Asking, Seeking and Knocking

Asking, seeking and knocking are laws of doing, laws of right action, three legal pursuits for the ascending soul. One asks always when one is unsure or confused "and it shall be given"; one seeks first the kingdom of God always, and one knocks forever at Heaven's Gates, or on the outer doors when given the "green light."

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8.














Edna Lister on Asking, Seeking and Knocking

You must ask, seek, and knock. "Open in the name of Jesus the Christ" is our "Open sesame." – Edna Lister, Understanding, January 23, 1935.

Be steadfast in seeking the true way and your reward shall be sure. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Letters, December 24, 1937.

In all ways, seek the Lord. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Letters, August 14, 1938.

Seek the Light and turn fully to God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 24, 1938.

Seek balance in all ways; seek to increase the quality of your desire at all times. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 28, 1938.

If the sacrifice of seeking is too great a burden, then the gift of illumination is too precious to given without earning. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 6, 1938.

Seek not the vanities of added things. Be faithful to God, and law itself shall be faithful to you in all ways. To seek the kingdom first, then to receive "added things" afterward, is the content of the law. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 6, 1938.

Seek the Light; stand always in the full Light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 26, 1938.

Seek to be perfect as God is perfect. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 13, 1939.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8. This is law. Ask not amiss but in full faith, and God then freely gives all you need for your use or creations. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 25, 1939.

Seek always to live in the Light so that you shall not be found wanting when weighed in the balance. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 29, 1939.

Seek in all ways to become white in the high Light of the Christ and in the fullness of all Power. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 22, 1939.

Don't look at your past path, hard or easy, but seek only the future. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 14, 1939.

Seek the Light rather than darkness. Seek the joys of Heavenly Realms rather in the world, which fails you in the hour of trial. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 24, 1939.

Seek the Light, truth and love at all times. Seek the Mind of the Christ Light, which is always peace of mind. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 7, 1939.

To seek for self creates more of self to seek – nothing more. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 12, 1940.

The law is "seek ye first the kingdom of God," not seek first gain to self. Prayer first and always, then the working out of things. Whoever says differently, speaks of darkness, for to see the working out of things before the prayer goes against all law. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 6, 1940.

Unless you seek your own weaknesses, you cannot sacrifice them upon the altar. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 28, 1941.

Diligence in seeking will give you what you need. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 3, 1941.

You ask, seek and knock, and carry on until you conquer. – Edna Lister, The Key: Understanding, April 12, 1942.

When you ask, keep worldly thoughts from your mind, close out mundane conversations, all external noise [radio, TV or computer], and hold the problem before you. You will have your answer of Wisdom. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 6, 1943.

It pays great dividends to seek advice first, no matter how sure you feel or how right it seems. Seeking advice earns millions of credits and proves that you mean your surrender. Better to seek advice when you don't need it than to allow one need to escape you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 1944.

Seek guidance from the Father of all lights above, who lightens the world. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 5, 1944.

Seek by pondering each law in the high place of glory and love, and you find all is made clear. This is the key. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 19, 1944.

Ask, seek, knock persistently, constantly. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 7, 1946.

Your heavenly sponsors will aid in lessons, but asking for help first is necessary. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 29, 1947.

Every ability you use here, you also use in heaven. Gather all the facts when you need aid to decide, consider all points, then ask. You cannot receive a higher answer than your question. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 29, 1947.

Heaven's mysteries are open to all who "ask, seek and knock." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 1, 1948.

All have the equal right to advance, and heaven is open to all who seek and knock. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 1, 1948.

Ask, believing, praise and act as if you had it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 28, 1948.

You never ask amiss if you Seek first the kingdom of God. – Matthew 6:33. – Edna Lister, And It Came to Pass, April 30, 1950.

The process of ascension is Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. – Matthew 6:33. – Edna Lister, I Remember, October 8, 1950.

You must seek the Light and ascend instantly when you slip. – Edna Lister, To Seek the Light, June 10, 1951.

Don't be satisfied with any point of Light gained. Divine dissatisfaction can take you back to the Source. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 18, 1951.

The true seeker will take the truth, even if it slays him. – Edna Lister, Prove Me Now, October 28, 1951.

If you ask, you receive, so why clutch at the old good and stop, after receiving the new, good which is better for you? – Edna Lister, Steadfastly Searching for God, July 6, 1952.

God proves Himself to each as we seek Him. – Edna Lister, The Mantle of Messiahship, October 12, 1952.

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. – 1 John 5:14-15. The Son promised, "Ask anything in my name, and I shall do it," but what you ask must be according to God's will, which is pure law. What law? Loving God enough, fulfills the law. – Edna Lister, I Arise, June 20, 1954.

He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. – John 14:12. You must believe the promises he gave before this verse. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. – John 14:13-14. He will grant any request, give any gift, if you ask in his name, which is how you do the greater works. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Son of God, November 21, 1954.

The Master promises, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." – John 14:12-14. Do you honestly believe in this promise? All things are possible, but do you go just this far then think you have done it? What do you truly want? The creature fears, doubts and expects lacks. The creator expects all Power, Light and Love "as me." It all depends on the size of your plan. – Edna Lister, Manna From Heaven, August 21, 1955.

Seek advice, not the wearying baby-babble of one who thinks not, but asks and asks. The mature soul checks his mind, emotions, experiences, even the physical cells before inquiring. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 23, 1963.

Seek advice (ask) after exercising your brain cells. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 4, 1963.

Seek advice of experts, because you can easily lose the path. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 4, 1963.

For each great acceptance, you receive a revelation. Hold and seek advice, for mundane earthy "notions" always flow in to trick you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 14, 1967.

You can find ten million wrong answers in the world of illusion, but only one right answer in God's reality. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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Creative Imagination

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for May 1, 1949. Scripture: Matthew 7:7-8.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8.

Ask, seek and knock are very important words, but why do we use them with "imagination"? Imagination is soul "seeing," the kingly faculty of visualization, the faculty of visualization, of making mental pictures or images in the mind's eye.

To create is to be creative, to build, to give form to what is imagined. You use imagination to create, to build a mold and to give form to your desires.

The main idea is the proper use of imagination when asking, seeking and knocking. How are you visualizing the goal? What are you picturing? How are you approaching your asking, seeking and knocking?

You can use the verbs, ask, seek and knock, in three ways. First, the instinctive intelligence of the appetitive soul regards "ask, seek and knock" as the "gimmes" – "Gimme this" and Gimme that."

The creature says, "I will have it. I will ask it of others, and if they do not give it, I will take it from them." The appetitive soul of self seeks God just as nature, and so often ruthlessly appropriates its needs from the environment.

Intellectual reasoning asks, seeks and knocks while forever remaining buried in books, comparing philosophies, perhaps wanting "proof." The intellectual thinks about it but rarely acts.

Intuitive consciousness asks God, seeks first the kingdom, and knocks to penetrate the veil that separates the visible from the invisible. Such a person has that "upward look" toward God because they are always looking above the worldly appearance. They base their optimism and faith on a "knowing" assurance and confidence in God and His right answers.

If "finding" is merely the result of simply "asking, seeking and knocking," then everyone's desires would be fulfilled now. What you receive depends on where you seek, whom and what you ask, where you are knocking and what you do when that door opens.

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Gifts and Giving 1

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for May 24, 1953. Scripture: Matthew 7:7-12.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8.

Ask, seek and to knock are three action verbs that mean to do something. The ideas behind them are impressive. They do not imply a serene waiting, but activity. Ask what? Seek where? Knock how?

What man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? – Matthew 7:9-11.

These verses are followed with the admonition, "Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them." This is the Golden Rule. You may permit no failure in your good response, no matter whether your job is boring, the pay is poor or others treat you meanly.

Perhaps you are on the short end, but so what. Aim at focusing your mind on giving, not on getting. Behind both the gift and giving stands the law of forgiveness. You can neither give nor receive a good gift where you hold a grudge.

Forgiveness is a state of "giving for" whatever comes your way. Jesus came to forgive sinners and you must also instead of blaming and criticizing them. Forgive your special sinners seventy times seven times a day, if needed. Your special sinners are those whom you choose to blame.

You do the forgiving until you, not they are healed. Yet you cannot forgive self until you forget self. And you cannot forget self until you get Light for self.

When you never waver, never charge a debt of blame anywhere, anytime, you will have no enemies or debts of darkness to lift. When you are always giving gifts of forgiveness and lifting, you will receive thanks and appreciation.

Put your asking, seeking and knocking into action. When you receive of God with a praise offering, you will know the love of God, joy in God, and endlessly praise God for His goodness.

To give freely, you must give forgiveness. To receive graciously leads to knowing and becoming law. Ask greatly of self. Seek first the kingdom of heaven to achieve success. The difference between a weak man and a creator lies in his ability to translate his experiences into success. Ask all sacrifices of the self, not of others.

Seek right where you are with what you have right now. First, seek to comprehend law, then to apply it. Give of yourself in new ways. To see, to do for, and to give for is enough.

When you knock, use no force, no pounding or demanding. This describes how you must knock, in quietness and in confidence:

Thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. – Isaiah 30:15.

Knock persistently, for just pounding on the doors of heaven is not enough. Use what you are, and what you have in an upward direction. Knocking is desire for more Light, Power, love and wealth in God.

Your triumphant soul's action must be never-ceasing. Ask, seek and knock constantly. Use forgiveness lavishly. Freely give enough love for everything. Stop practicing softness or weakness now.

To receive graciously, act as if you already have it now. Believe that it is now in your hands, and say, "Thank You, Father. Thank You."

Say, "Thank you" to all who come to you so you may give them the love of God for God. Share your joy in knowing God and offer Him rich praise. This makes you a victorious soul, filled with exciting glorious life.

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Gifts and Giving 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated May 24, 1953. Scribe: Edna Bender. Scripture: Matthew 7:7-12.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8.

These verses contain three outstanding verbs: Ask, seek and knock. Scholars have interpreted them many ways, and no other words have been subject to greater misinterpretation.

Every letter has twenty-two hidden meanings and interpretations under our mystical Kabbalistic work. Taken together, the various shades of meaning form the complete and true significance.

Ask, seek and knock are action verbs. A scientist will tear down his formula to cooperate with other scientists and rebuild. So should you, according to this pattern: Ask what? Seek where? Knock how?

You could become unbalanced on these points. Escapists are afraid to ask, and others pound so hard on heaven's doors that they muddle the answers they seek. Finding the center point of balance can be difficult.

If ye then … know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? – Matthew 7:11. Evil is turning your back on the Light, a definite personal choice. Most people seek the world and its shadowy darkness rather than facing the Light.

What "good gift" does the Father give you? 'G' symbolizes one who has nearly completed the initiations of the Zodiacal Path, the cycle of unity, one whom initiation has almost perfectly polished for enfolding in Light. If you give your children good gifts, how much greater will our Father give you? Your children include all those souls for whom you are responsible, all those on your lines of Light.

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. – Matthew 7:12. God gives us tremendous leeway, but cannot set aside divine law. He will say, "Child, you must pay your debts." You cannot go bankrupt with God. I once saw the Heavenly Reserve Bank, and it is so huge that God cannot possibly default.

This brings us to the point of action. You are accountable for all your negative thoughts and imaginings, which circle the world seven times, gathering their own degree and kind before returning to you.

Negative people tune in your negative thoughts and you are responsible for lifting what they add. You can tune in others' negative broadcasts, too. This reciprocal "return" principle works for good when the thoughts are good.

The whole universe operates under the law of forgiveness, which eventually cleanses every taint. We are breathing the same air today that our Cold War enemies breathed last night. To "forgive" means to "give for," and your privilege is to choose what you give. God does not pay any attention to a family's judgments of its members, for the soul records tell the whole truth.

You cannot know how often or how sincerely another has knelt before God, asked forgiveness and had his record wiped clean. How dare you declare someone a sinner and charge a double debt, to him and to yourself?

Jesus forgives sins, and you must too. Forgive your adversaries, stop seeing sin, noticing it, looking for it. Heal your self of blaming. Ask the Father to love the person enough through you. When you have given enough love, they stop knocking you.

Criticism is a gift when you know that you cannot receive anything but good gifts. Think of those special "sinners," who block your way, as gracious gifts from your heavenly Father. Look at a sinner and mentally say, "I think you are wonderful."

The other fellow's criticism is a chance to give more love. You need not like what he does, but pour out forgiveness and enthusiasm lavishly, instead of dribbling it from the teeth out just because it is law. Hold your eyes on the Light and graciously lift all demands to make them into Light.

Asking puts all this in action. Ask in a positive voice for new ways to expand. Jesus said, "Ask in my name believing." That is law. Ask once then thank God graciously a thousand times an hour in advance of receiving.

Nothing happens unless you ask, believing you have it, and thanking opens the way to receptivity. Ask and receive graciously. Seeking finds forgiveness. Seek new and ingenious ways to make others more comfortable.

Knocking opens the door to receiving. Knock with a velvet glove or a padded mallet, which is how the Master knocks, in inevitable, unwavering persistence. Desire is knocking, so open the door and say, "Come in, Father. I know You have already supplied the miracle. Let it become visible."

The law is, "Give, and you will receive." Give enough love until you burst with compassion. Giving vitalizes everything.

You may receive two ways, on opposite poles of receiving. The husband in one family was out of work, his wife was sick and could not cook. Her friend phoned and said that she and her husband were bringing a complete dinner.

The wife thought her husband would love it. He praised it when it came and later phoned his friends to tell them how fine it was. That telephone call lifted the givers and the receivers in their current trouble.

The other pole is this: Her friend called to say that they were bringing dinner. The sick wife said, "Oh, you shouldn't have. It's too much," and her husband protested all evening from a sense of false pride. By the time the givers left, they wished they had never given their friends dinner.

Are you a gracious receiver? If another gives you love and appreciation, receive the praise joyously and graciously, thank God, and give Him the credit. Maintain a constant watchfulness over giving and receiving to do great things.

You need an eternal flaming desire to know more and to express God in serene action. Ascend into poise, peace, serenity, and patience. You will not need peace or patience if you stand in poise, for you will have become law.

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Your "Added Things"

Edna Lister created this Bible study outline for May 22, 1955. Scriptures: Matthew 6:8, Matthew 6:33 and Matthew 7:7-8.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8. This verse begs us to ask, seek and knock, but to ask what, seek where and knock how?

Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. – Matthew 6:8. People ask, "Why must I do these things when my Father already knows what I need before I ask? Why does He make it so hard for me when I must struggle so much here below?"

God gave you an immense amount of soul substance before you descended in this Day of Manifestation. He gave you an Oversoul Star filled with a huge supply of soul substance, stamped with your name vibration, untouchable by any other.

Each Star has only one key. I have mine, you have yours, every soul has its own key to unlock this vast star storehouse. If He had not given you the key, you would have no free will. Not only is your birth-star filled for you, ready to use, but a vast reserve supply is also awaiting your call on God's Reserve Bank of Light.

Remember, no one else can contact, touch or use your private account in God's Reserve Bank. It contains all your buried talents and hidden treasure of substance and life. It is glory and all "added things" to come, waiting, waiting, waiting.

Although God knows when you need the substance, you have the key. Even He cannot confiscate your key or unlock this storehouse for you. You must use your own key to open the lock.

The key has three notches named ask, seek and knock. You must also open three doors with the same key, one behind another. The key itself is love.

The first door is instinctive intelligence moving up to intellectual reasoning. Instinctive intelligence greedily takes, grasps, and forces, saying, "I will have it, I demand my rights. I am right." It takes a lot of fumbling to fit the key into this tiny keyhole, but truth slowly enters to fill your consciousness.

The second door opens to intellectual reasoning, where you learn more, though you still use law to provide good reasons for doing as you please. You use techniques you find in books, compare teachers and methods until you have bound yourself between the covers of all the books you have bought. You still need proof, because you still must see it before you believe it.

Finally, you ascend in consciousness to the third door, to Christed "I AM," the Oversoul consciousness, which also opens your Star storehouse, filled with substance. You ask, seek and knock until the three doors unlock as an act of unconquerable faith.

The unlimited potential Power is magnificent beyond compare. Speaking the Word starts your soul substance flowing from your Star as more life, which is renewed from the Heavenly Reserve Bank as fast as you use it, in a million years, a day or an instant.

When you surrender to the Power's use, you open the third door to Christed God-consciousness. Moving up, tall and free, you ask more love of God, and seek to be used in more ways. Finally, you knock on the door to the kingdom first. In one smooth act, your key opens the final door to the vast storehouse awaiting your needs.

The Heavenly Reserve Bank of supply fills all your needs amply, to overflowing, for you have reached your Father's Home. He knows what you need before you ask Him, and you receive before you ask.

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Religious Slavery or Freedom 1

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for October 9, 1955. Scripture: Matthew 7:7-8.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8. This sounds so simple, yet you can meet so much interference in attaining freedom. First, ask what you are seeking. What is religion? What is slavery? What is freedom?

Religion is the belief binding the spiritual nature to Supernatural Being, involving a feeling of both "dependence upon" and "responsibility to." Religion is the scientific study of the principles and laws governing your relationship to God, the whole, and to man, the many parts.

The practice of religion is the application of general laws to fit personal needs in one of several distinct ways. The savage cowers in the cave of doubts and fear until the storm passes. Neutral souls just go to church, for which they receive credits. They hang onto Jesus' coattails and try to ride up.

Some metaphysicians say, "Let God do the work." A few assume complete personal responsibility and apply law. Those who love God because He is, are satisfied with the devotional approach.

Yet other honest seekers need their questions answered with an accurate intellectual explanation. Both approaches are valid, and they contend with each other in the religious world. However, neither approach is complete.

Slavery is bowing to a master or an enemy, such as fear, doubt, old patterns or old ideas. People can be slaves to opinions, prejudices, pride, hatred, anger, self-pity, food, drugs and drink. Freedom is the opposite of that which enslaves. Many experience momentary freedom when someone makes them happy by offering a sugar-sop to "little me," but this is not real freedom.

To know true freedom, you must know who you are, where you came from and where you are going. You are the sons and daughters of God, and the Word made flesh in His image and likeness in heaven.

You are going to heaven, where the Master has prepared a place for you "in my Father's house." Heaven is both the place, and the state of consciousness you are in now.

"I may accept this, but I still do not know how to get my freedom." Complete freedom includes desire, decision and action. You can desire to be a slave to self, or to plan your life free of self!

Flaming desire, free of doubt, fear or hate, will mate itself with will and exalt itself, if left alone. Decide whether little self will rule your life down, or live by soul and let "I AM" rule you from above. Who is going where, "I AM" or "little me?" Declare, "I am all conquering!"

The action to take is to ask, seek and knock in one of three ways. "Little me" says, "Gimme. I take," and is blown by every wind. Reason and intellect, which say, "I have" and "I know," are too busy seeking causes to find time to conquer. Self and intellect are filled with too much "that's impossible," too much "I say so" talk, and not enough "I do so" practice.

To respond to new ideas, ways, patterns and illuminations, you must ask, seek and knock at the door of intuitive "I AM" consciousness. So, you desire that God uses you, and ask to be used. Decide to love enough, and seek God's love.

Under action, you knock at the door of abundance, where all things are possible. "I AM" takes you. "I AM" can. "I AM" does.

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Religious Slavery or Freedom 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated October 9, 1955. Scribe: Ruth Bender Collord. Scripture: Matthew 7:7-8.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8. Ask, seek and knock. People are confused by these words. They want to know how to ask and seek, and where to knock.

When you have heard about Jesus the Christ, or a great truth to apply, you need seek no longer. You go up in consciousness and apply it.

What is religion? What is slavery? What is freedom? Take the great statements of truth and apply them to daily life. Religion is more than theology, creeds and dogma. Fear must be counted with its form, but this is not all. Religion is one of twelve great cosmic departments, just as science and harmony are cosmic departments of principle.

Religion is the study of philosophic laws, the study of the principles of God and the management of His universe. Religion is a belief that binds the nature of man to a supernatural being and involves him in two ways, both as dependent on God and responsible to God.

Among metaphysicians, one type sits with his hands in his lap, passively knowing. The dictatorial type uses law as force until it reacts on him. Only then does he inquire.

Slavery comes in many forms. You can be a slave to appetites, to a creed or to another's idea of religion, to a family member or to resentment in your own heart. You have no religious freedom if you are enslaved to your emotional life.

Freedom consists of desire, to know who you are, second, decision, to know where you came from, and action, to know where you are going. You are a joint heir to the kingdom of heaven. Jesus Christ is your elder brother, and he said, "Ye are gods" and it does not yet appear what ye shall be.

We are the sons and daughters of God. We are endowed with His essential parts. If you doubt this, you will remain a slave to doubt and fear. If you say, "I can't do this," you are in bondage to doubt.

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. – John 14:2. Eventually, you must accept that heaven is a place. Heaven is also a state of consciousness, and you create a heaven here as a place in which you live.

Heaven is a place. Use this as the premise that when you are free of the body, you will be taken to the right place. You can make your own heaven here now.

Live by "I AM" consciousness for freedom, or go with self into slavery. You choose whether you allow "little me" to take you down in consciousness, or "I AM" to take you up in ascension. Choose this every moment of your life. The "little me" of self is always taking offense, being hurt and indulging prejudices.

Your soul desire burns for more illumination, new ideas, new glories. You want all this. "Little me" is long on "I say so" and blunt about "You must do so." In "I AM" consciousness, you lose that talking, forcing urge and listen to Spirit. Your decision eventually must be to follow the laws of Jesus Christ. Action comes from your decision to ask, seek and find. Do not let "I AM" be gummed up with the little self. Let the love of God cover the little self with love.

When self becomes intuition and illumination, you live in the "I AM" consciousness. The faith of God and the will of God are perfect. God turns you loose to live His way. Let faith and love function through you as His attributes.

When little self stands up, demanding to be counted, pull it up to "I AM." Say, "Come up to God!" The subconscious mind is the seat of instinctive intelligence. The Bible likens us to forty-nine animals, which live by instinctive intelligence. These people say, "It's only natural. It's just human nature. We all have animal desires." Yet why should you let creature consciousness run your life? The intellectual reasoning group always needs to know the reason why. "Who is God? Why should I believe that?"

Enter the silence to tell God that you love Him and ask for His Power to use you, to have His love rule your life. Ask to have His faith fill you, to overcome the world now. Thank Him that He is the One. Go to "I AM" to ask for new patterns to live by, ideas for new ways to do all things. Ask for the God to use you. Ask, seek and knock. Do not reason it out, but call on Power to use you.

Ask that Power may use you. Decide to live by that surrender to the Power, so that you may give up more and more of self. Then the subconscious does all the right things. It will lift its voice in praise.

The action of "I AM" in your consciousness opens the door to God's abundance. When you are in "I AM" consciousness, the abundance pours forth and the added things come. To be surrendered is to be possessed by the love of God. To stand in action is to let the I AM" consciousness be in action as the Father.

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Religious Slavery or Freedom 3

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated November 27, 1955. Scribe: Ruth Johnson. Scripture: Matthew 7:7-8.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8.

Ask, seek and knock are three simple words to hold so much. They form a key to your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual expression, which must be as one, without inner conflict. First, decide what is important.

Religion gives you a way to comprehend the meaning of slavery and freedom. The dictionary defines religion as "a binding of the natural man to the Supernatural Being" and involves two phases, dependence on and responsibility to that Being.

Religion is also a scientific study of the principles and laws governing your relationship to God, the whole, and to man, the many parts.

Your practical application of religion is to modify and dilute these great principles and laws to an understandable solution to meet your daily needs and expectations of law. You cannot separate yourself from your Source, and you grow selfish when you judge only by your relationship to man.

Commonly, your approach to God springs from one of three backgrounds, devotional, intellectual or wishy-washy. Utter dependence ranges from the savage cowering from the storm, orthodox religionists who cling to the coattails of Christ, to those who depend entirely on God.

The other extreme is chest-beaters who say, "I am God. God created law for me to use." They force their ideas on you, expressing inflexible opinions about law and proper conduct, not the immutable life of God.

The "I know that" type operates on intellectual intelligence. They say they live an impersonal life, but are pestiferously personal. Either of these extremes is limp, but they are the two halves of a perfect whole.

Those who go to church because it is "the right thing to do" or "good business," are in the middle course. They just take their bodies there.

Lukewarm souls use instinctive intelligence, and work under little self, always striving to make others good so they will be happy. Yet you must agree with God, adjust to people, and use the oil of Spirit on your squeaky relationships.

We must have another approach to God that combines the devotional and intellectual approaches. No person is complete unless he has devoted himself to a Source greater than himself, as revealed in the personality of God.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. – Matthew 7:7. God cannot set aside divine law to please you, and taking advantage of God's good nature by expecting Him to do so is dishonorable. Yet worshiping God as just principle can leave you cold. Wisdom is the great intellectual principle, but love vitalizes principle.

Who am I? Where is my source? Where am I going? You are sons and daughters of God, the Word made flesh in God's way, by condensation as He descended into Creation.

You "walk on water" when you conquer emotions. You can do only two things to substance: Raise its vibration and expand, or lower its vibration and condense. You raise the vibration under prayer by integrating the person with faith.

Your desire flames on "seek," "knock" and "find" when you finally want to ascend. As you think of God, you are with Him, love Him and want more. Since you came from the Father, you want to return, and so you seek.

Decide whether you will get off "little me's" teeter-totter faith. You wallow in weakness when life "discourages me," but do it when your desire to do flames.

Your desire to know more about principle ascends to mate with your will to know. Desire becomes intuition. Will becomes illumination, and the River of Life supplies your energy. What approach do you choose, the way of self or soul? The wise soul chooses desire, decision and action.

Super-conscious Oversoul never partakes of the little self. You feel better when "little me" ascends to Oversoul, yet you are never more in heaven than you are right now.

Law always demands payment for debts and deficiencies. Oversoul "I AM" always lifts "little me" up in its expression. The weaker self-based decision is to tarry along the great path.

The River of Life is now flowing home. Twenty years ago, all we heard was talk about war. Now all the talk is about peace, the cry of those creators who walk this high road of completion.

Do what you know is good now. Subconscious mind is your servant, so use it as such. Seek to be an instrument of almighty Power. You cannot make Love, Wisdom and Energy perfect, since they are already, yet you must seek them.

Knocking is that soul ability to seek greater knowledge. What you find is your ability to live by life's highest principles. Let the Light of God empower you to ascend as His sons and daughters. You seek more illumination, so raise your antennae of illumination and intuition.

You are an ascending creator god walking earth, a vessel to contain Power, a channel to sluice it, an instrument to speak the Word of direction and control. God needs prayer agents of service, working together to heal the world. The scientist and religionist are one because ultimately the quests and goals of science and religion are one.

You can surrender self. God created you for Light and Power to use. You are His creator instrument. Simply relax, breathe deeply and recharge your energy to find the freedom to express as the creator you really are.

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New Testament on Asking, Seeking and Knocking

Ask and ye shall receive. Seek and ye shall find. Knock and it shall be opened unto thee. – Matthew 7:7-8.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. – John 15:7.

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Etymology of ask: Old English ascian "ask," from Proto Indo-European ais‑ "to wish, desire."

Etymology of seek: Old English secan "visit, inquire, pursue."

Etymology of knock: Old English cnocian (West Saxon cnucian), likely of imitative origin.


Asking, seeking and knocking are laws of doing.


References

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

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).


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