A. Scripture Texts That Moulded George Müller
CERTAIN marked Scripture precepts and promises had such a singular influence upon this man of God, and so often proved the guides to his course, that they illustrate Psalm cxix.105:
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
And a light unto my path."
Tho ... read more
B. Apprehension Of Truth
SOME points which God began to show Mr. Müller while at Teignmouth in 1829.
1. That the word of God alone is our standard of judgment in spiritual things; that it can be explained only by the Holy Spirit; and that in our day, as well as in former time ... read more
C. Separation From The London Society, Etc.
IT became a point of solemn consideration with me, whether I could remain connected with the Society in the usual way. My chief objections were these:
1. If I were sent out by the Society, it was more than probable, yea almost needful, if I were to le ... read more
Chapter 1. From His Birth To His New Birth
A HUMAN life, filled with the presence and power of God, is one of God's choicest gifts to His church and to the world.
Things which are unseen and eternal seem, to the carnal man, distant and indistinct, while what is seen and temporal is vivid and r ... read more
Chapter 10. The Word Of God And Prayer
HABIT both shows and makes the man, for it is at once historic and prophetic, the mirror of the man as he is and the mould of the man as he is to be. At this point, therefore, special attention may properly be given to the two marked habits which had prin ... read more
Chapter 11. Trials Of Faith And Helpers To Faith
God has His own mathematics: witness that miracle of the loaves and fishes. Our Lord said to His disciples: "Give ye them to eat," and as they divided, He multiplied, the scanty provision; as they subtracted from it He added to it; as they decreased it ... read more
Chapter 12. New Lessons In God's School Of Prayer
A teacher must also be a learner, and therefore only he who continues to learn is competent to continue to teach. Nothing but new lessons, daily mastered, can keep testimony fresh and vitalizing and enable us to give advance lessons. Instead of being alwa ... read more
Chapter 13. Following The Pillar Of Cloud And Fire
"THE steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord." (Psalm xxxvii.23.) Some one quaintly adds, "Yes, and the stops, too!" The pillar of cloud and fire is a symbol of that divine leadership which guides both as to forward steps and intervals of rest. Mr ... read more
Chapter 14. God's Building: The New Orphan Houses
How complex are the movements of God's providence? Some events are themselves eventful. Like the wheels in Ezekiel's vision-- a wheel in the middle of a wheel,-- they involve other issues within their mysterious mechanism, and constitute epochs of histo ... read more
Chapter 15. The Manifold Grace Of God
SOME one has quaintly said, in commenting upon the Twenty-third Psalm, that "the coach in which the Lord's saints ride has not only a driver, but two footmen"--
"goodness and mercy shall follow me."
Surely these two footmen of the Lord, in thei ... read more
Chapter 16. The Shadow Of A Great Sorrow
"WITH clouds He covereth the light." No human life is without some experience of clouded skies and stormy days, and sometimes "the clouds return after the rain." It is a blessed experience to recognize the silver lining on the darkest storm-cloud, and ... read more
Chapter 17. The Period Of World-Wide Witness
GOD'S real answers to prayer are often seeming denials. Beneath the outward request He hears the voice of the inward desire, and He responds to the mind of the Spirit rather than to the imperfect and perhaps mistaken words in which the yearning seeks exp ... read more
Chapter 18. Faith And Patience In Serving
QUANTITY of service is of far less importance than quality. To do well, rather than to do much, will be the motto of him whose main purpose is to please God. Our Lord bade His disciples tarry until endued with power from on high, because it is such enduem ... read more
Chapter 19. At Evening-Time-- Light
THE closing scene of this beautiful and eventful life history has an interest not altogether pathetic. Müller seems like an elevated mountain, on whose summit the evening sun shines in lingering splendour, and whose golden peak rises far above the ordinar ... read more
Chapter 2. The New Birth And The New Life
THE lost days of sin, now forever past, the days of heaven upon earth began to dawn, to grow brighter till the perfect day.
We enter the second period of this life we are reviewing. After a score of years of evil-doing George Müller was converted to Go ... read more
Chapter 20The Summary Of The Life-Work
DEATH shuts the door upon earthly service, whatever door it may open to other forms and spheres of activity. There are many intimations that service beyond the grave is both unceasing and untiring: the blessed dead "rest indeed from their labours"-- toi ... read more
Chapter 21. The Church Life And Growth
THROUGHOUT Mr. Müller's journal we meet scattered and fragmentary suggestions as to the true conception of Christian teaching and practice, the nature and office of the Christian ministry, the principles which should prevail in church conduct, the mutual ... read more
Chapter 22. A Glance At The Gifts And The Givers
THERE is One who still sits over against the Treasury, watching the gifts cast into it, and impartially weighing their worth, estimating the rich man's millions and the widow's mites, not by the amount given, but by the motives which impel and the measu ... read more
Chapter 23. God's Witness To The Work
THE eleventh chapter of Hebrews-- that "Westminster Abbey" where Old Testament saints have a memorial before God-- gives a hint of a peculiar reward which faith enjoys, even in this life, as an earnest and foretaste of its final recompense.
... read more
Chapter 24. Last Looks, Backward And Forward
THE mountain-climber, at the sunset hour, naturally takes a last lingering look backward at the prospect visible from the lofty height, before he begins his descent to the valley. And, before we close this volume, we as naturally cast one more glance back ... read more
Chapter 3. Making Ready The Chosen Vessel
THE workman of God needs to wait on Him to know the work he is to do and the sphere where he is to serve Him.
Mature disciples at Halle advised George Müller for the time thus quietly to wait for divine guidance, and meanwhile to take no further steps ... read more
Chapter 4. New Steps And Stages Of Preparation
Passion for souls is a divine fire, and in the heart of George Müller that fire now began to burn more brightly, and demanded vent.
In August, 1827, his mind was more definitely than before turned toward mission work. Hearing that the Continental Socie ... read more
Chapter 5. The Pulpit And The Pastorate
No work for God surpasses in dignity and responsibility the Christian ministry. It is at once the consummate flower of the divine planting, the priceless dower of His church, and through it works the power of God for salvation.
Though George Müller had ... read more
Chapter 6. "The Narrative Of The Lord's Dealings"
THINGS which are sacred forbid even a careless touch. The record written by George Müller of the Lord's Dealings reads, especially in parts, almost like an inspired writing, because it is simply the tracing of divine guidance in a human life-- not this m ... read more
Chapter 7. Led Of God Into A New Sphere
If much hangs and turns upon the choice of the work we are to do and the field where we are to do it, it must not be forgotten how much also depends on the time when it is undertaken, the way in which it is performed, and the associates in the labour. In ... read more
Chapter 8. A Tree Of God's Own Planting
THE time was now fully come when the divine Husbandman was to glorify Himself by a product of His own husbandry in the soil of Bristol.
On February 20, 1834, George Müller was led of God to sow the seed of what ultimately developed into a great means o ... read more
Chapter 9. The Growth Of God's Own Plant
THE last great step of full entrance upon Mr. Müller's life-service was the founding of the orphan work, a step so important and so prominent that even the lesser particulars leading to it have a strange significance and fascination.
In the year 1835, ... read more
D. The Scriptural Knowledge Institution For Home And Abroad
I. THE PRINCIPLES OF THE INSTITUTION.
1. WE consider every believer bound, in one way or another, to help the cause of Christ, and we have scriptural warrant for expecting the Lord's blessing upon our word of faith and labour of love: and although, acc ... read more
E. Reasons Which Led Mr. Müller To Establish An Orphan House
I HAD constantly cases brought before me which proved that one of the especial things which the children of God needed in our day was to have their faith strengthened. For instance: I might visit a brother who worked fourteen or even sixteen hours a day a ... read more
F. Arguments In Prayer For The Orphan Work
THE arguments which I plead with God are:
1. That I set about the work for the glory of God, i.e., that there might be a visible proof, by God supplying, in answer to prayer only, the necessities of the orphans, that He is the living God, and most willin ... read more
G. The Purchase Of A Site, Etc.
MR. BENJAMIN PERRY gives an account of the circumstances under which the land was purchased, prior to the erection of the orphan houses on Ashley Down, as he heard it from Mr. Müller's own mouth, showing how directly the Lord worked on the mind of the ow ... read more
H. God's Faithfulness In Providing
MR. PERRY writes:
At one meeting at Huntly, by special request Mr. Müller gave illustrations of God's faithfulness in answer to prayer, connected with the orphan work, of which the following are examples:
a. He stated that at various times, not onl ... read more
Hints to Praying Souls
We venture to suggest a few thoughts on prayer, which embody some of our most mature convictions upon this great subject, and are suggested alike by Scripture teaching and by the experience of praying saints.
Give yourself to the Lord anew as an inte ... read more
K. Further Recollections Of Mr. Müller
MR. PERRY furnishes also the following reminiscences:
As George Müller was engaged in free, homely conversation with his friends on a Sunday afternoon within about three weeks of his departure to be with the Lord, he referred to two visits he had made ... read more
L. Soul Nourishment First
A Booklet by George Müller
May 9, 1841
It has pleased the Lord to teach me a truth, the benefit of which I have not lost, for more than fourteen years. The point is this:
I saw more clearly than ever that the first great and primary business to wh ... read more
Lessons In the School of Prayer
He who rushes into the Presence of God, to hasten through a few formal petitions, and then hastens back to outside cares and pursuits, does not tarry long enough to lose the impression of what is without, and get the impress of what is within the secret c ... read more
M. Church Conduct
I.-- QUESTIONS RESPECTING THE ELDERSHIP.
(1) How does it appear to be the mind of God that in every church, there should be recognized Elders?
Ans. From the following passages compared together: Matt. xxiv.45; Luke xii.42.
From these passages we l ... read more
N. The Wise Sayings Of George Müller
FEW who have not carefully read the Narrative of Mr. Müller and the subsequent Reports issued year by year, have any idea of the large amount of wisdom which there finds expression. We give here a few examples of the sagacious and spiritual counsels and u ... read more