Marvin couldn’t handle the fierce battles anymore.  His marriage, job, and health were under fire. He couldn’t catch a break. He began to withdraw himself from his surroundings. To isolate from his loved ones brought him security, like when a turtle retracts its head into its shell. Discouragement and depression became his retreat companions. It lasted months before the Lord pulled him out of this pit of despair.  

Satan uses defeat to cause us to retreat because he knows our faith in the opposite, the victory we have in Christ, enables us to press through any trying situation. We don’t give in to lies, defeat, discouragement and hopelessness. We surrender to God and resist satan; not the other way around. By faith we move forward, no matter what, with our eyes upon the Lord. No other options.

To empower us, the Holy Spirit leads us to retreat to the Lord. We withdraw to a quiet place and receive His loving care, refreshing and refilling. In Christ we walk victoriously, empowered to move hindrances out of the way. We do not retreat; we advance, from glory to glory!

Matthew 6:6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

To empower us, the Holy Spirit leads us to retreat to the Lord. Click To Tweet