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A Time To Retreat
7/17/2018

And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat." Mark 6:31 (NKJV)

We all get busy in life, but there are times in my own personal life when I get so busy, and I find myself longing for some time off to relax.  There’s nothing quite like when I can retreat, unplug, and turn off my phones and computer — to just allow myself to be fully rested, refreshed, and restored. 

We can take a day off each week to retreat from our physical work so we can be refreshed and be better equipped to face challenges and be productive in our work.  We can take some time to retreat each morning to be refreshed spiritually as well —this is even more important so we can be properly prepared to face the trials, challenges, and temptations each day brings our way.

To “retreat” simply means, an act of moving back or withdrawing, and that is exactly what we do when we step away from the ongoing spiritual warfare with the enemy, and seek the shelter and safety of our Lord. 

Jesus knew the great importance of taking various opportunities to rest and spend time with His Father.  He also knew the importance of withdrawing from the multitudes so His disciples could rest as well — and He would take these times to speak into their lives and to pray. I believe He did this to give us an example to follow.   

Each year we plan retreats at our church, and we take time to unplug from our everyday lifestyle to allow ourselves to be refreshed physically, and spiritually.  God is always faithful to meet us at these retreats and every time I come home with great energy and a cleansed mind. Satan knows how much we all will be blessed at these retreats, so he and his emissaries do their best to discourage and distract us from going.  Great warfare is always present where God is doing a great work.  I am faithful to encourage the men to be prepared for these attacks and I remind them to stand fast against the trickery of the devil to discourage them from participating.   

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…and having done all, to stand…Stand therefore. Ephesians 6:11,13-14 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to pray about your times of retreat, whether it’s for an hour each day to spend time with the Lord, or a great worship service, followed by a day of rest, or even taking the weekend to attend a men’s, women’s, couples', or family retreat.  Seek the Lord and ask Him to guide you and to provide the resources for you to use to attend. Tithe this time back unto the Lord and ask earnestly for His will.  I promise you, God will meet you in the most powerful way, and you will find yourself truly blessed.   

STUDY QUESTION: In Mark 6:31, what can we see Jesus telling His disciples to do?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you taking time each day to spend time with the Lord so you can be refreshed?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Stand fast against the wiles of the devil and his emissaries who are trying to distract and discourage you from taking time to retreat. 

PRAYER: Father, thank You for meeting me when I take time to set aside for You.  Help me to see all the things I tend to put in front of You, and empower me to give You what is rightfully Yours. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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