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. 1651
    Tesa says:

    Perry, GA

    7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
    Matthew 6: 7, 8

  2. 1652
    Mary Beth says:

    Mary Beth ~ Abilene TX

    Search for the Lord and his strength; continually seek him.

    1 Chronicles 16:11 (NLT)

  3. 1653
    Kay Sims says:

    Kay S
    Lake Lure, NC

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

    Thanks Beth for this verse. It definitely spoke to my spirit at this season in my life.

  4. 1654
    Dawne Smith says:

    Dawne Nampa, ID

    He has paid a full ransom for his people. He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever. What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has! Psalm 111:9 NLT

  5. 1655
    Maria says:

    Oxford, MS

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

  6. 1656
    Fran White says:

    Fran, Eden Prairie, MN

    Rejoice always, pray continually,

    give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

  7. 1657
    lynn Miller says:

    lynn, Louisville, KY

    and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake.

    Philemon 1:6 (NASB)

  8. 1658
    Anne says:

    Anne; Marion, IN
    Psalm 143:8 (NIV)

    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.

  9. 1659
    Christa says:

    Christa from AZ

    Romans 5:3-5

    New Living Translation (NLT)

    3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

  10. 1660
    Andrea from Houston, TX says:

    “Yet even now,” declares the Lord,
    “return to me with all your heart,
    with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
    and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
    Return to the Lord your God,
    for he is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
    and he relents over disaster. (Joel 2:12-13, ESV)

  11. 1661
    Linda Kern says:

    NIV Romans 8:14 “because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”

  12. 1662
    Alison says:

    Alison, Richmond, VA
    You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn. Psalm 18:36 NIV

  13. 1663
    Jaclyn says:

    Jaclyn, Houston. For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 ESV

  14. 1664
    Amy Krummen says:

    Amy Krummen from Minneapolis, MN
    “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”
    Deuteronomy 7:9 NIV

  15. 1665
    Kelli from Nashville says:

    “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire, he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Psalm 40:1-2 (ESV)

  16. 1666
    Donna says:

    Southlake, TX
    “A gracious woman attains honor…” Proverbs 11:16a NAS

  17. 1667
    MacKenzie says:

    You adulterous people!Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

    James 4:4

    MacKenzie, St Louis

  18. 1668
    Cathy says:

    San Bernardino Ca.
    Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord Praise the Lord.Ps:150:6 Esv.

  19. 1669
    Sandra Chisum says:

    Wichita Falls, TX

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

  20. 1670
    sue ellis savannah says:

    romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

  21. 1671
    Belinda C says:

    Belinda from Blacklick, OH

    Jonah 4:4 “And the Lord said, ‘Do you do well to be angry’?” (ESV)

  22. 1672
    Sommer Clark says:

    Thank you for that Powerful word!! Amen & Amen!

  23. 1673
    Judy from Clarks Hill says:

    James 1:19 (NLT) Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

  24. 1674
    Lindsey Crawford says:

    Lindsey from Dubach, LA…”Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

  25. 1675
    Fran says:

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

  26. 1676
    Becky says:

    Becky from Vicksburg, MS
    Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8 NIV

  27. 1677
    Shannon Hogg says:

    Shannon, Mandeville, “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.” Eph. 6:7 TNIV

  28. 1678
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie in Woodward, OK
    “Then I remember something that fills me with hope. The LORD’s kindness never fails! ”
    Lamentations 3:21-22

  29. 1679
    Betty Stephens says:

    Betty, Austin, Texas NIV Psalm 25:14 The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.

  30. 1680
    Jana says:

    Jana, Brenham, TX

    Isaiah 58:11, NIV

    “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”

  31. 1681
    Ellen Forrester says:

    Ellen Forrester, Spring, TX

    I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. Psalm 16:8 (NLT)

  32. 1682
    Melanie Dorsett Fort Worth says:

    “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” Isaiah 53:2 TNIV

  33. 1683
    Gwen of Doylestown, PA says:

    I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, (Philippians 3:10 NLT)

  34. 1684
    Lacey Stewart says:

    Lacey Katy, Tx

    Micah 6:8 ESV
    He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

  35. 1685
    Cami says:


    The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.
    Psalms145:18 NIV

  36. 1686
    Whitney Caves says:

    Whitney Caves
    Clinton, MS
    In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
    Romans 8:26 NASB

  37. 1687
    Anna says:

    Anna – Conroe, TX

    For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

    Ephesians 2:10 NIV

  38. 1688
    Kristen Keeling says:

    Kristen Keeling from Covington, Ga

    “They are sustained as they travel along;
    each one appears before God in Zion.”

    Psalm 84:7 (NET)

  39. 1689
    Cindy Forman, Barboursville, WV says:

    Psalm 103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. (NRSV)

  40. 1690
    Jill Bennefield says:

    Jill, Sterling Heights MI
    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV

  41. 1691
    Lauren Mendoza says:

    Lauren Mendoza, Cypress CA

    “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

    Matt. 21:22 ESV

  42. 1692
    Marcy Toppert says:

    Psalm 139:17-18 (NIV84)
    How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
    Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.
    When I awake, I am still with you.

  43. 1693
    Jane V says:

    Jane, Gulfport, MS – “After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” John 14:19-20 (NASB)

  44. 1694
    Rebecca says:

    Rebecca, Louisa, VA: Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. ~Isaiah 40:1-2(NIV)

  45. 1695
    Kate DeWys says:

    Kate DeWys, Zeeland, Michigan
    “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
    Exodus 14 vs. 14 TNIV

  46. 1696
    Natalie Dawes says:

    Natalie Dawes, Calgary, AB, Canada

    Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.

    Romans 12:2 (NIV84)

  47. 1697
    Kathi Nitzsche says:

    Kathi Nitzsche
    Lexington, OH
    ” You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but He was chosen by God for great honor.” 1 Peter 2:4 (NLT)

  48. 1698
    Christina Taylor says:

    Christy, Lima
    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 (NIV)

  49. 1699
    danae says:

    danae | lafayette, in

    “treat [strangers] like native-born israelites, & love them as you love yourself. remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of egypt. I am the Lord your God. — leviticus 19:34 [nlt]

  50. 1700
    Elise says:

    Nowmay the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
    Romans 15:13

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