2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 14!

Hey, Sweet Things!


I’m writing this post to you on Saturday night from the seat of a gigantic United Airlines plane on my connect flight from DC back to Houston. The Living Proof Live team and I had the tremendous privilege of serving in Providence, Rhode Island and God worked in such a distinct way that I will remember it for many years. I hope forever. God is doing something different this year at LPL. I don’t quite know how to define it but I have been flat-on-my-face grateful that He is not only still in it but stirring the pot. Not one of us on the team wants to be there a moment longer than Jesus is. We don’t even want Him to make an obligatory “appearance” because He loves us and feels sorry for us after we’ve scheduled all of this. We want the event to be proactively Jesus for His own sake and for His own glory and because it is a delight to Him and because He looks forward to it. Nothing less than that and, if it’s not that, we want Him to move us each elsewhere.


It’s so strange. We began this year looking back to the previous 15 but, by our 3rd event, it was like we all fixed our faces forward as if nothing in the world mattered but what was in front of us. No “yesterday’s plan.” No “yesterday’s work.” This is today. Something is up. Something new to us. There is something liberating and also a little frightening about just saying to Him, “Do what You want, God. Anything You want. We’re in it with You or we’re not in it at all. All bets are off.” Anyway, I’m not sure why I went off on all of that. God just really has my eyebrows high on my forehead right now wondering what He’s doing.


I have a group of about 30 of you Siestas fresh on my mind because we met up quickly after the event for our group picture. These were your northeastern sisters and the cutest things you can imagine. Well, just like all of you are. All ages and types, with this one glorious bond: the lively love of Jesus Christ. I am so crazy about you guys. I cannot fathom the grace of God to have stirred up a community of encouragement in Christ where relationships really do seem to have some substance to them. It’s an anomaly that still isn’t wasted on me.


You have marked my journey of faith. You’ve encouraged me and made me want to keep running my race energetically and earnestly. You’ve helped me get back up even at times when you didn’t know I was down. You have been a harbor of joy, peace, and laughter in an online Christian world that can be astonishingly fractured. You are a corner of courageous gentleness in a culture that has lost its manners.


And, good grief, you guys have impacted my Scripture memory life so dramatically that I hardly have words. After every Living Proof Live when we meet up for our (clandestine) Siesta picture, I always ask, “Will I be seeing any of you in January at our SSMT celebration?” Invariably there are those who answer with infectious enthusiasm, “YES!” It makes me so happy. The previous celebrations have been like a family reunion on steroids. I hope so much you’re staying up with your Scripture memory, saving your money, and planning to head to Houston that weekend. We aren’t really a beautiful city but we’re a happy one and a hospitable one, I believe I can confidently say. And we can offer you Tex Mex at virtually every four way stop. I mean, what more could you want, people?


The verse I’ve chosen this time around is one God seemed to lift from the page of my early morning Scripture reading last Monday. I continued to say it and pray it throughout the week and referenced it several times this weekend in Providence. It’s easy to memorize and it puts a concept in a nutshell that is as vital as breath to us in this believing life we’re living. Here it is:


Beth, Houston. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV


God is using it to remind me that this thing isn’t about incessant chatter and nonstop Twitter noise and learning to speak fluent Christianese. It’s not tantamount to Bible banter and doctrinal debates and holy hair-splitting. It’s not about getting together at church and threatening week after week to live changed lives and think renewed thoughts. It’s not about getting all lathered up and sweaty-headed at events over theories of effective, influential, and abundant lives. This Christ thing to which we’ve been called is about actually doing it and through an unction not remotely our own.


When the Holy Spirit comes, He comes with power.


Where the Holy Spirit goes, He goes with power.


Whom the Holy Spirit infiltrates, He infuses with power.


Our lives were meant to be powerful. Less talk. More demonstration. Through things like a love that we know good and well is utterly beyond us and a faith that emerges in tact from a minefield soaked in blood and strewn with flesh. We were meant to be able to do what we can’t, like who we don’t, bless who we’d curse. We were promised strength in weakness and extravagant grace in our deprivation.


We were meant to wonder what has derailed or gone awry when a season of our lives persists in powerlessness for weeks on end. We were promised more than this. We’re not meant to write our own personalized chapters in a revised standard version of The Emperor’s New Clothes so the world could have a harder laugh at us. We who have placed our trust in Christ Jesus, the living, breathing-on-us Son of God, have been clothed with power from on high. (Luke 24:49) And it’s supposed to show.


Every limb of our lives where we welcome the Holy Spirit can be infused with strength not of this world and, yes, even in continued weakness or infirmity, should that be the case of our present calling. The coexistence of the two is the mystery of it. We’re not superwomen. We’re a long shot from perfect. But we were meant to be vividly powerful through the One who saved us and made Himself at home in us. Let’s not forget that today. Let’s not be satisfied just to talk about it. Let’s not just clap and cheer during that part of a service when a pastor or teacher tells us we’re called more than conquerors. The New Testament is not the theory of Christianity.

You may feel powerless right now, Sister, but, if you are in Christ, make no mistake: you are not. Get some backbone back in your prayer life if your spiritual spine has deteriorated. With reverence for His holiness and with the boldness He said we could bring to the Throne of Grace, read to God from His Word where He promised His people victory as they looked to Him alone…

…and where He promised to clothe us in power

…and where He said He’d make Himself conspicuous through our spiritual gifts and through supernatural works in His Name.

If you don’t know where those places are, go hunt them down. (But you could start in Romans 8, Luke 24, Acts 1, Acts 2, 1 Corinthians 12 and Hebrews 4.)

Tell Him you’re going to ask for it and ask for it and ask for it in His great Name and for His glory until He gives it to you and frees you from whatever this present powerlessness is. And then DO IT. Ask and ask and ask and tell Him you will do whatever it takes to cooperate and mean it! Throw your hands out to receive. And, then, when He gives it – and He will – don’t take credit for it. Appreciate it. Thank Him and thank Him for it. Know that it’s grace. Use it audaciously to bring Him attention.


Sister, you cannot fulfill your foreordained purpose without power. Go back after it but, whatever you do, don’t try to get it without Jesus coming with it. Power for power’s sake will blow you up. God-given unction isn’t meant to just come and go with periodic personal revival. We were meant to live powerful lives. Let’s get to them. If you’ve got an area of carnality that is quenching it, I promise you it’s not worth it. Believe me, I’ve been there. Repent, turn from it and get on with it. You’ve got a calling. And it takes divine power.


You mean so much to me. Hold tight to Jesus.





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  1. 1551
    Sharon says:

    Sharon, McKinney, TX
    Psalm 20:7 NIV

    Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

  2. 1552
    Carolyn says:

    Kearney, Nebraska
    Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6 NET)

  3. 1553
    Susan Johnson says:

    Susan from Beverly, mA

    Fo as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is HIS faithful love toward those who fear Him. Psalm 103:11 HCSB

  4. 1554
    Jennifer says:

    Story City, IA

    “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fufilled the law.” Romans 13:8 (NKJV)

  5. 1555
    Kathleen says:

    Chester, VA: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:18-19 (NIV)

  6. 1556
    Debi says:

    Debi, Alva, FL 1Corn 4:20 (NKJV)
    For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power

  7. 1557
    Dawn says:

    Dawn, Mt. Olive, NC NIV
    Mark 5:34
    He said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

  8. 1558
    Michelle C of Houston says:

    James 1:4 NIV
    perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

  9. 1559
    Gay Beck says:

    Gay Beck, Plain City, OH

    Deuteronomy 6:6 (NIV)

    These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.

    This verse I selected from our Summer Bible Study – Deuteronomy, The Law of Love!

    Thank You, Beth & Melissa!

  10. 1560
    Jill Sayles says:

    Jill Sayles, Puyallup, WA
    Isaiah 58:11, NLT
    “The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.”

  11. 1561
    Jill P. says:

    Jill P., Ames, IA
    Psalm 86:17 (HCSB)
    “Show me a sign of Your goodness;
    my enemies will see and be put to shame
    because You, Lord, have helped and comforted me.”

  12. 1562
    Angie Keeting says:

    Angie, Lees Summit,
    But as for me,it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all you deeds. Psalm 73:28 NIV

  13. 1563
    Sheila Bragg says:

    Guyton, GA
    (borrowin’ yours, Beth…)

    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV

  14. 1564
    Michele says:

    Michele,Pearland, TX

    “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but power.”

    I Corinthians 4: 20 NIV

  15. 1565
    Sue says:

    Sue, Kingsport. If possible, to the best of your ability, live in peace with all people.
    Romans 12:18 CEB

  16. 1566
    JulieP says:

    Julie P Tierra Verde FL

    Hebrews 6:19 NET

    We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast, which reaches inside behind the curtain,

  17. 1567
    Karen Lee says:

    Karen – Leeds, AL
    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV

  18. 1568
    Erin says:

    Erin, Detroit.
    I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, (Ephesians 4:1 ESV)

  19. 1569
    Pat B says:

    Pat B, Water Valley, MS
    Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. Lam. 3:22 NIV

  20. 1570
    Gillian says:

    Gillian, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
    Listen to me, O house of Gillian (I have personalize the verse)…………you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Isaiah 46:3 NIV

  21. 1571
    Concetta says:

    Concetta, White Oak, 2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT) “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”

  22. 1572
    Rita Quinlan says:

    Rita – Alva, Florida

    “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but of power.”

    I Corinthians 4:20 (NLT)

  23. 1573
    Ronda Hawkins says:

    Ronda, Murfreesboro, TN
    “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.”
    1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV

  24. 1574
    Angie Smith says:

    Angie Smith Waxhaw, NC
    “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” (John 13:34, 35 MSG)

  25. 1575
    Karen E says:

    Karen Edlund
    Rochester, MN

    Ezekiel 36:26 NLT

    “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.”

  26. 1576
    Monica says:

    Monica, Abbotsford, BC CAN
    Heb 4:16 NIV
    Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

  27. 1577
    ValerieGail says:

    Valerie, Fultondale, AL

    “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:5 NIV

  28. 1578
    Nancy from Ottawa says:

    Psalm52:8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God I
    trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever ESV

  29. 1579
    Kathy Ray says:

    NIV Luke 21:34
    Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down.

  30. 1580
    Jennifer Robinson says:

    Jennifer Robinson, Dallas, “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” James 1:22 NASB

  31. 1581
    Amy Woodruff says:

    Amy from Noble, OK

    Ephesians 6:10 (NIV)
    Be strong in the LORD and in His mighty power.

  32. 1582
    Allie Schreiner says:

    You are my hiding place;you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7

  33. 1583
    mariel says:

    wake forest nc

    evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan and he hears my voice. Ps 55:17esv

  34. 1584
    Amanda Redding says:

    Amanda from Plano, TX

    “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!”

    Psalm 139:17-18a NLT

  35. 1585
    Mary McBee, Orange TX says:

    1 PETER 5:7 NIV

  36. 1586
    Linda - LPM says:

    Linda – LPM – Houston – Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.

  37. 1587
    Gina Webster says:

    Gina, Houston, “for the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” 1 Co 4:20 NIV

  38. 1588
    Debbie says:

    Debbie- Ringgold, Georgia-
    So He said to me, ” This is the Word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by MY SPIRIT,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6 NIV

  39. 1589
    Gwen Coburn says:

    Gwen, Muskogee, OK 1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

  40. 1590
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Tomball, TX “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18 (NIV)

  41. 1591
    Jacqui Jamison says:

    Jacqui lemoore, ca. For The Lord your God is living among you he is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness with his love he will calm all your fears he will rejoice over you with joyful song. Zephaniah 3:17 NLT

  42. 1592
    Michele S. says:

    Michele, Edmond,Ok
    “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.” 1 Cor. 4:20

  43. 1593
    Sheila says:

    Sheila, Bethesda. For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 NLT

  44. 1594
    julianna says:

    Julianna, Gulf Shores. How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. Psalm 119:9 NIV

  45. 1595
    Connie Salmen says:

    Connie Salmen, Longmont, CO

    Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, Luke 18:1 NASB

  46. 1596
    Kim Rowles says:

    New Port Richey, FL

    Proverbs 3:24 NLT
    ….”You can lie down without fear and enjoy pleasant dreams.”

  47. 1597
    Anne says:

    Anne from Glen Allen, VA
    So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. Acts 24:16 NIV

  48. 1598
    Sherri says:

    Sherri, Albuquerque, NM
    “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but of power.”

    I Corinthians 4:20 (NLT)

  49. 1599
    Dorothy says:

    Dorothy, San Diego

    Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart.

    Psalm 15:1-2 (NKJV)

  50. 1600
    Susan N says:

    Birmingham AL
    The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
    —Psalm 147:11

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