“Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” – Proverbs 27:5-6
The devil is always fluffing and bluffing, God is always correcting and directing. If you constantly seek to be picked up, propped up, or puffed up, to keep you from giving up, then you are not living up to your potential in and commitment to Christ and are giving undue and unnecessary place to the devil. Not only are you giving the devil needless place in your own life but also in the lives of those around you, through you. When you seek adoration, rather then seeking to adore God and abhor self, you are not only listening to the devil, you are actually inviting him into your ear.
If out of one side of your mouth you say, “get ye behind me Satan“, and out of the other side you ask for a pat on the back… well, guess who’s back there… and He will gladly give you one if it gets him back at your side and in your ear.
“I receive not honour from men.” – Jesus (John 5:41)
Don’t seek the attention, notoriety, or honor of men less you give place to the devil. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and the mark of the high calling placed before you, and cast Satan behind you. Do not invite him along side you just to whisper sweet nothings in your ear, for they come tied to pride, lies, tricks, and snares. Remember that you are not here for earthly gain, be it physical or psychological. You are hear to crucify the flesh, die to self, pick up your cross, and follow Christ.
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” – Matthew 16:24-26
“For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue.” – Psalms 5:9