Not all retreats are cowardly. Some retreats are wise choices only the brave will make to gain a new position and a tactical advantage.
The Lord is speaking to some of His followers to retreat from previously held assumptions that put them directly in the withering fire of the enemy’s lies. In that retreat, a new position will be assumed where a reassessment will take place enabling people to refit their spiritual arsenal with weapons approved by the Lord and empowered with the truth. Once the retreat, reassessment, and refitting take place a re-engagement can then be undertaken.
When this retreat begins it will serve as notice to all that the tide has turned in the current spiritual battle. The retreat will draw the enemy and his minions toward a devastating ambush of truth they did not think possible as their premature cheers of victory were being shouted.