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Steve Lyston | Physically strong, morally weak

Published:Monday | April 3, 2017 | 4:24 AM

Every strong leader has a weakness and, because strong leaders attract strong adversaries, they must surround themselves with strong advisers and wise counsel, because it [the weakness] can be a deterrent to their vision.
Many times when great leaders fall, whether in Church or in the secular world, many people will have an outcry. Oftentimes, however, those with the loudest voices are often the ones who are pushing for a moralless society.
The word 'moral' in this sense means 'a person's standards of behaviour or beliefs concerning what is and is not acceptable for them to do.'
When strong leaders who are morally weak surround themselves with those who are also morally weak, they will further weaken the leader, and that is a recipe for disaster. The problem we are facing globally is not about education, but is, in fact, a moral one.
Samson in the Bible was a physically strong leader, but he was morally weak. The very thing that God raised him up to kill is the very thing that blinded him.  He could conquer and kill the Philistines, but he could not control his passion. As a result, it affected his vision, mandate, and purpose.


KEY TO SUCCESS


There are many strong leaders within society, but they have now become politically correct. Some are calling black white, and white black! Some are being blackmailed; meanwhile, some have literally gone into hiding. Strong morals are the keys to success and prosperity.
If the advisers possess greed and have money without any moral compass, then it is just a matter of time before they sell their leader to the highest bidder. You need to ask yourself the questions:
In whom do you confide? To whom are you telling your secrets? With whom are you in covenant?
Know that it is quite likely that some of you are in covenant with some of those who are still in covenant with those who want to destroy you! Your friend may very well be a friend to your enemy.
Every leader should always observe more closely those who are unwilling to close the door to their enemies and often want you to give your enemies a chance to be heard - much like Delilah. If a person is willing to sleep with the boss for promotion or money, then it is only a matter of time before they do the same thing with your boss' boss. It is critical for every leader, regardless of gender, to ask God to strengthen them on a daily basis. Oftentimes when people fall or get into problems, they say it is a mistake or that 'it just happened'.

People are attracted to power

If you are the leader and have an issue with sex and self-control, someone may just play the role to trap you in many ways, including pregnancy. Always remember that people are attracted to power. When you are a strong person on a mission, there are people who the enemy anoints to pull you down - even family members. There are people within society that are not afraid to use their beauty, skills and charm to bring the strongest man into captivity.
Most global leaders donít make their decisions through prayer or seeking guidance or by doing what is right for the people. These decisions are influenced by those who are also morally weak. From time to time, I have seen where leaders in organisations put away their most loyal and trusted supporters and embrace the enemy ñ people who weaken them and jeopardise their mission and the mandate.


RISE ABOVE


So, we cannot be in covenant with the things that we are called to destroy. We must seek to rise above and move beyond the things, and even the people, that fuel our weaknesses to see the bigger picture and recognise that, in the capacity of a leader, everyone connected to us is affected by our decisions. If one leader betrays another, then donít you think that he will ultimately betray you?
Most leaders like compliments, but always check the motives behind the compliment. Is the motive to manipulate or to motivate?
It is imperative that all the strong men within the society that are placed in influential positions begin to lead as they have been created to do. The men are dropping the baton and because of that, we now have a broken society, with broken families. People are looking for mentorship; both boys and girls are looking for love. So it is time for men to ask God to strengthen them to overcome their weaknesses and rise up with balanced strength.

- Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.