Allow God to do all the promoting.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (1 Peter 5:6 KJV)
Humbling ourselves unto God is to submit to His will for our life. It is to allow Him to be in the driver’s seat as we sit contentedly in peace in the passenger seat, allowing Him to steer us through mazes and obstacles along the narrow pathway upon this earth.
Allowing God to direct and manage our life may seem oppressive or constraining but it is living with our faith in Him instead of in our own selves. This brings about freedom and liberty to our life as we live humbly towards his authority. Christ generously extends to all men His sovereignty along with freedom to choose whether or not to apply it to his life.
Those who do apply His authority over their life find that He lifts them up according to His own timing and will upon their life. When God exalts man it is an eternal promotion lifting him up now and for all eternity. When man lauds and glorifies himself it is temporary and meaningless in this life and in the eternal realm.