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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Life of Faith

I am reading a biography on the life of George Muller.  Mr. Muller was an incredible man of faith.  He was responsible for the care of  thousand of orphans in Bristol, England in the 1800's. and he never asked another person for financial help in this endeavor.  He went to God for the every need and God always provided. Through the many trials and testings God walked Mr. Mueller through, he was able to learn and trust God's amazing character. George Muller learned God is faithful.  This did not come easy in Mr. Muller life.

It appears by reading the book, Mr. Muller was just an ordinary sinful man, saved by radical grace and as He walked each step with his Lord, His faith grew and he was able to trust his God more and more. One characteristic I see of Mr. Muller is he was a man of believing prayer in connection with the Word of God.  I don't believe Mr. Muller woke one day and decided he would be fully dependant upon the Lord.  I believe it happened slowly as God began to reveal Himself through His word and prayer.  As George Muller spent hours in prayer and in God's word, he heart began to soar and faith was being built.  As the many trials came, he turned to prayer and the word and God increased his faith and answered his prayers.

As Mr. Muller continued walking with His God, he began to look to God instead of men to give him spiritual direction as well as to provide for his physical needs.  This is the first step toward a life of trust.

"The real trial of faith is not that we find it difficult to trust God, but that God's character must be proven as trustworthy in our own minds." Oswalt Chambers  Our faith must be tested and tried.  It is very easy to say I trust God when the mortgage is paid and food is on the table, when the children are young and walking under our authority, when our health is good or when our friends and family are surrounding us with their love.  But when we are hungry or in George Muller case, when all money and food is gone, are we able to go to God, ask Him to provide and know He will?  I tend to go to God, ask for my need, then walk away and make it happen. This is not a life of faith.

Do you want to walk a life of faith?  Begin by increasing your time in prayer and in God's word.  Take His promises at face value.  Believe them, pray them, mediate upon them.  Romans 10:17 says, "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

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