Final thoughts on fantasy

… 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.

More on the fantasy spirit

… and how to overcome it.

A few weeks ago, I posted part 1 of my entry on fantasy. If you missed it, you can find it here.

Discerning the fantasy spirit

Sometimes you can’t quite discern if you’re hearing messages from a demonic spirit. Its voice has become so routine that it feels familiar. In such cases, these spirits’ voices are nearly indistinguishable from your own. You may need a trusted friend to point them out.

This happened in my own life when I had lunch with a friend, Renee Cooper. After recounting a vivid, constantly changing dream, Renee asked, “You can change your dreams all night long… like a movie?” “Yes!” I said, ecstatically. Renee gave me a concerned look and said, “Dawna, that’s not a God dream, that’s a spirit of fantasy.” 

A spirit of what?!

The sneaky side of fantasy

The spirit of fantasy hides in our imaginations. In my case, fantasy dwelt inside my night time dreams, and kept me from addressing real life issues like boredom and lack of value.

Before being a stay at home mom, I was an exceptional student, athlete, and employee. For most of my life, my worth came from my ability to perform well. But as a stay at home mom with no audience to impress, it became hard to rate my success.

Isolation from “admirers” opened a door to fantasy in my life. This spirit tempted me with alternative realities in my dreams where I was no longer worthless, but adored.

Don’t partner with fantasy!

The way I overcame this spirit was through active obedience. Every night before bed, I’d declare, “I am a child of obedience and I will not partner with you. I send you back in Jesus’s Name.” Sometimes I’d instantly feel fantasy leave. Other nights, I’d have to repeat this declaration until its luring voice faded.

Declaring and resisting may sound easy, but since I’d partnered with this spirit for some time, it had become a demonic stronghold. I had to learn to “stand when [I had] done all to stand.”

To be continued!

If you’re struggling with feelings of inadequacy, boredom, or loneliness, don’t use fantasy to cope. Instead, pull on your relationship with God, and use other means of recreation to recharge.

P.S: My husband has an excellent message on rest in his Prosperous Soul: Advanced Manual. He shares how rest can help you overcome the attacks of the evil one.

If you want to dive deeper into learning about fantasy, stay connected to this blog. You can also find more information in my book, Overcoming Fear.

The fantasy spirit

… and what you can do about it.

A few weeks ago, I put out a question on social media asking my followers what spirits they wanted me to write about. I was inundated with responses.

I had so much fun sifting through everyone’s comments. In the end, I chose the 10 spirits I was most familiar with. Here is the first one:

The Fantasy Spirit

The fantasy spirit is starting to gain more attention in Christian circles. As more immersive forms of entertainment emerge (i.e., movies, video games, and virtual reality), the fantasy spirit’s effect on people is becoming more apparent. But what does it look and feel like when the fantasy spirit attacks?

At its root, the fantasy spirit’s theme is escapism. The spirit thrives on keeping us distracted, weighed down with unhealthy imaginations, and lost in alternate realities.

Now, I am not saying that imagination is itself evil. God gave our brains an incredible ability to map out stories and ideas. It’s wonderful how architecture, inventions, and art can manifest from vivid creativity. But our imagination can be infiltrated by the enemy if we don’t protect it.

In my own life, the fantasy spirit manifested itself through my nighttime dreams. From the time I was a little girl, I had an active dream life. Most of these dreams seemed innocent. I’d be Snow White escaping the evil queen, or one of the Hardy Boys solving a mystery even the police couldn’t crack.

The problem was my obsession with these dreams began to leak into my daily life. Even after salvation, I’d fantasize about escaping my “boring” world in favor of heroic adventures. This obsession continued well into my marriage. 

You can imagine how much this struggle impacted my life. Eventually, I found myself at a crisis. Dissatisfied with how seemingly dull my life was, I started entertaining options for real means of escape. This led to a defining moment in my marriage where I had to choose between my non-heroic “Mom” life and an idealized, romantic adventure. 

I remember lying on the couch, begging God, “Please close this door of escape for me. I am not strong enough to choose correctly here. Just make me a robot so my only choice is righteousness.”

Thankfully, the Lord didn’t make me a robot. But He did close the door that was tempting me. This shows that your willingness to obey the Lord is your best first step towards freedom.

To be continued!

If you want to dive deeper into the fantasy spirit, stay connected to this blog. I’ll be posting more in the coming weeks. You can also find more information in my book, Overcoming Fear.