Read Judges 13:1-5. The barrenness of Manoah’s wife was a reflection of Israel’s spiritual barrenness, of Israel’s emptiness, of Israel’s fruitlessness, and so the angel promised her a son who would be a Nazirite.

The word nazir means “set aside,” somebody who is set aside for God. In Numbers 6 the law of God tells us all about the Nazirite. Nazirites were set aside to serve God’s special purpose, but they had to make and keep three vows.

First, they were not to touch any wine or the fruit of the grape. Second, a Nazirite was not to touch a dead body. If he did, he would become defiled, whether by a human body or an animal body. And third, he was never to cut his hair. While the uncut hair was a symbol of his strength, it was not the secret of his strength. The secret of his strength was the Holy Spirit of God.

Samson broke all of these vows. Moreover, you should note that he was a loner. He never rallied the troops. You never see him calling out an army; you never see him seeking counsel from anybody; you never see him being confronted by anyone. For twenty years he played the champion, but he failed to act as a godly leader.

There is certainly a difference between a strong leader and a godly leader. The two are not synonymous, and the difference between the two is teachability. May God raise up humble leaders who seek the wisdom of God as they lead those He has entrusted to them.

Prayer: God, make me a godly leader. Help me to have a teachable spirit. Remind me to seek the guidance of the godly people You place in my life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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