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. 2351
    Julie Brierley says:

    Julie in Carlsbad, CA

    “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (NIV)

  2. 2352
    Ramona says:

    Ramona, Pasadena, TX:
    Psalms 46:10 NIV Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

  3. 2353
    Adriana, Austin, Tx says:

    SSMT #14: Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it. Psalm 139:14 of 24 NLT

  4. 2354
    Melody says:

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

  5. 2355
    Sparki2003 says:

    John 14:1 (NLT)

    “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me.”

    Jennifer Olmstead
    Janesville, Wisconsin

  6. 2356
    Mildred says:

    Mildred, Montserrat.

    If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. Matthew 21:22 (NIV)

  7. 2357
    Ainslie says:

    Ainslie, Columbia SC

    “The blameless spend their days under the Lord ’s care, and their inheritance will endure forever.” ~Psalm 37:18 NIV

  8. 2358
    Kimberly says:

    Kimberly, Watha – Romans 8:37 HCSB
    “No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.

  9. 2359
    Norka says:

    Norka – Mississauga, ON Canada

    “… you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.”

    Isaiah 30:19-20 (ESV)

  10. 2360
    Christy L. says:

    Christy L., Royal Palm Beach, FL – “And tell him, ‘God blesses those who do not turn away because of me. ’” Matthew 11:6 NLT

  11. 2361
    LINDA says:


    And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, (20)for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

    EPHESIANS 6: 19-20 HCSB

  12. 2362
    Lori says:

    Lori from St. Catharines, ON

    And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.
    Deuteronomy 6:6 NLT

  13. 2363
    Jennifer Colbaugh says:

    Jennifer, Monroe, GA
    And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV

  14. 2364
    Esther says:

    Esther, Jonesborough, TN – Isaiah 8:12-13 ESV. Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the LORD of hosts, Him you shall honor as holy; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.

  15. 2365
    Karen says:

    Karen, Wyoming

    Psalm 18:32 (NIV) “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.”

  16. 2366
    Vickie says:

    Vickie, Poplar Bluff, MO. “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 3:3 NIV

  17. 2367
    Esther Joy says:

    Esther Joy – Mountain Home, AR

    Psalm 119:74 NIV “I have put my hope in your Word!”

  18. 2368
    Connie Johnson says:

    Connie J.-Mountain House, CA- Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my savior and my God. Psalm 42:11 (NIV84)

  19. 2369
    Kara Doerksen says:

    Psalm 32:8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”

  20. 2370
    Donna Damgaard says:

    James 4:8

    Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.

  21. 2371
    Julie says:

    Julie from Granbury, TX

    Isaiah 45:3 (NIV84) “I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”

  22. 2372
    Christie says:

    Christie, Gray Court, SC
    “Be doers of the word and not hearers only.”
    James 1:22 HCS

  23. 2373
    Caitlin says:

    Caitlin, Gray Court, SC
    But be doers of the word and not hearers only.
    James 1:22, hcs

  24. 2374
    Sherri says:

    Abilene, TX
    Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. Psalm 98:1 NIV

  25. 2375
    Karen O says:

    Cottonwood, CA
    “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your god. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious fight hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NLT

  26. 2376
    Mary Lou Buckalew says:

    My dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. I Cor 15: 50

  27. 2377
    Karen Hamby says:

    Karen, Colchester, Vermont
    And provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness, instead of mourning and a garment of praise, instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
    Isaiah 61:3 NIV

  28. 2378
    Rose says:

    Bridge City, Texas

    “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13b

  29. 2379
    Peggy says:

    Mauriceville, Texas

    Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
    “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”.

  30. 2380
    Pam Adams says:

    Pam in Chiangmai
    Ps. 86:11 NLT Teach me your ways, oh Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.

  31. 2381
    Deborah (Debbie) says:

    Debbie, Calgary AB.

    You Word O Lord is eternal it stands firm in the heavens. Psalms 119:89 (NIV)

  32. 2382
    Kylie says:

    Kylie, WIchita, KS
    James 1:21 NIV THeregor get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you which can save you.

  33. 2383
    Jean Everett says:

    Jean – Lebanon, Tennessee

    “Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way.”

    Psalms 119:36, 37 NKJV

  34. 2384
    Penny Burke says:

    Penny, Cincinnati. “May the god of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NIV

  35. 2385
    Lynn Huntt says:

    Lynn from Leonardtown
    “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, (John 14:15, 16 ESV)

  36. 2386
    Ann says:

    Ann, Cataula, GA

    The one thing I ask of the LORD–
    the thing I seek most–
    is to live in the house of the LORD
    all the days of my life,
    delighting in the LORD’S perfections
    and meditating in His temple.
    Ps 27:4 (NLT?)

  37. 2387
    Connie Hairston says:

    Connie from Plano, TX says: “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4 NASB

  38. 2388
    Heather Williams says:

    Heather, Ooltewah TN

    They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. (Psalm 112:7 NIV)

  39. 2389
    Alaina says:

    Phil 4:6
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition with thanksiving present your requests to God.

  40. 2390
    Tillie says:

    Tillie, Spring Branch, TX

    “And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.”

    I John 5:15 (NIV)

  41. 2391
    Sheri Beersman says:

    Sheri, Morrisville, MO.

    More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:11 ESV

    Late again. But still on it!

  42. 2392
    gail jones says:

    Gail Jones. Decatur TX

    Psalm 51:15

    O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

  43. 2393
    Kris, Long Grove, IL says:

    Romans 12:14 NIV

    “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”

  44. 2394
    Juliana Lundberg says:

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

  45. 2395
    Jamie says:

    Jamie in Mason, OH

    to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

    Eph 3:21 NIV

  46. 2396
    RaeLeen Bustin says:

    RaeLeen in Greenwood: You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.

    Genesis 50:20 (NIV)

  47. 2397
    Poorna Diaz says:

    “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

    Poorna Diaz
    Arlington, VA
    P.S. I had this picked on the 15th, but just remembered I forgot to post it!!

  48. 2398
    Tara Baquet says:

    For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:12 -13.

  49. 2399
    Susan (from Canada) says:

    But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. James 1:25 KJV

  50. 2400
    Stephanie says:

    Let them give thanks to the LORD for this unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he beaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.
    Psalm 107:15-16 (NIV)
    Pawleys Island, SC

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