“Practice of making decisions or foretelling the future by reading signs and omens.”
Fred Smith/Holman Bible Dictionary p. 433
What took me here?
This phrase from Acts 13: “Elymas the sorcerer . . . tried to turn the proconsul from the faith.”
Paul writes that the proconsul (governor) was an intelligent man. He sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God.
“But Elymus, the sorcerer . . . opposed them and “tried to turn the proconsul from the faith.”
Two things struck me:
Sorcery, often tagged as innocent fun, is hardly that.
The warfare for men’s souls.
” Such practices . . . Are condemned . . . because the source is often demonic and practitioners are trying to circumvent God to find guidance for the future. Christians should heed the biblical instructions against astrology, fortune-telling and mediums.” (Fred Smith/Holman Dictionary of the Bible)
I used to read horoscopes, had my tea leaves read, and used Quija boards–always saying that I didn’t really believe them. Not true. Not honest. If I didn’t believe them, why was my mood changed by what they said? Later, becoming Christian, I confessed them as sin and determined never to go there again. (Repentance) That being said, the temptation crops up once in a while — not for horoscopes, but perhaps being tempted to chase after Christians known to have a gift of prophesy or words of knowledge. Behind the temptation is fear of the future, or hope–wanting to know God’s plan before I really need to know. With both, I have come to respond this way:
God, whatever is ahead, I can do it WITH YOU. You and I can do it, TOGETHER.
I need to remind myself of that, even today. How about you?
EverGrowing–Ever Dependent, On Jesus,