Retreat

Last night in my spirit I heard the word “Retreat.” I immediately thought of the word in two different meanings. Retreat meaning withdraw from enemy forces as a result of their superior power or after a defeat or an act of moving back. -vs- Retreat meaning a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax. I felt the pull on both sides of me. One meaning of retreat pulling me on one side and the other meaning pulling me on my other side. As if I’m the rope in a game of tug of war. When I heard “Retreat” it wasn’t coming from a tone of fear, I knew it was from God. God was telling me to go and retreat in him. To not listen to the darkness and to not be afraid. It can sometimes feel like the easier solution is to “tuck your tail” and run away when you’re battling things. I felt this word completely shift me. In the midst of chaos and tears I can retreat in God. I can rest and relax in him even if everything is a wreck. I don’t have to run and hide. I don’t have to accept defeat. Whatever you’re dealing with in your own life know that their are two sides to everything. Just like with the word “Retreat” don’t accept the first meaning, accept the second one. Sometimes we can hear God, but not listen to him. Listen. He has all the answers. In Mark 6:31 Jesus tells his apostles “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He is telling me the same thing and that same thing could be for you too. Teachers always say to raise your hand and ask questions because more than likely someone else has the same question. Jesus does that with us when he speaks to us. 1 Corinthians 14:3 says “But when you proclaim his truth in everyday speech, you’re letting others in on the truth so that they can grow and be strong and experience his presence with you.” Share what you are hearing because someone else may need to hear the exact same thing.

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