Astrology, horoscopes, zodiac signs. For 15 years, I was all about that. I actually became somewhat of an expert at it that whenever anyone told me their birthdate, I would know what their sign was right away. I believed in God, but my actions spoke louder and my attitude didn’t care much for a day to day relationship with Him. In the attempt to help me get over my low self esteem and insecurities, my soul searching led me to the occult, magic, superstition, palmistry…that kind of stuff. I wanted to better myself because I struggled so much with confidence. I may have laughed and looked happy all the time, but as much as I tried hiding things I didn’t want people to see, the more my denials showed its big face to me. I looked to astrology because it was interesting, and so it got me hooked. It slowly made me into a person that wasn’t really me. The more I read about my sun sign, the more I believed also everything negative said about it. I justified my actions on a sign that had a great hold on me. I took everything personally and I became highly sensitive. I kept telling myself over and over again what my sign’s good qualities were in hopes of transforming into the most self-assured person I knew. Eventually, it made me overthink things and I was never diagnosed with social anxiety but I was absolutely convinced I had it. Things really do start in the mind! And for me I chose my reality. I would behave in ways that astrology said was true about me, but it only hurt people and pushed them away. I justified peoples’ attitudes and personalities according to their signs and if they were Christians, I believed that it didn’t matter. It made me judge others so easily and I became so critical and new friends would only be friends for a short period of time, and I made more enemies because I didn’t know I pushed them away. I was in conflict with myself and I started to have what I would say a double life. I felt like I was bipolar. I realized that I was relying too much on my sign to make up for my lack of confidence. I was desperate, and reading about my moon sign especially would get me all excited again, but it never lasted. Astrology for me was fun until it became an addiction. If anyone out there can relate to this, I care so much because confidence is so important. It is the value of your integrity and that’s a big thing in this world. Confidence says a lot about a person’s overall worth, and how much you can trust them. Success, love, relationships has a big thing to do with it. Everyday, people measure your worth by your confidence whether or not you are aware of it and whether or not they are aware of it as well. I believe that astrology has its way of putting the focus on the reader, so much so that it actually becomes dangerous and unhealthy especially if they are easily entertained. We are called by the Lord to be selfless because in surrendering to Him we have freedom.
I made a decision never to believe in astrology again but it was easier said than done. Satan was unhappy I knew the Truth. God became so persistent about a daily relationship with me that He made it possible for me never to fall into the nonsense again. I discovered a more powerful, genuine kind of confidence with His help, the One who created the stars, the whole Universe. It made sense when He made me realize I shouldn’t be worshiping anything He created but only Himself. I found my true identity in Him and the wholeness and oneness that I was longing for. He gave me His confidence. Today, I get nervous for practical reasons, but social anxiety doesn’t exist in my mind or body because God overcame it for me. The more I worshipped Him, the more He worked on my heart and changed me and transformed me into a person that has all the great qualities I wanted, better than anything my zodiac sign ever said about me. I truly care about people who are looking to the wrong things to gain self-confidence. You may or may not be into astrology but if you are looking to other things to gain that confidence then you’ll always feel like you’re chasing after something you lack. God offers abundance, so much goodness, and freedom through His kind of confidence. His assuring help and guidance abounds. And by asking Him daily to have more faith to believe in Him more than anything else, He truly does break down all other limiting beliefs that a person has developed due to worldly influences on them. A genuine desire to know Christ is the only requirement. Astrology proved to me personality is so important. But God proved to me character is the ultimate winner, and only He has the hand on that. As believable as astrology can be, it can never help you reach your full potential. The Lord knows your future and if you’re relying on anything other than/but Himself, then you will never experience His great and prosperous plan for your life. Any habit, addiction, activity you make more important than God takes the place of your worship to Him. You are so much more than what your zodiac sign says about you. You are so much more than what you let the world define/label you as. You are so much more than any opinion you believe become your reality. You are so much more than all the fun psych survey questions or personality tests say about you. You are so much more in God because He knows the truth about you, the person He intended you to be, and if you care enough to get to know Him, you’ll discover how much of a lovely, beautiful, amazing, great, and wonderful person you are! He says don’t limit yourself to personality because character overall is the one that sums up your confidence.
Deuteronomy 4:19 And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars–all the heavenly array–do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.
Leviticus 19:31 “‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.
By His Grace, Sheela (via sheelaleigh.com)
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