The Blind Leader

Why great men fail – those with the opportunity to rise up fail – four characters in the Bible who were on a trajectory of leadership, but ended life at the bottom of the heap, and what can we learn from them that can change our own leadership.

Why Do Leaders Self-Destruct?

Having great leadership capabilities is not enough for you to be a great leader. Leadership is seen to be about skill and competence, and little to do with character – they are chosen on the single qualification of what they can do and deliver and move the masses. Yet it has everything to do with character. To have character and not competence leads to nothing more than aimless existence, never producing results. Leadership is about character and competence.

Psalms 78:72

“He chose David his servant, and took him from the sheep pens; 71 from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. 72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them”

Read the story of Samson, from Judges 13.

God equipped him with all the strength and resources required for the task he was being raised up for – the salvation of Israel from the hand of her enemies. With such a beginning, what went wrong? What were the hidden flaws?

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5 Lessons From Samson


  • Spirit Of Entanglement – Entitlement is when you think or feel you deserve to be treated as special. The more power you wield, the more you rise in stature, the more the spirit of entitlement will descend upon you. Watch out!
  • No Respect For Boundaries – Samson lived a reckless flippant life without considering boundaries. God declared he would be a Nazarite for life (see Numbers 6) – voluntary vow, forbid yourself from alcohol, anything unclean and could not cut your hair (also John the Baptist)…In Timnah, he comes across a lion he had killed. he scoops out honey out of it, even though the animal is dead and unclean – he doesn’t follow the rules of man or God – wherever he went, he irked people for whatever reason – he irks the Israelites when he is approached by the Israelites.
  • Impulsive and Predictable – He did whatever he wanted whenever he wanted – catches 300 foxes, sets their tails on fire, and sends them out into the wheat-fields of the Philistines, burning their grain – why? No good reason, just being impulsive and reckless…He sleeps with a prostitute, tears down the grates of the city and carries them off – Why?, just to show off because he could do it.
  • Increasingly Boastful – Delilah finally compromises his strength after he cuts his hair off – he boasts and says he will still destroy the Philistines. He had lost sight of the Lord completely and the Lord had finally had enough. He crossed the line one too many times, he had come to believe more in his strength and ability then in the God who gave him that strength.

Judges 16:20

“Then she called, Samson, the Philistines are upon you! He awoke from his sleep and thought, I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.”

  • Disastrous Desire For Sex – No restraint with women, strong before men and weak before women. In his life, the thing that stands out most is his womanising; three women, eventually led to his downfall.

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How many great men have fallen for these reasons?

Samson had was the flaw of character. He had opportunity and resources but no character. So God took away his strength and position, humbling and breaking him. The only time we see him cry out to the Lord and recognize God is when he was finally chained and broken – 16:28, he prayed “remember me…just once more“. His pride and self-focus blinded him – he forgot why he was raised by God – eventually, his pride and honor became his biggest mission in life. God eventually brought him down.

As God raises you in success and leadership, what will it do to you? What will greatness and power and position make of you? How will your leadership and privilege blind you to the greater purposes of God? When the accolades and praise come your way, what will it do to you and your character?

Proverbs 27:21

Fire tests the purity of silver, and a furnace purifies gold, but it is a man;s character is tested by praise

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2 Lessons We Can Learn From This


  • God Humbled Samson – God made him blind. Sunshine was his name, but he lived in darkness. Yet God so loved Samson that he blinded him and brought him down. its God’s strange mercy. Removed his eyes to help him see his own need for God. What would God have to remove in your life to help you keep your eyes focused on him as he raises you up?
  • God’s Calls Is Irrevocable – Even though he was so obstinate, God still used him to deliver Israel. How many have a very clear call from God, but we are that obstinate unyielding beast that will not follow the will of the Lord, and God needs to blind us. His call is irrevocable – if God has set you apart, he will accomplish his purpose whether he needs to break you or not. How then, will you serve him? God will tame you if he needs to crush you, because his will is irrevocable. Samson was a Nazarite, yet you and I have been set apart as God’s children. How much Samson is there in you that needs to be blinded and broken that you may submit to God?

Download the audio or play here;

or watch the video here;

01 The Blind Side Part 1 (Legends of the Fall) from Mavuno Church on Vimeo.

01 The Blind Side Part 2 (Legends of the Fall) from Mavuno Church on Vimeo.

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15 Responses to “The Blind Leader”

  1. i like this its my first time to read this and i would like to receive more.

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  2. That sermon made me look deeply and introspectively at my person.Am I strong with men and weak with women? or strong with women ,weak with men.How do I handle praise? The true test of character….

    Competence and character..yes I need both to be a leader.The end never justifies the means.Those overlappers in traffic imagining you should be treated like an ambulance,halt!

    Am I flippant/careless/with no regard for vows made firstly to God and then my fellow man? Feeling perhaps that certain rules don’t apply to me.yeeks! I smelt bits of my arrogant self,and was happy to repent and receive forgiveness.
    Titles are lent to us…why do we let them get to us? I read somewhere, ‘ You can judge the character of a person by the way they treat those they think they will never need.’

    This is going to be an excellent 4weeks.I have invited my pals.

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  3. mary kamau Says:

    Thank yu for the Dad project messages,i never knew ny daddy very well,he died when i was 7yrs,so i never had a dad figure but i give God the praise for my pastor who when i gave my life to christ,he occupied the dad figure in mylife. Its was very hard for me to figure out God as a father because i never saw one.I have learned from God’s word and am stilll learning what a father is.Sometimes i imagine what my earthly father would have said or done in different situations in my life.But i have a spiritual dad who have adopted me in the spirit
    Thank you Pastor Simon,you are indeed a father.By the way i had never seen you in person apart from hearing you thru CDs. I managed to watch the Dad project messages on line.
    Mavuno you are doing a great job,if i ever come back to kenya to settle,trust me, you have a member.
    God Bless you richly

    Mary Kamau(UK).

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  4. I unfortunatly was not able to attend church for this topic. I really look forward to receiving the audio/video message for it….

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  5. Wow!! What a jolting start. I always thought that character weakened skill and confidence when put at the forefront and that skill and competence shaped character faster. There is a lot for me to learn. May God open my spiritual mind to understand His new message to me. Many a times I have read these passages in scripture but have never got these perspectives. May God richly use and bless you Pastor as you deliver His knowledge unto His children like me who stagnated thinking there was nothing more to learn.

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  6. Pray for me Says:

    I know I’m destined for leadership. I knew since 2005, but realised signs had started since 1996. However I see that I’ve failed on several occasion. My only consolation is that God has been with me and has strangely revealed to me that He is still there. Pray for me that I walk in the path that the Lord wants me to follow. That I gain strength and courage to pursue what God intends of me. That I get support from God’s children in this pursuit rather than discouragement influenced by their social prejudices.

    For the rest of Christians, be supportive to your fellow Christian brothers and sisters. You never know what God intends of them. You never know the potential within them that they have never released because of fear, fear that has been aggravated by your views of the person.

    Let’s not be like King David’s father or Israelites during Moses’ time and discourage those around us for we need to know that God from among the lowly in society.

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  7. Pray for me Says:

    I know I’m destined for leadership. I knew since 2005, but realised signs had started since 1996. However I see that I’ve failed on several occasion. My only consolation is that God has been with me and has strangely revealed to me that He is still there. Pray for me that I walk in the path that the Lord wants me to follow. That I gain strength and courage to pursue what God intends of me. That I get support from God’s children in this pursuit rather than discouragement influenced by their social prejudices.

    For the rest of Christians, be supportive to your fellow Christian brothers and sisters. You never know what God intends of them. You never know the potential within them that they have never released because of fear, fear that has been aggravated by your views of the person.

    Let’s not be like King David’s father or Israelites during Moses’ time and discourage those around us for we need to know that God choose from among the lowly in society.

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  8. Pray for me Says:

    I meant God choose from among the lowly.

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  9. To say that was a powerful, inspiring and challenging sermon would be an understatement. i was touched. By faith, I’ll stand.

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  10. Boy in need of help....! Says:

    I am in a position of leadership and at times iget carried by position to a point i cause people to do just what i want irregardless of their feelings n situations, and they do it anyway,. Thanks Pst. O for beeing a eye opener and sounded the alarm before much harm n destruction comes my way….i must say i felt like a kaSamson because we share in most of his attributes. May the good Lord help me s i choose to obey His word. God bless u Pst n long live Mavuno.

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  11. jus listened to sermon online.great resource,am a young leader and can identify with stuff going to your head. (however,i have terrible failure in relationships);i think
    God is wise enough to give you a thorn to keep you grounded
    Thank God for Oscar, God’s word that provides wisdom not only for how to deal with failure n challenge,but success too-it’s true that success can destroy you as much. God can jump through all hoops to form character in us-

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  12. I honestly did not attend the service for this, but reading this post has truly encouraged and fascinated me, it is amazing how God is so patient with us as shown in the story of Samson, his crazy and impulsive life did not make God give up on him. I am really encouraged by this especially since I am now facing challenges from my loved ones on God’s call in my life that at times i just want to give up, but this post has reminded me that God’s word never goes back to Him empty and that it is best to just surrender to him and let Him work through us

    Baraka mob

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    • King'ori J. Maina Says:

      You can watch the sermon online if you missed it. Check at the bottom of the Blog for the videos…and the audio if you have a poor internet connection.

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