A GLASS CAGE

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel

INTRODUCTION

A glass cage is reflective of how fragile a peaceful setting may be if one is not tuned in to a living and viable God.  There is an onrush of activity that pollutes such a setting which can unleash the judgmental side of God rather than His blessings from on high.  (Click to Listen) (Comment)

A GLASS CAGE
DOES LITTLE TO CONTAIN

Scripture reveals:  Babylon is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and the cage of every unclean and hateful bird (Revelation 18:2). 

The hold of every foul spirit signifies a prison or place of confinement; a residence of persons comparable to devils, foul spirits, hateful birds, all as beasts of prey.  If confined they can do no harm; but if not, can bring havoc and destruction.  A glass cage does little to contain such; unless it is hardened as that of bullet-proof glass.

HAVOC AND DEATH

Many today; especially in heathen nations, who openly defy and persecute the church are wreaking havoc and destruction, to all who testify of their love for Christ.  Scripture tells of those who were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection.

Others had trials of cruel mocking and scourging, of chains and imprisonment (Hebrews 11:35-36).  America, and elsewhere, have allowed a glass cage of confinement to be broken; unleashing every foul spirit to reap havoc and destruction upon mankind.

REVOLTING AND REBELLIOUS HEART

In the days of the prophet Jeremiah the people had a revolting and rebellious heart (Jeremiah 5:13).  It is appalling to what is being allowed to materialize in our own day and age.  Nations that once had the power of God, and His blessings, to become of a nature as in the days of Jeremiah.

Jeremiah, in speaking the words of the Lord, said:  Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, that gives rain, both the former and the latter, in his season he reserves to us the appointed weeks of the harvest.  Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withheld good things from you (Jeremiah 5:23-25).

The people were no longer being blessed as before; depriving themselves of God's natural blessings for those who fear (or reverence) His name.  America, and elsewhere, are suffering from the same ill-effects of a revolting and rebellious heart against God, in attempting to alleviate any Christian influence.

HOUSES FULL OF DECEIT

Jeremiah, in speaking the words of the Lord, said:  As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and grown rich (Jeremiah 5:17).  Shall I not visit for these things, Saith the Lord: Shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this (Jeremiah 5:29).

Judah's sins were so exceedingly evil that they were described as being horrible.  They had become of a revolting and rebellious nature against God; the one who had previously bestowed His blessings on them with the former and latter rain, to make them prosper. 

IS GOD HAPPY WITH
AMERICA

Is God happy with America, and elsewhere, who abort millions of babies still in their mother's womb?  Is He pleased that the sanctity of marriage, established by Him, has now been violated by same-sex marriage?  Is He happy that many are no longer pleased with their God-given identity at birth; and feel it necessary to question, and even attempt to change such?

Is God happy with homosexuality?  If so, why did He destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, who was overtaken by such; to make them an example for all who afterward should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6)?  Is God happy with ungodliness having overtaken much of the entertainment industry; rather than good moral values once portrayed?

VENGEANCE ON THE EVILNESS
OF MANKIND

Shall I not be avenged on such a nation as this (Jeremiah 5:29)?  Scripture reveals that the Lord in flaming fire takes vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power (2 Thessalonians 1:8).

Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication (or sexual immorality), and going after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire (Jude 1:7).

GOD'S PROVISION FOR MANKIND

A glass cage may be either hard; as that of bullet-resisting glass, or extremely brittle taking little effort to break it.  Jesus wants to enter into one's heart and set them free.  He said:  I stand at the door and knock (the door of one's heart): If any man hear my voice, and open the door (only you can), I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20). 

In reading from the Book of Isaiah, he said:  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are oppressed (Luke 4:18).  This day is this scripture fulfilled in your hearing (Luke 4:21).

If one's heart is receptive; after receiving the Word of God, Jesus can easily enter in bringing salvation and deliverance to the wayward soul of man!  If one's heart is harden, as bullet-resisting glass, rather than a glass cage more readily broken, one may very well stay in such a condition without the benefit of God's saving grace through His Son (John 3:16). 

Scripture reveals:  He that believes on the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God remains on him (John 3:36).  May a glass cage of one's heart be of a brittle nature to allow Jesus in!

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