Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Danger of Astrology

Scripture: Daniel 4 v 7:  "Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them, but they did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof."

Acts 16 v 16 - 18: "And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
 17  The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
 18  And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour."

Following your Stars; Horoscopes; Astrological Charts and predictions are very common today. Every newspaper and magazine has a daily/weekly/monthly/annual column slavishly read as gospel truth.  I knew a person long ago who put these columns together for a large consortium of newspaper groups. She used to just rehash the previous years horoscopes and mix them for this year.

In the Book of Daniel in the Bible astrologers are listed together with magicians, Chaldeans, sorcerers and soothsayers. These are involved with witchcraft and black magic. They bring forth curses and deception and lies to confuse and bind the souls of those who seek knowledge from them.

Its so easy to read your daily horoscope or even plan your life around these predictions, putting your faith in the accuracy of these writings. Those same writings must apply to millions of others who read them and yet hope and important decisions are put in them.

Our God has a personal relationship with each of His children and gives us accurate direct messages for us alone as often as we ask Him. He directs our steps in truth and righteousness; He guides us in life decisions and His desire for us is always good.

In Acts 16 Paul had to pray for many days before the Spirit of divination or fortune telling could be cast out of the woman who was bound by it.  She was crying out for help to the apostles for she knew they were bringing hope and salvation which sent desperately needed.  Paul and Silas were arrested and thrown into the prison's dungeon where they sang praises to God and an earthquake destroyed the prison and all were freed.  The whole city knew about Jesus by the time they left.

God has a plan for each person which starts when we become born again and ready to receive it. His plan differs with each individual and He never competes with the daily divination from the stars. He will wait till we are finished with that deception before He gives us His wisdom.

We need to realise that the Zodiac and all that streams from it is under the control of our arch-enemy. He is plotting our total destruction and will always take the line of least resistance with us. His aim is to kill us to keep us in his evil kingdom so he can taunt God with our souls in hideous ways.

If he kills through suicide, abortion, car accident, plane crash, cancer, smoking, drugs, booze, sexual disease, or any other disease, occult activity, witchcraft or false predictions, he does not care. He achieves his goal. In this world there are only two contenders: our Living God or Satan.

John 10 v 9 - 12: "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
 10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
 11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
 12  But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep."

Jesus is the door through which we enter eternal life the moment we are born again.  The thief is Satan in whom there is no truth.  His sole intention concerning us is to steal, kill and destroy.

Jesus came that we might have abundant life.  That is not just about finance and bank accounts but about every aspect of life.  We were dead in sin but we are alive in righteousness.  Alive to experience every good thing God our Father has for us.

Many pastors are hirelings and feel no responsibility for the people in their congregations.  As soon as Satan comes prowling among them they flee away as they have no ability to confront him.  They barricade themselves in with legalities and self-justification and probably consult their horoscopes for assistance.

We must choose whom we will serve. And that is where our final destination will be determined. If we choose to follow the sin of the world or even remain neutral we miss heaven forever. If we die unsaved we are lost. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life are safe. They are the disciples of Jesus who are cleansed of sin by His Blood.

So if we  want to put our faith in our particular Zodiac sign we had better make sure we know the ultimate destination of Taurus or Gemini and are happy to spend eternity where they are. Its a very dangerous lure into a dark and lonely place.

Satan cannot originate anything Godly so his persuasions are imitations of Heaven.  In Revelation 4 we see the 24 elders around the Throne of God.  Satan's version of these elders are the 12 Zodiac signs plus the 12 months of the year.  Each one of them is is a demonic ruling spirit.  Counterfeits of truth in every way.  January is in honour of the god Janus, the god of doors.  Yet Jesus is our door.

As for me and my house we choose to serve the Lord Jesus Christ who died for us and came back to life to reign forever in a place called Heaven, the home we came from and where we will return. The streets are paved with gold, the city walls made of diamonds and emeralds. There is everlasting joy, no sickness, lame, broken or sorrowful people there. They are all made whole by the love, mercy and power of our Father. 

Prayer: Father God Forgive us if we have entangled ourselves with Zodiac and astrology deceits. We repent and fall out of agreement with every prediction and reject it all forever. Your thoughts and ways are higher than ours yet You allow us to have a close fellowship with You. We worship You in Spirit and in truth. Thank You for unfolding Your majestic plan into our finite lives. Let us always know and submit to Your perfect will. In Jesus' name. Amen.