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Wendy van Eyck is married to Xylon, who talks non-stop about cycling, and makes her laugh. She writes for anyone who has ever held a loved one’s hand through illness, ever believed in God despite hard circumstances or ever left on a spontaneous 2-week holiday through a foreign land with just a backpack. You can follow Wendy’s story and subscribe to receive her free ebook, “Life, life and more life” at ilovedevotionals.com. She would also love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.

When Worship is an act of war against the enemy of my soul

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Wendy van Eyck is married to Xylon, who talks non-stop about cycling, and makes her laugh. She writes for anyone who has ever held a loved one’s hand through illness, ever believed in God despite hard circumstances or ever left on a spontaneous 2-week holiday through a foreign land with just a backpack. You can follow Wendy’s story and subscribe to receive her free ebook, “Life, life and more life” at ilovedevotionals.com. She would also love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.

Bravo, God, bravo! Gods and all angels shout, “Encore!” In awe before the glory, in awe before God’s visible power. Stand at attention! Dress your best to honor him! Psalm 29:1-2 (MSG)

I knew when Xylon came home that things hadn’t gone well at his scan.

He walked in and his whole body radiated depression. He told me that he had to have an ultrasound as well as a PET scan. He related how at the end the doctor said, “Good luck!” and walked out the room. 

Then Xylon told me, “I can’t go through cancer again. I can’t hear I have cancer for the fourth time. I’m done with all of this.”

I sat in silence mostly. I didn’t know what to say. I reminded him that we wouldn’t know anything till we got the results on Friday. 

Xylon told me he didn’t want to talk. 

I went and sat in the dining room and started to work. I didn’t know what to do so I started playing worship music. 

I started with tobyMac:
So speak Life, speak Life.

To the deadest darkest night.

Speak life, speak Life.

When the sun won’t shine 

and you don’t know why.

Look into the eyes of the brokenhearted;

Watch them come alive 

as soon as you speak hope.

Each song warring against the enemy of our souls, against despair, against a thief that comes only to steal and destroy

Each song reminding me of who my God is and what he is capable of.

Each song speaking hope, speaking life. 

I let the playlist go on and on for an hour and then Xylon came through and looked more upbeat then he had earlier and he said, “I’m just going to speak life. I’m going to believe the cancer is gone. I’m not going to let the enemy of my soul steal from me.”

Worship reached Xylon when I couldn’t. 

Worship is an act of warWorship fought for him when I failed reach to him. 

There is something about music that allows God to speak to our souls when we can’t anymore. {tweet this}

There is something about worship that allows Jesus to fight the enemy of our souls for us when we don’t have strength. 

The next day we walked into the doctors’ office and the doctor took one look at the report and told Xylon: “Nothing has changed. You are still cancer free.”

Bravo, God, bravo! 

Ponder: In what situations in your life could you use worship as an act of war against the enemy of your soul. 

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus that you fight for me when I don’t have the strength. 

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- This was orginally published on my site in December 2014. To read more devotionals like this go to ilovedevotionals.com

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