George Müller

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George Müller (1805-09-27 - 1898-03-10) was a Christian evangelist and coordinator of orphanages in Bristol, England who cared for and educated 10,024 orphans throughout his lifetime.

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  • There was a day when I died, utterly died — died to George Mueller, his opinions, preferences, tastes, and will; died to the world, its approval or censure; died to the approval or blame even of my brethren and friends — and since then I have only to show myself approved to God.
    • George Muller of Bristol: His Life of Prayer and Faith by A. T. Pierson. [1]


  • It was only after the consideration of many months, and after much self-examination as to my motives, and after much earnest prayer, that I came to the conclusion to write this little work. I have not taken one single step in the Lord's service, concerning which I have prayed so much. My great dislike to increasing the number of religious books would, in itself, have been sufficient to have kept me for ever from it, had I not cherished the hope of being instrumental in this way to lead some of my brethren to value the Holy Scriptures more, and to judge by the standard of the word of God the principles on which they act.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • As a warning to parents I mention, that my father preferred me to my brother, which was very injurious to both of us. To me, as tending to produce in my mind a feeling of self-elevation; and to my brother, by creating in him a dislike both towards my father and me.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • ...my father's desire was, that I should become a clergyman: not, indeed, that thus I might serve God, but that I might have a comfortable living
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • At that time Halle was frequented by 1260 students, about 900 of whom studied divinity, all of which 900 were allowed to preach, although, I have reason to believe, not nine of them feared the Lord.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • To ascertain the Lord's will we ought to use scriptural means. Prayer, the word of God, and His Spirit should be united together. We should go to the Lord repeatedly in prayer, and ask Him to teach us by His Spirit through His word. I say, by His Spirit through His word. For if we should think that His Spirit led us to do so and so, because certain facts are so and so, and yet His word is opposed to the step which we are going to take, we should be deceiving ourselves.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • No situation, no business will be given to me by God, in which I have not time enough to care about my soul (Matthew vi. 33).
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • There is no joy in man's own doings and choosings.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • Further, I did not keep in mind, that if the most illiterate persons in the congregation can comprehend the discourse, the most educated will understand it too; but that the reverse does not hold true.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • I have considered that there is no ground to go away from the door of the Lord to that of a believer, so long as He is so willing to supply our need.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • Only seek by watching and prayer more and more to be delivered from all vanity and self-complacency, by which even the true believer may be ensnared when he least expects it. Let it be your chief aim to be more and more humble, faithful, and quiet. May we not belong to those who say and write continually,' Lord,' 'Lord,' but who have Him not deeply in their hearts. Christianity consists not in words, but in power.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • There are few blessings on earth greater for a believer; and yet the Lord is frequently obliged to teach us the value of this blessing by depriving us of it for a season.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together," is a most important exhortation. Even if we should not derive any especial benefit, at the time, so far as we are conscious, yet we may be kept from much harm. And very frequently the beginning of coldness of heart is nourished by keeping away from the meetings of the saints.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • As to the other means of grace I would say: I fell into the snare, into which so many young believers fall, the reading of religious books in preference to the Scriptures.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • Whilst I was at Halle, I thought I should much enjoy being among so many christians as there are in Berlin. But when I was there I found, that enjoyment in the Lord does not depend upon the multitude of believers, by whom we are surrounded
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • I have related this circumstance, because I am aware that it is a common temptation of Satan to make us give up the reading of the Word and prayer when our enjoyment is gone; as if it were of no use to read the Scriptures when we do not enjoy them, and as if it were of no use to pray when we have no spirit of prayer; whilst the truth is, in order to enjoy the Word, we ought to continue to read it, and the way to obtain a spirit of prayer, is, to continue praying; for the less we read the word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • Within the last fifty years, I have found it the most profitable plan to meditate with my pen in my hand, writing down the outlines, as the Word is opened to me.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • For neither eloquence nor depth of thought make the truly great preacher, but such a life of prayer and meditation and spirituality, as may render him a vessel meet for the Master's use, and fit to be employed both in the conversion of sinners and in the edification of the saints.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • At the same time it appeared to me right, that henceforth I should ask no man, not even my beloved brethren and sisters, to help me, as I had done a

few times according to their own request, as my expenses, on account of traveling much in the Lord's service, were too great to be met by my usual income. For unconsciously I had thus again been led, in some measure, to trust in an arm of flesh; going to man, instead of going to the Lord at once. To come to this conclusion before God, required more grace than to give up my salary.

    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • Learned commentaries I have found to store the head with many notions, and often also with the truth of God; but when the Spirit teaches, through the instrumentality of prayer and meditation, the heart is affected. The former kind of knowledge generally puffs up, and is often renounced, when another commentary gives a different opinion, and often also is found good for nothing, when it is to be carried out into practice. The latter kind of knowledge generally humbles, gives joy, leads us nearer to God, and is not easily reasoned away; and having been obtained from God, and thus having entered into the heart, and become our own, is also generally carried out. If the inquirer after truth does not understand the Hebrew and Greek languages, so as to be able to compare the common translation with the original, he may, concerning several passages, get light by an improved rendering, provided he can be sure that the translator was a truly spiritual person.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • Now, the truth is, that, whilst we have been often brought low; yea, so low, that we have not had even as much as one single penny left; or so as to have the last bread on the table, and not as much money as was needed to buy another loaf;--yet never have we had to sit down to a meal, without our good Lord having provided nourishing food for us. I am bound to state this, and I do it with pleasure. My Master has been a kind Master to me, and if I had to choose this day again, as to the way of living, the Lord giving me grace, I would not choose differently.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • In reading about all these answers to prayer, the believing reader may be led to think that I am spiritually minded above most of the children of God, and that, therefore, the Lord favours us thus. The true reason is this. Just in as many points as we are acting according to the mind of God, in so many are we blessed and made a blessing. Our manner of living is according to the mind of the Lord, for He delights in seeing His children thus come to Him (Matt. vi.); and therefore, though I am weak and erring in many points, yet He blesses me in this particular, and, I doubt not, will bless me, as long as He shall enable me to act according to His will in this matter.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • It is a most important work to go about and stir up the churches; but it requires much grace, much self-denial, much saying over the same things, and the greatest watchfulness and faithfulness, in making use of one's time for prayer, meditation, and reading the Scriptures.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • But let none think that public prayer will make up for closet communion.
    • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


  • ...to say, that His glory was my chief aim, i.e., that it might be seen that it is not a vain

thing to trust in the living God.

The reason why I have refrained altogether from soliciting any one for help is, that the hand of God evidently might be seen in the matter, that thus my fellow-believers might be encouraged more and more to trust in Him, and that also those who know not the Lord, may have a fresh proof that, indeed, it is not a vain thing to pray to God

  • A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.


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