The enemy of our souls and of His ministry through us is always on the hunt for ways to bring us down. Eric Geiger shares 6 dangerous viruses that take leaders down. Please prayerfully read what Eric has to share and pray for the protection of the Holy Spirit over your life and ministy.

Originally posted by Eric Geiger

6 Dangerous Viruses That Take Leaders Down

Six deadly viruses that leaders can be hit with!

Not all viruses have the same devastating impact on people. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations have plotted viruses on a chart with deadly on the y-axis and contagious on the x-axis. Some viruses are just more deadly than others. Regarding spiritual viruses, here are 6 (not an exhaustive list) that take leaders down.

1. Greed

Leaders, even ministry leaders, can be filled with greed—the continual desire for more— often more money. When greed has a leader’s heart, the leader makes decisions that are centered on cash and not on Christ and His people.

2. Lust

When lust resides in a leader’s heart, the leader makes destructive decisions. What once seemed unthinkable becomes a fantasy that can easily move to reality. When lust grows in the heart of a leader, a fall is inevitable.

3. Revenge

When leaders are harmed or feel like they have been harmed, they can wrongly feel it is their role and responsibility to right every wrong and extract pain from others—pain they feel makes the scales even. A leader filled with a desire for revenge fails to walk in wisdom.

4. Independence

Sometimes leaders use the excuse that “no one understands” as justification for their preference to be alone. But when leaders are alone, they make foolish decisions.

5. Pride

Because leaders are often in places of authority and influence, pride can easily build in the heart and mind of a leader. When pride spreads, the leader fails to learn from others, fails to recognize the fragility of the moment, and fails to serve for the benefit of others.

6. Laziness

Laziness can plague leaders who feel they have earned the right to stop serving or who have lost their passion for the mission they have heralded. When leaders grow lazy, the culture of those they lead quickly deteriorates.

These may start small, but they can quickly spread in the leader’s heart. Leaders are wise to continually ask the Lord to search their hearts to bring these to mind so repentance can occur.