One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD , and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
Psalm 27 vs. 4-5.
The timing of our conference is also significant because when the decision was made by the international board in 2011 to hold the conference and IGM in March 2013 we were actually being led by the Lord to a unique season of a shift. Certain events like the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the elections in Israel and even the pending visit of President Barak Obama to Israel all point to the fact that there is indeed a shift of season! We therefore sense that this conference was positioned to accelerate the shift of seasons so that we can experience a real manifestation of the power of God and the gradual close of the age. This will be accompanied by the unprecedented harvest of souls as well as the manifestation of the glory of God. Our Speakers made certain declarations to this effect. While Dr. Dale Fife declared; “This is our day!” Dr. Mark Kauffman proclaimed; “God says this is your Kairos time ICCC!”.
A major theme that came through during the conference whose theme was “Going beyond Boundaries” was the imperative of intimacy with God. The two Scriptures quoted above give light to the critical need to find the “secret place” and dwell there as a way of life so that we can become more of those who “be” rather than those who “do”. This will require a life of worship, prayer and indeed a desperate passion for God! Some delegates shared how they are practically seeking to implement this in their workplace. Gunnar said something that is remarkable. He said “You do not have to build the Kingdom. God says believe in me and I will build the Kingdom. Therefore we need to seek the Kingdom of God and walk in faith which will cause God to manifest on the earth”. What lies ahead of us is impossible with man’s effort, so like God told Moses, “I have come down”. This becomes more relevant in view of the coming industrial revolution as well as key areas of scarcity namely; energy, water and food. This certainly requires a walk of faith like never before.
Again let me quote something else that Gunnar said, “When God called Abraham, he made Himself dependent on the faithfulness of one man! Abraham did not settle for anything else as he held the yardstick of the “Holy City” he saw and therefore remained faithful waiting for God to manifest His promises. Upon this faithfulness the redemption of the entire world depended” This in my view is incredible that God’s purpose could be tied so delicately to the faithfulness of man. Therefore the call of God upon us is far more significant than our personal wellbeing or “blessing”. We are called like Israel was to be God’s servants! Again Gunnar declared, “You were born with a purpose, you are not here for yourself”!
Dr. Dale Fife, our main speaker, challenged us to go deeper in our walk with God by declaring “There is more”! He shared from Abraham’s experience; “he journeyed going on still” Gen 12 vs.9. He indicated that all the patriarchs journeyed. We tend to be comfortable with our present locations but God want us to journey! We can mark our journeys with God through divine encounters. There are dimensions that we have never known before that God wants us to encounter. Sometimes in our journey we come to a “roadblock”. It is the key of faith that will enable us to wait upon the Lord when we come to the roadblock. There are various levels of intimacy. Unless you are desperate you will not find the “secret place”. Sometimes God takes us into the wilderness so we can really be thirsty for Him. The mind of Christ comes through intimacy with God. Dr Fife ended with a long list of distractions that can hinder our intimacy with God. These include material possession, health, sex, people, work, ministry, entertainment, etc
One inspiring input to the conference were the panel discussions particularly the session presented by the “young professionals”. They shared on the topic “What do you have in your hand? – Your calling in Business as a Divine instrument for God” We felt that the young professionals are a key constituent for the future relevance of ICCC. We prayed for and dedicated this track of young professionals for the release of the needed strategy and unction to harness their gifting and callings for the furtherance of God’s purpose in the marketplace. Contact with this group for now will be through the international office.
A new international board was elected during the IGM. The composition of the board is also another sign of a new season.
The above are just my recollection and some of the notes I took during the conference. You can always order the full recording of the conference from the ICCC international office in Sweden.
Give thanks and Praise for the success of the Conference and IGM
Pray for the new international board to receive clearly the mandate for the new season
Pray for Israel particularly the need to form a new government following the last election. Also pray for the peace of Jerusalem.