The Ballad of Gorgeous George and Jittery Jacob
George Mueller was a man of God if there ever was one. Spiritually I cannot place myself in his league by any means, but there are obvious inescapable comparisons, not between us but between the challenges faced. Before coming to know Jesus, Mueller was apparently something of a kind of philandering lush who was rather lavish with cash enjoying the high life. After coming to know Jesus, however, he had a heart for poor children (the urban poverty and plight of homeless children in the UK in his day was something akin to Third World conditions today as described in Dickens novels). Less noble in lifestyle than his London counterpart, Dr. Barnardo, Mueller of Bristol had been quite the character.
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ARE YOU A SLAVE OR A SON?
By Pastor Dave Royle
12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh"”
13Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â for Ã¯Â»Â¿aÃ¯Â»Â¿if you are living according to the flesh, you Ã¯Â»Â¿1Ã¯Â»Â¿must die; but if by the Spirit you are Ã¯Â»Â¿bÃ¯Â»Â¿putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
14Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â For all who are Ã¯Â»Â¿aÃ¯Â»Â¿being led by the Spirit of God, these are Ã¯Â»Â¿bÃ¯Â»Â¿sons of God.
15Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â For you Ã¯Â»Â¿aÃ¯Â»Â¿have not received a spirit of slavery Ã¯Â»Â¿1Ã¯Â»Â¿leading to fear again, but you Ã¯Â»Â¿bÃ¯Â»Â¿have received Ã¯Â»Â¿2Ã¯Â»Â¿a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Ã¯Â»Â¿cÃ¯Â»Â¿Abba! Father!"
16Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are Ã¯Â»Â¿bÃ¯Â»Â¿children of God,
17Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â and if children, Ã¯Â»Â¿aÃ¯Â»Â¿heirs also, heirs of God and fellow-heirs with Christ, Ã¯Â»Â¿bÃ¯Â»Â¿if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time Ã¯Â»Â¿aÃ¯Â»Â¿are not worthy to be compared with the Ã¯Â»Â¿bÃ¯Â»Â¿glory that is to be revealed to us.
19Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â For the Ã¯Â»Â¿aÃ¯Â»Â¿anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for Ã¯Â»Â¿bÃ¯Â»Â¿the revealing of the Ã¯Â»Â¿cÃ¯Â»Â¿sons of God.
20Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â For the creation Ã¯Â»Â¿aÃ¯Â»Â¿was subjected to Ã¯Â»Â¿bÃ¯Â»Â¿futility, not of its own will, but Ã¯Â»Â¿cÃ¯Â»Â¿because of Him who subjected it, Ã¯Â»Â¿1Ã¯Â»Â¿in hope
21Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â that Ã¯Â»Â¿aÃ¯Â»Â¿the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
22Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â For we know that the whole creation Ã¯Â»Â¿aÃ¯Â»Â¿groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
23Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã¯Â»Â¿aÃ¯Â»Â¿And not only this, but also we ourselves, having Ã¯Â»Â¿bÃ¯Â»Â¿the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves Ã¯Â»Â¿cÃ¯Â»Â¿groan within ourselves, Ã¯Â»Â¿dÃ¯Â»Â¿waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, Ã¯Â»Â¿eÃ¯Â»Â¿the redemption of our body.
24Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â For Ã¯Â»Â¿aÃ¯Â»Â¿in hope we have been saved, but Ã¯Â»Â¿bÃ¯Â»Â¿hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?
25Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â But Ã¯Â»Â¿aÃ¯Â»Â¿if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
A few years ago while watching a Television program, a story was told of an elderly man. He was a bit of a hermit, kept himself to himself. His house was a mess, it had not been painted for years. In his yard there were stacks and stacks of rubbish that he had collected. The curtains to his home were always shut and the place was over run with vermin. It wasn't a suprize that it was sometime before the neighbors reported something amiss and reported this to the Police. Sadly amongst the squalor the old man's body was found. The reality was he had something called Diogenes syndrome a condition that turns a person into a cynical, miserly hoarder who would rather live in filth. As social workers began to dig through his property to find out exactly who he was, they were shocked. Thousands of pounds were stuffed into his mattress, he did not trust banks. He had a very well-to-do family in fact he had a title of sorts and yet here he was, living amidst such self imposed squalor.
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