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. 2401
    Penny from Jacksonville says:

    John 1:12

    Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become the children of God.


  2. 2402
    Eniola says:

    Eniola, Lagos Nigeria

    For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.

    1 Corinthians 4:20 NKJV

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    Sharon from Huntsville AL says:

    As water reflects the face so one’s life reflects the heart. Proverbs 27:19

  4. 2404
    Sonya says:

    Aurora, Colorado
    “For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;”
    Psalm 103:11 (NIV)

  5. 2405
    Nancy says:

    James 1:5 NIV
    If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

  6. 2406
    Anita Livingston Odem TX says:

    Psalms 30:5 TEV

    His anger lasts only a moment, His goodness for a lifetime. Tears may flow in the night, but joy comes in the morning.

  7. 2407
    Gayle, Parrish FL says:

    Hebrews 11:6 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.

  8. 2408
    Margo says:

    Margo, Laramie WY (better late than never, right?)

    John 7:17

    If anyone is willing to do the will of God, he will know whether my teaching is of God or whether I speak on my own.

  9. 2409
    Patti walker says:

    Patti, Shalimar, FL, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)

  10. 2410
    Catherine S. says:

    Catherine S. ~ Grants Pass, OR
    “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.” James 5:13 (NIV)

  11. 2411
    Kristie from Kansas City says:

    Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 NIV

  12. 2412
    Joyce from Menifee,Ca says:

    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV)

  13. 2413
    Claire says:

    Claire, Bangkok

    “If you find honey, eat just enough— too much of it, and you will vomit.” – Prov 26:16

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    Tracey Moyers says:

    Tracey Moyers from Loganville, GA
    “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
    Romans 12:1 NIV

  15. 2415
    Katie Melton says:

    Katie Melton from Loganville, GA
    “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
    Romanns 12:1 NIV

  16. 2416
    Kristie Nanes says:

    Kristie Nanes, Clearfield, UT

    “For the LORD is a God of justice”

    Isaiah 30:18c (NASB)

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    Ruth says:

    Ruth, Austin, Texas

    We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.

    1 John 3:14 NIV

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    Ruth says:

    Ruth, Austin, Texas

    Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.
    1 John 3:15 NIV

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    Cindy Wilburn, LC , OR says:

    Ps. 27: 4-6 NAS
    One thing I have asked of the Lord, that I shall seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; in the secret place of His tent, He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me; and I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

  20. 2420
    Karen Sue Dement says:

    (for July 15th)
    Karen Sue, Austin, TX
    “Whoever has MY commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me. He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love him and show Myself to him.”
    John 14:21 NIV

  21. 2421
    Donna Talasek says:

    Donna from Angleton, TX

    Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

    Psalm 119:105

  22. 2422
    Anna Yoder says:

    Anna Elkhart IN
    John 15:17 (NKJ)

    These things I command you, that you love one another.

  23. 2423
    Nancy Lyons says:

    Nancy, Grand Haven,MI
    Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
    Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

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    Jennifer Johnston says:

    Jennifer from Leesburg, GA:

    “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment” Proverbs 18:1 ESV

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    Mary H. says:

    Mary H., Ardmore, AL
    1 John 3:2o NKJV

    For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

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    Kendra W. says:

    Kendra W., Dallas:

    “I have put my hope in your word!”

    Psalm 119:74 (NIV)

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    Kelly S says:

    Psalm 90:1-2 NET
    O LORD, you have been our protector through all generations! Even before the mountains came into existence, or you brought the world into being, you were the eternal God.

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    Missie, St. Joseph MO says:

    I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. (Job 19:25 NIV)

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    Georganne Thomas says:

    Georganne, Piedmont, Oklahoma I Cor. 4:20 NIV
    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but of power.

  30. 2430

    Chelsie, New Hudson, MI

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

    James 4:8a ESV

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    Ginger, Phoenix, AZ

    “See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
    Psalm 139:24, NIV 1984

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    April says:

    Pittsburgh, PA

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

  33. 2433
    Vicki Aldridge says:

    Vicki, Lake Jackson, TX

    God’s Way is not a matter of mere talk; it’s an empowered life!

    1 Corinthians 4:20 Message

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    Kacie says:

    “But since we belong to this day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8

  35. 2435
    Lila says:

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

  36. 2436
    Rena says:

    Rena, Tulsa. “When I cried out for help, you answered me. You made me bold and energized me.” Psalm 138:3 NET

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    jenny hud says:

    white hall, ar

    “why doesn’t one of you just shut the temple doors and lock them? then none of you can get in and play at religion with this silly, empty-headed worship. I am not pleased. the God-of-the-Angel-Armies is not pleased. And I don’t want any more of this so-called worship!”

    malachi 1:10 (msg)

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    Andrea says:

    Orlando, FL

    Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. Revelation 21:14

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    Lorraine says:


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

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    Jamie in Katy says:

    Colossians 1:15-16 ESV
    “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him.”

  41. 2441
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie from Carmichael, CA

    “Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.”

    1 Chronicles 29:12 (NKJV)

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    Mary Jane Schwab says:

    Mary Jane, Wilmington, DE

    “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” Jeremiah 31:25 (NIV)

  43. 2443
    Theresa Burwick says:

    Theresa, Cincinnati, Little children, keep yourselves from idols (false gods) – [from anything and everything that would occupy the place in your heart due to God, from any sort of substitute for Him that would take first place in your life.] Amen (so be it). I John 5:21, Amp.

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    Elena says:

    Elena, Elma, NY

    Ezekiel 36:26 GWT
    “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove your stubborn heart and give you an obedient heart.”

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    Cayla says:

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

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    Lisa Neisen says:

    Lisa, Fishers IN Jude 14/15 NIV
    Enoch, the seventh from Adam prophesied about these men: ” See the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of His Holy Ones 15 to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

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    Teresa Maldonado says:

    Teresa, Austin, TX.

    Matthew 11:29-30 (NIV)

    29 “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

    30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

  48. 2448
    Lindsay says:

    Lindsay from Boston, MA: “O my comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me.” Jeremiah 8:18

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    Danielle S. says:

    Danielle S.
    Garden City, KS

    I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
    Pslam 121:1-2 (NIV)

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    Lovella S. says:

    LaGlace, Alberta, Canada

    “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” Jeremiah 31:25 (NIV)

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