Sunday, March 13, 2011

Salary and Solicitation

Bethesda Chapel in Bristol, England
On the subject of a set salary and asking for money this was George Muller's stand:

Shortly before his marriage the thought of a stated salary worried Mr. Muller, for he felt that his should be a life of trust in God and not in the promise of the brethren. He found three reasons why he should give up a fixed remuneration.
  • A salary implies a fixed sum, generally made up of pew rents. But according to James 2:1-6, "pew rents are against the mind of the Lord."
  • A fixed pew rent may at times become a burden to the follower of Christ and Mr. Muller did not wish to lay the smallest straw in the way of the church's spiritual progress.
  • The whole system of pew rents and salary are liable to become a snare to the minister, in that he works for hire rather than for spiritual reasons.
At the end of October, within a month after his marriage, he announced to the Teignmouth congregation that henceforth he would receive no regular salary, and would trust wholly in the Lord for his needs.  

He asked that a box be placed in the chapel where whoever desired to help him might leave his offering. Henceforth he was to ask no one, "not even my beloved brethren and sisters, to help me...For unconsciously I had been led to trust in an arm of flesh, going to man instead of going to the Lord at once."

One morning when their money had been reduced to eight shillings (about $2.00, a shilling equaling approximately 25c), Muller asked the Lord for money. For four hours the preacher waited but still no reply. Then a lady came to the house.

"Do you want any money?" she asked.

Faith was tested, yet remained triumphant, and the minister replied, "I told the brethren, dear sister, when I gave up my salary, that I would for the future tell the Lord only about my wants." "But," she replied, reaching for her purse, "He told me to give you some money," laying in his hand two guineas...

Pen In Hand

"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.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Where Is Namibia?

Greetings, friends, from the George Muller web site!  I just checked to see where the last 100 visitors to this site are from.

What did I find?  I found that a visitor from Namibia (where is that?) just spent 20 minutes browsing the George Muller site.  I hope that visitor was blessed and encouraged.  If you are reading this post, please let us know where Namibia is.

We had guests who dropped by for a visit from:

Puerto Rico
The United Kingdom
The United States of America
South Africa

That's just the last 100 visitors. Thank you for paying us a visit.  

Here's my challenge...

For all visitors to the George Muller site over the next week or two, please leave us a comment and let us know if this site was helpful to you and how the Lord has challenged you to place your faith and trust in Him.

Let's make the next month...the month of March...COMMENT MONTH.

Thanks again for your visit and please leave a comment or send us an e-mail here.

Every blessing in Christ,

David Fisher/The George Muller blog

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Speaking Well of HIS Name

I may have included this quote in a previous post but when I saw it tonight it spoke volumes to me and, therefore, I trust that it will do the same for you.  The phrase that really caught my attention was the final sentence...which I have bolded.

Muller stated:
"In the greatest difficulties, in the heaviest trials, in the deepest poverty and necessities, He has never failed me; but because I was enabled by His grace to trust Him He has always appeared for my help. I delight in speaking well of His name." - George Muller 

Do you delight in speaking well of His name?  Do I?