Have you ever been at the top of the world spiritually? You were having victory over sin, your prayers were being answered, God was using you in the lives of others, and people began to look up to you. You started to notice how well you were doing, and then suddenly, you weren’t doing so well. I have had this happen to me many times. As soon as the believer allows pride into his heart, he is doomed to fail.
1 Corinthians 10:12 tells us, "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." If we put our focus on ourselves, we need to watch out. As soon as we are not looking to Jesus, but noticing how well we are doing we are in trouble. If we begin to look at ourselves and focus on how we have been succeeding spiritually, we will be lifted up with pride. When we are lifted up with pride, we put ourselves in a place where God will bring us low. James 4:6 says, "But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." That word for ‘resist’ literally means to set yourself in battle against. If you lift yourself up in pride, you are literally putting yourself in battle array against God. Yeah, that’s a bad idea.
So I would like to challenge you: humble yourself. Realize how your success is not the focus of your life. God’s glory is your focus. Don’t fight God for the glory that rightfully belongs to Him. Let us give Him all the glory and honor that He deserves. In return, we will receive grace. Isn’t He a good God?
"And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted." – Matthew 23:12