Here is what God gave me in his word today:
6 Put not thyself forward in the presence of the king, And stand not in the place of great men: 7 For better is it that it be said unto thee, Come up hither, Than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince, Whom thine eyes have seen.
Prov 25:6-7 (ASV)
If we put ourselves up (Try thinking of the Lucifer/Devil trying to do this) Then God will put us down (Think again about just how low the devil was put) I think with these verses, the Devil is the perfect “Bad Example” and Jesus is the perfect example, the devil wanted to put himself up as God, Jesus willing lowered himself down to earth, and became a man, the devil was lowered, Jesus died for us, the devil tried and kill us, Jesus rose again three days later, the devil……. didn’t
But I think you get the idea, if you have said, a succesful ministry, and one day someone comes up to you and praises you for your sermons/ministry and says what they like about you, then I’d say about 75-80% of the time, you/I will fall into the trap of pride, but, when we fall there, it is also like we are trying to take the place of God, because suddenly we are the center of attention, not God, we are getting all the glory, not God, And trust me, you don’t want to be in that position.
But if you ever happen to get into it, then once you realize that it is wrong, ask God’s forgiveness and ask him to help you with your pride.
You are loved!