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Imagining and fantasizing about things in our minds that are pleasing to God is one way we connect to our creative God. Yet such unrealistic daydreaming can also be an escape mechanisms, whereby we are not content in our present situation and so project our

We choose what we do with them

thinking out beyond where we are, the product of an undisciplined mind, motivated by inner sinful desires.

Pornography and masturbation involve impure thoughts, with lustful imagining running wild to fulfill the desires of the flesh. Jesus stated if the action, such as the unlawful sexual conduct of adultery is sin, so is the mental enactment that takes place in our thoughts (Ex 20:14; Mt 5:27,28). These unwholesome and sinful imaginations create emotional bonds or soul ties which must be brought into submission to Christ (2 Cor 10:4,5). “Whatever is true, pure…think on these things” (Phil 4:8). We are to control our thoughts. “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires” (Gal 5:24). It is important to ensure any fantasies we dwell on have a good and righteous intention behind them (Ps 19:14; Prov 15:26). We must guard our hearts and minds from evil thoughts and sinful fantasies (Prov 4:23; Rom 12:2; 3 Jn 1:11).

Healthy daydreams see the possibilities, with goals to aim for, in positive beneficial areas, however to be of value they require effort to bring into reality.  Do I recognise the difference between selfish fantasies that bring bondage (even if not acted out), and creative daydreaming which can

The test for fantasies – who benefits, others or me?

produce inspired wholesome insights, that when implemented will bring release and blessing to others.

See also: dreams, escapism, imagination, lust, mind, soul ties, thinking/thoughts, visualisation.