Trust is “confidence; a reliance or resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship or other sound principle of another person; that which is committed to one’s care. Never violate a sacred trust. Credit given without examination; as, to take opinions on trust. Something committed to a person’s care for use or management, and for which an account must be rendered. Every man’s talents and advantages are a trust committed to him by his Maker, and for the use or employment of which he is accountable.”–Webster’s American Dictionary To trust is “to place confidence in; to rely on. (We cannot trust those who have deceived us. He that trusts every one without reserve, will at last be deceived.) To believe; to credit; to commit to the care of, in confidence. Trust your Maker with yourself and all your concerns. To be confident of something present or future.”–Webster’s American Dictionary
  The modern definition of trust is “firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing." Synonyms for trust include commend, commit, confide, consign, delegate, deliver, entrust, give, give over, hand, hand over, leave, pass, recommend, repose, transfer, transmit, turn over, and vest.”–Oxford English Dictionary

“Don’t worry about trusting people — trust God! ”—Edna Lister

  Trust is your proof of your faith in God. Trust is soul-confidence expressing as the bridge over the abyss between the visible and the invisible. Trust in God gives you faith in yourself. Trust God first, but trust others only to their degree and kind of honor. People may fail your reliance on their ability, but God will never fail you.

Edna Lister on Trust

God cannot trust you with anything more than you can trust yourself to handle.–Edna Lister, The Gold Standard, 1934

Impatience is a lack of trust in God.–Edna Lister, Patience, July 9, 1934

You must be of stout heart to endure, to trust and to know all is well now.–Edna Lister, August 17, 1937

You may trust every decision the Father makes, knowing that He sees, directs and controls all actions. You succeed when you carry out what He deems best. Remain in the silence after prayer, and wait long nough to hear the answer, whether it comes as words or unfolds as a vision of perfection.–Edna Lister, October 26, 1939

If you betray God’s trust, law will smite you mightily to redress the balance.–Edna Lister, October 29, 1939

Take each step to greater glory in ever ascending trust and love and joyous praise.–Edna Lister, April 25, 1941

You must prove yourself trustworthy for the advances you have already earned.–Edna Lister, May 6, 1941

Enough love and trust in God’s faithfulness to perform shall bring all your desires to fruition.–Edna Lister, January 20, 1942

Through prayer you gain assurance, confidence and trust in your soul’s ability to commune with God.–Edna Lister, The Silence, April 12, 1942

God cannot trust you with more than you can see and hold up to Him.–Edna Lister, April 30, 1942.

Choose this day to serve the Master with ever greater trust.–Edna Lister, January 4, 1943

Enough love and trust in God’s faithfulness to perform miracle sshall bring all your desires to fruition.–Edna Lister, February 2, 1945

Trust no one on earth beyond their present capacity.–Edna Lister, January 9, 1948

Be not proud of being trustworthy lest you fall or fail.–Edna Lister, April 1, 1948

God must trust you to work, to hold the lines of Light without one thought, word or action to cause Him delay while He releases the Power that shall bring perfection to pass.–Edna Lister, August 29, 1948

You can trust some people only when you are with them.–Edna Lister, November 16, 194.

You may not know everything, but you can trust that God does.–Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951

Trust in the Light.–Edna Lister, November 2, 195.

The Father dared to send His Son from the glory of His Light into the darkness of earth because He trusted His Son’s honor completely. Can He trust yours?—Edna Lister, The Living Chalice, December 7, 1952

By study and practice you can establish a secure identity with God, your Source, that is immutable, invincible, unchangeable and immovable. God is forever there to be called upon; He fills all the emptiness, all the loneliness. Security fills the empty spaces, confidence and trust take over, holding you more securely than flickering hope. An inner knowing fills your life with new peace and joy.–Edna Lister, undated, 1954

Ascension is a refining process of the soul, the moving up from self-confidence, which is unreliable, to soul confidence, which is based in divine principle. Self confidence is unimpressive because you see through it, while soul confidence inspires the world. Self confidence is based in outer appearances, but soul confidence places its trust in unfailing principle, which never falters.–Edna Lister, I Ascend, July 11, 1954

Faith is loving God enough to trust Him completely.–Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, August 14, 1955

You can only truth your self when you really give up self-pity, grief, doubt and fear of having. You have a distrustful feeling only while you are hiding the little self.–Edna Lister, And It Came to Pass, August 28, 1955

Confidence is firm trust, assured expectation, unwavering boldness, not authoritative, dictatorial or brash. Your finest confidence is your trust in God. You must be unwaveringly confident, with a firm standing and under-standing. Stand under the Light of God.–Edna Lister, What Is Confidence? December 11, 1955

Confidence is trust in God, your faith in what you believe, your ladder as you climb from the old.–Edna Lister, What Is Confidence? December 11, 1955

When you become absolute law to such a degree that you are no longer obeying thousands of relative laws, the Father can trust you.–Edna Lister, Now Is the High Time, December 11, 1955

Trust God. Forget man. Put the other fellow on a cloud and say, You are perfect. You are good. You are doing God’s perfect will.—Edna Lister, November 1, 1956

The contrast between self and soul confidence is like the difference between light and dark. Faith’s power moves through trust, and builds real soul confidence.–Edna Lister, What Money Cannot Buy, December 1, 1957

Hold your base of operations: Faith, full truth, and loving trust in God.–Edna Lister, May 12, 1958

Trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.—Psalm 37:5. Trust in God’s law and promises, and He shall say, Child, it is My good pleasure to give thee My kingdom!—Edna Lister, Being Without Self, November 2, 1958

An angel told Abraham to sacrifice his only son, and he obeyed instantly because he knew by his unconquerable faith that a miracle would come, and it did: A ram caught in the bushes replaced his son as the offering. Abraham had complete confidence that God had the solution, if he would trust Him.–Edna Lister, Faith Unconquerable, November 30, 1958

God cannot trust you with great power or authority until you can control your self.–Edna Lister, December 1, 1958

I accept is the testing for how much Power God can trust you with.–Edna Lister, July 13, 1959

To move from the darkness of self and separation from God into the Unity of the Light of God in soul, you must trust in Him.–Edna Lister, What Is Symbolism? October 6, 1959

When you have no faith, you have no confidence or trust.–Edna Lister, From Adam to Jesus, May 22, 1960

Love always wins! Your faithfulness in this is your measure of confidence and trust, which you find in that quiet place of soul, where you entertain only beauty.–Edna Lister, Realization Through Praise, June 26, 1960

Light adds great confidence and trust to your ability to stand and know.–Edna Lister, Realization Through Praise, June 26, 1960

The Lord has charge of everything, and He really knows His business! You can trust Him all the way, not just half or part-way.–Edna Lister, June 18, 1961

Faith is a complete confidence in God as you wait for His miracle, and trust in your own ability to hold.–Edna Lister, This One Thing I Do, November 26, 1961

Job said, Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him, and his rewards came.–Edna Lister, Heaven, a Place to Fill, April 10, 1962

Trust imparts untouchable, serene soul confidence.–Edna Lister, April 14, 1963

God sent us forth with free choice because He has perfect trust in our eventual ability to conquer earth’s illusions and make honorable choices.–Edna Lister, October 6, 1964

You can trust to your own honor when you can lift self and keep your vows withou fail.–Edna Lister, Your Bargain With Life, June 13, 1965

Trust in God without variableness or shadow of turning.—Edna Lister, Comprehension and Recompense, November 7, 1965

Doubt and fear are not faith, complete confidence, or trust.–Edna Lister, January 17, 1966

Serenity and knowing count, as do trust and confidence.–Edna Lister, May 12, 1968

When you have enough faith and trust in God, you become faith and confidence.–Edna Lister, Let Your Light So Shine, November 24, 1968

Do not put your trust in a person too weak to be worthy of it.–Edna Lister, May 9, 1971

Don’t worry about trusting people—trust God!—Edna Lister, May 9, 1971

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Declarations for Trust in God

Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!–Psalm 34:8.

I am now ready to trust in the perfect Will of God.
I am now accepting God’s ability to protect me.
I am now trusting God to heal me and my affairs.
I am now safe because I trust in the Power of God.
I am now filled with confidence because I trust God.
I am now filled with joy because my trust is in God.
I am now abiding in God through my perfect trust in Him.
I am now trusting God with all my affairs.
I am now putting all my affairs in God’s hands.
I am now leaving my affairs in God’s hands.
I am now living a perfect life because of my deep trust in God.
—Edna Lister, 1931

Send forth through me enough of the Power of Love to fulfill all the needs of my family and myself. You can now trust me with the wealth of the Kingdom to distribute to the world. I am now ready to be used to release this inner abundance that shall relieve the whole of humanity. You can now trust me to use all that I need for myself and send the rest forth into the world.–Edna Lister, The Gold Standard, 1934

I live and wait in that high place of absolute trust.–Edna Lister, August 9, 1940

For security, declare God is my security. See yourself as secure in God. Expect your highest good, which is better than the human mind understands. I am secure in God. See yourself as secure in your present condition or circumstances. Know that the good is there, waiting to reveal itself to you, and bless it, though you don’t see it yet.–Edna Lister, March 20, 1968

Whenever you feel that you’ve been thrown into a fiery furnace, remember: Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent His angel, and delivered His servants that trusted in Him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.—Daniel 3:28.–Edna Lister, The Fiery Furnace, November 17, 1970

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New Testament on Trust

We trust we have a good conscience.—Hebrews 13:18

I trust to come to you, and speak face to face.—2 John 1:12

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.—1 Timothy 6:17

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As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.–Psalm 18:30

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.–Psalm 28:7

He that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.–Proverbs 29:25

Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.–Proverbs 30:5

Trust in the Lord, and do good.—Psalms 37:3

O Lord God, thou art my trust from my youth.–Psalms 71:1

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.—Psalm 91:2

They shall be greatly ashamed that trust in graven images.—Isaiah 42:17

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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

Etymology of trust: Middle English truste, perhaps from Old Norse traust, confidence.

Trust is a soul virtue.


I trust in Nature for the stable laws
Of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant
And Autumn garner to the end of time.
I trust in God,—the right shall be the right
And other than the wrong, while he endures.
I trust in my own soul, that can perceive
The outward and the inward,—Nature’s good
And God’s–Robert Browning


Browning, Robert. The Poetical Works of Robert Browning, Vol. V., A Soul’s Tragedy, Act I. London: Smith, Elder, 1879, 13.

Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

The Oxford English Dictionary: Compact Ed. 2 vols. Oxford University Press, 1971.

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