Writing in the White Space: Upending the Thief

On Sunday, Jesus was welcomed to Jerusalem with shouts of “Hosanna!”

Hosanna

On Monday, he entered the Temple courts and began overturning tables and clearing out the “den of thieves” that had taken up residence there.

jesus upending

Thieves and robbers living in the courts of the temple–the holiest place of worship. . .

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. John 10:10 NIV

THE THIEF.

STEALS. KILLS. DESTROYS.

JESUS.

DRIVES OUT THE THIEF.

I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34 NIV

BRINGS LIFE.

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 NIV

REBUILDS WHAT WAS BROKEN. 

Our temples, our lives, our hearts.

white space prayer

Prayer . . . the white space of his house for us to fill.

Love heartLord Jesus, I ask you to enter the courts of our hearts today, to upend the dwelling places of the thief, to cleanse us of the destruction and death, and to restore that which the thief has stolen from us–our lives, our love, our praise, and our prayers.

May we receive the fullness of your abundant life and beauty today, for you have written LOVE, in red, in the white space of our cleansed hearts.

Thank you Jesus. Amen.

Linda CrawfordWriting in the white space of prayer for you to behold more of the beauty of the Lord today.

 

We celebrate the beauty of words…written in the white space–the empty room of freedom of thought–where words are created that sing, dance and illustrate life’s beauty.

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2 thoughts on “Writing in the White Space: Upending the Thief

  1. I spent time this morning meditating on this picture…of Jesus overturning the enemy that has taken residence in me, the temple. I came to a deep understanding today, but I pray that it sinks deeper and deeper and continues to purge.

    Instead of resenting those that have taken up residence in my temple through their use and abuse, cunning and lies, deception and power ~ I HAVE RESENTED ME ~ I resented having a feminine frame that “invited” unwanted lust, I have resented my needs because my needs made me weak and susceptible to usery. I have resented maybe even despised being a child. If I was big than the abuse wouldn’t have happened to me.

    Yes, this morning Jesus overturned the tables in my heart. He has clearly stated that my temple is not the cause or reason for the abuse. It is not by my invitation that abusers took residence. His temple is supposed to be beautiful, open, inviting, welcoming, a place of community. I have not been used because I, the temple, am made wrong. I am made right ~ righteous ~ because HE lives and abides in me, his chosen temple.

    I am His temple and He holds no tolerance for those that have or would use my courts for their ill gotten gain. Drive them out Lord Jesus ~ reclaim and redeem my courts for you.

  2. “I am His temple and He holds no tolerance for those that have or would use my courts for their ill gotten gain. Drive them out Lord Jesus ~ reclaim and redeem my courts for you.”

    Amen!

    Beautifully written devotion from a beautiful heart. 🙂

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