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. 401
    Heather Forgey says:

    Heather, from Frisco, TX:

    Galatians 6:4 NIV
    “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else”

  2. 402
    Pam HOuston says:

    Pam Houston, Buena Park, CA(presently in Pollock, SD)
    “I will give thanks to You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my sould knows it very well.” Psalms 14 NASB

  3. 403
    Roxie Gresham says:

    Roxie, Jerseyville, IL, Daniel 3: 17-18 NLT
    “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power You Majesty. But even if He doesn’t, Your Majesty can be sure that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

  4. 404
    Emily says:

    Emily, Anchorage, AK
    Psalm 103:6, NIV
    “The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.”

  5. 405
    Janet Anderson says:

    Janet Anderson
    Edmond, OK

    “2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
    2 Timothy 2:2 (NASV)

  6. 406
    Geri Heringer says:

    Fort Worth:
    “The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and you go, both now and forever. ” Psalm 121:8 NLT

  7. 407
    Heidi says:

    Littleton, CO

    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8

  8. 408
    Alison Austin says:

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

  9. 409
    Suzanne Blocker says:

    Suzanne, Birmingham: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 NIV

  10. 410
    Geri Heringer says:

    Fort Worth, TX
    “The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever. Psalm 121:8NLT

  11. 411
    Charlotte box Amarillo , Tex says:

    Luke 6:31 Ncv. Do to others what you would want them todo to you.

  12. 412
    Camille Taylor says:

    “Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.” PROVERBS 16:20 – CAMILLE TAYLOR STARKVILL,MS

  13. 413
    Kelly Collett says:

    Kelly Collett, Buckhannon, WV

  14. 414
    Donna Tyra says:

    Donna Tyra Martinez, Ga.

    Ps 13:5 & 6 NIV
    5 But I trust in your unfailing love.
    My heart rejoices in your salvation.
    6 I will sing to the Lord for He has been good to me.

  15. 415
    Trina Rosgers says:

    Midland, Tx

    Romans 14:17 NIV
    For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in The Holy Spirit.

  16. 416
    Sandra, League City says:

    Sing the glory of his name;make his praise glorious! Ps. 66:2 NIV

  17. 417

    Suzanne, Houston
    “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, hoy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1

  18. 418
    Avis Buford says:

    Avis – Lone Star, TX
    “Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 NAS

  19. 419
    Angie Simpson says:

    Angie , Markham
    You ask and do not receive because you ask
    wrongly so you can spend it on your passions.
    James 4:3 NET

  20. 420
    Ellen Yopp says:

    Ellen, Moneta VA

    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devils schemes. -Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV 1984)

  21. 421
    Kelly Collett says:

    Kelly Collett, Buckhannon, WV

    I Chronicles 29:13 NET

    Now, our God, we give thanks to you and praise your majestic name!

  22. 422
    Suzie says:

    ~Suzie, Fort Mill, SC

    To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—Jude 24

  23. 423
    Cher Goeder says:

    Cher Goeder – Toledo, Ohio

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

    I Corinthians 4:20

  24. 424
    Sarah Martin says:

    “….day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.”

    rev. 4:8b

  25. 425
    Peggyann Calderwood says:

    Peggyann Calderwood ~ Crestview, Florida

    JESUS WEPT (shortest verse in the Bible) ~ JOHN 11:35 NIV

  26. 426
    Lisa says:

    Lisa, Mauldin, SC
    Gideon went and prepared a young goat and a huge amount of unraised bread (he used over half a bushel of flour!). He put the meat in a basket and the broth in a pot and took them back under the shade of the oak tree for a sacred meal. The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and unraised bread, place them on the rock, and pour the broth on them.” Gideon did it.
    Judges 6:19-20 (The Message)

  27. 427
    Emily Davis says:

    Emily – Loveland, CO – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

  28. 428
    Mary Rue,n FB says:

    Mary, Atlanta –
    Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.
    Rom. 12:1 (NIV)

  29. 429
    Deb Davis says:

    Deb – Loveland, CO – “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” Colossians 4:6 (NKJV)

  30. 430
    Marti Colbaugh says:

    Marti, Loganville, Ga
    For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. I Corinthians 4:20 NIV

  31. 431
    AnnaRuth says:

    Anna, Little Elm, TX

    Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
    The Everlasting God, The Lord, the Crestor of the ends of the earth
    Does not become weary or tired
    His understanding is inscrutable
    He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might
    He increases power

    Isaiah 40:28-29 (NASB)

  32. 432
    Diana says:

    Diana, Seekonk, MA
    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. I Cor 4:20 NIV

    I was at the event in Providence as a volunteer, but didn’t know about the picture.

  33. 433
    Ashley Magers says:

    Ashley from Dexter, Michigan
    “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” Psalm 34:5 NIV

  34. 434
    Bridgette King says:

    Bridgette, Rockwall, TX

    I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. Psalm 143:5 ESV

  35. 435
    Susan says:

    Susan – Maynard MA

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

  36. 436
    Nikki says:

    Nikki from McGregor, Texas. “What we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.” Psalm 78:3-4, NIV.

  37. 437
    Deborah Guest says:

    Deborah from Hartsville, SC; “God is to us a God of deliverances; And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.”-Psalm 68:20

  38. 438
    Susan Clodfelter says:

    Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 NIV Susan Winston-Salem,NC

  39. 439
    Carol Reid says:

    Carol in Kansas City:

    6 Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (NET)

  40. 440
    Nancy from Atlanta says:

    Jude 13: They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever. NIV

  41. 441
    Gwyn Tidwell says:

    Gwyn Tidwell of Haslet, Tx
    The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8 (NIV84)

  42. 442
    Fran McCurry Plott says:

    Fran, Gulf Shores, AL

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

  43. 443
    Pamela says:

    Pamela, Mechanicsville, VA.
    To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. Psalm 25:1-2 NIV

  44. 444
    Amy Mason says:

    Numbers 20:12 NRSV “But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you did not trust in me, to show my holiness before the eyes of the Israelites, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.”

    Amy–St. Pete, FL

  45. 445
    Emily McAnear says:

    Emily McAnear, Corona CA
    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
    I Corinthians 4:20, NIV

  46. 446
    Andrea says:

    Andrea, Louisville, KY
    We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort,
    Philippians 3:3b NLT

  47. 447
    Margo says:

    Margo, Littleton, CO

    “But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.”
    Matthew 13:16 (NIV)

  48. 448
    Sarah says:

    Sarah, Colorado Springs, CO

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

  49. 449
    Jill says:

    Psalm 40 Amplified
    8 I delight to do Your will, O my God; yes, Your law is within my heart.

  50. 450
    Linda in Pyeongtaek says:

    NIV-Romans 8:23
    Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.

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