The well produced 80,000 barrels of oil a day! Wells soon followed that could produce twice that capacity. Even thirty years later government surveys showed wells with a capacity for 125,000 barrels a day. It proved to be one of the richest veins of oil ever found on the North American continent.


Mr Yates owned it all! When he purchased the land the oil came with it. During all the years of poverty, he was rich and didn’t know it. Years passed before Mr Yates possessed what he owned and enjoyed the privileges of ownership.

In Christ, we are rich and don’t realize sometimes what we have. It is the privilege of every Christian to live in victory every day. It is by faith that we claim what is ours. Are you living every day in His power and victory?   

#1 We have it so good,

#2, WE ENJOY IT SO MUCH:

I Timothy 6:17 says,

"Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;"

Americans are a crazy lot. We will do almost anything to have fun, so to speak, then complain and can’t get out of bed to go to work or go to church!

Story:

Someone said, "We worship our work, we work at our play and we play at our worship."

This is very true for many people in America.

II Timothy 3:1 "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come."

And look down at verses 4 & 5,


II Timothy 3:4-5 "Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."

God richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment and we often enjoy it too much!

ILL.- (June 2, 2005)

News-medical.net. "We have increased the sedentary activities for children by 4.5 times since 1950. Children and adolescents now spend 45 hours each week watching television, working on the computer, playing video games or watching movies."

According to this medical bulletin it sounds like many children are enjoying too much of this life! They are taking in way too much TV, video games, etc. and probably enjoying too much food as well.

It’s all right to enjoy the blessings of God but not to the point where this is our main focus! WE ARE NOT TO FOCUS ON THE GIFTS BUT RATHER THE GIVER OF THE GIFTS!

James 1:17 says that,

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

If it’s good, it’s from God. BUT LET’S NOT FORGET GOD!

I’ve heard it said that moderation is the key. I think this is true when it comes to enjoying the pleasures of this life. Too much can be too much. Too much of a good thing can destroy a person in other ways.
Brothers and sisters, we have it so good and we enjoy it so much! Too much, in fact! It seems like we go "whole hog" when it comes to many things in life: eating, playing, pleasure, trips, etc.
Buffets are not where we just eat, but rather where we gorge ourselves. Our focus is on the food. Our focus is not on giving thanks for what we have but on how much we can get!

The more we have, the more we want. We want more and more, without thanking the Lord for what we already have. It seems like we are never content, never satisfied with what we already have. WE ALWAYS WANT MORE. And this craving for more captures our minds and wills. The lust for more material things and more pleasure dominates and controls our lives to the point where God is put on the sidelines or pushed completely out of the picture of our lives.

I Timothy 6:6-10 says,

"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."

When we lust for more and more for the things of this world, then the things of God go out the window. Our faith is diluted or drained and damned. It’s okay to enjoy the blessings of God but not to the point where they become the main focus of our lives and God is shoved to the sidelines or worse.

Illustration: Matthew 8:20 says,

"And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."

The Lord Jesus Christ didn’t come to acquire financial fortunes, luxurious mansions, or earthly empires. In fact, it seems he possessed little but with it He accomplished the greatest work. So much of what he used to fulfill His Heavenly Father’s purpose, he accomplished with items that He borrowed. For instance:
-He borrowed the stable he was born in
-He borrowed the manger he was laid in
-He borrowed a boat from which he preached to the crowds
-He borrowed a boy’s lunch with which He fed the 5,000
-He borrowed the donkey on which he rode into Jerusalem
-He borrowed the tomb in he was buried
-In fact, he even borrowed the father who raised Him.
-Joseph was a borrowed father.

 

#1. We have it so good

#2.We enjoy it too much. And lastly,

#3. WE EXPRESS IT SO LITTLE

Story-

Some years ago, the cartoon pictured Charlie Brown bringing out Snoopy’s dinner on Thanksgiving Day. But it was just his usual dog food in a bowl.
Snoopy took one look at the dog food and said, "This isn’t fair. The rest of the world today is eating turkey with all the trimmings and all I get is dog food. Because I’m a dog," he said, "all I get is dog food." He stood there and stared at his dog food for a moment and said, "I guess it could be worse. I could be a turkey."

Brothers and sisters, whenever we think life is unfair to us, we need to think again. We could be a turkey at Thanksgiving! We could have born and raised in some third world country where the people have little or nothing! Instead of thinking about how little we have, we need to count up what we do have and give thanks!

Illustration:

In Los Angeles a parking citation with a five-dollar bill attached arrived at the traffic-fine bureau. An accompanying note said: "I found this ticket on the sidewalk. Not knowing if the car owner has ever seen it, I would like to make the remittance for him—in gratitude for the occasions when I have parked over the allotted time and not received a ticket."

Now that’s gratitude?

Illustration:

A man in Miami organized a new commuter airline and listed God as the Chairman of the board. Commutaire International Airways, Inc, was started by a man named Ron Infantino after his narrow escape from death in a crash of an Eastern Airlines plane in the Everglades in 1972. In explaining why God’s name is listed as the Board Chairman, Infantino said, "Who else could have put me in a business having anything to do with airplanes?"

We don’t know how well the airline did, but shouldn’t God be recognized as chairman of the board of every church and every person’s life? He has given us everything and good things for us to enjoy.

 

I am Thankful for.........
....the taxes I pay because it means I’m employed.
....the clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.
....my shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.
....a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
....the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.
....my huge heating bill because it means I am warm.
....all the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech.
....the lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means that I can hear.
....the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.
....the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means that I’m alive.
....the weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.

ILL. The young man was feeling very proud of himself. As a brand new college graduate he had taken the C.P.A. Exams and passed with flying colors. Now he was a full-fledged Certified Public Accountant. His father had been an immigrant to the U.S., and now owned his own little business. Filled with self-importance, the young man began to criticize his father’s way of keeping books. He said, "Dad, you don’t even know how much profit you’ve made. Over here in this drawer are your accounts receivable. Over there are your receipts and you keep all your money in the cash register. You don’t have any idea how much money you’ve made."

The father answered, "Son, when I came to this country the only thing I owned was a pair of pants. Now, your brother is a doctor, your sister is an art teacher, and you are a C.P.A. Your mother and I own our home. We have a car and we own this little business. Now add that up, subtract the pants and all the rest is profit."

ADD IT UP! That’s exactly what we need to do at Thanksgiving. Add it all up. We came into this world with nothing but the eternal soul that God gave us. Everything else is profit. We can never give too much thanks to God!

CONCLUSION:

ILL.- A 12 year old boy named David was born without an immune system. He underwent a bone marrow transplant in order to correct the deficiency. Up to that point he had spent his entire life in a plastic bubble in order to prevent exposure to common germs, bacteria, and viruses that could kill him. He lived without ever knowing human contact. When asked what he’d like to do if and when released from his protective bubble, he replied, "I want to walk barefoot on grass, and touch my mother’s hand." He wanted so much to have what we would call the little things in life that we take for granted.

We need to understand and get it right. We have it so good. We enjoy it so much. And often, we express it so little.
I Thessalonians 5:18 "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."