Succubus and incubus are names that have been used to describe spiritual beings or demons that have sex with people in their dreams. The names can be traced back to legends and myths but make no mistake, these experiences themselves are not legends or myths. Maybe you are reading this article because you or a loved one is having experiences suggesting the activity of these demonic spirits. I will share my personal experience with you, my real-life story of the activities of these spirits—I am a Doctor and a Minister and I know very well what I am talking about. But first, let me lay a necessary spiritual foundation before proceeding.
The Myth, Legend and Tales about succubus and incubus
The word incubus is derived from Late Latin root word incubare which means “lie on”. We also get the Latin word incubo which means nightmare. These words describe the idea being communicated, of a demon (though to be male) that has sexual relations with women at night. Its female counterpart, succubus, is thought to be a female demon that has sex with men at night.
Numerous myths, legends and tales have arisen regarding succubus and incubus or the experience. In fact, different regions in the world have different names for these demons. It turns out that the names “succubus and incubus” have been widely recognized. It is amazing how different unrelated cultures are trying to describe the same experience in different parts of the world. The key question is are these experiences real or are they legends and myths?
To help you better characterize the issue, let me suggest that you make a difference between the experience with this succubus and incubus demons and the stories that develop from them. These two are related but are not the same. The experience of a spiritual being engaging in sexual activities with people in their dreams is real. The stories, the explanations, possible solutions and the whys may be many and form the basis of many developing myths and legends. Do not be deceived by the idea of legends and myths. Distinguish between the legends and myths and the experience.
This article is focused on explaining what the scriptures have to say about such demonic activities including that of succubus and incubus and especially to highlight the fact that these experiences are real and there is a spiritual solution. I have no interest getting into the details about the myths and legends, or a discourse on demonology. If you want to know more about such legends regarding succubus or incubus, I will suggest you read this Wikipedia article.
Succubus and Incubus in the Scriptures
As believers, the Bible is the Word of God to guide our lives. The truth it contains should be the pillar upon which we judge every fact, knowledge or experience. We should never be carried away by experiences only, especially when they stand against what the scriptures clearly teach us. I have heard some stories of people who had had experiences that are squarely non-biblical from the moment I heard them. Your only foundation against deception is your personal establishment on the truth. If God’s Word abides in you, you will not be deceived. This is an essential warning before I engage with the experiences of demonic spirits.
Does the Bible have any direct references to succubus and incubus? No. Does the Bible call any of these “dream sex demons” by the names we use today? No. Does the Bible have anything to say about the activities of succubus and incubus or similar demonic spirits? Yes, and a lot is written. Someone will have to be literally blind if him or her read the bible regularly and not come across the realities of demonic spirits. Read the Gospels and watch how many times Jesus dealt with the activities of devils. I have met Christians who say they do not believe in demonic activity. What a tragedy! They say they do believe in God but not believe in demons. How can that be? The God they believe in has warned us throughout the New Testament about the activities of Satan and his demons on our daily lives. Here are just two such verses.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Eph. 6:12 ESV)
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Pet. 5:8 ESV)
I met a believer also who told me that demons are found only in developing countries. What a spiritual disaster equally! This is costly ignorance. This is a sad fulfillment of the scripture below.
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (2 Cor. 2:11 KJV)
The premise behind this sort of thinking is that many who live in the western world think that demonic activity is restricted to witchcraft or similar things. God has never said that in the scriptures. Witchcraft is only a minority of the activity of demonic spirits. Satan and his demons operate in many subtle ways through simple everyday activities that many will never imagine could be spiritual. Please see the verses below
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, (2 Cor. 10:3-5 ESV)
Could you have imagined that demonic strongholds can manifest in the way people think? Well, if that is too much for you, take a look at the verse below
And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” (Matt. 16:22-23 ESV)
Did Jesus just call Peter Satan in the verse above? What did Peter do? Well, he simplyvoiced his concerns and suggested as a devoted follower that Jesus should not die on the cross. What in these verses suggested spiritual activity? Nothing—to you and me. However, with the discernment of the Spirit, Jesus saw who was speaking through Peter. Was Peter possessed by Satan? No. Did he lose his mind? No. Do you see what I mean? Satan and demons are more active than many believers realize. Sadly, many are either too superstitious because they lack discernment to know what is spiritual and what is natural while others are too modern with natural explanation for everything and have no clue when demonic activity is going on in their lives.
Succubus, incubus and science
What does science have to say about succubus and incubus oppressing people? Can we turn to science for an answer? Let me use a statement by Jesus to answer these questions.
And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s (Lk. 20:25 KJV).
First, Jesus recognizes that there were certain things that belonged to Caesar in the natural world. He then commands to give to Caesar the things that belong to him. Let me extend this truth and apply it to the activities of succubus or incubus and science. I work as a Doctor and I have seen first-hand the power of medical science to transform lives. However, I have also seen the gross limitations of science. And much more, as a Minister, I quickly learned that there are things in life that are not just within the scope of science. The activities of succubus or incubus is one of them. There is a scientific method and spirits are just out of the scope of science. Science, however, can observe its results. As a scientist, I think one of the greatest deceptions of science is the thinking that everything there is in life is within the scope of science. Well, the majority of life is outside of our physical universe.
We have acquired tremendous amounts of knowledge about the physical world around us but the greatest ignorance of science is the ignorance of the spirit world. We have made advances in the study and treatments of diseases of the body and mind, but the idea of the spirit of man remains a dark zone.
Jesus says, give to Caesar, the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s. We should allow science do what is it meant to do and not stretch it to do what is outside of its definition. Science is the systematic study of nature. Demonic activities of succubus and incubus are just not within this scope. Faith and science are not competing viewpoints of life. They are not looking at the same thing at all! Pure science is not mutually exclusive with faith. Science is the study of nature, the physical universe and our God is a God of knowledge. He established the principles that govern the natural world. He established the principle by which science operates. God has nothing against science. When science delves into questions that do not belong to its scope, it gets corrupted and errors are generated.
Succubus, incubus and Christians
When it comes to spiritual warfare, I have encountered two dangerous extremes which we must avoid at all cost. The first group are those who seem to live for the purpose fighting against demons. I call them the “super-spiritual”. They are obsessed with demons, learning the names of all sorts of demons, see demons in everything that happens and spend most of their time fighting with one demon or another. This is a dangerous place to be in. God has not called you to live to fight demons. You are called to live for God. Do not get distracted with demons. Christ, not demons, should be your focus. The truth about it is that if we focus on demons and pay attention to them long enough, you should not be surprised they show up more in your life and you will indeed spend all of your time fighting with them.
At the other extreme are those Christians I will call “modern or civilized”. They don’t believe in “these things”. I mentioned above how one believer told me that demons are restricted to developing countries. These set of people have a natural explanation for everything that happens to them, including those that are spiritually triggered. They are spiritually blind, without discernment, and fail to recognize activities that are spiritual as opposed to purely natural. This mindset is as horrible as the first. Such Christians are those that are most liable to being oppressed for long periods by Satan because they are blinded to spiritual activities, exclusively seeking natural help for all their problems including those that are spiritual.
You should be in neither of these extremes. As a believer, the Lord wants you to keep your focus on Him, but not be ignorant of spiritual activities of demons including succubus and incubus around you. Not everything that happens to you is demonic. However, the disaster occurs when you are under a spiritual attack and you have no idea of what is going on. Be vigilant. Be discerning. Listen and walk with the Holy Spirit.
Incubus and Succubus true stories
The experience of demonic spirits (the succubus and incubus) engaging with people in their dreams is real. There are two very important problems I have noticed by observation regarding this.
- Many people have these experiences and are too ashamed and embarrassed about them. Don’t suffer in silence from succubus or incubus. Open up and be free. Mind you, not every nightmare or wet dream is due to a demonic spirit. I have already discussed this above, and we must not be super-spiritual. However, be discerning to know when such experiences are spiritual. If they are, do not anguish in silence. Do something. Seek help.
- Others who have these experiences think it is normal or maybe “others are having it too”. Please do not console yourself with this deceptive thought. There is nothing normal about having sexual encounters with some demonic creature in your dreams.
I began having some strange manifestations a while ago in which I will have a dream where I find myself having sex with a woman, sometimes I could not even identify who that person was. Was it just a dream? Absolutely not! What often wakes me up from the dream was when I noticed that I was sensually sexually aroused and ejaculating. Every night this occurred to me, I will have severe lower abdominal pains during the day. I initially thought that was one of those things that happen to young people when they get too excited in their heads about sex. When it became a very recurrent issue with severe pain, I booked an appointment with a Urologist. By then, as a young Christian, I knew I was not dealing with anything in the ordinary. I watched my doctor examine me and tell me what I knew he would say, that everything seems to be fine. I was given a trial medication for prostatitis, just in case, I had an infection.
One of the things that happened to me that began ringing a spiritual bell in my head is that every night I forgot praying before going to bed, I was sure to have that dream. I remember moments when I used to get up at night after falling asleep without praying and get really anxious about having this dream, and so running to my knees to pray.
I had no clue what I was doing that was causing this and how it came upon me. One thing I knew was that I was having a very strange experience that was clearly not normal. As I grew in faith, I actively sought deliverance from this personally and through ministers vested with the power of God operating in and through them. I got complete freedom. No more wet dreams. No more lower abdominal pain. The truth is that anyone is free to explain that experience the way they choose to but when you get afflicted by things like these, your mindset is no longer about theories or what people think but about how to get free from the experience. My experience is in the lower end of what these demonic spirits do. People have experienced even worse manifestations.
The spiritual experience with succubus and incubus
I will divide the experience from succubus or incubus into two parts to aid our comprehension. The first part is the spiritual sexual encounter that occurs in the dreams. The second part is physical effects of that spiritual encounter. In my case, I will immediately note a sexual release, and then have severe lower abdominal pains all day long. I have heard stories of people who may have serious marital crisis with their spouses, such problems that you cannot put your finger on what the big issue is. Others will have financial crises or business failures once they have such sexual encounters. Yet others might lose potential marriage relationships. The physical effects can be multiple. The key is to avoid being super-spiritual or civilized as I mentioned above but discerning to know when these things are spiritual. Please do not go about saying your marital crises are all due to some succubus demon whereas it might not be. Discernment is personal and comes from the Spirit. If you are not prayerful, you will have a hard time with spiritual discernment, I hope it is not the case with you. The witness of the Spirit inside of you is your armor of discernment. I cannot explain to you how this works! The Spirit will guide you.
Incubus and succubus names
Do not get carried away by the names of demons. The names “incubus” and “succubus” are only two of the many names that cultures across the world have called these demonic spirits. You can read the Wikipedia article cited above as the goal of this article is not to get into the legends or myths but to discuss the experiential and biblical realities we have to deal with.
I think the most amazing descriptive names of succubus or incubus I have heard so far comes from sub-Saharan Africa where these demons are called spiritual husbands and spiritual wives. No matter what the culture calls it, they are all describing the experience of demonic spirits having sexual encounters with people with tangible practical effects on their lives.
Deliverance from succubus and incubus
Our Christian culture has come a long way in describing the activity of demons on people, from oppression, depression to possession. Some are looking into whether there is a difference between demons, devils and fallen angels. In fact, there are all sorts of questions if Christians can be possessed by demons or not. I will not get into all of these here. When you are tormented by an evil spirit such as incubus or succubus, you certainly will care less whether is possession or oppression or whatever it is. You want the activity to stop. And that is what God wants also. That process by which the activity of an evil spirits operating in someone’s life is terminated is essentially what deliverance is. It means stopping that activity and/or driving the spirit away ( casting out) and freeing that individual from the control of those spirits. Jesus’ earthly ministry was replete with casting demons out.
The place of power and authority
One of the dilemmas of the modern church in most places today is that some might recognize demons but are powerless to command their activities to stop or cast them out. It is one thing to identify identity a demon. It is another to be able to cast it out. Demons do not answer to theology or doctrine. They answer to power and authority. Though every believer has the Holy Spirit’s living inside of them and therefore have power within them, not every believer is able to unleash or manifest that power. In fact, not every minister is also able to manifest that power. This is not only embarrassing to us as Christians but it is also for the world that comes to the Church for help in spiritual matters only to meet believers who are also helpless themselves.
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (Mk. 16:17 KJV)
That means every believer has the inherent power to cast out demons. The problem then is not because they are not believers but that many believers are just not spiritually mature or equipped. I met someone who asked me if they had to visit some “deliverance minister” to get delivered and why they cannot do it themselves. The truth is that you do not have to visit a minister to get delivered. Jesus said as a believer, you can speak to demons. The problem is that many believers cannot speak with authority. Many believers do not know the Word, many more do not have a consistent prayer life or feeding on the scriptures. We cannot ignore our spiritual lives all day and all week and think we will speak to a demon and it will hear us. It does not work that way. If you build up your spirit with the Word and yield to the Spirit, you can speak to any spirit and deliver yourself. I remember also praying and even fasting on my own and that dirty spirit just kept tormenting me. Don’t suffer alone. If you cannot get it done yourself, seek help from ministers that clearly have God’s power operating in them.
Demons, such as succubus or incubus, respond to spiritual authority. By default, every believer has been lifted up far above all demonic powers.
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come (Eph. 1:21 KJV)
The Holy Spirit that lives in the believer is the Finger of God that subdues all demonic powers
But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. (Lk. 11:20 KJV)
But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. (Matt. 12:28 KJV)
Authority is exercised through words. Words of authority are used to cast out succubus or incubus demons. As I mentioned above, there are believers who speak to demons and get a response while others speak to demons and nothing happens. The difference is the degree of authority working in their words. The rod of exercising authority over demonic spirits is words of power.
When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: (Matt. 8:16 KJV)
How do you do this? There are no rituals needed. All you need to do is to open your mouth and command succubus or incubus and it will obey you. Yes, it is that simple if power is in your mouth. You can do this right from your home, right now. Declare that “In the Name of Jesus I command every spiritual influence to leave my life right now”. You do not need to call any names of demons. In fact, you should not!
Accessing power and authority
You can break the power of succubus and incubus over your life. However, if you are cannot muster the spiritual stamina needed, seek help. God has ordained and anointed ministers to help his children. Seeking help or seeking a miracle from another believer who is endowed with a gift you do not have is not wrong. In fact, it rather acknowledging the fact that God deals with us as a family. I have met people who are suffering from some oppression and “they have been praying and fasting about it” for 2, 5 or even 10 years. You do not need to suffer this long when God has ordained ministers around you who can help you. Seek help in the Body of Christ when you need it. Don’t suffer in your little corner with an embarrassing situation just because you are trying to make it happen on your own. I will encourage you to start with your Pastor right where you are. If help is not found there, do not stop seeking but continue.
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