Speaking the Word

  The Word itself is both the Logos Emanation an abstract expression of it. Thus, speaking the Word is a relative law of doing that originates in the Logos Emanation, the Word of God itself. To speak the Word as a creator with God is the most powerful action you can take on earth. We find the mandate for speaking the Word among the first events in Creation:

“Speaking the Word as a creator with God is the most powerful action you can take on earth.”–Edna Lister

  “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
  Our task is to emulate the Divine in speaking the Word, by declaring for Light—“Let there be Light!”—and by declaring our creations good and very good, as God did, seven times in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis. To study the perfect ways in which to speak the Word, read all the passages of prophecy within the Old Testament, and read what the Master taught in his own words, contained within the four Gospels–Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Verbal Expression: Ways of Speaking the Word

Edna Lister on Speaking the Word

Use love-dynamite on darkness: “This cannot continue. Let the power of love clear away this condition of darkness.”–Edna Lister, January 16, 1933

Speak the Word of release for others, and you will get better results than by telling them what to do.–Edna Lister, February 1, 1933

Speak the Word in a mighty voice, not a whisper. Declare, “Come forth!” and it will manifest.–Edna Lister, Understanding, January 23, 1935

The spoken Word “let” opens the vibration to pour forth. “Let there be Light!”–Edna Lister, September 6, 1938

Speak gently, be cautious, be silent, and when you must defend principle and God, speak wisely, sweetly, firmly and finally.–Edna Lister, September 28, 1938

Pronounce everything that comes as good and very good that God’s perfect works shall be done in your life always, that Light may bring forth His perfect plans speedily.–Edna Lister, October 25, 1938

Speak the Word for truth and truth shall prevail.–Edna Lister, October 27, 1938

In the Master’s name, heal the sick, cast out devils, speak the Word of peace and of joy.–Edna Lister, November 14, 1938

“Speak the Word for truth and truth shall prevail.”

The magic wand of Power, which is extended to you, is the spoken Word, “Let,” the Word of clearance and creation. You do not misuse Power when you use “let” in a combination of love and joy as selflessness. Love opens the doors of all channels and joy is the force to drive substance through. The substance of which joy and faith are formed is the substance you need to fulfill the law, or to “fill full” your own needs and heart’s desires.
  The Power awaits you. So speak the Word, let, permitting no manner of self to creep in. Speak and declare, “Father, let Thy Power move forth! Let Thy faith and joy fill these forms now!” This is enough, provided you continually send forth your praise in prayer.–Edna Lister, December 14, 1938

The Father always says yes.–Edna Lister, August 25, 1939

Let your works speak, for your actions speak louder than words.–Edna Lister, November 11, 1941

The Word is a strong vibration, “substance made flesh” as in healing, for example. The Word is mental, a thought before it is spoken.–Edna Lister, The Word Became Flesh, April 26, 1942

You must understand the difference between demonstration, versus speaking the Word for a miracle. A demonstration is intended to show something or prove it, and begins with a command, such as “Come!” A miracle is the result of seeking God first, and speaking the Word, “Let.” You are a potential miracle worker when you speak the Word. To prepare yourself, first say, “I so love You, Father!” then make your declaration.–Edna Lister, The One Miracle, April 26, 1942

You hear with your ears, but you listen with your brain cells. When you listen, you hear the vibration of the Logos, the Word, on your brain cells, and you know. This is intuition.–Edna Lister, The Still Waters of Intuition, May 24, 1942

Your word is the law of life to you.–Edna Lister, January 4, 1943

“ ‘This is good and very good’ is the secret of a fulfilled and finished creation.”

Six times in Genesis God saw His creations as good, and the seventh time “God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.”–Genesis 1:31. To say, “This is good and very good!” is the secret of a fulfilled and finished creation.–Edna Lister, The Pearl of Great Price, April 13, 1945

Hold your torch high and look well to your own life, lest you say an unwary thing to grieve another.–Edna Lister, May 21, 1945.

God has given the soul the power of conscious direction and control through the spoken Word. God has given universal substance only the power to become the vibration the spoken Word decrees. “Let” is the only spoken Word that substance recognizes.–Edna Lister, June 29, 1945

“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”–John 6:63. Your words are spirit, life and truth. If you ask for yourself, it comes to you.–Edna Lister, July 2, 1945

The thoughts and emotions behind the words are what needs lifting.–Edna Lister, July 4, 1945

You must account for all idle expenditures of energy in each day’s final judgment—actions, gossip, criticizing, even self-condemnation instead of proper repentance, lifting, and giving up of self.–Edna Lister, July 17, 1945

Every time you open your mouth, you advertise you. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to say that” shows that you left your subconscious door open when you intended to keep it shut and locked.–Edna Lister, July 21, 1945

Speak to a nagger in a definite tone of voice, tell him what you must politely but decisively. Just know what you will say, have your answers ready, and you may find you do not have to do it. The Father will see to it that he will lay off.–Edna Lister, August 1, 1945

When you surrender to the vibration of the Word as Light, your consciousness expands to overcome both time and space.–Edna Lister, The Word Made Flesh, January 5, 1947

“Every time you open your mouth, you advertise you.”

“Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.”–Job 22:28. Scripture is filled with proclamations of “Thus says the Lord,” which are inevitably followed by “And it came to pass.” Something always happened between these two statements. Some person acted. According to the laws of creators, you can apply what you know to what you do in three ways: Love, praise and joy.
  “You will decree a thing” implies that you must do something more than simply to speak the Word. If you want your decree to stand, you must love God. The Power moving through your words, spoken in love, causes an explosion, which is the Light, shining on your way. To do this, you must give enough love. Decrees made from self-centered love create indifferent results at best, and an explosion of negative evil at worst.–Edna Lister, Promises Fulfilled, March 4, 1948

The law is to use the principle of omnipotence as authority in speech only under the highest law and consecration, until you have lost the ability to speak words of retaliation or reprimand. Speak reverently, firmly, finally. “That’s enough, young man. We don’t do that here.” When spoken from a point of law, this holds authority. To be perfectly conscious of the subconscious, you must always be conscious. Do not start something you cannot finish. Finish what you begin, and take care of all details.–Edna Lister, July 13, 1949

As you direct Power on earth by your spoken words, you are God’s agent.–Edna Lister, August 10, 1949

Let all your words be gloriously creative, pure joy of love to speedily bring your creations into outer form.–Edna Lister, January 20, 1950

You must become word-conscious to be soul-conscious.–Edna Lister, August 1950

Learn the meaning of the words you use, for your words may offend and you could lose friends.–Edna Lister, Promises Made, September 17, 1950

Most arguments result from people being afraid to lie to their families and friends about their opinions. Seek agreement in the kingdom of heaven, then you cannot lie, because the Father puts the right words of love on your lips.–Edna Lister, I Remember, October 8, 1950

Take time to agree and adjust and stand in the Light before you speak the Word. This is taking time to become.–Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951

When a soul, whose contrite heart and sincere desire for perfection have taken him so high, is negative, he does more damage than a great bolt of lightning striking earth. If nature unleashed a whole electrical storm to strike one place, it would have less destructive effect than one negative sentence spoken by one who is supposed to be releasing the Power.–Edna Lister, October 22, 1951

Light does not make you critical, but only brings out your hidden ruthlessness. If you are guilty of speaking it, you will see in others what you express from the self.–Edna Lister, May 19, 1952

Speak the Word and let he who needs the healing apply it, but know that God does the work.–Edna Lister, The Great Challenge, November 23, 1952

What if Jesus had stood before Lazarus and said, “You stink!”? No matter what it is, declare it good right now. It is perfect.–Edna Lister, May 28, 1953

“Your words are thermometers that register the fever of self.”

If you try to load obedience on top of taints hidden in the subconscious, they come out in your speech, for the mouth speaks out of the meditation of the heart. “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”–Psalm 19:14. If you snap or say something negative, don’t say, “I didn’t mean that,” because you did, or you wouldn’t have said it.–Edna Lister, Closed Prophecies, June 9, 1953

There is a time to speak, and a time to remain silent. Speak for your creations, but never in self-conceit, for God does the creating. You do the standing, lifting and speaking.–Edna Lister, August 27, 1953

You must verbally express to lift or send out Power, yet the vibration you send forth is a two-edged sword. What you know, at a sub- or super-conscious level, radiates in your tone of voice. The other fellow hears what lances his particular boils.–Edna Lister, October 3, 1953

Your words are thermometers that register the “fever” of self.–Edna Lister, October 25, 1953

Everyone for whom you speak the Word may pass through the Gates of Light to heavenly realms.–Edna Lister, Seeing the Salvation of God, November 22, 1953

Healing power moves to heal wherever you consciously center your attention. Speak the Word and direct it to where God needs it for healing and divine activity. Always follow a declaration with, “This is good and very good! Thank You, Father!”–Edna Lister, Your Life’s Plan, May 16, 1954

Use no words that will create more negativity when you describe a need for lifting.–Edna Lister, June 1, 1954

Don’t make “a thing” of it, which includes recreating a situation. The “thing” becomes a “dweller on the threshold of consciousness”, a huge frightening blob.–Edna Lister, July 13, 1954

Wherever you speak the Word, faith moves in to lift.–Edna Lister, December 13, 1954

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him nothing was made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.”–John 1:1-4. “In the beginning was the Word” describes all Light in the Source. “The Word was with God” as principle. “The Word was God” as personality. “The life was the light of men” means “Light was the Source of men.” All general action proceeds from Light to color to tone to number, until it reaches form, which manifests on the spoken Word. The Word, when spoken, starts the personalized vibration of creation in manifestation.–Edna Lister, Four Phases of the Word, February 1, 1955

If you’ve spoken your words instead of the Father’s, self shows. Speak only to be spoken through.–Edna Lister, July 1, 1955

“The words you speak don’t know you don’t mean them.”

Light as Wisdom, Love and the Logos are the names of the first of the six trinities that are working principles. The Emanations are the first vibrations of the Godhead expressing. They flow unceasingly forth from and back to the Source as the River of Life, never changing their rate of vibration. The absolute trinity is Wisdom, Love and the Logos. In it, Power is potential, with the Father and Mother acting as one dual power. The supreme trinity is relative Mind, as Christ consciousness, Substance and Power as energy.
  The third trinity is Light, color and tone. From this point, form begins to condense. All spoken words originate from this trinity; the spoken Word, “Let there be Light!” is always used to open a new cosmic division. The fourth trinity is the Word, number and form, the trinity of creative becoming. From here we descend to the microcosm, the creative trinity of doing: Oversoul or Christ consciousness, super-conscious mind, conscious mind and subconscious mind, the trinity that is you.–Edna Lister, Enfolding Back to the Source, July 22, 1955

Tell stories of illness only to someone who will lift, to no one else.–Edna Lister, August 15, 1955

“I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.”–Revelation 10:9. This describes the unpleasant task of eating your idle words. They may taste sweet when you speak them, but cause stomach trouble if you say, “I didn’t mean that.” The words don’t know you don’t mean them, but work on their own vibration according to degree and kind.–Edna Lister, The Open Door, November 20, 1955

Describe only the highlights of a need—once is enough, with no details, no comment on “what happened to me,” or dwelling on the effect.–Edna Lister, October 22, 1956

God is over all. Trust God. Forget man. Put him on a cloud and say, “You are perfect. You are good. You are doing God’s perfect will.”–Edna Lister, November 1, 1956

How easy it is to sink into an old desire to do something about it yourself with too many words that sear and destroy. Practice golden silence and speak only when you see something slipping. Each has free choice to use the right words to create a kingdom of beauty, to release Power, to stand as a creator, to love God enough.–Edna Lister, December 2, 1956

Most metaphysical statements are twaddle, the sonic barrier you must break.–Edna Lister, February 5, 1957

When you ask for a “sign,” your Guards must make a sacrifice to bring it to pass.–Edna Lister, February 28, 1957

When another needs wise speech and you do not speak, you are selfish.–Edna Lister, March 7, 1957

It may take months, but transubstantiation works. The substance of the Source must descend on the words, “Let there be Light!” but it doesn’t work until someone transforms it with words of fire, not long, empty prayers.–Edna Lister, April 4, 1957

Psychiatrists and psychologists say to “Let it go,” but where does it go then? Out into the world? We say, “I lift this into Thy Light, Father! Let me be healed.”–Edna Lister, June 6, 1957

God’s words can organize themselves when you allow them to fulfill their mission without interference. Declare, “I empty myself of all I have. Please fill me anew.”–Edna Lister, September 17, 1957

When you are angry or speak unkindly, you stamp your name on the other fellow’s aura.–Edna Lister, December 15, 1957

You must speak every man’s language. This is the true meaning of speaking in tongues.–Edna Lister, January 2, 1958

Know when to speak and when to remain silent. Often, the other fellow must find out for himself.–Edna Lister, January 3, 1958

“You must speak every man’s language.”

Harsh tones of voice cut like a knife. Use firmly loving, lifting tones that take responsibility when seeing another’s faults or failures. Lift him, not by force, pushing or demands. Say, “Come out of him!” meaning stubbornness, resentment, sullenness, etc., and “Let there be Light.!” When the Elect do this, we will have perfection.–Edna Lister, April 28, 1958

No Power remains in the spoken words of evil when you say, “I hear thee not. Let there be Light!” Say to evil, “The Truth of God is transforming you. You are lifted. Let there be Light!”–Edna Lister, June 20, 1958

Your breath is life sparks, so if you send it forth as hate, it turns and bites you. As Jesus said, “All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men, but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven unto men.”–Matthew 12:31.–Edna Lister, October 9, 1958

You are the sum of your words; they are you. Your heart speaks through your words. When you no longer subconsciously submit to the world mind—newspapers, gossip, television, etc.—Light brainwashes you. Cast out idle words, such as, “I feel awful, just terrible.” All your words circle the world, accumulate seven times their weight in similar substance and return to strike you with a hard blow.–Edna Lister, Brainwashing, Inc., October 19, 1958

You may not let any antagonism or rebellion in your heart color your voice when you speak.–Edna Lister, October 30, 1958

Look beyond the stinkers, and speak the Word in complete love.–Edna Lister, December 15, 1958

Every word spoken is composed of numbers: A word is a number; a number is a word. Number is how the Word becomes form.–Edna Lister, The Kabbalistic Four Worlds, May 26, 1959

“In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”–John 1:1. Many different schools of thought have taught “words,” which they have claimed is “the Word.” One word cannot express all principle. “In the beginning” all of God was the Word, therefore all principles were contained in the Word as God.–Edna Lister, Healing by Principle, July 12, 1959

“God is the Word that you speak.”

For centuries the wise used symbols to conceal the “lost Word.” The Word is Light as the Logos, an Emanation-vibration of God. Man lost the Word as he lost awareness and consciousness of God. Those who descended into darkness of soul repudiated God, denied the laws of the universe represented by symbols, forgot their divine heritage, and buried symbolism under ignorance.
  “In the beginning was the Word.” The Word is God. God is God’s name in heaven; Good is God’s name on earth. When you declare all that comes to you is good, you call that lost Name-Word-Logos into your life.
  >Words spoken, even the same way, never mean quite the same, because the Power is greater and the meaning excels itself. “I love you” will always mean more than it did. “I love you” turns on the heat that dissolves the ice in hearts and minds.–Edna Lister, October 29, 1959

God is the Word that you speak. “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”–John 1:1. All words are God. This is the reason for no idle words.–Edna Lister, November 2, 1959

The greatest need to declare a miracle is when it appears as something else.–Edna Lister, December 14, 1959

God created you to be an expression of the Divine. God did not create you to express to hear your own voice.–Edna Lister, December 15, 1959

When you say, “Let there be Light!” you are saying, “Let God be here as Light!” Remember the word, as. Light contains absolutely all that you need for creation.–Edna Lister, January 28, 1960

Your words condition your life. Life cannot condition your words. The Word conditions your life.–Edna Lister, How Do I Wait Upon the Lord? June 28, 1960

The spoken Word is a vibration. Declarations of good concentrate extra Light and Power in your words.–Edna Lister, October 3, 1960

When God says yes, even trees and rocks say yes, and so it shall be. Only those who withhold can fail.–Edna Lister, October 10, 1960

You must live up to your high words.–Edna Lister, January 1, 1961

When darkness comes, in the silence, decree, “Be thou healed. Let this crust of darkness fall from ye. Ye are Light!”–Edna Lister, January 12, 1961

Let the words of your mouth follow the meditations of your soul, not “I didn’t mean that.” You cannot lose when you have no ifs or whens.–Edna Lister, July 24, 1961

When publicly speaking, pray, consecrate yourself and shoot for the stars.–Edna Lister, December 6, 1961

Do not hesitate to be silent or at the right time to speak.–Edna Lister, January 6, 1962

“Do not hesitate to be silent or at the right time to speak.”

Your job is to be an instrument for the fulfillment of miracles. To accomplish a physical miracle after having done all you can, stand unwavering, unmoving, untouchable by anything the world can say or do. Say, “I reach out with my arms of Light and bring it together for good!”–Edna Lister, April 4, 1962

Anything of self in the statement causes your life sparks to cling to that person.–Edna Lister, June 7, 1962

If another berates you for a remark you have made, and you find yourself saying, “I didn’t mean it that way,” you are not in the Light. Your prayers then release only enough Power to transform what you created while you were low in consciousness.–Edna Lister, June 7, 1962

As you plant seeds and watch the miracle of growth, so do you speak the Word and watch miracles of transformation.–Edna Lister, Christ Now Reigns, July 9, 1962

When the Father says, “This is good!” let no man be a block, for it shall come to pass as He has declared.–Edna Lister, November 9, 1962

You may not pray one way and let your words say the opposite.–Edna Lister, November 9, 1962

The spoken Word acts as law on God’s Substance, directed by Mind. Substance may become whatever form divine Love fulfills. Wisdom speaks the Word to set it in action under the law of love and attraction.–Edna Lister, December 17, 1962

Do not dramatize stories about self, governments or persons. Put everything into Light. If you dwell on it, others will pick it up and use it.–Edna Lister, February 7, 1963

You can kneel at the Source in devotion, then return and speak sharply. “I didn’t mean it that way” forms an invisible block until your devotion reaches high enough to see where you missed the mark.–Edna Lister, February 27, 1963

Let no less than perfect words pass your lips. Speak high, magnificent words of glory, believe them and it will be so.–Edna Lister, March 7, 1963

You can lift anything that comes when you say, “Father, here is more to change. Hold me! Let me climb higher to Thee!”–Edna Lister, March 17, 1963

You create with the word “let,” which is the only word that unlocks the Degree of Christos.–Edna Lister, Seven Stages of Unfolding From Concentration to Comprehension, December 3, 1963

The Word, or Logos, is not a word formed for speech with letters from the alphabet, but an Emanation from the Source, which contains all of everything created. It is an opening rate of vibration, the highest known to God or man, moving forth to form the outer confines of universes. As the Logos travels away from the Source, it vibrates at a lower rate, condensing in substance until it finally reaches a point in crystallization we call physical matter.
  All prayers partake of the quality of the Word or Logos, lowering the vibration and condensing the spiritual substance into outer visible form. The magic Word to speak over your creations, “good,” is found above and it releases the original Logos vibration and “lets” it work for you. The magic of the word “good” sets the right keynote for the last step in your work of creating. The words “very good” lower the rate of vibration of invisible substance until you can feel and see it with the physical eyes.–Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom, 1964

Watch your idle words. Make certain you speak only under a just appraisal, and as a treatment that goes forth to the world with no self in the words to make someone go your way. Speak aloud to shatter the evil in it, but be sure it is selfless, only to do the will of God. You must know what has to be healed when praying for someone. Call it by name to shatter its power. Call it only once. Then declare it good, and declare him healed. Put it on a cloud and keep it lifted.–Edna Lister, May 14, 1964

To speak in tongues is a purely subconscious faculty. Its source is emotionalism and it is derived from the propensities of the appetitive soul. Speaking in tongues does not come from the contact you make with Light moving through your glands. All is spirit depending on the grade of spirit and for what purpose you are using it.–Edna Lister, October 6, 1964

Declare, “This is good!” spontaneously, even under an accusation.–Edna Lister, January 23, 1965

To every prayer, you must add “Let the Light do the work.”–Edna Lister, January 27, 1965

Every thought, picture and word is the Power of God acting.–Edna Lister, March 24, 1965

“Declare, This is good spontaneously, even under an accusation.”

Writers on antiquity have written that Pythagoras said, “Even as there are three divine notions and intelligible regions, so there is a triple word, for the hierarchical order always manifests itself by threes. There is the word simple, the word hieroglyphical, and the word symbolic: In other terms, there is the word that expresses, the word that conceals, and the word that signifies; the whole hieratic intelligence is in the perfect knowledge of these three degrees.”–Edna Lister, Pythagoras, His Three Degrees, June 8, 1965

“In the beginning was the Word,” which is recorded on our soul records, so it behooves you to clean up your words. Listen to them to learn what taints you have uncovered and conquered.–Edna Lister, June 14, 1965

Of yourself, nothing—as one with God, everything.–Edna Lister, February 13, 1966

The spoken Word is invincible. Speak the Word at a glance.–Edna Lister, April 25, 1966

You pay for every jot and tittle of what you recreate.–Edna Lister, May 12, 1966

You must be steadfast in devotion. Declaring, “Let there be Light!” both day and night, will dissipate any weakness.–Edna Lister, July 19, 1966

“Do not cast your pearls before swine.”–Matthew 7:6 is a law of words.–Edna Lister, September 8, 1966

Never speak in a helter-skelter way. Consider your words well before speaking for what needs lifting.–Edna Lister, September 26, 1966

Use the power of suggestion as the broadcasting vibration, and use the person’s name. “Name, you have your new position,” etc.–Edna Lister, October 17, 1966

Say, “God is good! God is Light!” seventy times seven per day to remove psychological and external blocks.–Edna Lister, October 20, 1966

When you speak the Word for another, you empower the Light in his Star to go forth. The only limit is “according to your faith” and the size of your belief.–Edna Lister, Seven Life Ages of Man, From Birth to the Star’s Descent, November 22, 1966

Words cannot defile the true meaning of your being—you are and must be the thing.–Edna Lister, January 5, 1967

Take the reaction of speaking the word and declaring the truth, pay the debt and go on.–Edna Lister, January 5, 1967

Speak in gentleness, tenderness and compassion.–Edna Lister, April 23, 1967

The Logos, or the Word, causes energy to become motion.–Edna Lister, Beauty, a Spiritual Way of Life, May 9, 1967

“Speak in gentleness, tenderness and compassion.”

Appreciate your creative Word, “Let there be Light!” Every image builds a mold, then Light fills it. See only the perfect, the true, glancing only an instant to say, “Let there be Light!”–Edna Lister, June 19, 1967

Anyone who goes to the Source of Light and speaks the Word closes the mouths of lions. One person can change 1,000 others.–Edna Lister, November 2, 1967

Don’t say, “Be careful,” say, “Be cautious.”–Edna Lister, November 6, 1967

One declaration of “Let evil be consumed by Thy Light, O Lord!” is stronger than an army.–Edna Lister, November 9, 1967

God formed a world “in the beginning” when He used Mind to breathe; the Word exploded and Creation opened. The Word was God as Mind in action as a planned, controlled explosion, a rhythmic pulsation filling all universes, which were then “void,” with no form. The Word, acting as Mind upon Substance, began to build up enough condensed Power to last a whole Day of Manifestation. God first created a place, a space, which He then filled with principle and personality. From principle and personality came the second great action, time. This was all Mind and contained the whole Plan of Creation for all universes, an unchangeable, unalterable and perfect Magna Carta, containing the beginning and the end
  God impregnated every life spark with the whole, and each has carried out the Divine Plan ever since He formed it. The Magna Carta still is; God’s ability to stand and know in the background has grown greater, not less. It is greater than all the atheists, agnostics, greater than the millions who degrade the Christ to a mere man. No deviations, no denials or delays, nothing humans can do can change one Word of God’s Universal Magna Carta.–Edna Lister, Religion and the World, November 26, 1967

Religion is the Word, expressing as humanity.–Edna Lister, The Supremacy of Religion, November 27, 1967

The Logos, or the Word, contains a million or more unborn new ideas to draw upon.–Edna Lister, Faith in Action, 1968

As you conquer, you learn to speak the words, “Let there be Light!” under any situation produced by earth. You find yourself freed from all slavery to outer conditions. You become too busy practicing the laws, as a disciple and follower of our Lord, Jesus the Christ, to be bothered by distractions of earth and you find yourself becoming a living ensample of the law instead of just an ordinary, outer, everyday example of the law.–Edna Lister, Five Important Steps in Ascension, 1968

Your thought of “How I love you” will positively affect one who expresses against God; it could empower him to a higher choice.–Edna Lister, November 4, 1968

When you say, “It never happened,” the Father wipes it out and all things work together for good.–Edna Lister, November 11, 1968

“One declaration of ‘Let evil be consumed by Thy Light, O Lord!’ is stronger than an army.”–Edna Lister

No darkness can exist when you speak the Word and say, “Let there be Light.” When you live that original Word “that was God in the beginning” and still is God as action, hour by hour, you reach that high point of Light where you become faith unconquerable, immovable and untouchable. You may speak no idle words in the Light, for the Love of God moves as compassion for the whole world. Its tender, yearning, brooding quality takes over your soul while faith holds firm contact with the transforming Light, and you are transfigured, becoming the “Word made Light,” strong, powerful and divine.–Edna Lister, Let There Be Light, March 16, 1969

You have power over your spoken words. Let them be words you will want others to quote next week, next year.–Edna Lister, December 18, 1969

You want God to say “enough,“ but God wants you to say it.–Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1924-1971

Nothing is impossible under the spoken Word, yet its result isn’t always instantaneous. A faithful undercurrent vibration must uphold the spoken word until it goes forth as supreme Power to build the object or desire into outer form.–Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1924-1971

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Stories That Illustrate the Power of the Word

Lazarus, Come Forth!: Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? 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 11:32-45

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New Testament on Speaking the Word

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. things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.–John 1:1-3

A law of words: Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.–Matthew 7:6

All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.–Matthew 12:31-32, Luke 12:10

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.–Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4

Let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.–Matthew 5:37

When ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.–Matthew 6:7

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.–Matthew 12:34-37

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but [Christ’s] words shall not pass away.–Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:30, Luke 21:33

My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.–Luke 8:21 [Christ’s family are those who hear the word of God and do it.]

Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.–Luke 11:28

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.–John 3:11 [Speak what you know and testify what you have seen.]

The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.–John 6:63 [The words of Christ are spirit, and they are life.]

He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.–John 7:18

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.–Hebrews 11:3

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. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.–James 1:17-18

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God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good–Genesis 1:3-4

Six times in Genesis God saw His creations as good, and the seven time “God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.” To declare it good is the secret of a fulfilled and finished creation

The Word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.–Psalm 33:4-9

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Edna Miriam Lister
The original Pioneering Mystic,
Christian Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

The Word is an abstract principle rooted in the Logos Emanation.

Speaking the Word is a law of doing.


Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

The Oxford English Dictionary: Compact Ed., 2 vols. E.S.C. Weiner, ed., Oxford University Press, 1971.

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