Loyalty, a Via Christa Degree

Loyalty is "faithful adherence to one's promise, one's word of honor, oath; faithful and true to one's obligations of duty and love, etc." To be loyal is to be "unswerving in allegiance, and implies a faithfulness that is steadfast in the face of any temptation to renounce, desert, or betray."


Your exercise of loyalty reveals that with which you identify. Loyalty to God is the first Commandment. Your loyalty is inseparable from your honor and integrity. Loyalty is an absolute and an abstract principle, a law of being and doing, a Via Christa Degree and a soul virtue. Loyalty is an absolute principle; God is loyal to His Creation.








Edna Lister on Loyalty

Your spiritual advance is judged by your faithfulness and loyalty to God and His law. – Edna Lister, July 25, 1938.


Be loyal and true, abiding always in charity and love. – Edna Lister, August 22, 1938.


Loyalty to God is our first Commandment. Live all it teaches: "To love honor above all things." – Edna Lister, September 6, 1938.


You must possess seven qualities in full measure to attain honor: purity, humility, compassion, empathy, loyalty, sincerity and gratitude. You must live honorably with loyalty to principle, to God and integrity of soul. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.


Loyalty is the greatest of virtues you can have on earth. – Edna Lister, March 12, 1941.


Your full loyalty is to God, not man. Loyalty to country is next to loyalty to God. – Edna Lister, April 29, 1948.


Loyalty to principle is honor. When you are loyal to God's principles, you cannot act dishonorably toward one of His creations. You have nothing to fear when you give your loyalty to God or to principle. You honor God as personality, and are loyal to God as principle. – Edna Lister, Do You Always Wear Your Armor? November 15, 1953.


As you ascend to the heights in ascension, you realize that you must live under absolute honor and loyalty and by absolute truth. If you can be untruthful to someone to cover something up, you are dishonorable to God, and are on the skids. If you reach a point where you must do something, you can remain silent by entering the golden silence. – Edna Lister, Go Preach the Gospel, July 22, 1956.


A "simple faith" is compounded of honor, loyalty, and joy. – Edna Lister, The Way, Your Path, October 14, 1956.


Honor and loyalty are your first requisites in devotion to God. The world's stubborn agnosticism is an inverted form of honor and loyalty. If you manage to convince a resolute agnostic about God, he later will be just as determined in his loyalty to God. – Edna Lister, Your Devotion to God, December 16, 1956.


Obedience to law will bring you to a state of honor, loyalty, integrity and consideration above all things. Loyalty is steadfast allegiance to law, to become legal. You are loyal to your Source if you have honor, though you may not count the small loyalties on earth as parts of this. You become loyal if you stand with allegiance to absolute truth, as a creator of harmony who can stand in the midst of disharmony and say, "This is the truth," with deep love and respect for God. Remain in your golden silence, and pray in selflessness and unconquerable faith, if you cannot speak truth. – Edna Lister, God Is a Gentleman, September 29, 1957.


Honor and loyalty mate and the first born are integrity and consideration in action. – Edna Lister, September 30, 1957.


Walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him. – Colossians 1:10. To "walk worthy" implies honor and loyalty to principle that leaves you unshakable. – Edna Lister, Desire Is Your Glory, June 14, 1959.


Honor above all things and loyalty to God are fundamental laws and absolutely necessary principles. Your philosophy of life depends on how you interpret and apply the principles and laws you have learned on earth. – Edna Lister, Your Philosophy of Freedom, June 28, 1959.


Justice is stainless honor of soul above all, expressed as loyalty to God as your Source first before earthly loyalties. – Edna Lister, What Is Symbolism? October 6, 1959.


You live by justice, honor and loyalty, but there are many degrees of loyalty. – Edna Lister, December 14, 1959.


Under a challenge, you may make a statement of truth, but if you look back in doubt and fear, you are disloyal to God; the Power of Light can make anything right. You cannot count yourself as faithful when you are disloyal to the Master. If you don't say, "This is Good," and remain loyal to it, you cut your own lines of Light. There is no belief or faith without loyalty backing honor and integrity. Honor, loyalty and integrity are the Son of Energy in action. – Edna Lister, Loyalty, Your Chief Officer, April 15, 1962.


Truth is a quality of the soul, a combination of the soul's honor, loyalty and integrity acting through the individual. – Edna Lister, True Thought Forms Your Ideals and Desires, September 9, 1962.


You may not set aside the high principles of honor, loyalty and integrity to pander to personal desires of the little self. – Edna Lister, True Thought Forms Your Ideals and Desires, September 9, 1962.


Honor, loyalty and integrity must be your watchwords. – Edna Lister, November 29, 1962.


The laws are still the same and they are honor above all things, loyalty, integrity of intention that includes obedience to law beyond the world's ability to comprehend, and attention to the slightest detail. – Edna Lister, July 24, 1963.


Honor, loyalty and integrity are the fruits of self-discipline and self-sacrifice. – Edna Lister, August 15, 1963.


A principled person must live honorably with loyalty to principle, to God and integrity of soul. – Edna Lister, God as Principle Applied under Logic and Reason, November 5, 1963.


Your sincerity and loyalty are your protection; you must be loyal to your principles. – Edna Lister, Love, Your Radar, November 17, 1963.


You cannot explain honor, loyalty or integrity to one who does not know the Universal Father. – Edna Lister, Omnipresence, the Father's Primacy, November 24, 1964.


You cannot have faith without loyalty. – Edna Lister, How Great Is Your Faith? November 13, 1966.


Morality means to live by loyalty to God, and honor toward God and man. – Edna Lister, The Great Modern Problem, November 12, 1967.

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Treatment for Inspiring Loyalty

"From this hour forth I shall spend my life doing and practicing on earth what the love of God, what the faith of God, what the full honor of God, what the full loyalty to God dictates to me." – Edna Lister, June 26, 1951.

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Loyalty 1

This Edna Lister Palm Sunday sermon outline is dated April 15, 1962, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: Matthew 21:1-22.

"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. Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. 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. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." – Matthew 21:1-22.

In the previous chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus told his disciples many things on the way from Galilee to Jerusalem. He wished to remind them that he would fulfill prophecy.

"Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again." – Matthew 20:17-19. They did not understand him. He spoke of himself as the Son of man, because no person or power could or can condemn or crucify the Son of God part of him.

The mother of Zebedees' sons, James and John, asked that her sons be placed on the Master's left and right n the kingdom to come. He refused her, saying that only the Father can place a soul.

As he passed from Jericho, two blind men cried for mercy from him as the "son of David." He restored their sight, then told his disciples, "Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." – Matthew 20:26-28. When you follow the Master, you must be the willing servant of all.

"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." – Matthew 21:1-9.

Jesus knew that he had to leave a record of the prophecies he had fulfilled. Entering Jerusalem that day, he rode the colt of an ass, the humblest of animals. In doing so, he taught us how to accept praise with humbleness of heart.

Two events happened there that are greatly misunderstood. With the crowd's joyous praise still ringing in his ears, he entered the Temple. He must have felt a special tenderness toward the people. He knew they would be puzzled and confused when he was disgraced, and wanted to teach and comfort them while he could.

Then he came upon the money changers, many of whom were so obviously greedy. They lent money at high interest, and casually took the poor people's farms when they could not pay. They cheated by taking everything a man had in exchange for a tiny dove to sacrifice.

He couldn't bear it. He drove them out, whipping them with his sash of cords. While he showed firmness, determination and desire to have the Temple remain undefiled, no anger is legal, righteous or otherwise. He cleansed the Temple for the day, and made it a "house of prayer" for all people. He healed people all day, while the children sang.

That evening, Jesus went to Bethany, where he lodged with his good friend Lazarus. You can imagine his disciples and followers asking him about his anger in lashing the moneychangers and use of Power as force. On the way into Jerusalem the following day, he blasted the barren fig tree. He was teaching them how Power can destroy as well as heal. The fig tree made a good example because it was barren and would not missed.

"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 21:21-22.

When you "doubt not," you can do anything, solve any problem and cast any mountain into the sea of oblivion! Ask in prayer, believing to see, and "ye shall receive." Believing is the keynote of loyalty, faithfulness to law, with no wavering, no doubt, no fear.

Being faithful without a foundation of loyalty based on honor is impossible. When you honor God, your attitude toward Him is loyal and strong in its integrity. Any inability to reconcile your loyalties stems from the fact that you are only talking about reconciliation. Reconciling your loyalties is difficult unless you are first loyal to God. Jesus' loyalty to his Father was outstanding. When you are loyal to God, all else follows.

Always enfold the best of the old into new when you make a choice. Each new choice is like a little death because you are always giving up something for the new thing you choose. Each new freedom you gain eventually becomes too tight a fit. Every vibration in life shrinks under grief, or disappointment. Then you must move on.

To reconcile your desire and will, look up in consciousness until your desire becomes a flame. You cannot kill it, but let your desire burn up to God. Earth is still whirling along in its orbit. The sun is still shining. The stars and planets are still there.

When you are loyal to God, as was our Lord Jesus Christ, the only Begotten Son of God, you know His will for you is good. You are no longer happy in spite of, but happy because you love God. Loyal faith is bold and unconquerable. You are now joy invincible.

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Loyalty 2

This Edna Lister Palm Sunday sermon transcript is dated April 15, 1962, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Ruth Johnson, Irene White, and Virginia Whitehead. Scripture: Matthew 21:1-22.

"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. Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. 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. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." – Matthew 21:1-22.

The story of Palm Sunday and Holy Week is never complete unless you have faithfully read about it in all four gospels. Matthew recorded one of the most significant speeches Jesus ever made to his disciples:

"Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again." – Matthew 20:17-19.

No matter how important this speech was for the disciples, it rolled off their shoulders. They never dreamed that he would not release himself if arrested. They would have, had they been in his place. He had walked among them and disappeared when the crowd would have stoned him. They must have watched Jesus walk away many times, so they never thought he would submit to death on the cross.

In Matthew 20, Jesus describes how he would die by crucifixion in Jerusalem. Jesus, the descended creator god, spoke, and described how his Son of Man portion was to be sacrificed. They thought he was speaking symbolically. They came to Jerusalem and he sent for the colt of a donkey. He must have previously told this man what he planned so this colt would be ready for his use. Jesus also ordered the room for the last supper to be prepared ahead of time.

You must bring an imaginative quality to bear when you read the Bible. The disciples had spent only three and a half years with Jesus, yet they spent the remainder of their lives spreading his teachings. What have you done with your truth in three years? How much do you absorb in three years?

Jesus healed and preached to the common people in the daytime, but stayed with the disciples and taught them the mysteries privately at night. These mysteries are in The Aquarian Gospel,[1] the Apocrypha, the Dead Sea Scrolls and other as yet undiscovered texts.

Just reading and researching may seem boring, but it awakens brain cells. These texts are repetitive, yet here and there you find that Jesus taught truths that the later Christian church did not include in the New Testament. Jesus wanted to leave a record to prove that he had fulfilled the prophets' prophecies with his words and deeds.

"Then the multitudes who went before and who followed, cried out, saying, Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" – Matthew 21:9. Jesus taught us how to receive praise in this one outstanding Palm Sunday act. If you repudiate praise, you disobey law. Even if it is rank flattery, or to get something from you, accept praise as though it were coming from God Himself. God turns it into good when you accept words of praise and term them good.

He who praises must make it good at some future date. Do not relish flattery — heaven help those who believe all the compliments they receive — or deny the truth in the flattery. Of course, it may be a terrible exaggeration, but when you declare it good, the flatterer must make it good.

God wants all His sons and daughters healed. If you want someone healed, look him in the eye, accept that he is a son of God, and good after his degree and kind. Ascend words of praise to the Most High, as you would incense, even those that taste like ashes, and declare, "Let his life sparks be cleansed and returned to him purified."

Jesus accepted the crowd's acclamation and praise as he rode the colt, knowing many of them would turn on him Friday, while rest would scatter, confused. He could have gone to the cross without his acclamation, but accepted it to show us how to accept praise in our turn. Accepting praise gracefully is the best form of good manners. Though this can be a test and an initiation, lift it to the altar and declare that it belongs to God.

Jesus drove the money changers from the temple in apparent anger, and those who thought him a saint could not understand. He went to the temple dedicated, ready to ascend, and found the money changers, squeezing coins from the poor. He saw them as desecration in God's house. The Power had never been stronger than that week, and he knew the temple must be pure enough to release that Power to open the Gates of Light at his Ascension.

Yet their vibration prevented the needed Power from coming through as it should, nor could he heal or teach in that earthy vibration. Jesus loved God, showed bold determination, and paid no attention to what anyone would say.

After teaching in the temple all day, he went to Bethany, to lodge with his friend, Simon the leper. The disciples had fasted and were hungry, though Jesus, who could fast for forty days, was not.

They credited him with withering the fig tree because he was fasting, and perhaps ill tempered after routing the money changers. They were hungry, but he wasn't. Jesus blasted the fig tree to impress them while they were hungry. He told them that if he had been angry, he could have killed the money changers because the Power was great enough to kill or to heal. This chapter is tremendous in nuance.

He must have wrestled with them all night to put the point across, the danger of mixing anger with Power. He explained Power's dual creative and destructive nature, to bring it home to them that if you use killing words, you will kill.

Jesus' Holy Week message is outstanding, "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 21:21-22.

Loyalty to God is the second great attitude you must assume. You must be faithful to the great new idea, backed with loyalty to God. People face many mountains of problems in life, and fail because they try to move mountains without loyalty based on faithfulness. Honor, loyalty, integrity as one is the role God assigned to us on the stage of life. Honor, loyalty and integrity to God first, then to man.

When you reconcile yourself, God can open a new Garden of Eden for you. It may be difficult, but it is new. If you are faithfully bold in your statements of truth, and believe, you can move mountains. Those who pray do release Power for God to work things together for good. Stand and declare a situation or person good without wavering.

All you can do is to stand in loyalty to statements made under honor, and God does the work. The prophets of old knew this principle. They often ended their declarations with "It shall be so." Stand in loyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ. Most people make statements in honor, then speak disloyally two hours later. Stand in honor and loyalty despite people who say it cannot be done.

Do not pray in spite of, but because God hears prayer. Love God enough to stand in honor, believing that He can bring prayer and statements to pass. Do not be disloyal to your own prayers. Can anything but good happen when Jesus is your high point, no matter how long it takes? To believe means to honor God. Love God enough and keep on declaring it in the name of Jesus the Christ, the only Begotten Son of God.

To pray despite the world is not the right way, but like destroying the fig tree. This is Holy Week, testing your ability to accept. Accept with no weaknesses. Be courageous and strong. Stand. To believe is the unconquerable attitude of ascending creator gods.

If you speak in truth, then look back in doubt and fear, you are disloyal to God. Do not do right things "in spite of," but because they are right. God's Power can make anything right.

You cannot be faithful to God when you are disloyal to the Master. Unless you can say, "This is good," and remain loyal to your word, you cut your own lines of Light. You have no belief without loyalty backing your honor and integrity.

Honor, loyalty and integrity are the Begotten Son of God in action. If you stand steadfastly, the Father justifies and glorifies Himself through you. Then you are invincible joy.

1^ The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, by Levi H. Dowling.

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

Edna Lister


Etymology of loyal: Old French leial, loial, from Latin legalis, "legal," from lex, leg-, "law."


Loyalty is an absolute principle.

Loyalty is an abstract principle.

Loyalty is a law of being.

Loyalty is a law of doing.

Loyalty is one of the 33 Via Christa Degrees.

Loyalty is a soul virtue.


References

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

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).


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