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The most inner striving, the desire of the heart, is assessed.

Who pays tribute to the world, he pays tribute to Satan.

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The material world is his kingdom - it holds the fallen spiritual belonging to him, but which he does not have at his disposal, as long as it is bound in the works of creation through God's will.

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

Who pays tribute to the world, he pays tribute to Satan.

26. September 1953. B.D. NR. 5776.

Who pays tribute to the world, he also pays tribute to Satan. These words are hard and will severely hit all men of the world, for no man wants to be accused of the connection with Satan, and yet the world is his kingdom and therefore also everyone his servant, who is the world's slave. You men certainly stand in the midst of the world, you certainly must assert yourselves in the world, as long as you live on earth, but how far you heart is involved, that is decisive for it, how far you become dependent on the world. The most inner striving, the desire of the heart, is assessed, and so it is meant for the world, you are also enslaved to him, who it its prince, for then your thinking is directed earthly only, while you are to strive for the spiritual and you for that reason must overcome matter, to gain spiritual possession. You cannot bypass the world, but you must overcome it, i.e., at the beginning of your earth life as man you stand in this material world belonging to the opponent of God, with which you are to take up the fight, to then emerge as victor and to then enter that world, which is spiritual, which is called the kingdom of God. The course through earth life, through the earthly world, you must go, but you are to free yourselves from your fetters, which must be considered as chains of Satan so long, as you stand in the spell of the world, as you look full of desire at everything, what you are to overcome. The material world is his kingdom - it holds the fallen spiritual belonging to him, but which he does not have at his disposal, as long as it is bound in the works of creation through God's will. But he can influence man, because he must be exposed to all influence in the state of free will, to decide, to pass the test of will, which is meaning and purpose of his earth life. And the opponent of God truly uses this influence in an alarming way. He does not want that he loses the spiritual through its free decision, and for that reason he attracts man to his side through presentation of all that, what seems desirable to him, but what belongs to his world, but what separates him from God, what alienates him from that aim, which he is to reach on earth. He is the lord of matter, lord of the earthly world - and everyone, who serves the world, serves him - everyone, who desires the world and connects himself with earthy goods, he connects himself with Satan, and he must get to hear this truth; he cannot be treated carefully out of wrong respect, by withholding this truth from him. He is in contact with Satan, and whose servant he is, his lot he will also share, when the day of requital will come. Two lords fight for your souls, and both offer you their kingdoms - but one is passing, the other lasts for ever. But you yourselves are immortal, and if you do not have acquired the immortal kingdom for yourselves on earth, so nothing remains for you after the death of your body than deep darkness around you, which will torment you unspeakably - the kingdom of Satan, who can offer you nothing else, but whose followers you have increased through your desire on earth. Separate yourselves from him, as long as you walk on earth; renounce that, what belongs to the world; strive for spiritual goods, which alone secure eternal life for you, a life in light and power and happiness.
Amen. B.D. NR. 5776.

 

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