George Mueller, Apostle of Faith
God does not PROMISE healing, or anything else, unless We BELIEVE. "According to your FAITH be it unto you," said Jesus, Matthew 9:29.
George Mueller (or Muller), was "probably the greatest modern apostle of FAITH. He founded five great orphanages and other charitable institutions in Bristol, England. He started out, as FAITH always does, with a very small work, without any financial backing, and absolutely NO means of support, except to get down on his knees, and send up a BELIEVING PRAYER TO GOD. For nearly seventy years George Mueller continued that great work, and it grew into a tremendous institution until it housed THOUSANDS. Every dime for feeding, clothing, sheltering, and schooling those thousands of orphans came in only one way - as a result of BELIEVING prayer. George Mueller never sent out a plea for money. He never begged for money. No, he didn't NEED to, and no true servant of God EVER needs to!
"Altogether he received more than a million four hundred thousand POUNDS - that is about SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS - that was SENT to him, in answer to his prayers!
"And so when George Mueller gives us his definition of FAITH, we may well listen, for he spoke from a rich experience, and his definition is a practical one, because it WORKED, to the extent of $7,000,000 - all used in a ministration of LOVE and MERCY. And here is his definition of faith . . . 'FAITH is the ASSURANCE that the things which God said in His Word are TRUE! And that God WILL ACT according to what He has said IN HIS WORD. This assurance, this RELIANCE ON GOD'S WORD, this confidence, is FAITH!' That's George Mueller's definition! And it is a true Bible definition. Romans 4:21 - 'And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform'." (The preceding comes from the booklet, "What is Faith?" by Herbert W. Armstrong.)
The life of George Mueller is an inspiring example of faith for us today. When Mueller was asked to pastor a Church, he refused to receive a salary. Instead, he placed a collection box at the entrance to the Church. That was the limit of his "marketing strategy." His whole life was based on faith. He refused to accept any donations from unbelievers. He refused to inform anybody regarding his needs, mentioning them only to God, in private, on his knees. Would to God the Church today followed Mueller's faithful example!
We are pleased to make available a 55-minute VHS video (NTSC, American format), "Obstacle to Comfort, The Life of George Muller," produced by Dr. Ken Connolly, $15 donation from Giving & Sharing, PO Box 100, Neck City, MO 64849. Be advised that watching this video may expose the shallowness of your faith. But, be encouraged, that the narrator's conclusions are that Mueller was not a special person; we all may exercise the great faith that Mueller had.