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 George Mueller ~ Answers to Prayer

[i]"I never remember, in all my Christian course, a period now (in March 1895) of sixty-nine years and four months, that I ever SINCERELY and PATIENTLY sought to know the will of God by the teaching of the Holy Ghost, through the instrumentality of the word of God, but I have been ALWAYS directed rightly. But if honesty of heart and uprightness before God were lacking, or if I did not patiently wait upon God for instruction, or if I preferred the counsel of my fellow men to the declarations of the word of the living God, I made great mistakes."[/i] George Mueller

Hate to jump ahead here too much, but have been taking some of this in over the course of the past week or so and something really jumped out and layed hold of me this morning:

"Then there was another class of persons, individuals who were in professions in which they could not continue with a good conscience, or persons who were in an unscriptural position with reference to spiritual things; but both classes feared, on account of the consequences, to give up the profession in which they could not abide with God, or to leave their position, lest they should be thrown out of employment. My spirit longed to be instrumental in giving them not only instances from the word of God of His willingness and ability to help all those who rely upon Him, but to show them by proofs that He is the same in our day. I well knew that the word of God ought to be enough, and it was, by grace, enough to me; but still, I considered that I ought to lend a helping hand to my brethren, if by any means, by this visible proof to the unchangeable faithfulness of the Lord I might strengthen their hands in God; for I remembered what a great blessing my own soul had received through the Lord's dealings with His servant, A. H. Francké, who, in dependence upon the living God alone, established an immense orphan house, which I had seen many times with my own eyes. I, therefore, judged myself bound to be the servant of the Church of God, in the particular point on which I had obtained mercy namely, in being able to take God by His word and to rely upon it. All these exercises of my soul, which resulted from the fact that so many believers, with whom I became acquainted were harassed and distressed in mind, or brought guilt on their consciences, on account of not trusting in the Lord; were used by God to awaken in my heart the desire of setting before the church at large, and before the world, a proof that He has not in the least changed and this seemed to me best done by the establishing of an orphan house. It needed to be something which could be seen, even by the natural eye. Now if I, a poor man simply by prayer and faith, obtained, without asking any individual, the means for establishing and carrying on an orphan house, there would be something which, with the Lord's blessing, might be instrumental in strengthening the faith of the children of God, besides being a testimony to the consciences of the unconverted of the reality of the things of God. This, then, was the primary reason for establishing the orphan house. I certainly did from my heart desire to be used by God to benefit the bodies of poor children bereaved of both parents, and seek, in other respects, with the help of God, to do them good for this life--

George Mueller

Must have read this a number of times and it hadn't yet struck me, it was in the words of Tozer, "What is back of all this?", here then, it is in [i]"the [b]primary reason[/b]"[/i], what his whole motive was in establishing the orphan house.

Just found it quite profound and a wonder at how much can be missed in just a cursory reading of things.

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Mike Balog

 2005/7/4 13:21Profile

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 Re: George Mueller ~ Answers to Prayer

This thread really caught my eye as I have been reading this book of late. I can attest to the truth of Mr. Mueller's words that... there would be something which, with the Lord's blessing, might be instrumental in strengthening the faith of the children of God...

I was really struck by the very first page of this book, I have been meditating on it for two weeks now, in particular, point #1 has been on my mind...

1. I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state [i]that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter[/i]. Nine-tenths of the trouble with people generally is just here. Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the LORD's will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.

2. Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If so, I make myself liable to great delusions.

3. I seek the Will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them.

4. Next I take into account providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God's Will in connection with His Word and Spirit.

5. I ask God in prayer to reveal His Will to me aright.

6. Thus, through prayer to God, the study of the Word, and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge, and if my mind is thus at peace, and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly. In trivial matters, and in transactions involving most important issues, I have found this method always effective.

In Christ,


Ron Halverson

 2005/7/4 14:45Profile

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I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state [i]that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter[/i].

In the biography of him there is this simple statement, that I have often thought of:
George Mueller, when questioned about his spiritual power, responded simply, [b]“One day George Mueller died.”[/b]Oh God, when will that day be for me?

Zeke Oosthuis

 2005/7/4 23:02Profile

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