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Charles Spurgeon

Today in the Word, February 27, 1997, p. 34

The great British preacher Charles Spurgeon was keenly aware of the dangers of pride. After his sermon one Sunday, Spurgeon was met by a woman who exclaimed, "Oh, Mr. Spurgeon, that was wonderful."

"Yes, madam," Spurgeon replied, "so the devil whispered in my ear as I came down the steps of the pulpit."

Spurgeon had it right. Genuine compliments are no sin, but he knew that puffing God's people up with pride is one of Satan's favorite tactics. One reason the enemy uses this trick so often is that it is so successful.