“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”
After purchasing a ranch in West Texas, Ira and Ann Yates had difficulty making the mortgage and tax payments. They were holding on by a thread not knowing how they were going to make the payments to keep their land.
Then one day an oil company knocked on the door of Ira and Ann and requested to test his land for oil. Crews came in and drilled an exploratory well on the ranch. What they found instantly reversed the Yates’ fortune. A large reservoir of oil was lying beneath their property, covering an area of over 41 square miles.
Needless to say, many wells would be drilled on the Yates’ property in the years that followed. At peak production in 1929, five of these wells combined to produce over 112,000 barrels of oil per day. With crude oil selling for approximately $1.19 per barrel in 1929, these five wells produced $133,280 worth of oil per day. This equates to the incredible sum of approximately $1.759 million per day in today’s dollars. Ira and Ann Yates were instant millionaires. They no longer had to struggle to make ends meet. All they had to do was tap into the resources they had sitting right under them.
As a committed follower of Jesus Christ, if you lack “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”— then you are living like a poor millionaire, and I challenge you to start digging. Tap in and drill down into God’s Word (the Bible), and allow the truth of who He is and who you are as His child to impact your life. As His disciple, you have the greatest reservoir of power not living under your feet, but right inside of you through the person and the power of the Holy Spirit. Tap into His power and live in that victory to face your week ahead.
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 39 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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