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DREAM KILLER:Feet of Clay

The expression "feet of clay" speaks to the mortal man fragile condition. Job says of man's inglorious state, he dwells in houses of clay whose foundations is in the dust of the earth, and he is crushed before the moth.

The term “feet of clay” gives expression to the frail nature of man. Though he may dream of greatness his Achilles heels resting in his humanity is a sure point of vulnerability. Man is mortal, and flawed.

We don’t really need people pointing up to us our feet of clay; we are often enough in contemplation of them. In order to actualize the greatness vested in man by God it is said Abraham considered not the deadness of his own body approaching the one hundred year mark of life when men are no longer expecting to produce offspring.

Sometimes the situation all around us appears all dead. Sarah who could no longer conceive children brings Hagar, the household nanny to Abraham so through her he might conceive the son God promised them. In this fashion we today continue to do the human work-around thing to help God out. The best we can do is what our mortal limitations permit but that doesn't stop us from labeling it the work of God when we can't even see God doing it in the first place.


Dwelling upon our vulnerabilities, and contemplating the deadness of things around us is one sure-fire way to kill your dreams, and forestall actuating the greatness of God in you—which is the hope of obtaining glory.

A phoenix is a mythical bird with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet (or purple, blue, and green according to some legends). Near the end of life it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again. Jesus' promise to us is a baptism or transformation born of fire by fiery trials—an uncontrolible conflagration of troubles that calls into question our human existence forcing, us to places beyond of our human strength and above human measure. At that point we meet the fourth man in the furnace. Thenceforth nothing is view the same in the aftermath of that experience.

His wife Sarah was in the same proverbial boat but neither did he give any consideration to the deadness of her womb as well as his dead body. Dwelling upon your vulnerabilities, and contemplating the deadness of things around us is one sure-fire way to kill your dreams, and forestall actuating the greatness of God in you—which is the hope of obtaining glory. Sometimes the situation all around us appears all dead. Well it is from this same deadness that Abraham received Isaac who was promised to him. The promises of God depends largely upon the deadness of things around us.

They grow out of these dead things—that’s why they call it resurrection life—resurrection presupposes death in all things. When the natural man sees deadness he walks away, but the spiritual man comes alive in resurrection power. Trick is you have to see this deadness before you can be raised up and it’s not pleasant, but the end result is most desirable. To the extent that any consideration is given to the deadness of our bodies it might well be in the light of: Isaiah 26:19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs. The new life that is in us is resurrection life, and is conditional upon our death. Strange as it may seem, no man has at any time seen God while alive, neither can we receive the things of God while we are alive.

His platoon laughed at him, but his testimony led his sergeant to Christ.

We have to be dead while we yet still live, though it is not us that is living but the Christ that lives in us to receive the things of God for us, and to do the works of God in us. Where man’s natural responses to conditions ceases to be the rule, God begins to manifest himself in the absence of man activities, but never together.

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