Summary: The soul of a man is the seat of his intellect, will and emotions; it is self- conscious.

The Scriptures reveal that man is a tripartite being, that is, he is made up of a soul and a spirit, both of which live in a body.

God, the wonderful creator, wishes that man prospers in these three departments of his being especially the soul which is the spiritual part of his life.

The enemy knows this, therefore, he attacks and cages man’s soul thus rendering him weakened, and unfulfilled in his earthly and heavenly pursuits.

How can you know when a soul is caged? How can a caged soul be delivered and made to prosper? This life-changing message answers these interesting questions.

Ezekiel 13:18:And say, Thus faith the Lord GOD; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you? 19And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies? 20Wherefore thus faith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.”

The creation of man is a wonderful process. The Bible says:” I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14).

The creation of man took place in three stages:

1. God Himself sat down, took dust, moulded it and formed man.

(Next time, when you feel like boasting, remember that you are ordinary dust); whenever you feel like broadcasting yourself, it is Mr Dust that you are broadcasting.

At burial ceremonies, it is said, “Dust unto dust ashes unto ashes.” That is, the person came from dust and is going back to be dust as it is put in the ground. That is why all the chemicals that make up the human body can also be found in the ground.

It is therefore very interesting to find the dust (man) boasting against his creator. The dust- man fabricates dust - drugs and puts all his faith in the drug.

2. God breathed the breath of life into man’s nostrils, so that the Spirit of God moved into it to create the spirit of man which went straight into the blood.

3. Man became a living soul, a distinct individual, a distinct personality.

The body of man is world-conscious. It is through it that human beings relate with each other.

The soul of a man is the seat of his intellect, will and emotions; it is self- conscious. It is through the soul that a man knows that he is bold, weak, strong, intelligent and that he is different from any other person.

The spirit of man is God - conscious, it is through it that he realises that there is God and recognises His Lordship. It is also through the spirit that man denies the existence of God and refuses to serve Him.

Man is fearfully and wonderfully made.

When the body is caged, it cannot move. It is limited and cannot do what it wishes to do. It has a problem.

A person in Kirikiri prison, for example, is limited. He is being watched and controlled, he cannot go about as he would have desired.

If a parrot is put in a cage, it is limited, it cannot fly. It can only hop within the confines of the cage. Even though it can sing beautifully and recount what it sees or hears, it is still limited to the cage.

When the spirit - man is caged; it means it is possessed and controlled by demonic spirits. They dictate what the spirit man should do and should not do.

All witches, wizards and familiar spirits are possessed and controlled by the demon - spirits. It is amazing to know that these dark powers can summon a person out of his body. The experiences that some people regard as dreams are not so; they are actual happenings in the spirit world.

When you see yourself in the dream in your village or old secondary or primary school, or a house you lived before, it means that an evil covenant had been formed with your spirit at that location or that something went wrong there or that your placenta was buried there.

Sometimes, these powers make sure a tree is planted where the placenta is buried and the life of that child now depends on the growth of the tree. If the witches now decide to make that tree their meeting place, it means the child will be in their cage forever.

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Folake Odutola

commented on Sep 30, 2006

Thank you once again for the powerful teaching and prayer points.

Joshs Eseosa

commented on Oct 23, 2006

Thanks so much, for you have taken me to a higher realms of quality prayers

Oluwayemisi Oyekunle

commented on Nov 17, 2006

My life has been caged for past 10yrs, and i dont really know how to go about it. After reading this sermon, i receive the light to a lasting solution to my problem.

Rosemarie Allen

commented on Jan 19, 2007

Dr. Olukoya, in your commitment to declare God's word and bring deliverance to the body of Christ my life has not been the same.I thank God for your faithfulness to him. I never realized how ignorant and lukewarm I was untill I started reading your sermons

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