Neville Goddard April 2, 1963
Tonight’s subject is “Believe Him In”, which begins with believing in him. We believe in Him only as we really believe Him in. In Paul’s Letter to the Romans (Rom.10:13) he makes the statement. “Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” No one is excluded. Now you might think, based upon your training, your conditioning, that it means calling upon Christ Jesus, or Jehovah, or upon some other name. May I tell you it is not. There is only one name for God and that name is “I AM”. When you use the name Jesus it means “I AM”. Jehovah means “I AM”. Jesse means “I AM”. It is the only name forever and forever. So everyone, not just a few special individuals, who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. Then he goes on: “But how are men to call upon him whom they have not believed?” Well, that's obvious. The whole vast world could come under that heading. They have never believed really in “I AM”. “How could men call upon him in whom they have not believed?” They believe in God, they believe in the president; they believe in the power of this country; they believe in their money in the bank, - believe in everything outside of “I AM”. “And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?” The average person never heard that this is the name of God.
I can take my own family, go to Barbados tonight and they are an enormous family today with three generations, and they all believe in God but they call him by some other name. They will never think of him as “I AM”. So, “How could they believe in him of whom they have never heard?” They have read about it. They have my books at home, - closed, completely closed, never opened. “Neville wrote it, so why would I read a book Neville wrote? We’ll keep it here as a memento because he did write it,” but they never read it. So there it is. Multiply them by the entire world. You sign the name “Neville”. One chap in Australia, he signs five or six degrees behind his name and when he received my book it was just simply signed “Neville”. He closed it. There was no power of authority behind that name. A man of letters, - just plain “Neville”? What could he say to me, a man who is a great professor, the head of a certain great university, so he closed it and he was offended when he saw all through that book, - which is “Your Faith is Your Fortune”, - just the words “I AM, I AM, I AM, page after page. That meant nothing so he closed it. But he would pray to God and address him as “Thou art” and speak of him as “He is” and then in conversation use the word Jesus Christ and cross himself all over and bow. But he doesn’t know the name that he could call him.
So let me go back. “Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” No one is left out. “But how can men call upon him in whom they have never heard?” And how can man believe in him, they were never taught about this being. How can they actually call upon him and believe in him? “And how are they to hear without a preacher? And how can men preach unless they are sent?” Therefore faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the preaching of Christ.
So I tell you, I am speaking to you from experience. No one can be called and enveloped and become one with the body of God and remain there. He is sent, to recall, at the same time involved as it were, being sent. For to be called or to be rescued from something carries with it being sent to do something. And the being sent to do that is to tell you who He is – That He is your own wonderful I Am-ness that is God. So everyone in the world who calls upon the name of the Lord is saved. Saved from what? Saved from everything in this world.
We’ll take it on this level. If there is anyone here tonight that is in need of something, call upon his name. His name is “I AM.” Don’t say “The name of I AM give me bread”; but “I AM filled to overflowing.” That is asking for bread. Say I want a job. In the name of God give me a job? No. “I am gainfully employed.” Call with his name for everything in this world and you will be saved from your present state. You’ll be lifted out of your present state into the state where you are affirming in His name, and His only name is “I AM.” If you faced the court tonight and all the things in the world were against you call in His name. Don’t say: “In certain cases it can’t work.” There is no case where it doesn’t work. Try it.
Listen to the words. I am quoting now from Romans 10:13, “Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can men call upon him in whom they have not believed?” That is so obvious. The whole vast world, - how can I call upon my own consciousness when I never thought I was anything more than a simple little man, that everyone was bigger! The president was bigger, he exercises enormous power. And the great churches of the world; and society, the banker. You go to all these places and they all seem so big, so you will call upon them. You go into a bank and you ask to see the banker, feeling nervous. You have no collateral but you feel like a stuck pig and he seems so big. As time goes by and he’s not, you call upon that name.
You are told in the 14th verse: “How can men call upon him in whom they have not believed.” What man really believes in himself? That resident in his own being is God. And God’s name is I AM. After that verse comes the next. “And how can they believe in him of whom they have never heard? May I tell you how true that is. What priest in the world tells those who listen to him that the name of God is “I AM”. No, they will say the name of God is Jesus Christ. Instantly you think of someone who was born 2000 years ago. Others will say his name is “Jehovah” and that goes back thousands of years. Others will call it by some other name. “So how can we believe in him of whom we have never heard?” Who is telling you the name of God, who God really is? “And how can we really believe unless there is a preacher? And how can there be a preacher unless he is sent?” And so, faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes from the preaching of Christ. Christ means the power and the wisdom of God, and God is your own wonderful I am-ness. Now you try it and see if it doesn’t work in the immediate present.
In the Book of John there are only a few case histories. They are all called “signs”. Yet that book has been in print for 2000 years and people read it and are thrilled beyond measure. You have hundreds of case histories you have given to me and I have given back to you in a written form in the last few years. Same signs. Where a man had nothing, a woman had nothing and they dared to believe that “I AM” and they named it and lost themselves in calling the name of God, and it happened. A little lady had a home in need of repair. It needed painting and she dared to believe this story and she called upon the name. How did she call upon the name? She went to sleep smelling paint. Who is smelling paint? I am smelling paint. Well who is seeing the thing repaired? I am, before the thing was repaired. Who is paying the bill? I am, She paid the bill. And so she is calling upon the name. In the true way she is calling in the name, with the name; and in a matter of weeks a letter comes bringing $7,500.00 from one she has never seen. You read that case history. She had never seen this party. A little tiny paper investigating the cause of her brother’s death and where he was buried; and she wrote three letters in the course of a year giving all she found out about her brother’s death. Years went by and she died and then a bank notified her she was mentioned in her will to the tune of $7,500.00. The repairs and the painting came only to about eight or nine hundred dollars so she had almost $7,000.00 left over; because she dared to call upon his name. Multiply that by the hundreds that I have told you from this platform. It is the same thing. So believe Him in. How can I do it when I have never heard of the one in whom I must believe? I’ll tell you in whom you must believe. Believe not in Neville, I am just as fallible as you, same being that you are. But believe in Him. Who is He? “I AM” – not Neville – you’re saying it. “I am “ that’s the being, so everyone believe in Him. But how can I believe in one in whom I never had faith? What man believes in himself?
Today the President believes in the mighty power of his office, not in himself. He believes in the political power that he wields. Someone who is head of the army or the navy, they believe in the power they hold by reason of that position, but not in themselves. Tomorrow when they reach a certain age and they are let out to pasture; overnight they are not the same person. Twenty-four hours before they are writing all these things and dictating policy and putting out billions of dollars of our money, and overnight when they are sheared of that, they don’t believe in themselves; they believe in themselves only when they fill a certain office. They believe in the office not themselves.
So you have no office but you do have a name and you can call upon that name and that name is “I AM”, the only name by which I am to be known forever and forever. Read it in Exodus 3:14. “This is my name forever, I have no other name. Go tell them ‘I AM’ has sent you. I Am that I AM.” I am what I will be, I am who I am. This is my name. So ask in this name, call upon this name forever and no power in the world can stop you because it is the only power. Read it carefully and see who you really are.
Now this is the being of whom I would speak this night. On this level we can take it and transform our world. When it comes to being saved in the ultimate sense, - forget it. You are saved. No one can be lost, but no one. “No one is lost in all my holy mountain.” As told us in Isaiah 11:9. I don’t care what you have done, what you are contemplating doing. If you contemplate hurt, you are simply blind, asleep. Because no one could contemplate the hurt of another unless he were asleep really. So no one ultimately will be lost.
That comes in the most wonderful way through a series of events all foretold in the beginning of what is known as sacred history. That is Genesis 17:17, - Divine history. And you and I are brought into that state of consciousness called Abraham. There we are shown only in words, but if I painted a word picture for you, you would say “I see it.” You don’t actually see it as you see me now, or I see you, but you will say to me “I see it.” But you wouldn’t “see” what I am talking about. So Abraham “saw” but he only “heard”, he heard it in words but he saw it as you will see it if I now paint what was promised. It was said of him: "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.” (John 8:56) The word “laugh” in Genesis 17:17, when translated in Aramaic means “rejoice”. He rejoiced, but it said: “He fell upon his face and laughed”, because it was the most ridiculous promise in the world. And the promise is, - it is called a child, - but it is the promise of resurrection, when everything round about him died. All things died and he is promised a child, which will survive and seemingly extend all symbolism. What he is really promised is that in spite of his seeming death he will resurrect. All things will be resurrected, nothing will die in God’s Infinite world. He is promised this resurrection and to him it is the most ridiculous thing in the world. But he believed that all things are possible to God, and so he believed. “He fell on his face and laughed”, which is a play on the word Isaac. For the word Isaac which is promised Him, means “He laughed.” So, we are told in the story, - which is all symbolism, - that he sired, one who is already beyond bearing a child, and the name was called Isaac for the Lord demanded he should be called Isaac. The symbolism is perfect, it is true. May I tell you I have had it, I have had this experience.
Now in the great (First) Epistle of John 1:1,3. “That which we have heard with our own ears, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands . . . this we declare unto you.” Here comes, now, experience! “I heard of you with the hearing of the ear”, and Job. “but now my eye sees you.” (Job 42:5) I tell you tonight what is going to happen to you, as I was told what would happen to me. I only heard it. Then came that moment in time when I was handed the Word of Life with my own hands. It is only a symbol. It is a child, an actual wonderful child, and you hold him. He is solidly real to you, but you are told it is going to happen to you and you believed it. Who told you? God told you. Well, who is God? “I AM”. I told myself? Yes, from the depths of my being, I told myself this is going to happen to you, and in you; and I, who now tell you the story, will be one. But you can’t become one with me until this series of events takes place. The first one is going to be a child. It will be born from above out of your own being. It will be symbolized to me as that of a child. Then I am going to show you another. You are going to find a son. It will be my son before he is your son. I am going to give him to you as your son, therefore, if he is your son and he is already my son, - you and I are one; and I am going to resurrect you. I am going to lift you up into heaven. You will be lifted up just as I promised in the symbolism of the serpent, - it is just like that, - and you’ll be one with me. That is told us in Scripture.
You go through this entire series of events, just as I’ve told you, and you are completely saved from this wheel of recurrence that goes on here. But even though we are still locked on the wheel, “Call upon my name” and you are saved from any state in this world. While you are locked upon it, call upon my name, - my name is “I AM.” At any moment when you are imprisoned say “I am free.” If you are not feeling well, say “I have never felt better.” “Let the weak man say”, in the Book of Joel, - “I am strong.” Let him say: “I am strong” while he is not feeling well, let him call upon my name in everything in this world. And while you move upon the wheel of recurrence call upon my name and externalizing all the states as you call upon my name, I will one day stretch beyond and release you; and lift you into my own being and you become one with me, completely free with (of) the wheel of recurrence.
So I am bringing it into being by believing in it. I tell you the story. Here is the story, the first series of parables in the 13th of Matthew. Here they listened to the parable of the sower. “A sower went forth to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell along the wayside; and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell upon rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold. Some sixty, some thirty.” “And they said to him: ‘Why do you speak to them in parables?’ And he answered them, ‘To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.’” (Matthew 13:10-11) Then he explained to them the mystery of the sower. He said: “The thing sown, the seed, is the Word of God.” Now the Word of God is the message of Christianity. The promise made to Abraham would be fulfilled in what we call the coming of Christ; that God Himself comes into human history. He not only came, but I use the word comes. The world thinks God himself came. I say God himself came and comes into human history in the person of Jesus Christ. Not only he came, he comes, and everyone has the identical experiences as recorded and is Jesus Christ. There is only Jesus Christ, who is God, who is “I AM”, but they awake.
So here he tells us a story of the sower. The seed is the Word of God and it is planted and there are those who do not even hear it. He uses the word: “They do not understand it and the evil one comes and snatches it away.” “The evil one” in the Bible means “Unbelief”. First they don’t understand it; it is incredible! It is the most impossible thing in the world so they don’t believe it; they don’t understand it, so it’s completely removed from them, from that soil, that mind.
Then comes the second phase, and that falls among rocks. The individual has no preparation in himself, has no depth in himself, so when he accepts it, he accepts it with joy, but overnight, when the sun rises and the facts of life present themselves, it scorches, that little thing he received with joy, that which last night meant something. I must now face the world with todays facts and so the whole thing is rubbed out.
Then comes the third, and this is an interesting one. Oh I’ve seen it! It falls upon the soil but the cares of the world and the greed for riches choke it, and then it doesn’t grow. How I have seen that! In 1935 back in London, I was then 20 years old, and I said to my friend, my age, his name was Matthew ____. I said Matt, “why don’t you show certain interest in your father’s philosophical approach to life?” His father was then what I am today, 58 years old. But when you are 20 and your father is 58 he looks like Methuselah. He said to me: “Why dad is an old man, he is retired.” He was a mining engineer and he and his wife lived in a small modest little home in Hammersmith. Matt said to me: “Let me live first. Let me make a million, let me earn some money and stand on my own feet before I become interested in what my father today finds so interesting.” Well, after four months in London I returned to New York City and two months later Matt went off to India in the service of some Tea Company, and three months later Matt died. He contracted malaria and Matt was gone from this world. He had to make a lot of money first before he could show any interest in things spiritual. Money was the only thing that to him would symbolize success in this world – not an experience of God, but money in the bank or things in his house – all things. And so the third seed fell upon soil and the soil was “Among the thorns and the thistles of the waste.” Then he describes for us what he means by the thorns. Matthew 13:22 “As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word and it proves unfruitful.”
Then comes the fourth one: it fell on good soil and it brought forth a hundredfold, sixtyfold, and thirtyfold. Let me tell you when it brings forth thirtyfold, you are born from above. When it brings forth sixtyfold you are the father of God’s only begotten son. And when it brings forth a hundredfold you are completely ascended in that serpentine form right up into Heaven.
Here he tells us: “You see John the Baptist? No one born of woman is greater than John, but I tell you, the least in the kingdom is greater than John.” John was the greatest born of woman. If I could put John, without being offensive, put him into the modern world, he would be the head of the welfare state. John said to those who listened to him: “You have two coats, give one to one who hasn’t. And you have more food than you can consume, give some to those who haven’t any.” And he said to the soldier: “Be satisfied with your wages.” No disturbance, no strife, take what you are given and be satisfied with it. That was John. John is represented in our world by those who would take all of our earnings and share it with the whole vast world, whether they want it or could use it. They are the ones who would share everything in the world, but not their own, - they share ours. So he said: “You see John, John is greater than anyone born of woman, but the least in the kingdom is greater than John.” John hasn’t the slightest concept of the kingdom. He proclaims it but he didn’t know what the kingdom was all about. He thought it meant doing good. He was the do-gooder.
And that is the whole vast world, trying to earn the kingdom by doing good. The kingdom is entered not by doing good, it is God’s most mighty act. He singles us out one by one; he lifts us out of the wheel of recurrence into this kingdom, - and that first act is his birth from Above. His second mighty power is lifting us higher still to make us one with himself and we are the father of his son. The third, - he lifts us up to Heaven itself, in that serpentine glorious form of luminous gold, as it were, one with Him, - pure gold.
Believe it! I am telling you this that you may believe it! For just as you must believe you are rich to be rich: you must believe this story to be eligible to be lifted up. For man’s salvation has its source in God’s faith, but it is bestowed upon man in response to his faith. So he cannot be qualified until he hears the story. I am telling you the story, for it has happened to me. If the whole vast world rose in opposition it would make no difference to me, I have experienced it. You can’t take it from me. If tonight you shot me full of holes, if you annihilated me, you can only annihilate the garment, you can’t annihilate the experience; for I have already been lifted up into that sphere and I am sharing with you what I have experienced. So to be salvaged, to be wrested from something carries with it being sent to do something. One is sent because one has been called and rescued. So, somewhere along the way I was told this story as I am telling it to you. Somewhere along the way I believed it. It was mixed in with faith, as told us in Hebrew 4:2 “For good news came to us as to them; but the message when they heard it did not benefit them, because it did not meet with faith in the hearers.” They rejected it, it meant nothing to them. Therefore they did not enter into the rest of God. So here, you and I hear it: I am telling you. You can prove it on this level, and proving it on this level you may be encouraged to prove it on the higher level. You can’t, on the higher level, do anything about it. Simply live it fully on this level, calling upon the name of God, in the hope that this that was promised our father Abraham, - and we are he, - would some day in God’s own good time be given to us.
Now we come to the great one who first proselyted the idea. He said: (O King Agrippa here) "....I stand before you on trial, for the hope that was given to me as made by God to our fathers.” (Acts 26:6) Then said he: “Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?” (8) Wasn't that the promise that he made our father Abraham? When you read it carefully you might think it refers to some other promise, - which was the child. But the child all through Scripture is only a symbol of resurrection. The first resurrection on the identical experience. So, “Why should any of us think it incredible that God raises the dead.” Then he stood before the king, and when the king said: (28) “In a short time you think to make me a Christian!” And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am – except for these chains.” (29) Then from morning till night he expounded this mystery of the kingdom of God and tried to convince them of Jesus, using all the law of Moses and the prophets, and some were convinced by what he said, and others disbelieved.
I hope that if this is a repetition of Paul, that in this audience tonight there aren’t any disbelievers, but I have no way of judging. I can only tell you that it is true. I tell you, you can prove it on this level; that you can call upon the name by calling with the name and prove anything, - the other believing, - in God’s own good time after the seed has been declared. He is going to call you, and call you into an entirely different world. It is not this world, where your body is different; this body belongs to this world. But it is not this body, it is an entirely different body, I can’t describe it, I have tried to but I can’t. It is something that is immortal, something that never dies, eternal; something that when you, housed in it, you the Immortal Being housed in the eternal body; everything is then subject to your imaginative power. In this world you wait for it, confident that it will work, and it does. But - then - (referring to the eternal body) it is an immediate creative fact.
So here, I share with you what has been experienced by me. If seed falls on poor soil. . .I do not think tonight that this audience, unless you are here for the first time, that it would fall on the first soil, where the evil one comes and snatches it away, which means complete unbelief. I hope I have not been that cloudy and dark in what I am saying, that you would not understand. For he uses the word “They did not understand it.” And then because they didn’t understand it, it was snatched away.
The second soil, I hope you aren’t that one, but if you are, listen to it carefully that you may overcome it. For the second soil is the rocky soil, not yet prepared and you take it joyously but the sun will rise tomorrow and you face the facts of life and then having no depth in yourself, it will quickly be devoured by the sun and be scorched.
And the third: and that is a warning that Paul gives us in his Letter to Timothy: “The love of wealth is the root of evil.” The love of it, not wealth, you can have all the wealth in the world, - but the love of it. When someone has to be wealthy first before he can listen to the word of God. “When I get all that and am well cushioned, then I’ll listen to you.” They’ll be so fat mentally they couldn’t do anything. The brain would have no muscle whatsoever, just all fat, it’s all cushioned. “So let me get it all first and then I will listen.” That chokes the word. They couldn’t stay awake long enough to listen to it anyway.
Then comes the fourth one. That soil is well prepared and it brought forth these different measures; a hundredfold, sixtyfold, and thirtyfold. The thirtyfold is the first amount, the Birth from Above. Then when the second wonderful experience comes, and you are the father of God’s only begotten son, you have brought forth sixtyfold. And then comes the third when you are lifted up in a serpentine form right into Heaven. Then you have brought forth the full measure, a hundredfold.
But even though you only bring forth the thirtyfold, may I tell you, you are greater than anyone born of woman. John was the greatest of all born of woman, but the least in the kingdom was greater than John. You try it tonight. You take this name and call upon it tonight. If you are facing any problem in the world, I don’t care what it is. Listen to the words. I am quoting correctly: “Everyone”, no discrimination, “Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” Tonight millions are calling upon another name, “In the name of Jesus Christ, so and so.” Not a thing is going to happen. They’ll go to church and light a candle, all these things, cross themselves, and not a thing is going to happen. But you call upon the name and you will be saved from any condition that now faces you; and his name, and his name is “I AM”.