• There is a pattern in creation of withdrawal and return. We see it in the ocean.  We see it in marriage.  We see it in spiritual lives.  People will withdrawal and return in their walks with Jesus. 
  • When people in our church are withdrawing in their walks, it means they need to be discipled again or they need to withdraw from us as a church and as their pastors.
  • Conversion (which also means “convincing”) is a lengthy process.  And it’s lengthier for sick souls–it takes them longer to be convinced of God’s goodness, unfailing love, and faithfulness.
  • If withdrawal is complete (in any area) and separation occurs for awhile, it creates great expectancy for what is missed.  If we do spiritual separation correctly, it will create a zealous desire to return to the Lord. At that point, our souls are at a height of spiritual fertility, ready to receive all God has and bear great fruit.
  • Spiritual withdrawal continues to occur until we’re sure of ourselves in the Lord — then we don’t need to withdraw anymore.