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Because your heart is lifted up, and you say, “I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods, in the midst of the seas,” yet you are a man, and not a god, though you set your heart as the heart of a god.  (Ezekiel 28:2, NKJV) 

We have previously discussed the heart as being some aspect of the immaterial inner self or being, because the heart is considered to be the seat of one’s inner nature.  This is where pride is developed – in the heart.  When pride is developed and is allowed to take control it takes the place of God in our lives.  We then become like Satan believing we are above the Lord.  We may not express it verbally as Satan did, but we become like him nonetheless.  If we develop the character of being poor in spirit, we will not develop pride in our heart because we then desire earnestly to have the Loving Father direct every step in our lives and show us the way.

Meditate on the following Scriptures and pray how to apply them to your life: 

If I have walked with falsehood, and my foot has hastened after deceit, let Him weigh me with accurate scales, and let God know my integrity.  If my step has turned from the way, or my heart followed my eyes, or if any spot has stuck to my hands, then let me sow and another eat, and let my crops be uprooted.  (Job 31:5-8, NASB)  

Make my steps through Your promise; don’t let any sin dominate me.  (Psalm 119:133, HCSB) 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.  (Proverbs 3:5-6, NASB) 

O LORD [pleads Jeremiah in the name of the people], I know that [the determination of] the way of a man is not in himself; it is not in man [even in a strong man or in a man at best] to direct his [own] steps.  (Jeremiah 10:23, Amplified)

May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.  (2 Thessalonians 3:5, NASB) 

A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD determines his steps.  (Proverbs 16:9, HCSB)

For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.  (Psalm 31:3, NKJV)

I[the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.  (Psalm 32:8, Amplified) 

For such is God, our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.  (Psalm 48:14, NASB) 

You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me up in glory.  (Psalm 73:24. HCSB)

The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the willful contrariness and crookedness of the treacherous shall destroy them.  (Proverbs 11:3, Amplified)

They will not hunger or thirst, the scorching heat or sun will not strike them; for their compassionate One will guide them and lead them to springs of water.  (Isaiah 49:10, HCSB) 

And the Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy you in drought and in dry places and strong your bones.  And you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not.  (Isaiah 58:11, Amplified)

But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.  (John 16:13, NASB)

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