The Pride Test


Lesson 2: The Pride Test

February 27, 2022


Passing the PRIDE TEST Enables Us to Pass all Other Tests


Pride is always ME Focused


Vertical Pride = Pride directed towards God


Horizontal Pride = Pride directed towards People


Proverbs 13:10 Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise. New Living Translation


Proverbs 29:23 Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor. New Living Translation  


Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fallNew Living Translation


Genesis 37:1 So Jacob settled again in the land of Canaan, where his father had lived as a foreigner. This is the account of Jacob and his family. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father’s flocks. He worked for his half brothers, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things his brothers were doing. New Living Translation


Genesis 37:3 Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. So one day Jacob had a special gift made for Joseph—a beautiful robeNew Living Translation


Genesis 37:4 But his brothers hated Joseph because their father loved him more than the rest of them. They couldn’t say a kind word to him. New Living Translation


Genesis 37:5 One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever. “Listen to this dream,” he said. “We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine!” New Living Translation


Genesis 37:8 …Do you actually think you will reign over us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them. New Living Translation  


Genesis 37:9 Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. “Listen, I have had another dream,” he said. “The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!” New Living Translation


Genesis 37:10 This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of dream is that?” he asked. “Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you?” 11 But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant. New Living Translation

Genesis 37:18 When they saw him from a distance, and before he came closer to them, they plotted against him to put him to death. 19 They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer! New American Standard Bible


Genesis 37:20 Now then, come and let’s kill him, and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, ‘A vicious animal devoured him.’ Then we will see what will become of his dreams!” 21 But Reuben heard this and rescued him out of their hands by saying, “Let’s not take his life.”  New American Standard Bible


Genesis 37:22 Then Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood.Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him”—so that later he might rescue him out of their hands, to return him to his fatherNew American Standard Bible


Genesis 37:23 So it came about, when Joseph reached his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the multicolored tunic that was on him24 and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it. New American Standard Bible


Genesis 37:28 Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him out and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. So they brought Joseph into Egypt. New American Standard Bible


James 4:4 You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of GodDo you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to himNew Living Translation


James 4:6 And he gives grace generously. As theScriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” New Living Translation


James 4:8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. New LivingTranslation


James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honorNew Living Translation