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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:34 pm    Post subject: George Mueller, Apostle of Faith Reply with quote

George Mueller, Apostle of Faith

God does not PROMISE healing, or anything else, unless We BELIEVE. "According to your FAITH be it unto you," said Jesus, Matthew 9:29.

George Mueller (or Muller), was "probably the greatest modern apostle of FAITH. He founded five great orphanages and other charitable institutions in Bristol, England. He started out, as FAITH always does, with a very small work, without any financial backing, and absolutely NO means of support, except to get down on his knees, and send up a BELIEVING PRAYER TO GOD. For nearly seventy years George Mueller continued that great work, and it grew into a tremendous institution until it housed THOUSANDS. Every dime for feeding, clothing, sheltering, and schooling those thousands of orphans came in only one way - as a result of BELIEVING prayer.

George Mueller never sent out a plea for money. He never begged for money. No, he didn't NEED to, and no true servant of God EVER needs to! "Altogether he received more than a million four hundred thousand POUNDS - that is about SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS - that was SENT to him, in answer to his prayers!

"And so when George Mueller gives us his definition of FAITH, we may well listen, for he spoke from a rich experience, and his definition is a practical one, because it WORKED, to the extent of $7,000,000 - all used in a ministration of LOVE and MERCY. And here is his definition of faith . . . 'FAITH is the ASSURANCE that the things which God said in His Word are TRUE! And that God WILL ACT according to what He has said IN HIS WORD. This assurance, this RELIANCE ON GOD'S WORD, this confidence, is FAITH!' That's George Mueller's definition! And it is a true Bible definition. Romans 4:21 - 'And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform'."
(The preceding comes from the booklet, "What is Faith?"


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The life of George Mueller is an inspiring example of faith for us today. When Mueller was asked to pastor a Church, he refused to receive a salary. Instead, he placed a collection box at the entrance to the Church. That was the limit of his "marketing strategy." His whole life was based on faith. He refused to accept any donations from unbelievers. He refused to inform anybody regarding his needs, mentioning them only to God, in private, on his knees. Would to God the Church today followed Mueller's faithful example!

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"Some of us at once recall George Muller's wonderful prayer-life. On one occasion, when crossing from Quebec to Liverpool, he had prayed very definitely that a chair he had written to New York for should arrive in time to catch the steamer, and he was quite confident that God had granted his petition. About half an hour before the tender was timed to take the passengers to the ship, the agents informed him that no chair had arrived, and that it could not possibly come in time for the steamer. Now, Mrs. Muller suffered much from sea-sickness, and it was absolutely essential that she should have the chair. Yet nothing would induce Mr. Muller to buy another one from a shop near by. "We have made special prayer that our Heavenly Father would be pleased to provide it for us, and we will trust Him to do so," was his reply; and he went on board absolutely sure that his trust was not misplaced, and would not miscarry. Just before the tender left, a van drove up, and on the top of the load it carried was Mr. Muller's chair. It was hurried on board and placed into the hands of the very man who had urged George Muller to buy another one! When he handed it to Mr. Muller, the latter expressed no surprise, but quietly removed his hat and thanked his Heavenly Father. To this man of God such an answer to prayer was not wonderful, but natural. And do you not think that God allowed the chair to be held back till the very last minute as a lesson to Mr. Muller's friends-and to us? We should never have heard of that incident but for that delay."

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Walking with Jesus - Abiding in Christ

Impossible Love
Mark 8:1-9
"In those days again, when there was a great multitude and they had nothing to eat, He called His disciples and said to them, "I feel compassion for the multitude because they have remained with Me now three days, and have nothing to eat; and if I send them away hungry to their home, they will faint on the way; and some of them have come from a distance."

And His disciples answered Him, "Where will anyone be able to find enough to satisfy these men with bread here in a desolate place?" And He was asking them, "How many loaves do you have?" And they said, "Seven." And He directed the multitude to sit down on the ground; and taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and started giving them to His disciples to serve to them, and they served them to the multitude. 7 They also had a few small fish; and after He had blessed them, He ordered these to be served as well. And they ate and were satisfied; and they picked up seven large baskets full of what was left over of the broken pieces. And about four thousand were there; and He sent them away."

The disciples were with Jesus on that day. They saw what Jesus saw. The whole crowd was out on the dry barren wilderness intently listening to the teachings of Jesus. The teachings were important. They were life-changing. We know this by the fact that they went without food the majority of the time. They camped out overnight so they wouldn't miss a thing. Jesus' words captivated their attention. But Jesus knew this grand time had come to an end. He was thinking about their needs. He was no doubt tired from passionately teaching God's Word to the people for three days, but He thought of their physical needs.

"In those days again, when there was a great multitude and they had nothing to eat, He called His disciples and said to them, "I feel compassion for the multitude because they have remained with Me now three days, and have nothing to eat; and if I send them away hungry to their home, they will faint on the way; and some of them have come from a distance."

And His disciples answered Him, "Where will anyone be able to find enough to satisfy these men with bread here in a desolate place?" And He was asking them, "How many loaves do you have?" And they said, "Seven." And He directed the multitude to sit down on the ground; and taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and started giving them to His disciples to serve to them, and they served them to the multitude. 7 They also had a few small fish; and after He had blessed them, He ordered these to be served as well. And they ate and were satisfied; and they picked up seven large baskets full of what was left over of the broken pieces. And about four thousand were there; and He sent them away."

Did you notice that Jesus operated out of love? He thought and felt for their needs. Perhaps the disciples had thought about the multitudes too. We don't hear them talking about their own needs. Jesus' response, however, did set Him apart from the disciples, then and now. Jesus responded to their needs. The disciples responded to their resources. Jesus knew God's will was to love one another. The disciples were limiting their ministry by what they thought they could do.

After reading this passage, we can only think about how many times we have judged God's will by what we could figure out rather than what the Lord could do if His heavenly Father joined in and helped. We do not see that Jesus ignored the resources that were there. He later found some loaves and fish that He could use. While Jesus was putting love into action, the disciples were thinking, "There is no way these few loaves will feed this many people!"

Love shaped Jesus' faith rather than sight. He understood that His Father's love was to be extended to these people. Love after all was the command above commands because it summarized every other command. We need to be retrained in two ways:
1. Look for ways to love people
2. Trust God for resources to love them.

George Mueller was a man of faith. He was also a man of love. In 1835 he started caring for children born in wedlock and whose parents had both deceased. For over ten years he had been renting houses for orphanage facilities. Renting had numerous advantages such as being able to invest more money into kingdom needs. Something happened though that changed his course of thinking.

On October 30, 1845, he received a letter from a man living on the street where the four orphanages were located. It was a kind and friendly letter, but he did state how the people of Wilson Street were being variously inconvenienced by the Orphan Houses. He left the affair into Mueller's hands.

For ten years Mr. Mueller did not have any desire to build, but he did begin to think of this situation totally different when he got this letter. He wrote down the reasons to and not to move. In the end, he discerned that it was God's will to move. The primary reason was the inconvenience to the neighbors. Philippians 4:5 affirmed this for him." Let your forbearing spirit (yieldingness) be known to all men. The Lord is near."

He felt a great responsibility for the noise of the children and the abuse of the sewerage system (houses weren't built for so many occupants). He tried to think of other solutions but could not think of any. Others conferred he should build. After he prayed for a season, he sensed God was using this occasion to show God's love to the neighbors and better provide for the children. Of course, behind all of this was his concern that people would know of God's great and glorious work.

One might think little of this matter except that he had no money in hand for building. By policy he did not he ask for funds. Furthermore, he would not go into debt. Making a decision to buy ones own place big enough for 300 children was one matter. Anyone could decide to do it. But where would the funds come from? Mr. Mueller was not living by what resources he could plan for but by what God would provide.

Is this not the pattern we saw when Jesus fed the 4000 men and families? Mr. Mueller estimated the cost back then:

* 2-3,000 pounds for property (6-7 acres) around Bristol, England

* 6-8,000 pounds for a building (lower estimate)

* 1,500 pounds for bare furnishings for the 3-400 people using it.

He said, "This is indeed a large sum of money which I need; but my hope is in God. I have not sought after this thing. It has not begun with me. God has altogether unexpectedly, by means of the letter before mentioned, led me to it. Only the day before I received the letter, I had no more thought about building premises for the accommodation of the orphans than I had had during the ten previous years."

Love and the glory of God shaped his thinking and firmed up his decision to start on this project. Without asking, 15,784 pounds were sent in and after everything was built and cared for there remained a balance of 776 pounds. This was 1,195 days since he began asking the Lord for the building. 300 orphans were cared for in the new orphanage on Ashley Down.

It is amazing how similar this story is like the one where Jesus fed the multitude. Love should dictate our decisions rather than our resources. We need to be need focused rather than money focused.

Our walk with Jesus will primarily be one made up of miracles. We simply do not have what it takes to meet the needs of the people and situations that God will have us meet up with. Whether it be supplies, healing, wisdom, direction, power, etc., we are to let love move us into faith and let God work out the details.

Story taken from Autobiography of George Müller, edited by Wayland
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"The work of George Muller in Bristol, England, was a miracle of the nineteenth century. It will take the opening of the books at the great judgment day to disclose all he wrought through prayer. This godly man never asked anyone for money for running expenses at his orphanage where hundreds of fatherless and motherless children were cared for. His practice was always to ask God for just what was needed, and the answers which came to him read just like a record of apostolic times. He prayed for everything and trusted implicitly to God to supply all his needs. And it is a matter of record that never did he and the orphans ever lack for any good thing." -E. M. Bounds
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