IT has been an incredible week as I continue to write this series on The New Paganism. I am writing today to ask you to persevere with me. I know in this age of the internet that our attention spans are down to mere seconds. But what I believe Our Lord and Lady are revealing to me is so important that, for some, it could mean plucking them from a terrible deception that has already deluded many. I am literally taking thousands of hours of prayer and research and condensing them down to just a few minutes of reading for you every few days. I originally stated that the series would be three parts, but by the time I’m finished, it could be five or more. I don’t know. I’m just writing as the Lord teaches. I promise, however, that I am trying to keep things to the point so that you have the essence of what you need to know.
WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE
And that’s the second point. All of what I’m writing is knowledge. What is really necessary, however, is that with that knowledge you also have wisdom. Knowledge gives us facts, but wisdom teaches us what to do with them. Knowledge reveals the kinds of mountains and valleys ahead but wisdom reveals which path to take. And wisdom comes by way of prayer.
Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. (Mark 14:38)
Watch means to gain the knowledge; pray means to gain the grace to know how to respond to it, which God will give you through wisdom since in Him “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3 Without wisdom, knowledge alone can sometimes leave one consumed by anxiety and fear such that he or she becomes “like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind.” On the other hand, the one who acquires wisdom plunges beneath the surface to the depths of God’s heart where it is calm and still, for wisdom…
…is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity. (James 3:17)
Last, I can’t think of anywhere in Scripture where it promises that, if you pray for a specified thing, you are sure to get it as it does for wisdom.
But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it. (James 1:5)
That’s why I pray for wisdom every day. I know that’s God’s will for certain!
I am also excited to tell those of you who read my daughter Denise’s powerful and critically acclaimed novel The Tree, that she is now in the final stages of editing her sequel The Blood. She is reaching out to an award-winning professional to assist with this, but needs your help. I calculated that, if all my subscribers donated just 15 cents each, she can pay for the editing. I know, I know… we ask too much.
You can encourage this beautiful young Catholic by making a donation to her GoFundMe campaign here.
I am off to Texas to speak at two conferences tomorrow (details below). Will you pray for all of us there? I will continue to stay in touch with you through my writings. Know how deeply I love and care for each of you. How much more then does the One who created you.
You are loved…
MARK will be speaking and singing in Texas
this November at two conferences in the Dallas/Fortworth area.
See below… and see y’all there!
THE COMING ERA OF PEACE
A day retreat…
DIVINE WILL INTERNATIONAL UNITY CONFERENCE
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