… and how to overcome it.
A few weeks ago, I posted part 2 of my entry on fantasy. If you missed it, you can find it here.
Is the fantasy spirit in the Bible?
Alas, Scripture does not include a comprehensive list of demonic spirits, so we need to rely on discernment when identifying certain entities. I have found that most demonic sources are disempowered when you call them out (i.e., use the word that describes what has been harassing you [like anger/fear/etc]).
We are not to live in a fantasy world. We have to keep guard over our thoughts (see Prov. 4:23), renew the mind (Rom. 12:2), and take thoughts captive (2 Cor. 10:5-6).
Fantasy targets our imagination, so protecting our mind is key. Scripture warns us that unrestrained thoughts lead to sin: “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart” – (Matthew 5:28 ESV).
The enemy’s number one tactic is targeting us with lies about ourselves, others, and God. When we partner with these lies, we compile unhealthy offenses and judgements against others.
To combat this strategy, we must take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. In Sozo, this is done by renouncing sin, releasing forgiveness, and exchanging the lies we believe for God’s truth.
How I defeated fantasy
When I finally realized I was partnering with a spirit of fantasy, I instantly repented and felt its power leave. This demonstrated Scripture’s truth that when we confess our sins, “he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:19).
In my case, renouncing fantasy was easy. The hard part was holding on to my healing. I had grown so accustomed to fantasy’s voice that its lure felt like my normal thoughts.
Dreaming all night long with this spirit allowed me to not feel so bad about partnering with it during the day. This spirit became a false comforter that allowed me to escape my “boring” life.
After renouncing this spirit, I still had to keep the door shut. Whenever I laid my head down on my pillow, I’d feel fantasy try to pull me away. I’d say out loud, “I’m a child of obedience, and I will NOT partner with you.” This was part of my strategy to “stand, when you have done all to stand” (Eph 6:13-14).
Strategies to rebuke fantasy
If you discern that fantasy is impacting your life, ask Jesus to forgive you for knowingly or unknowingly partnering with it. Renounce the enemy’s hold by declaring, “I see you, fantasy. I do not partner with you. I send you back in Jesus’s Name. Holy Spirit, give me back the weapon of obedience, and be my comfort when I want to escape reality.”
Here’s a closing prayer: “Thank You, Jesus, that You have godly and healthy ways for me to deal with disappointment. I hand to you [whatever negative belief that is trying to attach to me, i.e. discouragement, hopelessness, a need for rescue]. I release myself and others from any unmet expectations. Reveal Your truth to me and give me strategies to face reality with boldness. I ask for grace to walk in healthier ways of managing my expectations. Amen.”
Signs of the fantasy spirit
These might be symptoms of partnering with a fantasy spirit:
Fatigue or exhaustion after a long night of dreaming. With God dreams you should wake up refreshed.
A desire to avoid or escape life.
Preferring false worlds over the real one.
An unwillingness to accept the life God has given you.
An unrealistic, idealized perception of marriage.
You are either the hero in your dreams (not God) or you are being rescued by someone other than God.
If you identify with any of these traits, ask God to help you break free from fantasy. If you need help, schedule a Sozo in-person or online with the Bethel Transformation Center.
I bless you on your journey, and pray God will break any and all strongholds of the enemy. Lean into the Lord and step out in faith to follow the Holy Spirit. He will heal your wounds and take you on incredible adventures.
P.S: If you want more deep-dives into demonic spirits, stay tuned to this blog. We’ll be discussing the Jezebel Spirit next.