SHILOH MESSENGER - July 2019

















Life of Faith, Prayer, and Trust

“Without Faith It Is Impossible To Please Him,” Hebrews 11:6

 

George Mueller was born and raised in Prussia, had previously lived a life of sin and crime even while studying for the State Church Ministry. His life was changed when he was converted at a prayer meeting in a private home. Moving to England, he applied as a missionary to the Orient at The London Missionary Society but was rejected. He began to preach and to minister wherever The Lord opened the door. In Bristol in 1834, he founded the Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and Abroad. A year later without financial assistance, he opened his first orphans’ home. By 1870, he had built 5 homes. Soliciting no one, telling only The Lord of daily needs by prayer and faith. Mueller was feeding over two thousand orphans daily. The Scriptural Knowledge Institution also sent Missionaries, Bibles, and Gospel Literature around the world. They distributed almost three hundred thousand Bibles in many different languages and one and half million copies of the New Testament. They sent and supported one hundred and sixty-three Missionaries and distributed over one hundred and eleven million tracts. Institutional schools matriculated more than one hundred and twenty thousand students, with thousands of them receiving Christ while in attendance. In response to Mueller's Faith and prayers, in the span of sixty-three years, God poured out over $7,500,000 into the Ministry, all wisely and prayerfully distributed in spreading The Gospel. In his life, Mueller read his Bible in entirety over two hundred times, half of that on his knees, claiming the promise, "Open wide thy mouth and I will fill it.” He spent his last seventeen years touring the world, telling of the blessing of a life of Faith. When he died at the age of ninety-three, he left an estate valued at less than one thousand dollars. He had given back to the institute almost half a million dollars’ worth of personal gifts he had received during his seventy years of Ministry.

 
The Life of Missionary, George Mueller has been and continues to be a testimony to the blessings of God given to answer to prayer. Among the greatest monuments of what God accomplished through George Mueller’s simple faith are the great orphanages covering thirteen acres of ground on Ashley Downs Bristol, England. As a youth, Mueller had seen the great Orphanage at Halle in Prussia, supported by Professor August Hermann Franke in answer to the simple prayer of faith. After going to Bristol, Muller felt that The Lord was laying it upon his heart to begin a similar work in that City as a monument and a testimony to the world to show that the Lord still hears and answers prayer. When God put it into the heart of George Muller to build these orphanages, Muller had only two shillings in his pocket. Without making wants known to any man, but to God alone, over a million four hundred thousand pounds were sent to him for the building and maintaining of these orphan homes. The more his faith was exercised, the stronger it became. Funds for one immense building after another were sent in answer to prayer. Eventually there was enough to accommodate two thousand orphans. In all the years since the first orphan arrived, The Lord had sent food in due time, so that they had never missed a meal. Mueller said that if they ever had to go without a meal, he would take it as evidence that The Lord did not will for the work to continue. Sometimes the mealtime was at hand and they did not know where the food would come from, but the Lord always sent it, and a meal was never missed.

 
At the age of 70, George Mueller began to make great evangelistic tours. He traveled over two hundred thousand miles, going around the world and preaching in many lands and in several different languages. He continued his Missionary Evangelistic tours until he was 90 years of age. It is estimated that in his evangelistic work he addressed three million people. All his expenses were sent in answer to the prayer of Faith.

 
George Mueller was indeed a man of Faith, Prayer and Trust. He is noted for saying, "I desire many things concerning myself; but I desire nothing so much, as to have a heart filled with love to The Lord.” “Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible, there is no Glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man’s power ends.” ***Portions of Mueller's Biography was shared from The Revival Bible

 

 


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