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Behold, you are wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that is a match for you.  By your wisdom and understanding you have acquired riches for yourself and have acquired gold and silver for your treasuries.  By your great wisdom, by your trade you have increased your riches and your heart is lifted up because of your riches.  (Ezekiel 28:3-5, NASB) 

When man trusts in himself he has created fool’s wisdom to be his guide.  In our passage Satan uses his wisdom to become rich.  These riches in turn made his heart to be lifted up in pride; it was pride because becoming rich was done by no other source than through his own wisdom.  True wisdom comes from God and leads to true riches.  The man who is poor in spirit has godly wisdom from the source of all knowledge – the living God

Because Satan, or the man or woman who is not poor in spirit, has the world’s riches his heart is lifted up – why?  Because when a person has riches not from the Lord he or she is tempted to find his or her security, their sense of worth, and/or his or her master in riches.  There is nothing wrong with riches if you are a good steward of what God has given you.  But when your riches control you then you are controlled by something other than God.  With the Lord no longer in control you cease to be poor in spirit and pride develops in your heart.

And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time?  Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.  Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.  (Luke 12:42-44, NASB) 

Ezekiel 28:6-10 describes the judgment placed upon Satan for his sin of pride.  We need to examine ourselves and avoid the same fate.

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

Of what use is money in the hand of a [self-confident] fool to buy skillful and godly Wisdom – when he has no understanding or heart for it?  (Proverbs 17:16, Amplified)

Wisdom is the focus of the perceptive, but a fool’s eyes roam to the ends of the earth.  (Proverbs 17:24, HCSB) 

Even when the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking and he demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool.  (Ecclesiastes 10:3, NASB) 

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon.  (Matthew 6:24, NKJV)

As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the Word, but the cares of the world and the pleasures and delight and glamour and deceitfulness of riches choke and suffocate the Word, and it yields no fruit.  (Matthew 13:22, Amplified) 

As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be proud and arrogant and contemptuous of others, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches, but on God…  (1 Timothy 6:17, Amplified)

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  (Matthew 6:19-21, NASB)

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