In life, two kingdoms are constantly at war; one is good, one is evil. In which camp will you choose to plant your flag?
Twenty-four students faced this question on SPO Arizona's Two Kingdoms retreat at the beginning of February. Located in the beautiful woods of Payson, AZ, the retreat was an opportunity for participants to take a breather from school or work to uncover the areas in their lives where they were still on the fence.
Spiritual warfare is real and a big deal. The war between good and evil has been going on since the dawn of time, and we are all part of it – whether we like it or not, whether we know it or not. The two sides are in complete opposition of one another; there is no neutral ground. So, as Christ said, "he who is not with me is against me, he who does not gather with me scatters" (Mt. 12:30).
Following the talks, students would break into small groups to discuss how these topics played out in their personal lives. Various forms of prayer and sacraments were incorporated throughout to ensure that the participants and staff were relying on the Lord's strength in all things, aware that spiritual warfare was at work even there.
The students left the retreat with a better understanding of these realities, stronger resolve to fight for the Lord's army, and a greater sense of belonging to His kingdom.
One student writes:
The Mission Leaders and Student Missionaries, though serving on the retreat, were also able to get something out of the weekend.