Tuesday, August 21, 2007

SPIRITUAL CAGES

What is a cage?
According to the Webster's dictionary, a cage is an enclosure. In most cases, it looks like a box made with metal wire or net. Cages are specifically made for the purpose of trapping and confining birds and animals.

In Jeremiah 5:25-26, we read a very troubling message from the Lord: "For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men."

Among people who were supposed to be Israelites, God found those that he described as wicked men. What did they do? The verse says "they lay wait as he that setteth snares, they set a trap," but this time they didn't catch birds or rats. They caught men.

Life in the cage. What sort of things does a person that is spiritually caged up experience? To understand this better, let's go from the known to the unknown. What does a bird in a cage experience? What they experience in the physical is what a caged up person experiences in the spiritual.

1. They can move but only within a certain radius.
The person that is in a spiritual cage has the ability to move but only within a certain radius. They make progress but with serious limitations. Have you ever seen an animal in a cage? It moves, doesn't it? How far does it go? It can only go within the realms its captor has set for it.

The purpose of demonic cages is to say, "you can go this far but no farther." That is why you see some men and women, no matter how hard they try, they can only achieve up to a point. All efforts after that point end in frustration.

PRAYER POINT: Every demonic invisible line that has been drawn around my life; be erased by the blood of Jesus.
PRAYER POINT: Every demonic restriction placed upon my life; receive the fire of God.

2. They see freedom but never experience it.
There is a second problem with spiritual cages. Animals inside them can see through them because they are not totally covered up. They see other animals roaming free but can never be like them. If they are birds, they are healthy enough to fly like other birds but cannot. If they are animals, they are healthy enough to run like other animals, but the cage will not allow them.

The same holds true for those who are spiritually caged. They see freedom but never taste it. They see other people doing what they could do, having what they could, going where they could go but some invisible power restrains them from breaking free to be like others. Their daily cry is; "if I can just break through these barriers, I can have freedom to move on in life." Unfortunately all they do is see it but they can't have it. They desire it but can't possess it. Such people are the most frustrated on the face of the earth. They carry their frustration to their job, to their church, business and homes. They snap at everybody, they get angry with everybody because they are frustrated.

3. They cannot effectively respond to whatever is done against them.
You can throw a stone at a bear in a cage and it will just look at you. As strong as a lion is, if a stone is thrown at it, it cannot fight back. Even if the animal wants to fight back, it is restricted from doing something. The bars of iron make him helpless.

There is a feeling of utter helplessness when a person is in a cage. Folks will do things to you that they ordinarily should not and you cannot defend yourself. People will take advantage of you, infringe on your fundamental human rights and you cannot do anything. Life in the cage is one of utter helplessness.

4. They depend on others for sustenance.
Animals in the cage do not know what it means to be independent. They depend on people for their daily needs. A little peanut here for the captured squirrel; a little banana there for the captured monkey, a little carrot here for the caged rabbit. That is how life in the cage is. You have to depend on others for sustenance. Whatever is thrown at you, you have to take it. Like they say, "A beggar has no choice."

5. Even when occupants of cages move, they move with the cage still around them.
The bad thing about cages also is that unless the door of the cage is opened, movement only takes place if the cage is moved about. In other words, wherever you move, the cage is moved with you; so you are confined to that cage. Let's say an animal is to be moved from town A to town B. It is not moved independent of the cage. Either it is moved in the same cage or it is transferred to another cage and then moved

I have seen people move from one city to another looking for a better life. Unfortunately, the cage that blocked them in the former city moves with them to the new city too. Since the cage was not opened where they moved from, they will experience the same problems in this city like they experienced in the previous. I have seen this same problem affect people moving from one country to another, from one job to another and from one marriage to another.

6. After you've been in a cage for a long time, you get used to life in it.
That is the truth. After some time, you adapt to life in the cage.

Prayer Point: Every life that I have adjusted myself to, that is not of God, I reject it in the name of Jesus.

Prayer Point: O Lord, deliver me from every cage mentality in me in Jesus name.

7. It is possible to live and die in a cage.
This is a scary thought, nonetheless one that is absolutely true. Just as countless animals have died in captivity so have numerous human beings died in spiritual cages.

Many tombstones can rightly carry the inscription; "Died in the cage without being allowed to achieve his goals, dreams and aspirations."

Notice, I said, "without being allowed." Not that these people did not want to, not that they did not try to but how much can you do when you are caged up?

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