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But those who learn from such experiences, can count themselves lucky.

No-one gains the kingdom of heaven, who pays tribute to the world.

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And that is your task, to overcome the world, for because it has been given to you for this purpose, that your soul matures in it, that it breaks away from everything in free will, what belongs to the world, because this breaking away is also at the same time a breaking away from him, who is lord of this world, and a turning towards the spiritual kingdom and its Lord. Read more:

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

No-one gains the kingdom of heaven, who pays tribute to the world.

13. December 1953. B.D. NR. 5825.

To pay tribute to the world means forfeiting the kingdom of heaven, because man cannot win both at the same time. And who pays tribute to the world, he also does not make an effort because of that, to gain the kingdom of heaven, for only the earthly world with its attractions exists for him, and he does not believe in a kingdom outside of it. And nevertheless, the way to the kingdom of heaven must be gone through this earthly world; it cannot get eliminated, for man lives in this world; he must cover the last stage of his development on earth, in the midst of that kingdom, which belongs to the opponent of God. But he can overcome this kingdom; he can go through the earthly world, without letting himself be unusually be impressed by it, without desiring it with the senses - he can live through it and still be its lord. And that is your task, to overcome the world, for because it has been given to you for this purpose, that your soul matures in it, that it breaks away from everything in free will, what belongs to the world, because this breaking away is also at the same time a breaking away from him, who is lord of this world, and a turning towards the spiritual kingdom and its Lord. And so it is comprehensible, that who makes himself to the slave of the world, can never ever take possession of the spiritual world, neither in earth life nor after the death of man - it is comprehensible, that the lord of the world keeps him fettered, because man himself gives him the right to it, for the breaking away from his power, the breaking away from the material world, man himself must strive for and accomplish. He must wage a war with himself; he must be able to do without, to win something valuable; he must resist all temptations in the short earth life time, to then being able to capture the spiritual kingdom with all its splendours, which compensates him thousand fold for his renunciation on earth. And he will do this only, when he recognizes the worthlessness and inconstancy of that, what seems to be desirable to him on earth. Only this cognition gives him power, to direct his will right, and he can win this cognition, when he just thinks about the material world. For he cannot be forced to a change of will - only through experiences he can get stimulated to inner contemplations, but with which success, that he himself determines. And God can only help him insofar, that he again and again proves the transitoriness to him, that he relinquishes to decay, what is man's love on earth, that he intervenes into man the most painful way, that he takes from him that, whereon his heart it attached to - always only, to give him a reference, how worthless the aims of his strivings are. But those who learn from such experiences, can count themselves lucky, for they slowly change the direction of their will and give up the world, to conquer in future the spiritual kingdom. But no-one is to believe, being able to make compromises; no-one is to believe, being able to pay tribute to the world unpunished. Every striving has an effect after his death, and if it was meant for the world, then it also brings him spiritual death, then he has given up the spiritual kingdom for the sake of earthly profit, and the world has brought him death. Then he has given himself anew into the power of him, who is in the depth, and the way upwards lasts again endless long time.
Amen. B.D. NR. 5825.

 

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