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. 1801
    Crystal says:

    Crystal, San Antonio, TX
    Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
    (1 Corinthians 13:4, 5 NLT)

  2. 1802
    Tori Brabham says:

    Tori, Robinson

    “For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:8 NLT

  3. 1803
    DeAnna says:

    De Anna- Greenville SC
    #14 1 Peter 211-12 NIV
    11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

  4. 1804
    Beth M. - Atlanta says:

    Take control of what I say, O Lord, and keep my lips sealed. Psalm 141:3

  5. 1805
    Pam in San Diego says:

    “Since my youth, O God, you have taught me and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. ” Psalm 71:17 NIV Pam in San Diego

  6. 1806
    Pammela from Albuquerque says:

    Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 (NIV)

  7. 1807
    Alexis says:

    Alexis…Anderson, SC

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

  8. 1808
    Nancy says:

    Nancy Keeton, Knoxville, Tennessee

    Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work in us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

    Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV

  9. 1809
    Kim Cliatt says:

    Kim Cliatt, Loganville, GA

    “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His.”
    Daniel 2:20 (NIV)

  10. 1810
    Karen, Az says:

    Jn 14:27 NLT
    I am leaving you with a gift- peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

  11. 1811
    Barbara Menefee says:

    Barbara, Prospect, KY: “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10:37 NIV84.

  12. 1812
    Michele Meadows says:

    Michele from Cumming GA
    Matthew 6:34
    New International Version (NIV)
    34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own

  13. 1813
    Maria Cristina Bruschi says:

    Maria Cristina Bruschi
    Orlando, Florida

    “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
    Romans 8:2, KJV

  14. 1814
    Twyla McAmis says:

    Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.Romans 12:10 (NIV) For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power (NIV) Twyla McAmis, Cleveland,Tennessee

  15. 1815
    Michele says:

    Michele in Hollister, CA

    1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV

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

  16. 1816
    Soozi Davisson says:

    Soozi, Lexington, KY: Psalm 119:114(ESV) “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.”

  17. 1817
    deanna says:

    Deanna, Maytown AL
    But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:6 NKJV

  18. 1818
    Celeste Dillehay says:

    Celeste, Thompson’s Station, TN: He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber.

    Psalm 121:3 (HCSB)

  19. 1819
    Alisa Brown says:

    Blessed are the poor in spriit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven Matthew 5:3 NIV

  20. 1820
    Monica C. says:

    Monica, Hicksville, NY.

    “A gentle tongue [with its healing power] is a tree of life, but willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit.”

    Proverbs 15:4(Amplified)

  21. 1821
    Patrice Emrie says:

    Patrice in Albuquerque
    Romans 10:17 “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through The Word of Christ.”

  22. 1822
    Tammy Grant says:

    Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.

    Colossians 3:23-24 HCSB

  23. 1823
    Lorraine says:

    Lorraine from Marysville, Washington

    Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

    Galatians 5:25-26 NIV

  24. 1824

    For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.~2 Corinthians 1:5 NKJV

  25. 1825
    Lindsey says:

    Kosciusko MS

    “You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope.”
    (Psalms 119:114 NLT)

  26. 1826
    Kim Little says:

    Kim from Trenton, TX
    Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. -James 1:13 NKJV

  27. 1827
    Pattie Self says:

    Pattie Self, San Angelo, TX
    For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord;
    I sing for joy at the works of your hands. Psalm 92:4 NIV

  28. 1828
    Kimberly Ann Caddo Mills TX says:

    Prove by the way you live that you have REALLY turned from your sins and turned to God!!!

    Matthew 3:8 NLT

  29. 1829
    Shirley, Fair Oaks, Ca says:

    These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John16:13, NKJV

  30. 1830

    Nogalus Prairie, TX

    “…to open blind eyes, to release prisoners from dungeons, those who live in darkness from prisons.”
    Isaiah 42:7
    The NET Bible

  31. 1831
    Gloria Wilkerson says:

    Glo in Houston says:

    Like newborn babies you should crave the pure spiritual
    milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto the
    salvation of the LORD.

    1 Peter 2:2 (TAB)

  32. 1832
    Alison says:

    Alison, Norman,OK

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


  33. 1833
    Meredith says:

    Meredith from Holly Ridge, NC

    2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV
    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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

  34. 1834
    Rita says:

    Rita Brown
    Midland, TX

    “…you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

  35. 1835
    Lorie says:

    Lorie. Centreville,
    “A gentle answer turns away wrath,
    But a harsh word stirs up anger.”
    Proverbs 15:1

  36. 1836
    Annette Bartle says:

    Annette, Lee’s Summit, MO, Colossians 1:21-22 NIV: Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.

  37. 1837
    Beth Aldrich says:

    Cary, NC

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

  38. 1838
    Wendy says:

    Wendy, Wilson. NIV. Psalm 37:7-9
    Be still before The Lord and wait patiently for him;do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in The Lord will inherit the land.

  39. 1839
    Rebecca Mitterholzer says:

    Rebecca, Tacoma, WA
    “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and me deliverer; My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2 (NIV)

  40. 1840
    Sarah says:

    Sarah Spencer, Marion, KS

    For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
    2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV

  41. 1841
    Betsy says:

    Betsy, Lincoln Park, NJ

    “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” Psalm 91:7 NIV

  42. 1842
    Trechell says:

    For this reason we also, from the day we heard about you, have not ceased praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
    Colossians 1:9 (NET)

  43. 1843
    Tane McGehee says:

    Tane McGehee Uvalde, Texas July 17, 2013 12:54
    Isaiah 30:18 NKJV
    Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.

  44. 1844
    Olivia S says:

    Olivia -Tennessee
    James 4:8 niv
    Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands you sinners and purify your hearts, you double minded.

  45. 1845
    Anita says:

    Anita, Big River, Saskatchewan, Canada

    A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

    John 13: 34 ESV

  46. 1846
    Karen Shivar says:

    Karen ~ Greer, SC: Psalm 5:8 (NLT)

    “Lead me in the right path, O LORD, or my enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to follow.”

  47. 1847
    Carmela Dominguez says:

    Carmela, Forney, TX: 1 Cor 4:20 KJV For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.

  48. 1848
    Phoebe says:

    Phoebe, Birmingham, AL “If Your law had not been my delight, then I would have perished in my affliction.” NAS

  49. 1849
    Lori D says:

    Lori D., Georgetown, TX
    Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. Psalm 62:5 (NIV)

  50. 1850
    Heather says:

    Heather from Atlanta, GA
    Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV)
    Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.

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