you can without drawing your skirts aside. This is your service, according to your Light, faith, desires.

Climb and ascend to the place of "no variableness or shadow of turning." The law of appropriation will provide all the strength you need. Do not walk in your strength, but reach up and plug your power line into the eternal Source of Power. Move from fear into a complete, satisfactory and beautiful way of life. Accept God's Word and get into action. Love more.

Call it good, and you will discover a new paradise. Open your heart wide to love and compassion, and use them as stepping stones to God. Move into this place from where every good and perfect gift descends.

"Father, we walk with Thee. Let all the love that can encompass every individual fill every cable of Light, move through us now and into our projects. Father, we thank Thee. We are vitalized with Thy Light and glory."

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This One Thing I Do 1

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

"But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island. But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country; and sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms. Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day." – Acts 27:21-29.

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

"Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, and said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul." – Acts 27:10-11.

As Paul had warned them, their ship was caught in a terrific storm, driven aground, and damaged. They repaired what they could and set sail again, spending the next three days in the teeth of the storm. The crew lightened the load, but that didn't help.

Paul had fasted through this, then stood up and told them of his warning, an I-told-you-so. "Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island." – Acts 27:21-26. Paul believed that he was witness to the appearance of a heavenly being, and that he had been given the lives of all who were on the ship.

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

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

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

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

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

Surrender is an outer, voluntary act of obedience, a final giving up of the self. Faith builds the stairs, but steadfastness and devotion are the right and left underpinnings, the risers. Surrender gives you the Power to climb. Surrender means how to give up. Do you give up your good? No. You give up only that which is dark or reacts as what you do not want. To lift up selfish desires is a glory. To give up righteous indignation, you must give up the indignation, not the "right use" of help for others. Once you can put up with it and grin, you have the right to say, "Enough." You cannot afford to allow pride to cloud your life or judgment.

Elias Howe, who invented the sewing machine, became discouraged while doing so because he could not figure a way to put the eye on the needle to thread it. His creditors were hounding him, and his wife had given him twenty-four hours notice that she was leaving him. Nearly in despair, he went to bed and dreamed that savages were leading him to a fire. By the light of the flame, he noticed eyes in the heads of their spears. He shouted so loudly that he woke himself up at 3:00 a.m., and had finished the first crude needle by dawn.

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

Paul's story is also about outstanding obedience under attention to details, from the Neophyte to the Christos Degree. "For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, "Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee." Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me." – Acts 27:23-25.

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

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

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This One Thing I Do 2

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

"But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island. But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country; and sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms. Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day." – Acts 27:21-29.

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

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

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

They battled the storm for three days and their fate seemed hopeless; the men feared they would be shipwrecked and drown. Paul exhorted them to be of good cheer. "Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island." – Acts 27:21-26.

Paul knew he simply had to speak and encourage these men. It is just as bad to stand back when you really know but do not speak the truth as it is to prophesy stupidly from opinion or prejudice. Parents answer their children's questions from their own past experience. Paul's experience told him of the terrific dangers of an equinox storm. He was bearing witness with logic, reason, the facts of his previous experience, plus his faith. This you should remember and always do.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Formula for Daily Living

This Edna Lister newsletter article for the International New Thought Alliance of Great Britain, was published June 16, 1964 by Lynda Willis. Scripture: 1 John 3:2 and Romans 8:28.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." – Romans 8:28. All things really do work together for those who love God enough. Then shall it appear that we truly are sons and daughters God. It shall then also appear what you can do and be when you love God enough and when your faith is constant and strong enough to overcome the world, with praise as your companion, day and night.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, it was written "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be." – 1 John 3:2. Beloved, we now say that we are now the sons and daughters of God and it does appear that we are doing the greater works and becoming the outer fulfillment of joy.

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The First One Through 1

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated May 2, 1965, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: Matthew 21:19-22 and Matthew 28-32.

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

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

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

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

We have permitted the forces of secularism and materialism almost to destroy our faith. Your capacity for faith diminishes as world opinions and ideas leave God out of the equation entirely. Worship of worldly opinions causes people to conform to secular humanism, and worship of material things causes faith to shrink. No Shekinah glory fills the sanctuary. No pillar of cloud leads us by day or pillar of fire by night. We hear no fluttering of angels' wings over us, see no miracles. No exultant praise fills our temples, and no mysteries are revealed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are all swimming in the River of Life. The weak and indifferent laggards are along the shores, backwashes and stagnant places, but regularly, the river sweeps them back into the mainstream. Prayer keeps us all afloat. Every prayer for those who are struggling draws someone into the sparkling waters again, though they may have been delayed.

I must be my own "first one through." My first call must carry me through the first time, without blame, regret or slipping backward. My faith unconquerable takes me through any problem the first time I pray. Faith is my justification, my glory, my triumph. My prayer of unwavering faith breaks through any barrier.

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The First One Through 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated May 2, 1965, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribe: Elizabeth Barnes and Irene White. Scriptures: Matthew 21:19-22 and Matthew 21:28-32.

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

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

Society is in a dilemma of secular materialism, leaning to science, denying the Power of God or that Jesus is the only Begotten Son of God. The world must face the truth that the Power of God exists. People magnify their personal fears into world fears. World trend requirements have made us a neighborhood, but not a brotherhood. Yet, you take yourself along with yourself, day and night, wherever you go. Be sure to bring your loyalty to God and personal integrity with you.

History reveals many who were the first one through with idea – Washington and our Founding Fathers, Gladstone, Disraeli, Marie Curie, Churchill, the Buddha, the astronauts, etc. Everyone with a new idea, who breaks through the barrier of "the way things are," suffers for it. People who have a goal are purposeful. Without a soul purpose and goal, a man is lost. To reach any goal, you must be the "first one through" for yourself.

Jesus taught the lesson of the barren fig tree because everyone is a fig tree in potential. Each has come through a barren state, some mental block to success. You must break through the barrier of self's barrenness to access the vast soul potential within you that is not yet bearing fruit. Each of the Elect is a creator, begotten by and descended from God. We have been thrown from the Garden of Eden and are earning back our place by good hard work.

In life, you go through periods of progression and regression. When a tree bears no fruit, you must uproot it. This is symbolic also of old emotions, ideas, beliefs and idle words. You must center yourself and focus on a goal, which in this case is returning to your original state. You are building a mansion in the sky. Never let go of your overall goal to attain any short-term goal.

You are building your road back home after what seems like eternities in the wilderness of consciousness. For every little surrender of the self, you are working on the inner to promote soul growth, earning back your position in heaven. You are breaking through the barrenness of self to those potential soul qualities within. Only your own weaknesses keep you from attaining. You cut your own vibration with idle words, and soul taints.

You may even destroy your own creative prayer molds just as you fill them to overflowing. Yet you do not waste one moment in guilt. Instead, quicken your consciousness and circumstances until you break through, and ascend in consciousness. Lift the past. Forget the past, and move forward, reaching toward the mark of the high calling of God.

Any idea you receive from the source of all ideas carries the power of that source with it. Release the Power. Declare, "Here I am, Father! Please shoot the Power through me to fill this mold. Let it come to pass." Do not take time to deny that you have a pain or any other hindrance. Break through now.

Ascend in consciousness into a new concept of where you are going. Give the goal all your faith, all your service, and serve no false gods on the side. When God puts a new beautiful heavy task before you, He says, "Child, no one out there can take away this beautiful form you have created. The substance is Christlike. It comes together again, and no one can tear it down. It will come together again."

God has already poured out the substance for your miracle-molds, and you cannot ask for anything too big. You can be the first one through with prayers for everything. When you pray a prayer for release of Power to gather some politician or public figure into the Light, declare them good, even if the news says they are black. Every time you pray, surround them with a sphere of Light, no matter how dark they are. Some people pass away under a cloud of hatred. Your task is to surround them with love, for the Light to heal them on the inner.

You can be the first one through. Lifting the darkness of earth is a wonderful goal.

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Your Soul's Accomplishment

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

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

Before these events Matthew describes in his Gospel, Herod had just given Salome the head of John the Baptist. His disciples told Jesus when they heard about it, after John's followers had buried his body. Immediately, Jesus went by ship to a desert place, apart, to pray. This was the event he had been waiting for, the exaltation that would end in his Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension.

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

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

A storm blew up and their boat was being tossed about on the sea. In the middle of the night, they saw Jesus walking toward them across the water. They thought he was a spirit, a ghost, and feared him. He said, "Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid."

Peter was always brash, and he was fully sold on Jesus. He wanted to walk to him, and said, "Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water." Jesus answered him with one word, "Come." Peter's faith was sublime, as long as he looked up in consciousness. He saw only Jesus, as Daniel saw only the Light in the lions' den. The difference here was in the quality of their faith. When Peter wavered, he cried, "Lord, save me."

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

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

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

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

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

The quality of your faith and quantity of your love must be exceptional. Your faith stretches your soul, and your love sends the substance to fill your creative prayer molds. Remember to constantly send up more praise, for praise carries your gifts of faith and love upward to God. Do you believe, in faith, that God is? Do you believe, in full faith, that a man can e God-high? Are you now convinced that your soul can accomplish anything? Do you center your attention on what you want?

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

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

Edna Lister


Etymology of faith: "Latin fides, fido, to trust; Gr. to persuade, to draw towards any thing, to conciliate; to believe, to obey. In the Greek Lexicon of Hederic it is said, the primitive signification of the verb is to bind and draw or lead, as signifies a rope or cable. But this remark is a little incorrect. The sense of the verb, from which that of rope and binding is derived, is to strain, to draw, and thus to bind or make fast. A rope or cable is that which makes fast. Heb."


Faith is an absolute principle.

Faith is an abstract principle.

Faith is a law of being.

Faith is a law of doing.

Faith is a soul virtue.

Faith is a soul faculty of mind ("knowing" faith).



Faith Is

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. – Hebrews 11:1-6.


Joy and Peace in Believing
Sometimes a light surprises
The Christian while he sings;
It is the Lord who rises
With healing on His wings;
When comforts are declining,
He grants the soul again
A season of clear shining,
To cheer it after rain.
– William Cowper



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References

Cowper, William. The Poems of William Cowper, John Cann Bailey, editor. London: Methuen, 1905.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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

Webster, Noah. "Faith," The American Dictionary of the English Language. New York: S. Converse, 1828. This work is in the Public Domain.


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