In an interview with an anchor News channel, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng blades back into the popular flawed notion —Faith and Politics are incompatible.

“Where do you get this thing of separating my Judicial responsibilities from my Christian believes?” “The last time I checked the constitution, it lists among the freedom of the fundamental right of religion… and talks about God, to protect us… our national Anthem also alludes to the need for God…” WOW!


Here are four things the Five-Fold could learn from our Chief Justice;  

 1. STOP believing in the fairytale that Politics and Faith are incompatible 

  • The emergence of a liberal democracy poses the biggest threat to objective morality, which anchors our nation in values, which subscribes to a code of consequences for actions good or bad. 

2. A KINGDOM theology relates to biblical ethics in relationship to public affairs or social matters.

  •  Pastors (5 Fold) who continue to fear standing on their biblical grounds, empowers things such as; racial inequality, abortion, same-sex marriage, farm killing, political leadership catastrophe, corrupt agendas, all the antecedent of state failure and moral decay.  

3. “Your Best Life Now” Theology, is incomplete if we fail to show how a thousand other philosophical, and ethical issues are connected to Christ and Him crucified. 

  • It has come to a point in Church history, were praying and prophesying over the same people, and for the same problems can no longer be a priority on the agenda that marks what our Sunday services or social media platforms are all about only.    
  • The Kingdom (King —ruler, Dom —rule or domain) of God ontologically is political. Israel was governed by civil laws not only ceremonial laws. If we say, Church and state should be separate than we should also separate the Bible from the Church.  

4.Teaching good citizenship is a Christian value. 

  • Hence the first duty of the parent and CHURCH, not the state.
  • The 5 Fold authority must become fiercely politically relevant, as ministers, we must recognize and teach our flocks how to translate Biblical truth into arguments appropriate to temporal powers and social predicaments.

On a personal note, hearing the CJ, speak today, was extraordinary refreshing and reassuring. His Holy Spirit led boldness is praiseworthy, but what was more impressive was his ability to contextualise his faith into social predicaments with irrefutable wisdom.

May the LORD bless our Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, may the LORD cause His face to shine upon him and be gracious to him; may the LORD lift His countenance toward him and give him peace.

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European colonialism transformed Africa in innumerable ways. Driven by the desire to gain resources, save the "savages," ultimately brought about misery and death.
The consequences of colonialism – everything from genocide to resource exploitation, to suppression of cultural identity (bla-bla-bla) – all which are still felt today, yet many of the lessons of colonialism seem to remain unlearned. Several political scientists practising in the African context attribute the cause of many "State Failures" in Africa to colonialism.

(Listen🔊) While Western imperialism, is undoubtedly a constituent of many state failures inside the "dark continent" there remains another significant basis why Africa seems to grapple with progress. Africa's inability to develop in comparison with other developed continents of the world, despite its human capital and natural resource banks, has evoked lively scholarly discussions.

(🥺) However, it is a critical historical fact that we realise, corrupt practices existed in pre-colonial Africa. Many (not all) traditional African leaders were and are still corrupt, independent of colonial influence.

The aim of this article is not the deconstruction of corruption or to trace the elusive source of this African phenomenon. The aim is to demonstrate how our theology orientation remains critical in the social context. To provoke pastors, guide Church leaders and members in principle how together we may address the political leadership catastrophe, corrupt agendas, the antecedent of state failure.

They contest that "corruption is a violation of the rights of what others are morally and legally entitled to in order to enrich oneself". Corruptiō the Latin etymological derivative, means 'moral decay, wicked behaviour, putridity or rottenness.' Sociologist, De Swardt classifies the most significant "victims of corruption are women, children and minority groups – who often suffer corruption's harshest consequences'.


(❗) Our nation is in trouble, is it plausible for pastors to remain politically passive? A gospel-centred solely around "church growth" ceases to be appropriately evangelical. Much less than a gospel that centres almost singly on prosperity.
True, we must never stray far from the Cross and the blessings in our preaching. However, if we are to give the "whole counsel of God" (Acts 20:27), welded-in our message of soul-winning, church growth and "your best life now" theology, we require to show how a thousand other philosophical, and ethical issues are connected to Christ and Him crucified.

It is also a conviction such as it is with numerous socially politically relevant pastors, a minister must recognise and teach his flock the distinction between spiritual and temporal. Moreover, he must ardently also teach how to translate Biblical truth into arguments appropriate to temporal powers and social predicaments.

Teaching good citizenship is a Christian value. Hence the first duty of the parent and Church, not state, remains to teach their children.

(DID YOU KNOW⁉️) On 8 January 1912, hundreds packed into the Waaihoek Wesleyan Church in Bloemfontein, where the ANC began — sounding the anthem "God Bless Africa" and stomping feet before ANC Chaplain General Vukile Mehana began an hour-long service. It was before God in a Church where the founding father's galvanised a unified political movement that would challenge the exclusion of blacks in South Africa. Among them where Saul Msane, Josiah Gumede, John Dube (a minister of the Gospel) and Sol Plaatje. These distinguished leaders and those who followed were devoted Christians and missionaries, who perceived the Christian philosophy as the only tool to forge freedom, bolster education and embrace civilisation.


(REALLY📛) Enormous church facilities, larger growing followings have become the essence of what modern Christianity is besotted with. Perhaps this sentiment is what provoked Thomas Jefferson (the primary author of the Declaration of Independence) in his attempt to bar all clergy from holding public office calling them "intolerant, tyrannical, and ambitious." Not a far cry from the contemporary reality of the evangelical and mainstream ecclesiastical community, many would argue.

Still, what about matters -such as good and bad Government? Life issues – such as abortion, education, morality, racism, crime, unemployment, femicide, violence against woman, children, poverty, state capture, and corruption. Compared to magnanimity, temperance, justice, prudence, fortitude, and peace we find in good governance?

Are there Biblical policies about pastoral responses for good and bad governances?


(BRAVO👏🏽) The clergy has played a crucial role in social justice. One of the ultimate examples from American history -the ultimatum which came in 1854, "either abolish slavery or accept it as God's will" was the exhortation of the brave clergy in the North and South before the civil war. The question of slavery was decided upon because Pastors stood biblical grounds.

(🇺🇸) A century later, some clergy walked side-by-side with Reverend. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his march on Washington in 1963 a civil rights movement changed the political arena of the United States forever. Racial inequality legislatively was permanently crushed because Pastors stood biblical grounds. (Later the clergy was active in the discussion and demonstration on abortion, Vietnam war and other issues).

During the 70's the "Bully Pulpit" a seminal work by several political clergy, was considered one of the definitive social scientific works on pastoral politics. In this model, the authors use several words to explain their conception.

🚩Theology is "the relationship between the Divine and humanity's relationship with God.

🚩Social theology relates to "biblical ethics in relationship to public affairs."

From these, we can arrive at a conceptual model of political goals and activities. A pastors theology orientation is critical on the social context. Nothing affects more how a pastor views politics, or their political activities more than his theology. His world view and conviction to social injustice is all shaped by his theology.
🏳️‍🌈 For instance, "liberal" theologists, may accept whatever law the state passes, even a contradiction of Divine Law. Abortion or same-sex marriage is unbiblical, but the modernist believes "the state is appointed by God, my duty is to pray…"
💒On the contrary "conservative" theologists, believe the Hand of God places governments into seats of authority, likewise removes them.

Furthermore, their governmental function is to serve the Will of God to the people. These two theological views predispose pastors to their political persuasions or agendas.

(⁉️) A pastor can have a megachurch of many thousands, a vision for social relevance and still hold no actual authority at the local, provincial or national level. His specific theological orientation predisposes him to a certain social, theological role for the Church in society.

It is also critical to understand being theologically political is not wrong as a pastor. The error is in partisanship. When a pastor endorses a single candidate or political party from the pulpit this is an extreme error. The Church is not a political force, but a Spiritual force that influences politics. If a pastor invites one political party to speak in his pulpit, similarly he must invite all other interested parties who accept.

Pastors can exist in a political trinity. As a citizen, as a religious professional or as leader of important institution (Guth et al. Bully Pulpit, 19.) This political trinity decides his involvement and congregants should understand and support him, particularly if there is a call of God to be vocal and, or involved politically.

A constitutional scholar identified four misconceptions about what a pastor can and can not do concerning politics and elections, and explained exactly what pastors can do:

1️⃣ Pastors can talk about any political issue, such as abortion, immigration, or freedom of speech.
2️⃣ Pastors can educate their people, encourage them to register and vote, and pass out non-partisan voter guides.
3️⃣Pastors can have candidates speak in their Church, so long as they extend the invitation to all
candidates running.
4️⃣Pastors can individually participate in the campaign of someone who is running for office.

No one has ever successfully prevented a pastor from doing any of the above four things.


👤Do you agree with a social theological approach to South Africa's political incoherence?
👤Do you serve or know a Pastor or spiritual leader who may be interested in a Pastor 4 Justice movement?
👤Do you believe it is time for the Church to hold its public servants accountable?
👤Do you believe it is time for the regeneration of our debased moral fibre as a nation?
👤Do you believe it is time to move South Africa forward?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please be proactive. "Like" and "Share" this article with as many people as possible. It is also essential to tag any clerical personal (ministers of the Gospel).

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Some have bigger names in Egypt than they do in the Kingdom. The reason is very simply – they are not true servants of God. Placing him first on a strict regimen of servanthood is the inceptive prescription God induces upon  his chosen man or woman.
“… but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant,”
(Mathew 20:26).
Unless a child of God discerns this, his “success” despite how considerable it may seem in this life, in actuality is nothing but mouse crumbs in the light of the standard of the Scriptures. A man can own Fort Knox, but unless he is an unambitious, humble and available servant of God, he has really achieved nothing.
It is possible to shine before man but be unlit before God.

Heaven does not recognize, nonservants

Kingdom prestige is not a currency of worldly status.   It fascinates me, often to witness how the Church elevate man of; worldly statue, adorn them with the esteem only belonging to the true servant of God – at least in God’s opinion  (Matthew 20:26).
Let’s consider James the brother of Jesus’ position on this matter: 
“For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” 
(James 1:26). 
Don’t mistake yourself.  I am an ardent advocate of honor and protocol.  The point is, what we deem as “status,” God deems as useless!  
There are many children of God, who will not serve God, or tithe into the Kingdom without status, or pulpit time.  Look at not only how anti-biblical this view is in the following verse, but true greatness that shines before God, does not materialise without possessing the heart of a  servant;
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant…Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:”
 (Philippians 2:5-11).
Many hold a big name before Pharaoh, but a small name before God. Many hold a name that is weighty in the world but weightless in the Kingdom.
“But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?”
(Acts 19:16).
Until demons recognize and fear your name, you are a useless Kingdom colonizer. Let go of your pride, and let God begin a real work in your life, today?
Consider a few examples of how ordinary man, who maneuvered beyond the comfort and the prestige of Egypt (Hebrew 11:24-27). Reciprocating the magnetizing and relentless pull of destiny -the call to both serve God and his people. Resulting in the veneration of their names, chronicled in Heaven, due to their unparalleled impact because of -Servanthood.
…served his fathers sheep at Bethlehem (1 Samuel 17:15),
The bible tributes, the following ovation to his life: ” For David,… he had served the purpose of God in his own generation….” (Acts 13:36). This means David passed from this life as a heavyweight into eternity.
…was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law,  (Moses 3:1). Moses’ life is chronicled as the meekest men who ever lived, and one of the greatest leaders who ever lived. It is also said of Moses,
 “there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel
(Duet 34:10-12).
..tendered Esau’s flock (Gen 33:1). Jacob had his flaws of pride and manipulation, but at the end, he heeded to the posture of a servant. The bible testifies the following concerning his legacy:
“… All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Genesis 28:13-15).
There is no person who left a legacy worth celebrating who was not a servant of God, first.  There is much talk said about legacy in the world, but very little talk about the master key to legacy – Servanthood.
Unless God’s Kingdom and people are the highest priority in your life, there is not the difference between you and Pharaoh or his servants.

Leadership vs Servanthood

The truth is, there is a difference between being a servant and a leader. We have many leaders, but not many servants (Josh 1:2).
Social media is flooded with children of God who have the most to say about God but have the least impact on the Kingdom of God.  Many of them are leaders of man, but not servants of God.
Leaders of man struggle for visibility and popularity; servants of God are not struggling for limelight or the attention of man.
Leaders of man lack humility,  servants of God are hallmarked by genuine humility, not only in their words but in their deed of service to God and His Kingdom.
All the brothers of David struggled with both pride, and the limelight, but David was in the background where nobody could easily see him; nobody knew much about his existence – but God did!
Every service to God of obscurity can never go by without God noticing it. It was David’s service that attracted the anointing of God upon his life and positioned him for Heaven’s purpose  (1 Sam 16:4-16).
God knows the location of His servants.
Look at this amazing promise, concerning how God promotes his chosen servants.
From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs, He brought him to shepherd Jacob His people, and Israel His inheritance.

1. Ask God for the impartation of the spirit of humility.
2. Ask God to deal with every trace of pride in your life that will rob you of service.
3. Practice servant-hood by serving the people around you.

O LORD, clothe me with the garment of humility and in the service of Jesus and His Kingdom.


Mathew 20:26, Philippians 2:5-11, Hebrew 11:24-27, 1 Samuel 17:15, Acts 13:36, Moses 3:1, Deuteronomy 34:10-12, Genesis 33:1, Genesis 28:13-15, 1 Samuel 16:4-16,  Psalm 78:71.


Servanthood is the inceptive prescription God induces upon His chosen leader to position him for greatness!


This workshop is for managers, executives, and team leaders. Servant leadership shows how strategic leaders can boost their employee’s confidence and further their success at the same time.

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Strategic  leaders who want to:


  1. Ensure growth and success and the development of their teams
  2. Ensure the overall growth of the company   




Leadership Practices


Democratic Leadership Style

Leading by Example

Path-Goal Theory

Share the Power


Being Empathetic

Learn to Delegate

Their Success is Your Success

Know When to Step In

Characteristics of a Servant Leader


Listening Skills

Persuasive Powers

Recognizes Opportunities

Relates to Employees

Barriers to Servant Leadership

Excessive Criticism

Doing Everything Yourself

Sitting on the Sidelines

Demanding from Employees

Building a Team Community

Identify the Group Needs

Complement Member Skills

Create Group Goals

Encourage Communication

Be a Motivator

Make it Challenging

Provide Resources

Ask for Employee Input

Offer Incentives


Be a Mentor


Establish Goals

Know When to Praise or Criticize

Create a Supportive Environment

Create an Open Door Policy



Training Future Leaders


Offer Guidance and Advice

Identify Their Skill Sets

Methods of Feedback

Establish Long-Term Goals



Keep a Journal

Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Identify Your Needs

Creating Your Own Goals


  • 12 Workshop Hours (2 days)
  • John Maxwell Trainer
  • Certified Executive Coach (University of Cape Town)
  • High-Quality Powerpoints
  • Participating Workbooks



  • R15 000.00 per day (less than 9 delegates)
  • R1 899.00 per delegate (10 or more delegates)

(This course can also be customized according to the organization’s schedule and preferences).




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Presentation Skills

This workshop will give participants some presentation skills that will make speaking in public less terrifying and more enjoyable. Topics that participants can look forward to including: creating a compelling program, using various types of visual aids, and engaging the audience.




Please email us to for details.Alternatively, call us on +27 (0) 65 981 5317 and we will be delighted to help.



Managers and C-suit leaders who desire to:

  1. Learn more advanced presentation skills and techniques
  2. Maintain an executive presence





Aspects of Presentation Skills

Creating A Winning Program


  • Performing a Needs Analysis
  • Writing the Basic Outline



Choosing Your Delivery Methods


  • Basic Methods
  • Advanced Methods

Verbal Communication Skills


  • Listening and Hearing
  • Asking Questions

Non-Verbal Communication Skills


  • Body Language
  • The Power of non-verbal communication

Overcoming Nervousness

  • Preparing Mentally
  • Physical Relaxation Techniques

Creating Fantastic Flip Charts

  • Required Tools
  • The Advantages of Pre-Writing
  • Using Colors Appropriately
  • Creating a Plan B

Creating Compelling PowerPoint Presentations

  • Required Tools
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Creating a Plan B

Pumping it Up a Notch

  • Make Them Laugh a Little
  • Encouraging Discussion


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There are only two kinds of leadership visible in an organisation. They are Positional Leadership (PL) and Influential Leadership (IL).


Every position in an organisation from C-Suit to assistant team leader has some inherent power and authority that comes along with the position. Every day people are promoted or hired into one of these positions, to which they gain some extent of influence, not because they are great leaders necessarily but because of the inherent power of the position.


Many people think of themselves as leaders just because they hold a title, but titles never made anyone a leader because leadership is not about the title or the position.
So what type of a leader are you?


Are you a positional leader or a non-positional leader – a leader of influence. If you banking on a title to lead, you’ve missed it and should the title come I assure you,  you still won’t be a leader. How many leaders with titles have failed us, why, leadership is not a title or a position.

Here’s another way to look at it, how did you feel when you were required to head up a project or a project task. Inadequate? all because you felt that you “don’t have the right title?” or “position?”

It’s unfortunate so many define leadership by everything but what it is not.

Consequently, it is possible that the person who holds a position is not a leader or even understand what it means to be an authentic leader.

Most people gain position due to competencies such as; skill, experience, talent, formal education without the knowledge of true leadership.


the power of influence each position holds including executive is just about 25-50%. People with actual leadership skills, occupying key positions can make a formidable difference in an organisation.

In today’s business world, every company has positional leaders and influential leaders. To be effective as an or organisation, it is important to assess where the companies leadership potential stands bearing in mind that leadership is not title or position.

As a leadership coach, my skill is to make PL aware of this leadership deficit. There are many advantageous reasons for this, for instance, increasing employee engagement, job satisfaction, and productivity.

Every company wants to toast to success, but success is highly dependent on the ratio of the number of Influential Leaders to the number of positional leaders. The greater the presence of IL in a company, the higher the chances of success and accomplishment is.



A Positional Leader vs. Influential Leader




Positional Leader:

Positional leadership is not only the lowest level; it’s the entry level of leadership.

Anyone can be appointed as a positional leadership. PL’s operate within the paradigm of their position or title. They do not look and think beyond the responsibilities of the position. They exhibit a stiff upper lip when required to do something beyond their title. They are focused on a job description, and upon their own goal and objectives rather than the overall business or organisational goal. They are the greatest hindrance to increase and productivity.

They rely on rules, regulations, policies, and organisational organograms to control their people.

People only follow them within the stated boundaries of their authority or position.

They get things done in the office because “I am the boss!” People follow them only because they have not to want to.

PL is a poor substitute for influence.
Influential Leader:

Influential leadership is not only the highest form but the most respected form of leadership.

IL’s are hired based on a clear job description but function way beyond their roles. I.L’s operate beyond the responsibilities of the position. Their work is boundaryless.

They are more focused on organisational and business growth, motivation and engagement of the workforce.

People work matter more to than paperwork. They use their positional power and authority as a last resort.






Positional Leader:

Positional leaders are not visionary.

PL are more focused on completeness of regular duties and responsibilities of their position, and safeguarding of their position from organisational politics, they challenge innovation, restructuring and change.

They operate the organisation through their positional power. When they do not have the positional power, they become powerless.

Influential Leader:

Influential Leaders are visionaries. They are not managing followers but innovative trail blazers.

They are not managing followers but innovative trail blazers. IL’s understand it is not enough to create an organisational vision, strategy and roadmap but invest their time fostering a culture of “vision buy-in” or ownership. You know you’ve achieved vision buy it when the 8 to 5 mindset flies out of the window, and your staff are willing to stay until the job gets done. IL’s relentless remind everyone about the importance of the future to develop sustained business success.

IL’s are a cut above the rest. The bottom line is as important as celebrating the success.  Productivity is important to them but not as important as the relationship.



Positional Leader:

They have subordinates, not team members.

Positional leaders are not employee centric. Their personal job security is more important than multiplying their department’s effectiveness. They do not recruit the best in class talents for the team, why? To safeguard their own position.

Most of the time, the team of a positional leader is mediocre, uninspired, resulting in a lower level of organisational performance and effectiveness. And in the case of the team producing a high output, the moral is usually very low.

PL’s tend to hire other people who look like them, who think like them. Resulting in an imbalance of the team’s chemistry. If everyone on the team is all good at the same thing, some are unnecessary.

A positional leader will never encourage their team members to increase knowledge through personal development to improve professional and personal qualities.

They do not believe on the philosophy of lifelong learning, and they do not like to grow the capabilities of their own team members either because of their positional mindset and pessimistic attitude.
They have reservations sharing their knowledge or experience for fear of being replaced by their subordinates.
Influential Leader:

Influential Leaders are very much employee centric.

They know the fact that ongoing personal development and individual/team coaching is the catalyst of top quality talents in the team, which improves overall organisational performance and effectiveness.

They think less of the titles and positions and more inline with how to grow the business by building a high-performance team. They always invest in employees’ education, professional and personal development. A real leader of influence creates and develops more leaders.

Because of their optimistic candid style and because of their people oriented attitude, they create many followers who eventually become leaders.





Positional Leader:

Positional leaders influence people through their positional power rather than personal leadership qualities.

They are not team-focused, collaborative, relationship oriented, or creative. Employees under positional leaders are demotivated, disengaged and hindered, who tend to leave promising organisations all because of bad leadership.
Influential Leader:

IL’s are focus, disciplined, self-driven, optimist, respectful, ethical, passionate, collaborative, creative, relationship oriented and harder worker. They lead by example, “Do as I do” not “Do as I say” is their motto. They are team players, approachable, accessible. The culture of the organisation is more open and approachable where everyone knows their roles and responsibilities well to achieve the organisational / business goal and objectives.





Positional Leader:

Positional leaders do not communicate information effectively.

They only communicate on a need to know basis. This results in many open questions, assumptions, doubts among employees and team members. A lack of communication effective communication hinders growth and trust.

Influential Leader:

I.L are excellent communicators.

They share information with their employees and team members unless it is highly confidential.

They understand the power of a welcoming, smile, or a “yes please,” or a ” may I.” Because of their open-minded communication, they gain the respect from employees.

Eventually, it helps them to influence the organisation and business more effectively towards a common vision and strategic objectives.
So what type of a leader are you?



As business leaders, I am certain you are not unfamiliar with humble circumstances. The book of James tells us that we are to take pride in this “high” position. However, most of us would not consider humble circumstances a high position. Success in business after all means, being on top, being wealthy, attaining favour and status or having the power to influence.


“Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position.” – James 1:9


However, Jesus influenced not from power, but from humility.

The success story of  J C Penney is synonymous with humble beginnings. He first launched his chain of ‘The Golden Rule’ stores in 1907. In 1910 his first wife died. Three years later he incorporated the J.C. Penney company. In 1923 his second wife died giving birth to his son. In 1929 the stock market crashed during the great depression and he lost $40 million.

By 1932, he had to sell out to satisfy…creditors. This left [Penney] virtually broke. Crushed in spirit from his loss with his health suddenly failing, he found himself one morning, hearing the distant singing of employees who gathered to start the day with God: “Be not dismayed, whate’er betide, God will take care of you…” was the morning song of thanksgiving and praise.

Penney followed the music to its source and slipped into a back row. The more he listened, the more God touched him. He left a short time later a changed man. His health and spirit renewed – ready to start the long climb back at age 56. By 1951 there was a J C Penney store in every state, and for the first time sales surpassed $1 billion a year.

The success of J C Penney can be traced to God’s mercy in his life to bring him out of his humble circumstances.

Do you find yourself in humble circumstances? God is the only One who can help you see your humble circumstances from His viewpoint as a high position. The place of strength, shaping, revealing and alignment.

It is a high position because of what God is able to teach you in this place. He does not intend you to stay there. It is merely a temporary stopping place to learn something eternally important that you would not learn otherwise.

Press into God and trust Him for the outcome of your circumstances!