George Muller believed that God gives the gift of faith, and the grace of faith. Understanding the distinction between both is vital to our faith, and to our believing that God will do what He says He is going to do. It is of supreme importance that we believe in Him if we are to be effective servants of God Most High. Without faith we lose hope, and are ineffective for the cause. With faith we can conquer the enemy and be beacons of light in a dark and hopeless world.
Gift of Faith
Paul instructs the Corinthians concerning the gifts of the Spirits in 1 Corinthians 12:1-9, and they include: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in tongues, and interpretation of tongues. For the moment let’s look at the gift of faith.
George Muller did not believe he had the gift of faith, and he stressed this because he wanted believers to understand the depth that their grace of faith had. The grace of faith that is given to us when we become believers. It is our ability to take God at His Word. It is believing what the Bible says.
It’s an important message coming from George Muller. He fed and clothed thousands of orphans in England without ever asking for money. He never took a salary. The orphans were provided for through prayer. Through prayer, and faith in God to provide, George built five orphan houses, and cared for over 10,000 orphans. So when he says he did not have the gift of faith this is very important.
He is saying that he believed God’s Word. When God said He would “provide for all our needs according to His riches and glory” George believed Him (Phi. 4:19). When God says that “He will withhold no good thing from those who walk uprightly” George believed (Psalm 84:11). George believed with the same faith that every believer is given. The grace of faith.
The gift of faith is given to believe something that is NOT promised in Scripture. This gift may come, but is not essential for believing God will do what He His Word says He will do.
It’s important to understand what we are promised. We have been given the grace of faith to believe God’s promises, and believe that He will do amazing things like He did for the orphans.
Lord, I am done. I have worked, fretted, cried, and tried to figure out what you have for me in life. After almost 2 ½ years of trying to figure it out I am done. Do what You are going to do. I submit to your will. I will continue to work towards getting to where I think I want and need to be, but in the end I know it will be You.
Today, Lord I believe. I believe that you will provide for all of my needs.
I believe that there is no good thing you will withhold from me if I walk uprightly.
I believe that I have the same faith that George Muller did, and I want to use that faith to believe God for big things.
Today I have no more answers for my life then I did a week, month or year ago, but today through faith I KNOW that it’s all taken care of. All I need to do is simply believe, and act each day in a way that pleases God and through it all He will guide me.
What do you believe God for today?