International ICCC Conference in Jerusalem March 3rd to 6th, 2013.

All of the Aussie delegates to the ICCC (International Christian Chamber of Commerce) Conference were expectant that God would speak to them through the experience and I don’t believe any are disappointed.
Of the many delegates that I spoke to, all are challenged to a deeper walk with the Lord by the main speaker, Dale Fife the author of “The Secret Place”. A yearning for a deeper intimacy with the Lord is growing amongst God’s people as things (governments, economy, morality) around them start to crumble. HE is driving us to a place of desperation where we realise that unless HE shows up we are in deep trouble.
Fortunately I had already come to the realisation that our walk with the Lord is a daily affair, still I realised from Dale’s walk that a far deeper level of intimacy is available to us IF only we will spend the time with HIM in the “Secret Place”. Get/Download his book, you will be inspired.
There were 36 nations represented at the conference with 360 members. Regardless of whom I spoke to, ALL believed that we are in the latter days/end times, with events unfolding with ever-increasing speed as if we are in “fast forward”. For those that are listening “time is short” but the harvest is ripe and the Lord is looking for workers who will go where HE calls/sends. Will we be one of those that obeys? It is an exciting time, persecution comes with the territory but victory is assured and the rewards in heaven great and everlasting.
With the unexpected and sudden passing of the President and VP last year we all understood that it is a new season at ICCC. The conference theme was appropriate “Beyond the Barriers”. The new Board elected on the last day of the conference seems appropriate for the new season and includes Paul McConnell (Australia) as the head of the ICCC Business Development Centre (BDC) in Israel. One of the major projects initiated by the BDC is a hydro power plant in Burundi. With Paul relocating to Rwanda in August he will be well positioned to oversee this project.
After starting my report on the conference I received the following report on the conference from Ntiense. He is on the new International Board and in charge of the Prayer Domain.
His report says it all.
Global Prayer Watch
As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
Psalm 42 vs. 1-2.

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.

I wish to give a brief summary of the highlights of the just concluded ICCC international conference and IGM held in Jerusalem March 3rd to 6th. 2-13.
The conference marked the beginning of a “new season” given that we in ICCC have been in transition in the last few years. This was marked by the opening night when the trumpets (shofars) were blown in consonance with the instruction of Numbers 10 vs. 10 “at the beginning of your months..” We consecrated the conference and ourselves to the Lord so that His glory can be tangibly manifested in the marketplace in fulfilment of the claim that the Lord has made over the marketplace when He led J Gunnar Olson (Founder) to proclaim the vision of ICCC. This claim of God over the world is absolute!!

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.

PRAYER THEMES
  • 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.

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