Faith must be obtained with difficulty.

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In the deepest inside you must win the conviction of the correctness of that what is demanded of you to believe, only then can you say: I believe. Read more:

Bertha Dudde:

 

Faith. Strong wrestling.

20. May 1947. B.D. NR. 4045.

A perpetual inner wrestling is required to gain strong faith, and this presupposes a strong will, to be able to accept that, what is imparted to men as teaching, i.e., to be convinced of its truth. A right faith can be won, consequently it is also to be seen as a gift, but man must also be prepared for it, to accept the gift, therefore his will must again partake, otherwise man cannot believe. Wanting to believe absolutely also results in being able to believe; will alone is decisive with which strength faith seizes him. In the deepest inside you must win the conviction of the correctness of that what is demanded of you to believe, only then can you say: I believe. But in order to be able to win this conviction, man must also do a certain work before; otherwise that faith can never come to life in him. He must express the will to believe through his way of life, because the will alone, without the act, is not adequate, therefore also not effective. But his way of life is to be a work in unselfish neighbourly love. Through this he now connects himself with God, in whom to believe he is taught. The connection with God now lets him feel his nearness; he becomes aware of a power, which flows through him, even so he can give no expression to this feeling. But as soon as he is connected with God through work in love, the conviction will also rise in him that there is a being full of love, wisdom and power, and he can now consciously say: I believe in this being. Faith has therefore then become alive in him. In addition he must express his opinion to all spiritual material, which is offered to him, what to believe is demanded of him. And again it is love which has an effect in him that his spirit gives him mental information out of the inside, over which he desires it. The thought material imparted to him is therefore so made understandable to him by his spirit or the unacceptable revealed to him that with conviction he now can either accept or reject and then it can again be spoken of living faith. And so is also faith in Jesus Christ as Godís son and redeemer of the world to be understood, that man must receive the knowledge before, that he digests it mentally and now must declare his position himself, that he can do this only if he practises love, if he follows him, so that the spirit can unfold through love, which guarantees him right thinking; and fully aware man now acknowledges Jesus Christ. He believes in him and now devotes himself to him in this faith. Faith must be obtained with difficulty; man must have the good will to be able to believe, and now do everything what earns him a deep unshakeable faith. And for it he must ask for power and favour that his will does not wane, that he walks according to the will of God on earth Ė as soon as he has already won faith in God. God knows the smallest stirring of the heart, and where he finds the will, which turns towards the good, in that direction he will also steer his favour, which is then accepted and utilized according to the will of man. But the will alone is decisive, which measure of favour he uses, and the will of man will also cause him to prayer, which never remains unheard, but secures him increased supply of favour, which guarantees the ability of recognition and therefore convinced faith. Amen. B.D. NR. 4045.

 

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