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. 2251
    Terry Taylor says:

    Terry from Indianapolis, IN
    …that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
    1 Corinthians 2:5 ESV

  2. 2252
    Susie P. says:

    Susie from Carmel, IN
    “You are my hiding place;
    you will protect me from trouble
    and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
    Psalm 32:7 (NIV)

  3. 2253
    Andrea says:

    Andrea from Brush Creek, TN: Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3: 12 NIV

  4. 2254
    Sarah Cox says:

    Sarah from Jay, OK
    “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but of power.”
    1 Corinthians 4:20 (NIV)

  5. 2255
    Regina says:

    Regina, Birmingham – Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind…, IS 46:9 – ESV

  6. 2256
    jenna says:

    O Lord, you are great, mighty, majestic, magnificent, glorious and sovereign over all the sky and the earth! You have dominion and exalt yourself as the ruler of all. I Chronicles 29:11 NET
    Thanks to Beth for posting this one several times ago. I needed a verse about God’s sovereignty!
    Jenna, Kansas CIty

  7. 2257
    Mary Anne Peters says:

    Mary Anne from Osler, SK, Canada

    My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart, He is mine forever.
    Psalm 73:26 NLT

  8. 2258
    Diane Wadsworth says:

    Diane Wadsworth, Pleasant Grove, Alabama
    1 Corinthians 1:25 NLT
    “This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.”

  9. 2259
    Diana Plyley says:

    Fountain, CO
    “Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.” Psalm 119:111 NIV

  10. 2260
    Beth, Lake Jackson, TX says:

    that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:21 NIV)

  11. 2261

    Trae Kendrick, Crawford, Texas: “I am filled with power – with the Spirit of the Lord.” Micah 3:8 NIV

  12. 2262
    Debbie Summey says:

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

  13. 2263
    Kendall Orefield, Pa says:

    Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3 NIV)

  14. 2264
    Sandy from Greenville, KY says:

    How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation,the news that the God of Israel reigns! Isaiah 52:7 (NLT)

  15. 2265
    Gillian Bickerstaffe says:

    Gill from Lancaster (UK)
    But they who wait for The Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40 v 31, ESV)

  16. 2266
    Toma says:

    Toma, Antelope, CA

    “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God”
    Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV

  17. 2267
    Becky says:

    Westerville, OH.
    “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. Then use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord says, ‘There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again’.
    I Kings 17:3-4 NASB

  18. 2268
    Stacy Minor says:

    Big Lake, MN

    We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
    To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.
    Colossians 1:28-29 NIV

  19. 2269
    Kathy from Fishers says:

    I lift my eyes up to the hills–where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

    Psalm 121:1-2

  20. 2270
    Mary Hoyt says:

    i’m holding tight. thanks for speaking to my heart like you’re right here in my living room –

  21. 2271
    Nicole Powell says:

    Nicole Powell in Tahoka, Texas

    Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, (Ephesians 3:20 NIV)

  22. 2272
    Nitsa says:

    Nitsa, Eugene, OR. “Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:12 NAS

  23. 2273
    Leslie Breighner says:

    “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)

  24. 2274
    brandy mccombs says:

    Brandy from Jay, Ok ” All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16 NIV

  25. 2275
    Kay says:

    Kay, Richmond Hill GA
    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but if power.
    I Corinthians 4:12 NIV

  26. 2276
    Carissa says:

    Mound City, KS

    For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who called you into his kingdom and glory.

    1 Thess 2:11 NIV

  27. 2277
    Melisa says:

    Hebrews 10:39
    But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed but to those who have faith and are saved. (NIV)

  28. 2278
    Pam says:

    “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
    Isaiah 55:8 NKJV

  29. 2279
    Patty Pierce says:

    Patty Pierce
    Searcy AR
    2 Timothy 1:12b KJV

    for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. (2 Timothy 1:12 KJV)

  30. 2280
    Abbie Conway says:

    Abbie, Katy “Train a child in the way that he should go, and when his is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NET)

  31. 2281

    Courtney, LaPlata, MD

    1 Peter 5:14 (ESV)

    Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

  32. 2282
    Kimberly Rushing says:

    Kimberly from Carlsbad, CA
    Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
    ~ Galatians 6:2 NIV

  33. 2283
    Victoria says:

    Victoria – Salt Lake City, UT – Jer 29:7 (NET)

    “Work to see that the city where I sent you as exiles enjoys peace and prosperity. Pray to the LORD for it. For as it prospers you will prosper.”

  34. 2284
    Anne Lewis says:

    Anne, Simpsonville, SC “The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent His own son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving His son as a sacrifice for our sins.” Roman’s 8:3 NLT

  35. 2285
    Katie Swaney says:

    Katie Swaney – (McDonough, GA) For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
    1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV

  36. 2286
    Sarah K. says:

    Sarah, Lincoln, NE, “Every good gift and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17 (KJV)

  37. 2287
    Michele Albert says:

    Michele, Naperville, Illinois. “Am I now trying to win the approval of God or of man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
    – Galatians 1:10 NIV

  38. 2288
    Liz Taylor says:

    Liz Taylor, Washington D.C.
    for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:37 ESV)

  39. 2289
    Debbie Torkelson says:

    Debbie Torkelson, Annandale, VA
    “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.” Eph 1:17, NIV

  40. 2290
    Amy B, Wichita says:

    Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Col. 4:5-6, ESV

  41. 2291
    Alicia Lowery says:

    Alicia, Gulfport, MS

    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14 NIV)

  42. 2292
    Brigette Brock says:

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

  43. 2293
    April Holder says:

    April, Diboll.

    He has shown you, O man, what is good. What does the LORD require of you, but to act justly, to love mercy, and the walk humbly with your God?
    Micah 6:8(WEB)

  44. 2294
    Anita says:

    But sanctify Christ as Lord in your heart, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”
    Justin, TX

  45. 2295
    Becky says:

    Becky, St. Augustine, How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose
    understanding rather than silver! Proverbs 16:16 NIV

  46. 2296
    Donna says:

    Psalm 86:15(NIV)
    But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
    Ponder, TX

  47. 2297
    Andrea Pedigo says:

    Andrea from Gardendale

    “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
    Isaiah 43:18 NIV

  48. 2298
    Marla says:

    Sorry this is so late! We were on vacation…
    “The Lord will keep you from all harm–he will watch over your life.” Psalm 121:7 (NIV)

  49. 2299
    Summer J. says:

    Summer J., Crystal, MN
    “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 ESV

  50. 2300
    Melanie Miller says:

    Melanie, Armuchee, GA
    As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. Psalm 42:1 (ESV)

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