Thursday, June 20, 2002

What is LIFE? - John 10.10

Jesus said in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." What is life? Abundant and eternal? What does it mean to live? To be fully alive?
1. To be alive vs. dead.
2. To enjoy relationship vs. isolation
3. To receive and give love vs. hate
4. Grace vs. law and legalism
5. To walk in truth vs. lies and deception
6. To walk in the light vs. darkness
7. Forgiven vs. in trespasses and sin
8. Obedient vs. disobedient
9. Holy vs. unholy
10. Walk in the Spirit vs. the flesh
11. Slave of Christ vs. Satan
12. God’s Kingdom vs. my kingdom
13. God’s glory vs. my glory
14. God’s power vs. my strength
15. Dependent vs. independent
16. Walk by faith vs. by sight
17. To offer forgiveness vs. bitterness, wrath
18. Peace and rest vs. anxiety or anxiousness
19. Fellowship vs. division
20. Gentleness vs. harshness
21. Self-control vs. an undisciplined life
22. Joy vs. sadness
23. Hope vs. hopelessness
24. Purpose and meaning vs. meaningless
25. To be found vs. lost
26. Freedom vs. in bondage or slavery
27. To be known and know vs. unknown
28. To be chosen vs. left alone.
29. To be valued vs. trashed and discarded
30. To be secure vs. insecure.
31. To be comforted vs. uncomfortable.
32. To never be alone vs. lonely and alone.
33. Bold, courageous vs. fearful or afraid
34. An eternal vs. temporal perspective
Would you say you are experiencing LIFE?

Friday, March 15, 2002

A Good Name - Ecc.7.1

Ecc. 7:1 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth. For that is the end of all men; And the living will take it to heart. I was thinking, when people hear the name, John Woodall, what do they think?
What Do I Want Said Of Me In The End?
1. He loved Jesus Christ with ALL his heart.
2. He loved His wife as Christ loved the church.
3. He loved his family and raised a godly generation.
4. He loved the Church, the Body of Christ
5. He always sought to do that which pleased his heavenly Father.
6. He finished his race well and with joy.
What do you want said of you in the end?

Saturday, February 02, 2002

Reigning In Life - Rom.5.17

I love the idea of reigning in life. What a great and glorious idea. Romans 5.17 says, "For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ."
I love asking this kind of question, "What Does Reigning In Life Look Like?" Here are a few ideas:
1. Loving the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
2. Enjoying an intimate, personal relationship with Jesus…rising early to meet with Him in His Word.
3. Delighting in the Lord and His Word.
4. Fearing the Lord, hating evil, pride and arrogance.
5. Following the Lord as my Shepherd.
6. Having a fully surrendered heart and life.
7. Enjoying a restored soul.
8. Walking in the Spirit, listening to His promptings, and manifesting the fruit of the Spirit.
9. Experiencing a fruitful life (See other study)
10. Enjoying His grace and peace.
11. Growing in faith, hope and love.
12. Walking in wisdom and understanding.
13. Walking in the light as He is in the light.
14. Being strong in the Lord and the power of His might, fighting the good fight of faith.
15. Enjoying a strong, intimate marriage.
16. Healthy relationships with your children.
17. Living in community with other believers.
18. Influencing unbelievers with the gospel of Christ.
19. Enjoying a rest in my soul and spirit.
Do you believe that you are reigning in life?

22 Benefits of Wisdom-Prov.8

I desparately want to be a wise man. For many years of my life I did not feel very smart. I was just an average C student in school. I lost and found my life in sports. Someone told me that I could be a wise man if I would delight in and meditate on the Scriptures day and night. These are some introductory thoughts on Wisdom.
➢ Read the Word of God daily and early for it.
➢ Ask God for wisdom.
➢ Anticipate His answers and provision.
➢ Watch how it comes to you each day.
➢ Don’t be surprised when it comes.
➢ Give all thanks, praise to God for it.
➢ Keep growing in it.
In Praise of Wisdom
1. It has excellent things to say.v.6
2. It says the right things.
3. It will speak truth.v.7
4. It detests wickedness.
5. There is nothing crooked or perverse.v.8
6. Its instruction & knowledge is better than gold, silver and choice rubies.v.10-11
7. It dwells with prudence.v.12
8. It finds out knowledge and discretion.v.12
9. It teaches us to fear the Lord, to hate evil, pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverse mouth.v.13
10. It provides counsel and sound wisdom.v.14
11. It has understanding and strength.v.14
12. Kings reign by it. Rulers decree justice.v15
13. Princes, nobles and judges rule by it.v.16
14. It loves those who love and seek it early.v.17
15. It provides riches, honor, enduring riches and righteousness.v.18
16. Its fruit is better than gold and its revenue better than silver.v.19
17. It leads in the way of righteousness and in the paths of justice.v.20
18. It causes those who love it to inherit wealth and fill their treasuries.v.21
19. It was with the Lord at the beginning.v22-31
20. Blessed are those who keep its way, who listen, watching daily, and waiting.v.32-34
21. In finding wisdom, you find LIFE and obtain favor from the Lord.v.35
22. If you hate wisdom, you wrong your own soul and love death.v.36
Do you consider yourself a wise person?
Are you enjoying the benefits of Wisdom?

Friday, February 01, 2002

Stay Away - Prov.6 & 7

I love how God made the female absolutely beautiful. But I am sorry for the struggle it can create in the heart of men. As I was reading Proverbs 6 it warned me to be careful of these powerful women. I love these warnings in Scripture.
20 Reasons To Stay Away
Proverbs 6
1. You will be reduced to a crust of bread.v.26
2. You will be like her prey.v.26
3. You will be burned like fire.v.27
4. You will be seared like hot coalsv.28.
5. You will be punished.v.29
6. You will lack judgment.v.32
7. You will destroy your own soul.v.32
8. You will be wounded and get dishonor.v.33
9. Your shame will never be wiped away.v.33
10. You will receive another man’s fury.v.34
Proverbs 7
11. You will be a simple (silly, seducible) man.v.7
12. You will be a man void of understanding.v.7
13. You will be a weak man.v.13
14. You will be a “stuuuuuupid” man.v.14-21
15. You will be like an ox to the slaughter.v.22
16. You will be like a fool to the correction stocks.
17. You will have a dart strike through your liver.
18. You will be like a bird darting into a snare.v.23
19. It will cost you your life.v.23
20. You will be slain by her, going down to the chambers of death.v.26
For the rest of my life, I want to be a "One Woman" man who guards my heart against all the temptations that come my way. You?

Tuesday, January 01, 2002

Woodall Family Letter - 2002

My Dear Family:
My heart is so full; I hardly know where to begin. 2001 will certainly be the year of transition for the Woodall Tribe. Last January, I wrote to the family that I was praying for the Lord to “bless us indeed” and “enlarge our territory”. Only our God in heaven knew that He would enlarge our territory by inviting us to serve Him at North Point.
I have enclosed some sheets summarizing the Lord’s dealing in my life over the last several months. I have shared some of this with you already, but wanted to share some important truths for your consideration.

The theme I have chosen for this year is: “2002 - More Fruit. Much Fruit.” I take this from several passages of Scripture but primarily from John 15. You will notice that the Lord wants to produce much fruit through our lives. He will do this after He “purges, prunes and cleanses” us and as we stay intimately connected with Him. A fruitful life can be seen in the following areas:
1. Delighting in the Lord and His Word. Psalm 1
2. An intimate marriage. Song of Solomon 2:3; 4:12-16
3. The Fruit of the womb…children. Psalm 127
4. The Fruit of wisdom. Proverbs 10:19; James 3:17-18
5. Fruitful lips. Proverbs 12:14; 13:2; 18:20
6. Fruitful hands. Proverbs 31:16
7. Fruits of repentance. Matt.3: 8
8. Fruit unto holiness. Romans 6:22
9. Fruits of righteousness by Christ. Phil.1: 11
10. Fruitful giving. Romans 15:28; Phil.4: 17
11. The Fruit of the Spirit. Gal.5: 22-23
12. The Fruit of our lips…giving thanks to His Name. Heb.13: 15

I encourage you to rise early, seek the Lord with your whole heart, with regular and systematic reading of the Scriptures. (Psalm 63) You will notice from my sheets, the date, reference and “main idea” for that day. This time of rising early, setting aside an hour or two for intimate communion with the Savior has been life changing. As you read through the Scriptures with an open, seeking, hungry heart, the Lord will meet with you and reveal what He wants for that day. The life and ministry of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God is so powerful. Enjoy Him more each day.

The Lord has reminded me again, that He only, is the Healer of broken hearts. (Luke 4) Invite the Lord to come into every room in your heart and do what only He can do. He is faithful. Do not try to heal by comparing your “lesser pain” to someone else’s “greater pain” or by listing assets, yours or theirs. Let Him do His specialty work as a living, loving, Savior and Healer.

You will see from my “Preparation for an Invitation” sheet, the great truth and reminder to always take the low place. (Luke 14.7-14) Many are tempted to take the high/best seats but the way of the Lord is through humility. Before honor is humility. (Proverbs 15.33) He has blessed me so much by this invitation to speak at North Point on March 3. Please use it as an example and reminder to trust Him for His invitations in our lives.

Debbie, thank you for pursuing the Lord, freedom and grace the way you are. I am watching you unfold before my very eyes. Thanks for keeping our marriage alive, fresh and full of variety. It’s exciting to think we will celebrate 27 years together this June. I love you forever.

David, I have admired your quiet strength through very difficult days. Though your heart has been challenged, you seem to have a faith in our great God that will see you through. Keep your eyes firmly fixed on the Savior. You will be awesome in anything you do.

Michael, thank you again for the life and gifts you bring to our family. We have loved your writings this past year and I exhort you to fan it into a flame. Keep working out your salvation and discover the great and unfailing love of our Savior. He only will satisfy the deep longings in your heart.

Beks, thank you for your heart for the world. We support you in your desires for other cultures. Keep seeking balance in all your ways…school, work, ministry and relationships. You have many gifts and God wants to use them all. Keep Jesus as your highest aspiration and goal.

Stephen, we have missed you terribly as you tore it up on the book field and then headed to Germany. We could not be more pleased as you continue to discover God’s gifting and calling in your life. You may need to go to Israel for further exposure and discovery. Above all else, keep the pursuit of Jesus at the forefront. You will find him and He will bless you beyond all comprehension

There is no way for me to express my deep gratitude to God for His loving kindness and goodness to our family and me. I pray daily for godly generations in our children and grandchildren. Please know how much I love you and will be praying for much fruit in our lives this year for the glory of God. These are exciting and difficult days. Keep living with eternity in mind.
Phenomenally Blessed,