Freedom, a Law of Being

Webster's 1828 Dictionary defines freedom as "a state of exemption from the power or control of another; liberty; exemption from slavery, servitude or confinement. Freedom can be personal, civil, political, and religious. Freedom includes articular privileges; franchise; immunity; exemption from fate, necessity, or any constraint in consequence of predetermination or otherwise; as the freedom of the will; any exemption from constraint or control; frankness; boldness."

Many souls first seek to walk the Via Christa with our Master because they desire freedom from some earthly condition, person or government. The very idea that you can suffer from something outside the self is an error in perception, since God created you with the freedom to choose your own course in life.

When it seems that nothing presently in your life has placed you in bondage and caused this overwhelming desire to be free, you must accept the fact that you created the condition at a prior time, perhaps in another life. Every seeming paradox reconciles itself when you accept the doctrine of many lives, and the laws of reciprocity, of cause and effect.














Freedom

This Edna Lister lecture outline is dated October 31, 1934, Buffalo, New York.

The usual idea of freedom is to have all you want, what you want, where you want it, and naturally you dislike all restraint. Freedom comes through definite understanding that many laws govern each plane, and obedience to all law at every level.

Law attempts to define the relation of elements to each other, and their behavior toward each other. Law is not relationship, but law governs relationship. Governing laws are not stationary. God Himself is forever evolving and expanding. So, we must go beyond the law governing the behavior of matter to the Source.

The fields of psychology and metaphysics deal with emotions, thoughts and "mind over matter." All ideas of limitation find their source in thoughts of matter over mind. You may believe in "mind over matter" sometimes. Yet you must go beyond the laws of mind to the laws of Spirit.

You are governed by laws according to your sphere of life, and no two souls come together under exactly same laws. You cannot be confined to a lesser consciousness forever. Eventually, you must move out into the spiritual realm. The law of Spirit must be Christ law, the laws of the Christian who knows of the Christ laws, of a "Christed One" who has conquered on the Christos Degree of selflessness.

"As [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he." – Proverbs 23:7 is given as a law, but is only a statement of present facts, a revelation of what you now are. It is the point when and where you become conscious of your fundamental relationship to the Source. Science is the source of the law that "the sum of the parts is equal to the whole." The law governing relationship of the part to the whole will govern and control the relationship of part to part.

The trinity of Love, Wisdom, and Selflessness begets surrender, expansion and protection when you use them perfectly. Each soul is governed by the laws pertaining to the degree of its absorption into the heart of God's life. Surrender to law creates freedom, and love becomes the point of attachment. This admits no pretense or pose. He who adopts a pose thinks he is acting as if he were the thing he emulates, but is absorbed in self. When you are truly loving, you are absorbed in God.

Rise from personal consciousness into universal consciousness. You become free through bestowing freedom. When you recognize and rejoice in the other fellow's right to freedom from your opinions and prejudices, you are free. You can please everyone in the world through pleasing God.

You desire freedom, but for what? Do you hurry to get through the day's work to sleep more? Or do you live a wisely planned life to get all you can from it and sleep exactly enough? Do you desire freedom to selfishly do as you please, or freedom to please as you do?


“You become free through bestowing freedom.”


Freedom from the idea of having to hurry to redeem time is not saving time. You need a poised freedom that moves from task to task without wasting time or effort. The eagle epitomizes poised, effortless flight. Would you accuse a deer of hurrying as it bounds effortlessly up a hill? It displays a natural, graceful and untrammeled freedom.

In the heart of God's life, everything moves faster, at a higher vibration of Light, life, accelerating day after day. Each freedom won becomes but bondage, if you have a greater goal ahead. You will be bored if you have no goal, but ruled by shadows of your own making. The fierce winds may blow but you can travel straight, dancing through life. Focused on God, you will not stumble or leave anything in any man's path.

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Liberty

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated January 19, 1936, Buffalo, New York. Scripture: 1 Peter 2:11-17.

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king." – 1 Peter 2:11-17.

St. Peter recorded five steps to liberty in his first epistle (1 Peter 2:11-17). First, "Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." Second, conduct yourself honorably among the Gentiles, including what you say in conversation.

Third, submit yourself to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake. Fourth, do the will of God, which is that by doing good you may "put to silence the ignorance of foolish men." Fifth, act as a free man, "not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God."

The last four commands, "Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king," form the soul's invisible razor's edge of obedience to law. The metal for a razor is heated to 1500 degrees, then hardened and tempered. Throughout the process, the furnace is hot on the inside, yet cool to the touch on the outside.

To hone or sharpen the razor's edge, they use diamonds, and inspect the edge at a 3000 power magnification, using cathode ray oscilloscopes that far out-strip man's perceptive faculty. They then use photoelectric eyes to detect the keenness of the edge.

All these activities are used in collaboration to produce an edge that no one can actually see, but which does the job for which was designed, in perfection. In perfect obedience to law, the soul knows freedom.

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Freedom to Express Yourself

This Edna Lister Bible study outline is dated October 2, 1937, Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: James 1:17-27 and Galatians 6:1-9.

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." – James 1:17-27.

"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden. Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." – Galatians 6:1-9.

What is freedom? Who are you? What is your self? What is expression? One man may say, "I am just an attorney, a doctor, a musician, a painter, a statesman, a financier, or a judge." This is not enlightening as to who "I am," but is telling us what "I" does. Who is the "I" who is doing these things?

Man is Spirit, the Word made flesh, the incarnate Word. Yet people say, "I am a racketeer, I am a thief, I am a fighter, a warrior." Some days I am little, I am petty, tired, ill, weak, all right. Other days I am happy, I am free, I am joyous, I am strong. My heart is gone, or my heart is strong.

Freedom is personal liberty, non-slavery, independence, liberty of action, the right to do, to determine for yourself. Yet, which self does the choosing, I AM or "little me?" To express means "to pour forth, to push forth, to produce," but what will you express? How will you express?

You must make your decision now: What kind of freedom do you want? Which self are you talking about, I AM or "little me"? Finally, What do you press forth? Everyone has the freedom to press forth and to express the gifts that God has given them. He created you to shine, to lift others to Him, and He has given you the strength to work for Him.

You can boil Galatians 6:1-9 down to four steps: First, if another is overtaken in fault, restore him. Second, bear the other fellow's burdens. Third, what you sow, you reap. Finally, do not grow weary in well doing, because if you faint not, you shall reap the rewards. So, which self will it be? Will you choose your higher strong soul, or your lower weak "little me?" It is your choice: You must decide.

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This Edna Lister Bible study outline is dated November 28, 1937, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: 1 John 3:1-2.

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." – 1 John 3:1-2.

What we call "religious freedom" consists in knowing who you are, knowing where you came from, and knowing how you may return to God. When you know your Source and are able to identify with God as your Source, you know that life on earth is but a school, one which prepares you to return to your Source, perfected.

God, our Father and Mother, has endowed us with all potential powers, for He created us in His image and likeness. Thus, we are inheritors of His life eternal, and our inheritance is freedom.

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Emancipation of Soul

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated February 13, 1938, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: John 14:10-21.

"Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. 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. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." – John 14:10-21.

The essence of emancipation is a belief in an ideal greater than all humanity can accept. Progress toward that ideal brings the only emancipation possible to any soul.

Lincoln was born with an ideal in mind. Among his first memories were slaves coming through the woods to his family's cabin, weak, ill, terror smitten, and hurt. The experiences left him wondering what it was all about – candles lighted in the middle of the night, whispers, bated breath. Lanterns swinging on wildly ridden horses, bundles, the men, women and children moved on, although some were almost too weak to stand.

The boy began reading everything he could lay hands on, including scraps; men coming as scouts brought more books. The boy asked about government for one and all. Some told him one story, and some another until the idea to free the slaves blossomed. Why? Because the boy's life had a master plan, freedom for all. Great souls still come to earth to save it. Lincoln knew he was responsible for it, so why not? One man, to whom he told his story, brought him law books. He helped to make a statesman of an uncouth, unlettered boy until the man who gave us the Gettysburg address was brought into being.

When anything attempts to divide a nation, God always raises up the man or woman who can stand firm on their ideals and principle until the whole nation accepts that ideal. Lincoln so stood and won. Today we wish for a leader like him. Well, his Spirit is with us and with that we shall win, as a nation.

Jesus left us an ideal plan for soul freedom, which only a few are accepting today. It is too great, it must be too great for today or it would not live and grow. Jesus illustrated that the Father was in him through his complete surrender to the Father's will. He no longer acted of himself, but the Father acted through him. To have Jesus manifest to you is true emancipation. People always believe after seeing because that is easy. Following Jesus' plan for you requires more – that you believe to see.

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The Path of the Senses

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated September 18, 1938, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: 1 Samuel 12:18-24.

"So Samuel called unto the Lord; and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel. And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the Lord thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king. And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart; and turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people. Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.' – 1 Samuel 12:18-24.'

Yesterday, September 17, 1938, was the one hundred fifty-first anniversary of the adoption of our Constitution. Man is now standing with his feet planted in the gateway of men with his head in the gateway of the gods, as an embodied soul endowed with Power from God on high.

Samuel was Israel's last judge and its first prophet in the era of earthly kings. The people had demanded a king to rule them, as other nations were ruled. Israel was turning from God to walk the path of the senses as men, mesmerized by the world.

Samuel told the Israelites how to free themselves from the snares of earth life: First, they must turn again to God. Second, they must give Him their devotion. Third, they must serve God in truth with all their heart.

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The Yoke of Love

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated December 7, 1941, Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 6:14-16 and Matthew 11:29-30.

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." – 2 Corinthians 6:14-16.

"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." – Matthew 11:29-30.

You pray yourself into the yoke of love. Thus, the term "yoke" can apply to an object or to a personal choice of action. You can yoke yourself to something, meaning you bind yourself to it, at least temporarily. To yoke yourself to God consciously involves desire, choice and honor. Your desire involves aspiration, imagination and illumination. Without honor, your choice can lead to dissolution and finally, annihilation.

Aspiration can be as unconscious as the breath you draw. It can flame or retrogress into absorption of your soul. Imagination can quicken desire until it leads to soul illumination. Spiritual illumination comes when the soul is set on fire. A flaming desire will not let you sit down. Self satisfaction creates dry rot of the soul. Disease sets in when the soul is not aroused to aspiration and inspiration.

No one feels the need to make a choice unless he is fired by aspiration, inspiration and some degree of soul illumination. Sometimes your choice may tear your heart out, and you must watch others walk on it. Success comes from service and the sacrifice of self. Being yoked in love can give you the courage to push on and stand by until you reach success. Yet some people stand by for the wrong reason or in misunderstanding. They are yoked unequally.

To find yourself yoked unequally requires that you make a choice. The law is "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers." – 2 Corinthians 6:14. The law also says that you cannot go to heaven while walking over the broken backs or hearts of others. Emancipation comes only through mastery of the situation in which you find yourself. Your choice must therefore come from within, from the soul. You cannot look back once you have made your choice in the silence of the chapel of love.

The one who is more illumined must lift the yoke until it ascends. The one who desires freedom is responsible for lifting the yoke while maintaining silence. Honor places God above all things. When you love God above all else, you step up and into the place called concord, which means harmony.


“The one who desires freedom is responsible for lifting.”


The secret of emancipation from a situation in which you are unequally yoked is to add more Light. Darkness is always too impatient to wait for law to act. It tears asunder that which is good, and cannot abide the Light. If you find yourself in darkness, you have not carried Light supremely in your life, because God is Light. The only hope darkness has for its continued existence is to hide from Light. When darkness interferes with your life, you can always say, "I am on my way up and out of this."

Life squeezes, pummels and punches you until you let the Power of God use you more and more swiftly until it uses you instantly. If you still close down or withdraw, you still have not reached the third step, honor. Concord is an agreement you reached when you made your choice. You know concord when you are in agreement with the Light. The first step is steadfastly facing the Light. Second, when you face the Light, you instantly come to the point of vowing to the Father not to pull against the yoke again. "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." – Matthew 11:29-30.

You take upon yourself the descending ray of love, which is the only miracle that exists. Enough love overcomes anything. Love is perfect and can only see and know itself. Yet love does not consort with darkness, nor does it condemn darkness. Love is the only creator, and can create only more love. If it cannot follow Light, it is frantic to escape. Love cannot see evil. Love minds its own business and never snoops. Love would never desecrate the inviolable precincts of another's soul. The yoke of suspicion and bondage is born of darkness, not of love. God does not interfere with what you choose, but holds no account against the soul who escapes the yoke of another's pressure.

The last step is your covenant with God, which is love. God planted His seed of Light in you before you descended to earth. God is the Light, and He cannot die. Your soul-seed of Light cannot die. Your Light cannot be put out, but it can crystallize if you fail to use it, to make it grow.

All it takes is imagination to start this seed growing upward into greater Light. Take the first step as soon as you make your choice. Walk out into the Light. Continue walking, even if you see no path. Follow the Light. Stay in the Light, for it is your home and will take you all the way back to the Father.

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Jewels of the Soul

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated Palm Sunday, March 29, 1942, Buffalo, New York; she also used it April 15, 1956, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: Matthew 21:1-17.

"And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, and brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased, and said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there." – Matthew 21:1-17.

Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a young donkey, the humblest of all animals, not caparisoned in cloth of gold, but with the robes of his own disciples. Nothing could be more simple or humble, yet he gifted us with the riches of the kingdom, all its precious jewels.

What are these jewels locked fast in a casket of the gold of Spirit? The latch is the lock of self, and the case has only one key, which is selflessness. The casket of gold is immortality of soul, as Jesus taught.

It holds the jewels of honor, love, faith and joy. The jewel of freedom is the greatest of all, and you may gain it only by simplicity of Spirit, for the world's complexities bring you only bondage. Simplicity is freedom, which never misses an opportunity to do good.

When you live simply, by the honor of God and the faith of God, it brings you the Master's joy. It also brings love, which is your new name for God, brooding, devouring Mother Love.

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The Price of Freedom in Christ

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated November 3, 1946, Tacoma, Washington. Scriptures: Acts 15:23-29 and Galatians 5:13-18.

"And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia. Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. – Acts 15:23-29

"For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law." – Galatians 5:13-18.

What is freedom? We have reached the point of the vast cycle of time in which the hedonistic influence is at the forefront again. Searching for freedom individually, and insisting that one's own way is the only right, causes all human suffering. Therefore, harmony must arise from cooperation. The Book of Acts, chapter 15, tells the story of three factions getting together in a conference, consulting to find a common meeting ground, one that was best for all. Out of many ideas, they desired to find one that would hold them together.

The three factions in the conference each represent a phase of individual mind. The apostles represent the super-conscious mind. The elders symbolize the conscious mind. The brethren signify the subconscious portion of mind. The apostles knew Jesus personally, and had been at the Last Supper. They represent your super-conscious spiritual faculties, including illumination, intuition, imagination, faith and understanding.

The elders also knew Jesus and were among his followers. They represent the intellectual faculties of man's mind, such as logic, reason, judgment, discrimination, discernment and discretion. The brethren are "of the world" seekers, who represent the instinctive subconscious urges, and the appetitive soul traits of pride, arrogance, opinions, and prejudices. They believe what is "plausible," not factual. The apostles are guardians of the flame of life and the agents of God on earth. The elders, to judge rightly, must discern and discriminate against the enemies of God. To be discrete in speech requires discretion in emotions and thinking, with no idle words.

The brethren must ascend the tendency toward relying on the plausible excuses of the subconscious, and the justification for doing what little self pleases. The enemies in the subconscious mind are the stamping ground of opinions and prejudices, always in contact with the base, low-level world mind. You must decide whether you will bow before them, get on your knees and weep, or stand and take it. While you remain in bondage to the subconscious mind, you cannot ascend. The tears that self weeps can create a mud puddle or a lake if you let them. Your spiritual faculties are always seeking to lift you up, while the appetitive soul urges are dragging you down.

How can you be free? What is the price of freedom? What is the basis of your soul freedom? The basis of your freedom is faith unconquerable, love unquenchable and wisdom inexhaustible and limitless. You can be free by letting your imagination, your kingly faculty, be an apostle of balance among your illumination, intuition, faith and understanding. When you allow your self to be dragged down by instinctive creature urges, you remain subject to illusion, delusion fear, doubt and death. When your spiritual faculties have lifted you up, you open the all-seeing eye, the mystic eye of the mind.

The Light of the apostles flows down through the elders, into the brethren and out into the world. The price you pay for freedom is the choice you make to let the apostles and elders rule your consciousness, not the creature self of earthy appetites. True freedom causes you to expand and ascend into Light. Embrace the Light with soul exaltation by spreading the wings of your mind and arms of your heart. The price of soul freedom is your choice for soul ascension.

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What Is Freedom? 1

This Edna Lister Bible study outline is dated July 10, 1955, Tacoma, Washington; she also used it August 7, 1955, Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: Galatians 5:13-14 and Acts 15:23-31.

"For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." – Galatians 5:13-14.

"And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia. Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle: which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation." – Acts 15:23-31.

You are a seed planter, but God is the harvester. If you want to be the harvester, you want outer credits. Fear of responsibility to love enough causes many people to hunt personal freedom at any cost. Fear has also kept many from entering the healing ministry. They think, "What will I do if nothing happens?"

To "love one another" means cooperation, getting together in a conference to find one idea that makes sense and is the best for all, causes the group to be cohesive. Yet first, you, the individual, must get together with self, little me, soul and Oversoul's I AM consciousness.

"They wrote this letter: The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia." – Acts 15:23. The "apostles" represent the superconscious mind speaking to the spiritual faculties of soul. The "elders" are the conscious intellectual faculties, logic, reason, discrimination, discretion and discernment, who are pulled between the apostles and the brethren, the subconscious, instinctive emotional urges to self.

The apostles, illumination, intuition, imagination, faith and understanding, must be welded together by joy. The brethren are the "seekers," pride, arrogance, prejudice, opinions and plausibility, able to give plausible reasons for being selfish. The brethren bow to and give in to enemies, including doctors' verdicts and world opinions. The elders bow and pass on up, obeying the law of "I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." – John 12:32. The apostles are the guardians of the creative flame of life in you, as you.

The price of freedom is to love. Wisdom is limitless faith unconquerable, love unquenchable in its power to consume barriers, to heal, to lift.

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What Is Freedom? 2

This Edna Lister Bible study transcript is dated July 10, 1955, Tacoma, Washington. Scribe: Ruth Bender Collord. Scriptures: Galatians 5:13-14 and Acts 15:23-31.

"For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." – Galatians 5:13-14.

"And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia. Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle: which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation." – Acts 15:23-31.

You never escape what you do not like. Unless you are conscious of a Source beyond the self, you will have such concern. Those who concoct evil all reach an end sometime. We will always have some form of a United Nations, a unity of nations, always higher in scope, and more Christ-like.

Healers, teachers and speakers are afraid to speak the spoken Word for healing, for they all fear that nothing will happen. Never look for credit, for you may permit no self in your desires. Be completely selfless and give freely with no thought of being paid for it. Are you a seed planter, or do you want to play God and take the credit for the harvest? You are free to express God and love your neighbors as you love yourself. Salvation is free, but you cannot seek it on the outer. You must make your contact above. You cannot run from anything.

"The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia." – Acts 15:23. They were writing this letter to their peers because they had found the way to deal with a problem. When you discover how to meet a problem, every group with a similar problem is lifted. Every vibration goes out and levels every similar thing in its path. Too often, an adverse vibration goes out just when another positive vibration is about to be created.

The apostles represent the superconscious mind and twelve soul faculties. The elders represent the conscious mind, good judgment, conscious reasoning and the intellectual faculties. The brethren represent the subconscious mind, emotional opinions and prejudices. The superconscious says, "I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." – John 12:32, giving God all the credit. The brethren, who rule in the region of the solar plexus, have only one faculty, plausibility. Anyone can think up all kinds of reasons for not doing what he must do.

The apostles stand serene and confident, and bow to the One God. The elders constantly listen to and revert down to the little self, the brethren. Anyone who steps out to assume responsibility is free, and speaks the word, praying for the Power to move through constantly to burn out crystallized cells. It sometimes takes time to dissolve the crystallized cells to open the mystic eye.

Do you think that you have to wait for Christmas or Easter for the Power to move through? Move up in consciousness to the place of the apostles, the twelve soul faculties, and open the Power line. Stay up with the elders, too. You cannot afford to permit the little self, the brethren to move up and down. Self must remain in the Light.

The love of God is the only freedom you have and shall ever have. Do not ask for credit. Keep the Power flowing through. People are like sponges. You can fill those who ask for help with Power again and again. You receive your credit from above, not on the outer, and you may not take credit on the outer. Speak the Word for soul freedom, and you shall have credits as strength, life, wisdom, love and a sparkle in your eyes.

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Religious Slavery or Freedom 1

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated October 9, 1955, Tacoma, Washington; she used it again November 27, 1955, Cleveland, Ohio. 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," you say, "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 Oversoul I AM rule you from up.

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 says, "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, Tacoma, Washington. 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 the mind of Christ 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. You choose this every moment of your life. The "little me" of self is always taking offense, being hurt and indulging prejudices.


“Live by the mind of Christ for freedom, or go with self into slavery.”


Desire: 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, which is teh mind of Christ, you lose that talking, forcing urge and listen to Spirit instead. Decision: Your decision eventually must be to follow the laws of Jesus Christ. Action: From your decision to ask, seek and find comes action. 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 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, Cleveland, Ohio. 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 and and must agree with God, adjust to people, and use the oil of Spirit on your squeaky relationships.

We must have another approach to God, devotional and intellectual. 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? From where do I come? 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 can "walk on water" after you conquer your emotional bondage. 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.


“You can ‘walk on water’ after you conquer your emotional bondage.”


Decide whether you will get off the teeter-totter faith. You wallow in weakness when life discourages "little me," but get up and just 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. Superconscious 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. You can surrender self. 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.

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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Seeking Independence 1

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated October 20, 1957, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: Romans 5:1-11.

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement." – Romans 5:1-11.

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." – Romans 5:1-2. The only independence you can have is by faith. Only through faith can you stand unconquerable before the world in a state of grace, rejoicing in the glory of God. You can feel free only when you are rapturously shining with joy.

Independence to express as a creator is the only true independence. One person's idea of independence is to be left completely alone. He spends his time getting somewhere alone and fighting to be left alone. All he wants is to be free from dictation about what to do and how to do it. He's running day and night escaping in mind and heart from all his obligations and responsibilities. He ends in frustration and loneliness, alone with less and less and no one to care.

Others seek after the opposite form of independence, to have someone else assume all responsibility for everything. Such persons want another to do the thinking and planning. They want to be told what and how, and are lost without someone to turn to for help. Their idea of independence is to be completely dependent.

All insecurity arises from complete dependence whether the state, government, someone or something. The only lasting security is your faith in God and your love of work, knowing who you are, where you are going and how to start on the work at hand. All the unrest in the world results from seeking freedom and independence from the fear of bondage. People try to depend on other people and their ideas, nations depend on other nations, all without God.

Naturally, you want to attain this glorious place of God-sufficiency, of God-given Power. To do this, you must understand three stages of consciousness, repentance, reconciliation and atonement.

Repentance means to become aware of a misunderstanding or misrepresenting of law. You become aware of disobedience to any known law when something is wrong. Pain is an excellent trigger for repentance. If you over eat or eat the wrong things you experience indigestion, a pain. If you buy shoes that are fashionable but hurt your feet, you repent from the pain.

We all know someone who has been caught in the act of disobedience, and they offer a shame repentance. When you hurt someone whom you love, you repent for having hurt them. You experience and witness many kinds of repentance and types of pain. You repent mainly because you hurt, not because you have broken the law. Finally, you grow into a sense of contrition. You think, "I wish I had not done that." This is your first soul repentance.

Reconciliation deals with relationships to God, other people and things. Under reconciliation you must make friends with your enemies and submit to the disagreeable. Still, submission is not surrender or agreeing with the disagreeable. Instead you relate all the facts and actions. You learn many things. Dr. Thomas Parker Boyd said, "Our right to stretch our arms ends where the other fellow's ribs begin." You may not involve another in your hurts or revenge ideas just to satisfy self.

You learn that you may not force anyone to march with you to your goal. You cannot walk on broken laws or backs. You finally regret your past words and actions, and begin to pay your soul debts by sacrifice of self. You also learn that you may not involve anyone else in your sacrifices or debt-paying. You learn to stand at peaceful ease through all tribulations, knowing that your tribulations are mellowing experiences. You would not want to miss a single one.

Atonement means to be at ease with your self, your soul and with God. Atonement also means "to set at one." This means that God Light resets you to your soul rate of vibration. Atonement opens true penitence, far beyond repentance. Penitence seeks to repair past failures, lack and damage. It makes amends.

Repentance works on the outer, but penitence works within; it is a state of rapport with your own Oversoul. You are no longer thinking of me and how it will affect me, but of how it will affect the world. You must be close to God at all cost to self. All this is very interesting, but how do you know when you have received the atonement?

In Moses' time, atonement was a blood sacrifice, a lamb, a goat, a ram, a bull. In Jesus' time, he was the sacrifice, his symbolic flesh and blood communion. An ancient saying is that the initiate is unworthy until his feet have been washed in the blood of his heart. The feet represent understanding. The blood of the heart represents the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit, purifying you to give the sense of at-one-ment.

You will know when you can stand aside and watch lovingly when others commit some foolish wrong. You will know when you can pray and love each lesson and experience, even the tribulations, the tests, trials, and temptations. No longer is it difficult to obey, because What is that to thee? has become your way, your path. You know that to be lifted, is to lift, to bind up the hurts of others heals your own stripes.

You become untouchable in gentleness, immovable in compassion. When you build up more love by broadcasting than the price of the gift, your boon will be added. You will not need a charge account when you eagerly give God more devotion than He can give us in gifts. Then all things else shall be added; they can be added as fast as you make room to receive. This is the only true, lasting glory of independence. You are free to choose the path to your goal. And when you love enough, you pay as you go.

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Seeking Independence 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated October 20, 1957, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribe: Ruth Johnson. Scripture: Romans 5:1-11.

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement." – Romans 5:1-11.

The quest for independence is a great keynote of seeking, yet you cannot successfully pursue freedom outside yourself. Inner conflicts enslave you, for without faith, you experience fear, which is the faith principle turned upside down. Faith is the only independence you can ever have. Faith in God is part-time independence, but the faith of God is faith in action as freedom.

The soul filled with the faith of God stands serenely confident in a state of grace. You occupy a state of grace when you pray with a whole heart, as a mystic who communes directly with God. Yet you cannot turn to God without faith. A fall from grace is a fall from perfect love and faith of God into a lesser state of thought, emotion and action. You must comprehend the full faith of the living God.

First is the independent type, who wants complete autonomy to escape responsibility and obligations. He is the most dependent creature on earth. Next is the free type who prides himself on having no ties. Such persons are usually agnostic, admitting no relationship to God or humanity, receiving ever less from life, becoming more lonely. The martyr type seeks liberation from responsibility by depending completely on others, and will work their fingers to the bone for one who gives them this mistaken idea of freedom.

Nations seek to maintain their independence by inverted faith, which is fear. They build barriers for security, but God is the only true security. We, as a nation and as persons, must come to know this, and accept God as the ultimate.

The Mother's Love is the mustard seed of faith that grows into a mighty tree, the bit of leaven that ferments an entire barrel of meal. One person who loves God can leaven the Christed consciousness in humanity. Conversely, we can drain the world of evil by siphoning it off. The more people you see express hatred in the news, the more you can love God enough to declare it good. True love never measures itself. True love has no measure: It is limitless.

The fifth chapter of Romans describes three states of consciousness, repentance, reconciliation and atonement. Repentance is to turn away from misuse of Power and misinterpretation of law, and to stop doing what makes you suffer. You can repent in many ways. Dieting is food repentance. Women practice pain repentance when they discard fashionable shoes that cripple them. You practice shame repentance when you are found out or caught in the act.

Contrition is the first step in repentance, a continual round of I'm sorry until you become sorry enough. Finally, you regret, "I wish I hadn't done that," which is the second step in true repentance. Love-based repentance savors of a step higher, when you really desire to ascend, and do something about it.

Reconciliation begins when you regret your disobedience and desire to know what law means. You learn how far you can go by blundering and being forced to submit yourself to the disagreeable. The sacrifice is void if the martyr wears a long face. "I'll try" is tired of being uncomfortable, but is not yet motivated by the Love of God. You must reconcile yourself with God, law and others.

Atonement is a large word that means being at one, and whose outstanding attribute is penitence, which takes you to the Master's feet. You cannot bear to hurt him, so you work to come closer to God. You surrender, knowing you may not use Power, but Power should use you. With Paul you say, "This one thing I do now." Atonement is the magnificent description of how you set our vibration to God's high keynote of faith and love.

We atoned by sacrificing animals in Moses' day, but have made symbolic sacrifices since Jesus became the atonement. Atonement is at-one-ment. M is God as the Mother of Love. E is mother love on earth. N is the Holy Spirit. T is the ladder you climb back to God, your Source. You'll know you've made atonement when you stand without desire to retaliate, no matter what happens. You'll love, want to cover others' offenses, and agree with your adversary quickly.

An Eastern adage says that a student may not enter the Holy of Holies until he bathes his feet in his own heart's blood. The bloodstream houses the soul. The Son's red ray of energy permeates your bloodstream when you breathe the Holy Spirit deeply. Breathe the sevenfold Holy Breath deeply, to possess your bloodstream in the morning while still in bed, or you'll feel like a zombie all day. Send a fretful child back to bed to breathe deeply and get up on the right side of bed.

Everyone wants independence. They leave their parents or guardian for husband or wife, yet exchange one kind of dependence for another. Often you cannot speak of truth to your loved ones because truth is a rebuke to those who are still in the contrition stage. You will find no independence in thinking about how mean or inferior they are. You feel free only when you are at one with God and declare them perfect right where they are.

Learn to surrender self, close your heavenly charge account, and pay as you go. When you quit praying on the run or telling God you'll give it more time tomorrow, you'll desire to pray and love Him more. Making each day better than the last is the way to joy consciousness. Prayer is how to stay up in the Light and know God.

Give to God after you have made repentance, reconciliation and atonement. Pray, not to get, but to see how much praise and love you can give God. One day, you will want to embrace the whole world in love, and say, "This is good," even in the midst of death. Declare, "Everything happening among the nations is good and according to God's plan." God credits even those who are most evil for bringing evil into the open to be cleansed. God uses them to bring utopia to pass just as He uses your prayers.

Many people can repent without penitence. You can tell who they are because they say, "He loves me in spite of what I do." Penitence desires to be loved because. A penitent soul lifts the whole matter to an altar in surrender. Freedom that resets your vibration to the high keynote of faith and love of God is your glory of independence.

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Your Capacity for Freedom 1

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated November 17, 1957, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: Luke 15:11-32.

"A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found." – Luke 15:11-32.

We all know the story in the Parable of the Prodigal Son, two brothers with very different types of disposition, but who were both in bondage to self. The younger son was in bondage to gratification of the senses as pleasure, and the older son was in thrall to greed as his pleasure. Oh, yes! Greed is counted as a pleasure. One brother's bondage was more joyously irresponsible – he had more fun, and was always ready for change. The other son was rigid and stiff, always driving himself and others.

The story itself is interesting. The father so indulged the younger son that he was free to enjoy his laughing open nature. He, in turn, loved his father. The older son was dour, and had no time for self-indulgence. He spent his time tending his investments in the farm. He never ceased finding fault with his brother.

The younger son decided to be free of his brother's complaints and unasked-for advice. He claimed his inheritance and immediately took off for the city to do as he pleased, just as he ad dreamed of doing. He found out the hard way that pleasuring self brings no freedom. He loved his father and missed him, his thoughts turning toward home.

He remembered the family's well-kept farm, the good food and how everyone always had enough to eat. Since he had been reduced to herding swine and eating husks, he was in a worse state than the lowest of his father's servants.Thinking of his brother, he knew the sneers he would have to endure. Swallowing his pride, he reached for the true freedom he needed.

He said, "I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants." – Luke 15:18-19. He sacrificed his old ideas of self-centered freedom for his father's love. He had learned the hard way, through loss, lack and hunger. He admitted, "I have sinned."

His father was starved for his younger son's love. He received none from his older son who had little time for anything besides making money. Seeing his youngest, he ran to meet him, and ordered a feast prepared.

The older son was angrier than ever, incensed by the generous treatment of his wastrel brother. He refused to attend the feast. All his self-credited goodness was as nothing since he was unjust in his opinions and worked only for the self. His enslavement was as deep as his brother's had been. No common meeting point is possible between such opposites, other than through great love. The elder son did not know how to love as personality. He loved on principle only, treasuring things and the farm.

What is freedom? True freedom comes with acceptance of full responsibility as an ascending creator god. The only true measure of your capacity for freedom is the measure of your ability to surrender self and become the full-time servant of all God's Power. No bondage exists in Light, love's power – self is the only bondage. Under Light, the soul soars.

You follow a threefold path to complete freedom of the soul when you use the faculties of discernment, discrimination, and discretion. Your use of the mental-soul faculties also frees you in the body and in your affairs.

Discernment is the ability to see the truth, the keenness of your perceptions. You use perception to realize the relationship of outer things to your inner life of emotions and thinking. Discernment gives you the ability to penetrate the veils of illusion, the mist that veils the Light. By using discernment as insight, you can see around corners and through the masks people wear. Lies and deceits become obvious to you. Thus, you can be aware of something happening before news of it arrives.

Discrimination is the ability to observe, to notice fine distinctions, and make observations applied to actions. Observation is discrimination raised to its highest pinnacle. The resultant fine sense of balance and timing gives you the power of discriminating taste and choice. It is the basis of all true choice, and how you make up our mind.

Discretion is watchful prudence over one's emotions, thinking and imagination. It is your restraint, the brakes on what you think and feel.Discretion is the ability to distinguish between the fine shadings of truth, and confers the full liberty of deciding what you think as you think it. It is the basis of being able to hold to your choices. Further, discretion is the art of diplomacy. All tact stems from discretion. By applying discretion, you never have to eat your idle words, since you speak none. You give no one a verbal club to wield on you, or a mesh to trip you.

Eventually, you must practice that beautiful discernment that enables you to declare everything good and as all love because love does fulfill the law. As the younger son in this parable, you may then arise. You must learn to discriminate between good and poor choices, to recognize and accept your need to surrender self. To know the right pathway, you must seek first the kingdom of God. Finally, you must learn to use discretion as wisdom in your speech and actions. To do this, you must avoid the appearance of evil. Count the cost of your transgression, take your discounts and give up all pride of self to be fed of Light.

Ascend from the Land of Egypt and travel through the Promised Land into your Garden of Eden. Arise! Move! Accept God's promises for your destiny. Remain in the Garden of Eden, in the refuge of the soul, the Light. Give up any old patterns of a frozen heart center, rigid muscles, or fiery burning nerves to be possessed by the love of God, the faith of God. Permit no weeds in your Garden of Eden – no sitting and waiting, resting or grieving for self, which freezes your body and affairs. The thaw begins the moment you declare that everything is good. Your capacity for freedom then becomes limitless and timeless.

Acting as discernment, discrimination, and discretion is your glorious freedom from darkness. As you arise, you grow silvery white wings of joy. Declare, "I arise! And God, my Father, prepares for me a take, a feast in the midst of all my loved ones."

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Your Capacity for Freedom 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated November 17, 1957, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribe: Ruth Johnson. Scripture: Luke 15:11-32.

"A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found." – Luke 15:11-32.

Everyone can relate to the famous Parable of the Prodigal Son. We have been as lukewarm to love as the older brother was, and as selfish as the younger son. These brothers were both in bondage to self. The older son was a slave to his greed. He loved adulation of his virtues, thrived under it, but would not offer a cent to feed his flatterers. He must have heckled his younger brother. He probably loved that people told him, "Your brother is no good, but you are wonderful."

The younger son was irresponsible, but he loved greatly. Since he had no idea of the value of money, he thought his portion would last forever. He was a joyous sinner. He had a great time. Finally, the inevitable happened. The younger son tired of it all. He ran out of money and was demoted to feeding swine, a degradation and defilement.

Suddenly, he had a vision of his father, and knew he had to change. He determined to return to his father, to accept any lowly position, even to be his father's goatherd. He gave up all pride and went home. Only the joyous sinner can give up sin all at once. Greedy ones can give up sin only an inch at a time because they love God only an inch at a time.

The father saw his son coming with Light on his face, and knew he was free of sin. So he called for a ring, robe and sandals to be brought, and had a fatted calf killed for a celebration feast. He wanted everyone to know that his son loved him enough to come home. The older son had given his father only a lukewarm love, but now he was furious. The father said, "You are with me all the time, son," to end his griping. "But he who was dead is alive." It was a joyous moment.

This parable is the history of a soul coming home to Light, returning to the heavenly Father. You can find many ways to do it. Religion, ministers and books so easily bore us. Suddenly a sunset or symphony excites us to hold fast to new found inspiration. You have to awaken three great faculties, discrimination, discretion and discernment. You never get bored if you use these three with logic and reason.

What is freedom? The Prodigal Son found no freedom in his wild spending. The older son had no freedom in his love of being a miser. True freedom is the greatness found in your capacity to surrender self to become a servant of all Power. This is not bondage to self. You become a creator god walking earth, a servant of God's Power, Love and Wisdom. This is how you stand on earth as a creator god, looking, being, and acting the part.

Each brother had to learn in his own way. The younger son was an irreverent wastrel, but loving and lovable. The older son was good, but that was not enough, for he was self-consciously so. He never killed the fatted calf for a good friend, and everyone loved him in spite of his selfishness. These two sons reflect the difference between letting Power use you (as the younger son) or using Power (as the older son).

Discernment, discrimination, and discretion must back all logic and reason or they are useless. You have all these faculties in the golden bowl, your computer mind. Discernment is the art of high vision and is based in perception, or insight. With discernment you may say no or yes correctly. Heed it. You have no way to explain a lack of discernment.

Discrimination is the art of observation raised to its zenith and pinnacle of power. If you live life blindly, you have no perception of the other fellow and his feelings. You let the chance slip to do fine, little things, to love, to praise. Through observation, you develop that fine sense of timing and balance. You must watch where you step and what to say to keep your balance. Discriminatory abilities are your entree to a limitless capacity to enjoy freedom. Discrimination gives the power of right choice.

With discretion, you speak the right word at the right time. Discretion is the art of reaching the highest point of diplomacy; without it, you have no tact. All tact and diplomacy stem from discretion. Diplomacy is the perfect training for the stamina and ability to make the right choice.

The Land of Egypt is below the heart. Soul moves through the Land of Promise (stomach of assimilation, heart of love, and lungs of inspiration), but only to ascend to your Garden of Eden. Your garden is in the golden bowl, your head. It is your divine instrument, a broadcasting station gathering in divine Wisdom to make you a servant of all the Power.

You discern that which is good.Discrimination gives you compassion. Discretion gives you the right words, leads you from the pit of others' accusations and avoids the appearance of evil. God wants all His sons and daughters to come home. He awaits His children to discern their qualities and to lift them, whether we like them or not. If you believe someone can harm you, you still believe in enemies. Who can harm you save the self? You must discern and declare everything good if you want to arise from bondage to self.

Do you love enough? Are you the selfless servant? Are you free enough in His service? Is a third-grader who misses a math problem a sinner? You dare not call the world's third-graders sinners. You soil your soul by spoiling the other fellow's credit card. Reach out with arms of Light and cover him with a cloud of glory. Let no weeds grow in your Garden of Eden. The weed killers are DDD, discrimination, discretion and discernment. Use them constantly.

Ascend to God's Powerhouse, where you cannot lay the lash of your tongue on another. Remain in that Powerhouse where your least favorites cannot harm you, if you do not entertain their negativity.The prodigal son's sandals were for discernment. His robe was the reward for discrimination, and the ring was for discretion. The sandals of discerbment, the robe of discrimination, and the ring of discretion cannot fail you, for they are God-given soul faculties.

Remember the silver wings of Christed glory that lift you before God. Maintain your golden silence to remain still. Declare, "Thou, oh God, preparest a table before me in the midst of my loved ones. Thou hast placed a great dish of the fruit of love before me" — or anything your heart desires on that table.

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Your Philosophy of Freedom 1

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated June 28, 1959, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: John 8:25-32.

"Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." – John 8:25-32.

Philosophy means the "love of wisdom." Your philosophy of freedom is balanced love and wisdom, applied to your own daily life. Your freedom depends on your balance of love and wisdom. Since love multiplies itself faster than any other quality of God, wisdom suggests that the way to freedom is to love enough to gain lasting freedom. Love changes anything it touches into itself. Love is unquenchable fire, timeless, tireless and limitless in its power. Love has been tried and time-tested, and it does work.

As many earthly ideas of freedom exist as individuals who live on earth. Everyone wants and searches for his own idea of freedom. A creature roaming the wood uncaptured, with enough to eat, has freedom. A man, living in a hut on a mountainside, has the same type of freedom. To some, living alone, never sharing or being bothered is freedom. To others, money spells freedom. All are in deep bondage to self and their own ideas. No matter whether they talk about politics, religion or fear, they all want freedom.

When one follows the earth-idea pattern of freedom, self is heavy from being denied love. Man must carry the little self on his back while he aches from the burden. The soul pattern of love fills the atomic body, inflates the atoms and makes you light on your feet. Love inflates the spherical aura and you "mount as with the wings of eagles." Nothing can resist the cleansing power of such a love-filled aura. Nothing can resist its flowing. No words are needed because it is the Power doing the work.

"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." – John 8:32. Jesus told us that he who is of the truth shall know the truth. Still, what is truth? What truth will you know? You are your own truth, the sum total of every principle and law you have accepted to date. Your own interpretation of principle and law declares you freedom of expression.

"I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me." – Acts 27:22-25. The soul is brought before the high justice of love and wisdom, and must prove that it is free of fear. We have two methods of getting rid of fears and being free.

"I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him." – John 8:24. You are free to speak.

"And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him." – John 8:29. You are free of loneliness because you are not left alone, and you do what pleases God. You must love enough. Love is action, and love in action is the secret of glory. Your freedom depends on pleasing God, not on pleasuring self.

"When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things." – John 8:28. The little self knows Him and knows the truth. The truth about God and your relationship to Him sets you free.

Your challenge to freedom is to do the greater works. Change your narrow-view pattern of self to a larger, vast horizon. Grow up to that past horizon and you again begin to feel squeezed, cramped and bound.

When you reach a place where you feel you have done nothing in the past, it's a sign that you have reached the edge of the horizon on that vision or idea. So, just stretch your horizon and add another vast goal. All effort you have put into the past is added to your ability now.

Declare, "I so love You, Father." Your most precious jewel, your pearl of great price is the freedom to expand. Declare, "I desire to die daily to self, for freedom." Every day, little self dies. Every day it is easier to persevere, to agree, to please God, to avoid the appearance of evil, and to "follow me."

Every new desire for freedom is your guarantee of a new power generator installed to help you love more. Every breath you draw is your guarantee of God's life, more abundant and immortal. Your Father multiplies your talents and gifts, so cease the idle words that subtract from your heavenly bank account and royal gifts. Your new pattern is all addition and multiplication of the good. Love, unquenchable and unbeaten, forever multiplies itself as your life.

Your wealthy Father has sent your fare home —the crown of the Christ in the House of the Lord. It awaits you in the office of love, for the day you decide to love enough. Stand on the periphery of your own kingdom, with lines of Light running to every desire within your heart. Each desire is whirling and shining within your creative circle, where you gestate your life's prayer molds.

Listen to love's beautiful harmonies. As love meets some reviling, criticism or hate, love's unquenchable nature changes it into the rhythm of pure joy. You may add as many creative desires as you wish, but must keep them nourished with the love of God. Stand and watch you pages be washed white as snow. The power of love brings all irreconcilable factors into beauty. Set them free with your new freedom to love, to please God enough.

Make your one desire be to enlarge your kingdom, to stretch your wings to far horizons. Your freedom to do this is as timeless, as tireless, and as limitless as love itself. You know you must be brought before the high courts of love and wisdom, as Paul was brought before Caesar. Yet know that you need not fear.

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Your Philosophy of Freedom 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated June 28, 1959, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Ruth Johnson, Irene White, and Virginia Whitehead. Scripture: John 8:25-32.

"Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." – John 8:25-32.

Philosophy means the "love of wisdom," and indicates that any freedom that comes from life must be balanced as far as love and wisdom are concerned. Your philosophy of life depends on how you interpret the principles and laws you have learned on earth. Honor above all things and loyalty to God are fundamental laws and absolutely necessary principles. How you apply these laws and principles to your life is your philosophy of life.

The world has as many philosophies of freedom as it has individual types, yet you must balance every freedom in love and wisdom. Philosophies generally fall into three categories, religious, practical and personal.

Savages believe they are free to roam, eat and sleep as they will. Some believe perfect freedom is plenty of money and material abundance. However, those who live by earth standards without the love of God, follow philosophies of self. They are in total bondage to the little self and their emotions.

Self feels bound and burdened when it is not free to do as it pleases. Your little self puts all its burdens on your back. Self produces your burdens. Its philosophy of life is, "I'll do what I want, my way," embroidered with plenty of opinions and criticism.

Power descends when you have that freedom of the love of God that unconsciously gives of and sacrifices itself. God's unquenchable love has healed you, body, mind and soul. Power then inflates the body's atoms and ailments vanish. It inflates your aura with pure Light to heal all who come near. You are buoyant as you walk down the street, and your lightness clings to others. Wings of soul spread to bear you up as on the wings of eagles. Your true freedom begins, freedom from the weight of self, freedom to expand.

"If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." – John 8:31-32. What is this truth? Where is this truth? When shall we know this truth? Paul gives one method to cleanse self and eliminate fear. He said an angel of God appeared and told him, "Fear not, you must be brought before Caesar." This verse is a miracle worker. To be brought before Caesar means high justice, mercy, and comprehension of law. Caesar represents your highest goal and your greatest judgment of self. Do not try to escape it, but face it.

If you think just one idea per day about living up to your supreme vision, God will hold you until you gain that vision as a worthy citizen of the kingdom. You ascend when you no longer desire to escape. Two methods will eliminate fear. Justice is honorable and gives you the conviction to speak. You dare to speak when you attain that balance between love and wisdom. God puts words of truth on your lips because your philosophy of life is truth.

You may cry, "Where has God gone?" Yet you never need to feel alone. Jesus said, "The Father hath not left me alone, for I always do those things that please him." – John 8:29. Do you always do what pleases God? You will receive the answer if you ask this of your self before you ask of God.

"Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." – John 8:32. This is truth as you accept it, based on what you know and how you apply it where you are today. Tomorrow you may receive a greater truth, yet your inner conviction that it is truth makes you apply it.

"When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he." – John 8:28. Jesus appeared in the physical, and was transfigured into the spiritual. The son of God represents the soul. The son of man is the little self. You balance wisdom and love when you lift up the son of man.

The greatest challenge is, "He that believes 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. This challenge means increased vision, expanded horizons, more demands on your time, a higher place and greater responsibility to handle. You must know you are ready to ascend into a higher, larger place when you feel cramped and squeezed. Push out the walls around you. Spread your wings and let your horizon grow.

Never say that you have wasted your efforts. Use every mistake as experience, whatever happens, and increase your ability to expand into new vision. Lift mistakes and imperfections, and draw on God's substance to fill your great vision. You are free to expand your vision, which is your pearl of great price. Little self must die daily to attain this glory. Lift the past and your little self. Watch for tiny hurts and mild opinions, and do not allow a breakdown. What can you do? Arise and go to your Father, reach for the stars, stretch to a Source you can draw on for strength. Stand on the periphery of your kingdom and hold the lines of Light.

Adopt radar control over your little self and family situations. Stand and do nothing but love God. You are "inconstant" when you allow an outer vibration to move you or knock you off track. Your Father places a radar beam around you, which you always follow, walk in and work through. You cannot lose contact with the Source if you love God.

Broadcast a recording of love. When the recording ends, begin it again, or set it to endlessly replay. Love heals your loved ones. Broadcast the recording for everyone on your prayer list until love changes them. They are healed when they no longer resist the good in speech or action. This makes it easy for you to walk the Way of Christ.

Declare the following: "I shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever. I stand in the high place of my consciousness where the wisdom of God illumines me. The love of God possesses me. Harmony has become the keynote of my life, expressing as thoughts, words and actions. Harmony now oils the squeaky hinges of my inharmonious self and I am now all harmony. I am poised and strong. My vision of harmony is steadfast. Harmony is the oil of Spirit poured on every troubled water of my life. I hold my consciousness above all earth's dark clouds, for the house of the Lord is a house of Light. The universal law of harmony encircles my family and my friends and draws to me all 'added things'. Harmony has now become my only way of life."

The oil of Spirit will change the squeak of any hate to love. Love will wipe clean the pages of your Book of Life. Only love can cleanse the records of those on your prayer list. Stand serene and confident that Power will use you as Light absorbs darkness. You base the Light you release in love, which is your personal freedom.

God sends everyone the fare to return home. Climb the stairs of self to claim the ticket of love at the counter where the Christ Spirit dwells in the tower of soul, in the Lord's House.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister


Emancipation
No rack can torture me,
My soul's at liberty
Behind this mortal bone
There knits a bolder one

You cannot prick with saw,
Nor rend with scymitar.
Two bodies therefore be;
Bind one, and one will flee.

The eagle of his nest
No easier divest
And gain the sky,
Than mayest thou,

Except thyself may be
Thine enemy;
Captivity is consciousness,
So's liberty.
– Emily Dickinson

Invictus
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
– William Ernest Henley


References

Webster, Noah. The American Dictionary of the English Language. New York: S. Converse, 1828. This work is in the Public Domain.

Dickinson, Emily, "Emancipation," Poems. Mabel L. Todd and Thomas W. Higginson, editors. Cambridge, MA: University Press, 1890.

Henley, William Ernest. "Invictus," Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, editor. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Howe, 1920; Bartleby.com, 1999 accessed March 7, 2017].

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).

Webster, Noah. "Freedom," Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language. New York: S. Converse, 1828. This work is in the public domain.


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