You can also stand in the middle of the world and still have completely overcome matter, for to deal with it does not mean to desire it.
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2010 April 1
You must have completely freed yourselves of matter, but that does not mean that you are to withdraw as a hermit into the dessert. Read more:
Today, on the 1st of April 2010, I read something from Bertha Dudde that very clearly and distinctly expresses how and why we should say goodbye to worldly things:
Reaching the adoption as a child of God requires the leaving of the world.
18. April 1963. B.D. NR. 8471.
You can achieve everything when you only muster the earnest will, for then you will also be able to receive immeasurable power to carry out what you want. But exactly your will is weak and the world still keeps you too much prisoner to be prepared to give away everything. But if you want to reach the adoption as a child of God still on earth then a complete overcoming of the world belongs to it. You must have completely freed yourselves of matter, but that does not mean that you are to withdraw as a hermit into the dessert. You can also stand in the middle of the world and still have completely overcome matter, for to deal with it does not mean to desire it. For the earthly discharge of duties does not need to be an obstacle for the upward development of the soul when it is a service to fellow men and when this service is not done because of earthly profit only, so that to gain material goods is motive of the activity, which man carries out. The possessions of a man are also no obstacle for complete spiritualization when they are again used for a serving neighbourly love which is not love of self. But if love of self is first being satisfied then the way to spiritualization is still very far, then the striving for the highest goal is not yet earnest and therefore the will too weak, which also results in lack of power. It is therefore up to you men yourselves whether you still reach the aim in a short time. A whole life can be available to you, and you advance no step further. But you can also perfect yourselves in a very short time when this is your earnest endeavour, because you will then certainly also lack no power. And as soon as knowledge is supplied to you, which secures you an overabundance of favours, you now can very consciously strive for your perfection, but which always requires you to leave the world. To what extent you are willing to it, also determines your ability, for the earnest will secures you the supply of power. But you men still expect too much from your life; you still cherish many wishes and are not prepared to give them up. You also do not yet trust me unlimitedly, otherwise you would not doubt that I also lead you through life on earth, that you do not need to suffer want - when I recognize that the salvation of your soul is top priority and you refrain from earthly wishes. For I alone am he who can give to you, but also take - who also provides amply for you when you are prepared to make sacrifices. For you will certainly not be hurt because what the body voluntarily does without, that the soul wins thousand fold. And when you consider that you have to give away all earthly goods when your soul leaves the body - that you cannot take anything to the other side than only your spiritual yield, then you will also realize the worthlessness of earthly goods and seek to free yourselves from them for the sake of spiritual advantages. But I cannot force you to give up; I can only help you by me taking from you what is still obstructive to you, or set so many obstacles against you that you voluntarily give away what is not expedient for the salvation of your soul. And you have to earnestly seek to establish this difference between the discharge of duties and the own desire for goods of the world, and when you feel completely free of the latter then you certainly can also reach the last aim on earth, to reach the adoption as a child of God because the course of events of your life will take shape according to the earnestness of your will and striving, always offering you the highest possibility to reach highest aims. But you will not lack power because you then enter my will and your return to me is secured. Amen. B.D. NR. 8471.
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