Item description for George Muller: Delighted in God (HistoryMakers) by Roger Steer...
Overview George Muller's life is a powerful answer to modern scepticism. His name has become a by-word for faith throughout the world. In the early 1830s he embarked upon an extraordinary adventure. Disturbed by the faithlessness of the Church in general, he longed to have something to point to as 'visible proof that our God and Father is the same faithful creator as he ever was'. Praying in every penny of the costs, he supervised the building of three large orphanages housing thousands of children. Under no circumstances would any individual ever be asked for money or materials. He was more successful than anyone could have believed possible and is as much an example to our generation, as he was to his.
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Studio: Christian Focus Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.82" Width: 5.16" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.47 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2004
Publisher Christian Focus Publications
ISBN 1857923405 ISBN13 9781857923407
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More About Roger Steer
Roger Steer, a graduate of Exeter, has written the authoritative biography of Muller's diaries and interviews with those who grew up in Muller's homes.
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Roger Steer provides an excellent study of Muller. Feb 1, 2004
I have read several biographies of Muller and this one offers far more detail than any of the others I have read. Like the others, it is a spiritually uplifting story of how one man builds such trust in God that truly amazing things are accomplished.
George Muller was a German who came to England in 1829 awaiting appointment as a missionary to the Jews by the London Missionary Society. The 18 members of Ebenezer Chapel called him to be the pastor of their church. In those days, churches were financed by pew rents. Families would rent the pew where they sat each Sunday and from these funds, the pastor would be paid and other expenses of operation met. The pews in the best locations cost more. Rev. Muller became convinced that pew rents were contrary to the will of God, and after several months as pastor on a salary, announced to the congregation that he would no longer receive a salary, but that they should place a box in the chapel into which they could place offerings to support him. He further announced that he would tell only God of his needs. He did well there and the membership grew to 55. In 1833, he became pastor of Bethesda Chapel in Bristol. There were many orphans on the streets, and Reverend Muller began inviting some to his home to eat breakfast each day and then taught them from the scriptures. In 1834 he established some day schools to help them get an education and conducted Sunday School for them on Sunday. In 1836, God moved him to establish a small orphanage in the neighborhood in a rented house. He added more rented houses, and then was moved by God to acquire land at the edge of town (Bristol) and build a modern orphan's home in 1849. He continued to add buildings for many years until there was space for over 2,000 orphans. Reverend Muller depended entirely on contributions to meet all the building construction and operating money. Yet he had a firm rule, based on his personal belief....... that he should never ask anyone for a contribution - in fact, never even tell anyone who asked whether the orphanages were in need of funds. He asked only God in his prayers, and always was very specific in his petitions to God. God moved him to keep meticulous records of his prayer requests and there results. In journals he dated and recorded each request on the left hand side and then dated and recorded the results opposite on the right hand side. His biographers had a lot of material to work with. Reverend Muller undertook nothing, even the smallest expenditure, unless he felt it was the will of God. He was asked how he sought the will of God. This is his reply: 1. "I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. 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 impressions. If so, I make my self 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 my self open to great delusions also. 4. Next I take into account providential circumstances. These 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 it continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly." Mr. Muller was asked how well this worked. "I never remember", he wrote in 1895, three years before his death at the age of 93, "in all my Christian course, a period now 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 always been directed rightly. But if honesty of heart and uprightness before God were lacking, or I did not patiently wait upon the Lord 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." This is truly an inspirational book.