Pioneering Mystic Sermons 2014

This Is My Father's World

Linda Mihalic sermon transcript; August 10, 2014, Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: Psalm 24:1-5, John 3:14-21.

"The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation." – Psalm 24:1-5.

"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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 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. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." – John 3:14-21.

The world today is in a greater state of unrest and outright violence than since the outbreak of WWII. The materialists and atheists are at it everywhere, demanding that they be assigned the task of monitoring Christian churches for compliance with their fabricated version of the separation of church and state. Christians would be banned from giving Bibles to non-Christians or passing out literature. Nothing at all is being said about the proselytizing efforts of other religions. [A recital of disturbing moral trends has been excised, yet the situation had deteriorated dramatically by 2020.]

In the midst of all this, we realize that what Isaiah said is true: "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" – Isaiah 5:20. What can we do? Today we need statements of truth that are so simple that anyone can understand them, so direct that no one can miss the point, and so all-encompassing that no one is able to exempt himself from their application. Such statements abound in scripture.

"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." – Genesis 1:3-4. The first act of Creation was the declaration of "Let there be Light," followed by "and there was light."

When you make a declaration, you must speak the Word out loud. The beginning of Creation was the Word: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." – John 1:1. When you speak out loud to make a declaration, you must begin with the word "let" to avoid using force. This is how you divide the Light from the darkness of self. Prefacing your declaration with "let" opens the way for your declaration to come to pass. For example, when you write a check, you make it payable to and enter the amount. This is your declaration. Then you must sign it. Declaring the object of your declaration good and very good is like signing the check drawn on your account with God.

"This is my Father's world" serves as a perfect underwriter's guarantee that your check will be honored. "This is my Father's world" is a deceptively simple declarative sentence. A simple declarative sentence is a group of words that express (or declare) a complete thought in one independent clause, independent because it neither needs nor accepts modification.

"The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For He hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation." – Psalm 24:1-5.

"The earth is the Lord's" is a simple declarative sentence stated in the possessive case, which indicates ownership, measurement, or source. A possessive noun ends with "apostrophe ess" ('s). The possessive pronouns are mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs. "The earth is the Lord's" proclaims ownership, which in turn, indicates "possession, occupation, tenure, or dominion."

"God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." – Genesis 1:26. Thus, like the earth, we also belong to the Lord, for He is the source of our being.

Dominion means "sovereignty"; its synonyms include supremacy, ascendancy, dominance, superiority, authority, mastery, control, command, power, or rule. Before you can rule a world, you must first prove that you can rule your self. Dominion is an inalienable right, a right according to natural law, a right that cannot be taken away, denied, or transferred. What is natural law? Natural means "inherent, having a basis in nature, reality and truth, not made or caused by mankind." Law is "an existing condition that is binding and immutable." As we say of principle, it is "the absolute, universal, unchangeable, undeviating immutable foundation upon which all universes are based and established."

Our Declaration of Independence reads "The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle" us to equal rights. It further says, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

If God ran the universe the way most people run their lives, the universe would have ceased to exist long ago. Instead, "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 3:16.

Natural law is that truth of reality that your soul knows intuitively. It is the law that God wrote on the tablet of your heart when He made you. You know natural law clearly and completely according to how well your moral compass is functioning.

We count ourselves among those to whom Jesus referred when he said that "whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. To believe in him is to have faith in him, and faith is the soul's intuitive knowing through the moral compass.

Because you have faith in the reality of Christ's eternal identity, you also may have faith in your own soul's identity as a son or a daughter of God. This is your Father's world, and you are your Father's son, or your Father's daughter.

You have a mission here in this world. Your Father sent you here to stand up for the truth and speak the Word to end the attempts by darkness and the Father of Lies to take over and rule this world.

After meeting Edna Lister in 1971, I was startled to learn that at the changing of every age, God gives evil an equal chance to become good again, to choose the good over the evil, to choose Light over the darkness created by earlier choices. Because I pondered this concept for many years, I repeatedly enjoyed greater insights on how God runs His universe.

When God sent Jesus, His only begotten son, to earth, he gave the prince of this world, the Father of Lies, another chance to make good. Jesus spoke of this several times in the Gospel of John:

"Now is the judgment of this world. Now shall the prince of this world be cast out." – John 12:31. "The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me." – John 14:30. "When [the Comforter] is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged." – John 16:8-11.

The Father of Lies is named Belial. The literal meaning of this name is "utterly worthless," or "with no redeeming value." In his second Letter to Corinthians, Paul wrote: "What concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?" – 2 Corinthians 6:15. The answer to these questions must be "none." Consorting with the utterly worthless is pointless and self-destructive, damaging to one's own soul.

Faith in God through Jesus Christ is our answer in every tough or confusing situation. "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. So, what do you believe?

God knows what is going on, even when you do not. "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him." – 2 Chronicles 16:9. Your past choices may have been tragically stupid, but God will judge you in perfect wisdom, according to what is in your heart, not in your record.

Time and space are illusions that we have created and nurtured and maintained because we live in a sense-based consciousness. You have a body-awareness that colors all your perceptions of reality, binding them in illusion, in the world of appearances, not in the truth of reality. Therefore, you are self-limiting in a phase of consciousness that you share with all living things. We call this the "world mind" and foolishly we allow it to displace the intuitive illumination of wisdom coming to us through our moral compass.

Believing in the evidence of your physical senses and appetites forms the chains that bind your soul to the lowest levels of existence, not freeing you to see, know and participate in eternal life, in everlasting life. Endlessly you find yourself being born into the body, struggling to reach maturity, subject to the tempests of hormones, being driven by the lying devils of anger, resentment, hatred, selfishness, jealousy, you name it.

Suddenly you find that you are running out of time to make your dreams come true. No matter where you go, or what space you occupy, you believe that you are alone and are lonely in your mental and emotional separation and isolation. As Edna Lister said, you wonder where God has gone. This is all an illusion, a self-based delusion.

You suffer all these conditions and experiences because of hormones and neurotransmitters working in your physical body. How long will you allow your chemistry stronger than your will and desires? It will continue to be if you continue to believe in your sense-based body-awareness, letting it trump the intuition and illumination of your immortal soul.

The only way to find soul freedom is to discipline the self. Just say no to the chemistry, the drugs that your self, using your body, dispenses moment to moment, like an IV drip. Who will be stronger, self or your soul? You, the living soul of you, are responsible for this mess you have created through countless past lives by making poor choices. So, your past choices have brought you here, but "your next choice could begin to set you free."

Of the many jewels of wisdom I have found in Edna Lister’s work, this is one of the brightest: In God as Consciousness Appears as Form, she said, "If you seek God 2 percent, God seeks you 98 percent." That 98 percent is "paradise gravity," the magnetic pull that the Source of your being, which is God, exerts on your soul. Listen to your soul. It is the voice of one who is crying in the wilderness, your personal internal voice of conscience. Resentment and regret are the voices of self and soul, respectively. When self is ascendant and strong in you, resentment snarls that everyone should leave you alone. When soul spreads its wings and bears you up into the Light, regret fills you with sorrow about the time you have wasted, the soul substance you have misspent.

How do you conquer this yo-yo consciousness, this seesaw in desire and will? Put away the childishness of self. Stand up and say, "This is my Father's world. I am my Father's son," or, "I am my Father's daughter." God has given you dominion over the creatures of this world, and that includes the creature soul of your self. Say, "I am born again this very moment. Nothing of my past can stop or hinder me from going home to God, who is my Father. I am in this world, which is my Father's, but my soul is not of the world. Only my body is based in this world. My soul is anchored in my Father's house above."

With your best friend, the Master, you can say, "I now rejoice because Christ has led me to overcome this world and the prince of this world. My soul really is stronger than my self. I open my being to God, my Father." Whenever you see, hear or read about the high tide of darkness in the world, stand on your rock of faith and proclaim, "This is my Father's world. And only His truth and reality exist in this Light."

The day I met Edna Lister, she quoted this scripture, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." – John 8:12. Then she said, "You have the Light, walk in that Light and be free." That simple statement was the ton of bricks that smashed the walls my little self had built. Like the walls of Jericho, that strongly entrenched selfish little Linda fell to the sound of a voice speaking the truth. I heard myself say, mentally, "Yes, Lord, let me walk in the Light, Lord." I have walked in that Light ever since, and it has been worth every minute of what I have experienced and learned.

We are all his disciples. Let's all follow him from today on into a future of bright glory. Say with me, out loud, "This is my Father's world, and I am His spiritual heir. Father, let me stand in Thy holy place with clean hands and a pure heart."

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Linda Mihalic
1946 –
Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, minister, teacher, author, successor to
Edna Lister, and editor of The Via Christa.

Linda Mihalic

Linda Mihalic met Edna Lister in May 1971, and was immediately chosen as her successor following Lotus Judson Landis. In 1981, Linda left corporate America at the peak of a highly successful career to work for the Society full time. She assumed formal leadership of the Society of the Universal Living Christ in 1991.


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