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. 2151
    Britt Causey says:

    Britt, Burlington, NC. Love never ends. 1 Corinthians 13:8 Unknown version

  2. 2152
    Lacie says:

    Lacie | Seattle. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 1 Cor 4:20 NIV

  3. 2153
    Esther Walker says:

    Esther, Lincoln, NE (moved back from Alburquerque, Spain
    For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:3, 4 NASB)

  4. 2154

    Lyli, Fort Lauderdale:

    “Blessed is the man who listens to Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the posts of My doors” (Proverbs 8:34, NKJV).

  5. 2155
    Keri says:


    Little Rock, AR

    “Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”

    Psalm 34:5, ESV

  6. 2156
    Mary Sandifer says:

    Mary, Indian Head, MD
    This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
    Joshua 1:8-9 NASB

  7. 2157
    Heather Raytray says:

    Heather-Louisville, KY
    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
    1 Corinthians 13-4-8a

  8. 2158
    Denise(Arkansas) says:

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

  9. 2159
    Rachel, Barboursville says:

    I thank my God always on your behalf for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 1:4 (KJV)

  10. 2160
    Shaminder says:

    Toronto, ON

    And those who know Your Name put their trust I You, for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
    Psalm 9:10 HCSB

  11. 2161
    Terri says:

    Terri from Mechanicsville:

    ‘Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings.’

    Psalm 17:8 (NIV)

  12. 2162
    Connie says:

    Connie, Chariton, James 2:10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:10 NJKV

  13. 2163
    Christine Krueger says:

    Christine, SLC
    “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.”
    1 Cor 13:4 ESV

  14. 2164
    Kay Greivenkamp says:

    Kay, Tucson AZ
    Psalm 23:3 (KJV) “He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

  15. 2165
    Megan Adkins says:

    Megan, Houston
    ……Love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life….. Deuteronomy 30:20 NIV

  16. 2166

    Jennifer, Cypress, TX

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

  17. 2167
    Jennifer Hart says:

    Jennifer, Tyler

    For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

    Philippians 2:13 (NLT)

  18. 2168
    Amanda (Olive Branch, MS) says:

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

    I’m doing Breaking Free with a woman who is trying to restore her marriage. Without God’s power, this would be impossible. Just talking about it will never restore her marriage. Praise you Father for YOUR POWER, nothing is impossible!!!

  19. 2169
    Karen says:

    Karen, Redmond. When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalm 56:3 NIV

  20. 2170
    Heather says:

    Heather King
    Gloucester, VA

    He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
    and carries them close to his heart;
    He gently leads those that have young (Isaiah 40:11 NIV)

  21. 2171
    Lezlie Steiner Eagan, MN says:

    Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
    “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

  22. 2172
    Mary Jane says:

    Mary Jane, Troy KS
    “Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” Psalm 34:5 NIV

  23. 2173
    Amy-ga says:

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

  24. 2174
    Letha says:

    Letha. Mountain Home, Arkansas.

    “This is the word the Lord spoke… ‘You won’t succeed by might or by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Armies.'” Zechariah 4:6 (GW)

  25. 2175
    Nina says:

    Moore, OK

    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29 NIV)

  26. 2176
    Brigette Brock says:

    Brigette Brock
    Morehead, Ky
    Continue to remember those in prison as if you were in prison together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
    Hebrews 13:3 NIV84

  27. 2177
    Sharice Latham says:

    Sharice, Shelby, NC

    “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”
    2 Corinthians 12:9 (HCSB)

  28. 2178
    Deedi Phillips says:

    Kodak, TN

    But the hour is coming,and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him.
    John 4:23 ESV

  29. 2179
    Kathy says:

    Kathy Leamington Ontario Canada

    “Those who walk in pride
    You are able to humble.”

    Daniel 4:37

  30. 2180
    Jenny Spires says:

    Jenny S., Fishers, IN

    I’ve done it and will keep on doing it, carrying you on my back, saving you. Isaiah 46:4b (MSG)

  31. 2181
    Julie in Victorville says:

    And without faith it is impossible to please God,
    because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists
    and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
    (Hebrews 11:6 NIV)

  32. 2182
    Margie Pendergraft says:

    Margie Allen,TX
    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV
    (I know we aren’t supposed to comment, but I just want you to know how important your ministry is in helping me keep and build my faith. Thank You Beth. I needed your post and this verse is perfect for where I am in my faith walk. Love you sister!)

  33. 2183
    Annette says:

    Annette, Tomball, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21 NKJ

  34. 2184
    Sara says:

    Sara, California
    Psalm 119:10 [NIV] I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.

  35. 2185
    Tracie says:

    Tracie, Albuquerque, NM.

    “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103 NIV

  36. 2186
    Patti Reavis says:

    Patti, Clemmons, NC
    “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of Wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.” Ephesians 1:17 NIV

  37. 2187
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn, Rocksprings, TX
    When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me. . Psalm 138:3 (NIV

  38. 2188
    Cheri says:

    21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
    22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
    23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Romans 6:21-23 KJV
    Louisville, KY

  39. 2189
    Katie Davila says:

    Katie Davila, Tomball, TX:

    Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 (ESV)

    (I’m so sorry for my tardiness…it’s just been one of those weeks!)

  40. 2190
    Erica says:

    Erica, Huntington, IN

    “so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.”

    Deuteronomy 11:21 NIV

  41. 2191
    Susan says:

    Susan, Greenville, SC James 3:6 NIV The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

  42. 2192
    Sheila says:

    Sheila, Splendora, TX
    “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” 1 Corinthians 4:20 (NIV)

  43. 2193
    Angela from Pflugerville says:

    Mark 9:23, NKJV “Jesus said to him, ‘if you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes’.”

  44. 2194
    Laura says:

    Troy, Ohio

    1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV

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

  45. 2195
    PerryLove Doubrava says:

    PerryLove * Gallatin, TN
    Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.
    Isaiah 33:2 NIV

  46. 2196
    Sandra Borgen says:

    Sandra Borgen, Lidgerwood, ND “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Psalm 138:8 KJV

  47. 2197

    Erin in Euless, TX

    Since I didn’t quite get BOTH verses the last go round…

    Hosea 2:20 (MSG)
    “Yes, I’ll marry you and neither leave you nor let you go. You’ll know me, God, for who I really am.”

  48. 2198
    Nicole Blake says:

    Nicole, Severance, CO (used to be Littleton)

    Psalm 18:30-31 (NLT)
    “As for God, his way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. For who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock?”

  49. 2199
    Amy says:

    Amy, Miamisburg, OH

    “And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”

    Luke 1:46-47

  50. 2200
    TCobb says:

    Romans 8:15-16, NLT
    So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, ‘Abba, Father.’ For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

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