But as far as God is concerned full freedom is left to the human will.

Extraordinary supply of favour depending on free will - Comment on 2015 November 18

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But when man completely gives up his own will, he only lets God rule and he receives everything devotedly out of Godís hand, then he will truly not suffer. Read more:

Bertha Dudde:

 

Extraordinary supply of favour depending on free will.

24.-26. March 1947. B.D. NR. 4007.

Also spiritual knowledge must be acquired; man is not supplied with it without his will and activity, although it is an obvious gift of favour. But the presenting of this gift of favour presupposes a way of life according to the will of God and the will to let the favour of God have an effect on oneself. Man must contact God consciously through prayer and unconsciously through love work; he must be devoted to the father from eternity in prayer; he must give up the own will and completely submit to the will of God, therefore hand himself over to him. Then God seizes him and gives to him favours in excess. It is an act of free will when man makes contact with him, but which results in unspeakable blessing. The will is in no way forced to move in a certain direction; man can use it completely differently; but when he completely gives up his own will, he only lets God rule and he receives everything devotedly out of Godís hand, then he will truly not suffer; God will give to him in excess, and indeed spiritual gifts, which do not lose their value, with light and power Ė with a knowledge, which prevails over all earthly knowledge. But a man will never be able to receive this knowledge who himself does nothing for it to partake of the favour of God. What is desirable to him that he will ask for from God in the firm belief that his request is fulfilled for him. But a valuable gift cannot be given to him when he does not establish the connection with him in prayer. But this is only possible when he believes in him as love, power and wisdom Ė and he can only win the convinced faith through thinking about the creator and the relationship of man to him. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that men express their opinion to such questions, which call for inner contemplation and spiritual research. Thoughtless acceptance of teachings, which touch spiritual subjects, must always be an obstacle, a barrier, which excludes the imparting of extraordinary gifts of favour. The heart of man remains closed; the vessel into which the spirit of God would like to pour itself does not open because man desires nothing what he already believes to possess. Through the supposed knowledge he creates for himself an obstacle; he lacks the will to make use of Godís supply of favour, and therefore he is given according to his will to receive, and when it is weak, he can only receive little knowledge; he will not increase in understanding, but always stand in the same knowledge. (26.3.1947) Of a gift of favour can therefore certainly be spoken about when spiritual knowledge is imparted to man, but he has requested this gift of favour in free will and also made himself worthy of it, and as soon as the freedom of the human will is used in this way that man strives for heightened soul maturity, favour over favour will fall to his share, because God does not limit it, where the will is present to let the favour become effective on oneself. But as far as God is concerned full freedom is left to the human will; it is pressed to strive neither upwards nor downwards; the direction of the will also does not depend on knowledge, because also the man poor in understanding can want, and thoughts are sent to him from every side, good and bad ones Ė for what he decides is completely up to him. But if spiritual knowledge is imparted to him from human side, it should be so important for him, that he mentally expresses his view about everything, what is to lead him to God. As soon as faith teachings are imparted to him, he is to think about them, what God demands from man, and he is to get himself into contact with him for the time being, then he will also be seized by God and guided into truth according to desire. Therefore the will must be there, to come close to God and to walk the way, which is shown by God, which finds his pleasure. Who strives for this, he will truly not remain in ignorance; he will not be left in error, because his will has opened the door of the heart, into which now the favour of God can flow in unimpeded. The measure of supply of favour is according to the will of man. When the will is strong and completely fills the man, then also extraordinary gifts of favour are granted to him, but which also carry an obligation on the other hand to pass on received knowledge and to make fellowmen attentive that also they walk the way which leads to understanding. And when the receiver of extraordinary gifts of favour declares himself willing to exploit them to the benefit of fellowmen, he will also be given spiritual knowledge accordingly, which projects into all spheres which are otherwise closed to men. For it is the will of God to spread truth, but this can only happen under certain preconditions, which are always based on free will. Amen. B.D. NR. 4007.

 

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