IJeremiah 49:16 Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the Lord.
I have felt less than inspired these past few days. So I did a bible search for inspire or inspiration, neither of which I found in that search. This passage came up however, one that does not seem to speak to inspiration but yet spoke to me. It would seem that the Lord has brought me down. He has not let me down, He has brought me down.
God does all things with purpose. All I have to do to understand that is to look into my own actions, my own heart, to discover why. The mind is not the place to look. My mind will deceive me in vain imaginations. I will try to tie the results to the thoughts I had to the reason I began the search. I had a need to understand how to be inspired and to inspire others. It is vanity to believe that anything the Lord might show me has anything to do with my reasoning.
The very first thing found in this passage speaks to deception. Caution must be exercised when we are told that deception is a real possibility. The obvious must be examined closely to be seen for what it truly is at that moment. Am I seeing things for what they are, or what I wish? Actions are easily examined but the motivations of the heart as to why those actions occurred is not that easy.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
A more gentle word for reprobate is phony. While perhaps gentler, it still means acting without faith.