5 - Ego as in over depending on people for validation and acceptance - God alone is your servant and Lord - no other human being should be required to serve you - not even your children or spouse or grand children - only God should be worshiped by you and only God's principles ought to serve you
4 - Ego as in wanting to be worshiped - God alone is to be worshiped
3 - Ego as in wanting to eliminate competition - people are children of God and do not belong to you
2 - Ego as in wanting recognition of your own worth by fighting those who undermine it - God only is worthy of praise
1 - Ego as in confident about your own righteousness - only God is perfect
I'm going to divide it into some common pitfalls
Even people who have been religious for decades can struggle with ego.
But sometimes the devil of ego can approach you in subtle ways that aren't so obvious as posting semi clad nude photos of yourself in a bikini or entering beauty pageants or showing half naked pics of your biceps on facebook.
I realized the answer today - its because of Ego. No intelligent Christian will knowingly brag about their muscles or their money knowing this kind of boosting puts them in danger of God's wrath.
It puzzled me for a long time - Why is it that I've been a Christian for over 20 years and people who have been a Christian for 3 years seem more happy or joyful or forgiving or gracious or intimate than me?