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Thoughts, Fantasies, & Illusions

James 1:14-15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.

God gives us protection through our obedience to Him

bringing every thought into captvity to the OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST“. 2 Corinthians 10:5

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You: because he trusts in You.

Thoughts, Fantasies, and Illusions
September 1999 
by Susan Bertalotto

Romans 8:5-8 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

How many of us are experiencing a daily onslaught of sexual and sensual images in our minds? I know I am not the only one! Have you ever met someone, and then thought about that person for the rest of the day? Or do you have regular fantasies of ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, ex-husbands/wives, thinking about ways the relationship could have succeeded? Do you wish at times for a person of the opposite sex in your life, just so you could feel his/her touch, feel the pleasure of undivided attention? Then would everything be complete in your life? Is it okay to experience these thoughts, fantasies, and illusions occasionally?Ask yourself these questions:

AM I ROBBING GOD OF MY TIME?
Yes!! What a time-waster! I could be praying or reading my Bible! If I add up the amount of time I dwell on these thought, and substitute them with prayer, could I perhaps be in prayer and devotional time with the Lord for an extra fifteen minutes a day? A half-hour a day? An hour a day? And if I stop fantasizing, will I substitute prayer in its place, or will I find another way to waste my time?
Jeremiah 29:13 And you shall seek Me, and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart.

AM I PROJECTING WHAT GOD HAS FOR MY FUTURE?
How can I know my future? Am I pretending to be God? Who gave me the right to tell God how the scenario should go? …who I should meet? …how I should meet someone? …what I should say? …what I should be wearing? …what s/he should be wearing?
I Corinthians 2:16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.

DO I COMPLETELY TRUST GOD?
Perhaps I don’t trust God enough to bring me a mate. Why? Isn’t God’s timing perfect enough? Trusting in the Lord gives me hope for my future. If I project my future through thoughts, fantasies, and illusions, how can I say I trust the Lord?
Psalm 37:4-5 Delight yourself also in the LORD; and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.

DO I BELIEVE THAT THE THOUGHTS, FANTASIES, AND ILLUSIONS ARE OF GOD?
When an image presents itself in my mind, is it something I want to linger in my mind? If I allow these thoughts in my mind, will I become complacent and think it is no big deal? Are they just benign thoughts that will go away? No!! Remember at all times that these thoughts, fantasies, and illusions are not of God. Get on your knees and Pray! Humble yourself before God, knowing that HE is your ONLY Source of strength.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

We are not battling with people; we are battling with “spiritual wickedness”. How many times have you heard or read the scripture in Ephesians 6:12? How does that apply in your life? Are you giving way to these fantasies at a time when you need comfort and pleasure?

Are you substituting fantasies for faith and trust in God?

James 1:13-15 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts He any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

James 4:7-8 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded.

 
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