Feigned Retreat

Rule #5: “Pretending to be defeated, running away, and then ambushing the supposedly victorious pursuers” (pg.94)

One of my favorite games growing up was “Capture the Flag”. Even when I was a camp counselor at 18, I absolutely loved playing. All of us girls would get in a huddle and discuss our plan for victory. Once we crossed the line in the field, we would be in enemy territory. There, some of us would need to distract the opposing team while a couple others would surround the person running into the base to get the flag.

We would tell the girls to protect their flags, but if they got sent to the jail, we would do our best to help them get out. A lot of times sacrifices were necessary to ensure the victory. I remember one time we all decided to storm the base of the other team as one large group. When the team began to chase us, most of us pretended to run away while we allowed for the fastest of us to get in the base and capture the flag.

1 Corinthians 15:58 reads, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”

There are nights where I feel as though my mind is under perpetual attack from the enemy. Thoughts of doubt and fear storm the fortress and threaten to dismantle everything I thought I’d secured. But then, once I dissemble my pride and realize I am defeated in isolation, I call on God. And I run from the scene of the battle.

It is in these moments that the enemy may believe he’s defeated me. He may find me lying on the floor or crying to myself. But I can assure you that this is nothing more than a feigned retreat. A moment when I run into the Father’s arms so that I can replenish my arsenal and return to the battlefield.

When we are standing with the Lord and obeying His Word to us, we are victorious. It doesn’t matter what the enemy or your feelings tell you is going on. It doesn’t matter what the news or the doctor says. We need to be listening to what God tells us because it is His voice and His alone that possesses eternal power and perspective. He is infinite and impenetrable.

In Him, we are secure. He is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of need.(Psalm 46:1)

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