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. 1601
    Carrie, Meridian ID says:

    James 4:10
    “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

  2. 1602
    Brenda Carrizales says:

    Brenda C. Lee’s Summit, MO “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31:10-12 NIV84

  3. 1603
    Kim says:

    He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.
    Acts 10:2 NIV

  4. 1604
    Pat Westmoreland says:

    Pat, Littlefield, Tx.

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

    I Corinthians 4:20 NIV

  5. 1605
    Bette says:

    Bette, Danville

    When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. Ps. 94:19 NIV

  6. 1606
    Mary Jen says:

    “No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”
    1 John 2:23

  7. 1607
    Caroline says:

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

  8. 1608
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Sisters, OR
    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power!
    1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV

  9. 1609
    Sharon says:

    Sharon from North Plainfield, NJ

    For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it]. ~ Mark 11:24 (Amplified)

  10. 1610

    Shellie P.
    Spokane, WA

    But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

    2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

    P.S. Not really sure I even understand this, but it seems to be coming up a lot, so I figure maybe I should pay attention to it.

  11. 1611

    “Let it be done for you according to your faith!” (Matthew 9:29 HCSB)
    “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after being encircled for seven days.” (Heb. 11:30 HCSB)
    “You do not have, because you do not ask God.” (James 4:2d NIV)

  12. 1612
    Debbie says:

    Debbie, Marion, IN. ” I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14. NIV

  13. 1613
    Jaye says:

    Galatians 5:24, ESV

    And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

  14. 1614
    Joan A. says:

    Joan, Dousman, WI

    I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.

    Jeremiah 31:25 NIV

  15. 1615
    Brenda Kelley says:

    Brenda Kelley, Taylors, SC
    “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” 1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV

  16. 1616
    Linda Hebb says:

    Linda, Dora

    Colossians 3:17 NIV

    And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

  17. 1617
    Holly Watson says:

    Holly, Ramona, CA; “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.” Ezekiel 36:26 (NLT)

  18. 1618
    Karen Edwards says:

    Karen, Dover, NH “The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live forever.” Ps 22:26 (KJV)

  19. 1619
    Debbie Norman says:

    Debbie from Moultrie,Ga
    Ps 103:5 KJV
    Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;
    so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles.

  20. 1620
    Sharon, Lincoln Park, Mi says:

    “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. (Luke 12: 32 NLT)

  21. 1621
    melody says:

    Melody, Jefferson, Georgia

    Psalm 55:17 (ESV)

    Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint & moan, & he hears my voice. 🙂

  22. 1622
    Marsha Bauldry says:

    Marsha, Knoxville, TN

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

    1 Corinthians 4:20 (NIV)

  23. 1623
    Cindy says:

    Cindy, Mount Gilead

    Deut. 32:3-4 NIV

    3) I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh praise the greatness of our God!
    4) He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God Who does no wrong, upright and just is He.

  24. 1624
    Mary Beth says:

    Mary Beth, St. Louis

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

    1 Corinthians 4:20 (NIV)

  25. 1625
    Heidi McClain says:

    To you Oh Lord I lift up my soul. In you I trust, oh my God.
    Psalm 25:1

    Heidi mcClain
    Fayetteville, GA

  26. 1626
    Hilary says:

    Hilary, Columbus, GA

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

    I Corinthians 4:20 NIV

  27. 1627
    Lichelle says:

    Lichelle Austin NIV Micah 7-8
    Do it gloat over me my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, The Lord will be my light.

  28. 1628
    Linda says:

    Linda, Stanley, WI

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

  29. 1629
    Clancie Speck says:

    Clancie, Elizabethtown, KY, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3, NIV

  30. 1630
    Emily Jordan says:

    Emily Jordan
    Virginia Beach, VA

    The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

    Psalm 19:1 (NIV)

  31. 1631
    Becky, mountain Home says:

    No despite all these things overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us.
    Romans 8:37, NLT

  32. 1632
    Kim B. says:

    Kim B. – Orlando, Florida

    For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Tim. 1:7 NLV

  33. 1633
    Cheryl roberts says:

    Cheryl Midlothian va
    The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you.He will never leave you or forsake you
    Deut 31:8

  34. 1634
    Valerie says:

    Valerie, Clinton, Me

    “Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” (NIV)

  35. 1635
    Jodell says:

    Jodell, Frankfort, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 NIV

  36. 1636
    Jan Duncan says:

    Arlington, TX
    Psalm 46:1,10-11 NIV
    1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
    10 Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.
    11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress

  37. 1637
    Candy Redel says:

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

  38. 1638
    Stephanie Solomon says:

    Stephanie Solomon, Morgantown, WV.
    I’m posting two verses because I missed July 1.
    Proverbs 15:1-2. (ESV)
    A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

  39. 1639
    Darlene ~ Holly, Michigan says:

    1 Chronicles 29:11 (NLT)

    Yours, O Lord, is the greatest, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.

  40. 1640
    Karen says:

    Karen, Florence KY

    Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult
    or beyond your reach. DT 30:11 NIV

  41. 1641
    Michele says:

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

  42. 1642
    Rebecca Stewart says:

    Rebecca Stewart
    Julian, NC

    “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
    Hebrews 12:2 NIV

  43. 1643
    Aimee says:

    Aimee, Houston, TX
    “Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak of them, they would be too many to declare.”
    Psalm 40:4-5 NIV

  44. 1644
    Jen Evans says:

    Jen Evans Seville, Ohio Exodus 33:15 NLV Then Moses said, “If you yourself do not go with us, do not have us leave this place.”

  45. 1645
    Mary says:

    Mary from Columbia, PA

    In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset of Christ Jesus

    Philippians 2:5 NIV

  46. 1646
    jane green says:

    Jane, Houston, Texas
    Psalm 51:10 (NIV)
    “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

  47. 1647
    Karen says:

    Ps 118:29 NLT
    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good
    His faithful love endures forever.

    Loris, SC

  48. 1648
    Kathy says:

    Kathy, Austin NIV 1 Cor 4:20

    For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of POWER.

  49. 1649
    Jamie Rindt says:

    Jamie, Crossett, AR
    “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2 NASB

  50. 1650
    Shawna says:

    Shawna, Longmont, CO

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against such things there is no law.

    Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

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