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International Christian Chamber of Commerce (ICCC)

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I recently attended an ICCC Conference in Athens entitled Possessing The Land – It’s Time! We believe that it is a new season for ICCC when the Lord is calling us to possess the land. The manna (wilderness) season is over. It’s time to possess the land as did the Israelite’s but there are many battles ahead and one dimension of this for us is to identify the personal and collective Jericho’s of our time! We have to advance through Godly strategy and wisdom by His grace!

The ICCC International Board are convinced that our calling to business and the working life has great significance at this time in history. The Lord says to us through Ezekiel 12:28

“None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done!”

  • To possess your promised land, you must begin to see yourself as God sees you.
  • To possess our promised land our thinking and believing must be, we are well able, for the Lord is with us.
  • To possess your promised land you must “tread upon it” but guided constantly by the Holy Spirit and meditating on God’s Word.
  • To possess the land , we must sanctify ourselves – it’s not about you; it’s ALL about Him
  • To possess the land we must hear from God and discover His strategy for crossing over, and for taking Jericho.
  • To possess the land we must fully obey the instructions of our Lord. When we listen, God speaks. When we obey, God acts! We must take a step of faith – driven by love!

If you want to receive strategy for how to possess your land can I suggest you consider joining ICCC. Check out the website www.iccc.net or contact me on ron@bakb.com.au

BUSINESS PRINCIPLES based on the life of JESUS

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1. PURPOSE 

JESUS purpose was crystal clear – to save humanity from eternal damnation.

The purpose for your business also needs to be crystal clear. Successful Holy Spirit led entrepreneurs know why they are in business. In fact they started the business to fulfill God’s call on their lives. The product/service  must have a competitive advantage which gives you a story to tell.

2. STORY
JESUS had the GOSPEL.

What is your good news story. You need to have a compelling message which is the foundation of your brand and marketing efforts.

3. POSITIONING
Jesus had ALL of mankind as His target market however His strategy was to start with twelve and then go out to reach His market – the lost.

All of mankind is not the target market for most businesses. You need to know your target market. The customers that can benefit from your product or service. Positioning is about identifying your target market and then going to them with your message.

4. DISCIPLESHIP
Jesus knew He needed His disciples to carry on after He left this earth but when He left, the Father sent the Holy Spirit to empower them to do the job Jesus enlisted them to do.

Likewise you need to gather a team of Holy Spirit filled people who share your vision. Great businesses are the result of a group of individuals with different talents/skills who are working together with the same vision and purpose in view. What you build should outlive you.

5. INNOVATION
JESUS validated His message with signs and wonders. He proved All mankind needed what He had to offer – Eternal Life.

Likewise Holy Spirit led entrepreneurs will make things happen. Remember Jesus said “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes on Me, the works that I do he shall do also, and greater works than these he shall do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14: 12-13. Jesus will provide for the business He inspired in amazing ways.

My book “Build a Kingdom Business” provides evidence of a number of amazing miracles in the life of the Kingdom business I managed for thirty years.

6. PROFITABILITY
JESUS business was saving lives so profitability for JESUS could be measured in the number of lives saved. Now we know that ALL predestined by GOD will be saved so in that sense He will be 100% successful but sadly not ALL will be saved.

As a Holy Spirit empowered entrepreneur , part of building a business that matters is being profitable and inevitably the more your business matters the more profitable it will become. Businesses that matter generate profit in kind and cash. Profit in kind is the good the product/service you offer makes in peoples lives. Profit in cash is generated from the sale of the product/service to those people. The origin of the profit in both cases is value. It’s the good in your product/service that attracts people to pay you money in exchange for it

7. LEGACY 
What will you be remembered for?

Need I say it, JESUS legacy lives on. He needed to give His life for His purpose.
What will be the legacy of your business. Will it achieve God’s purpose for it?

GOD CREATED US TO WORK

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The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”    Genesis 2:15

Work is a first class calling. We are special to God and He has a special calling for each one of us.

The work He has for us is important to Him – it’s valuable, it’s special, it’s significant.

God will teach us and guide us in our work and ultimately, we work for God not our earthly boss.(Isaiah 28:23-29)

All of the resources of heaven are available to us to fulfill God’s plan for our life. We need to appropriate these resources by faith for our calling to work.
Take a look at the story under Pages on the right, “Story of how God provided new premises for Care & Share”.

God is looking for those who will hear the call of God, rise up in faith , move in the power of the Holy Spirit and see His presence and power manifest in the marketplace.

The Lord will hold us responsible for all we do and do not do. The only strategy is to hear and to obey.
“When we listen HE the Lord speaks. When we obey HE the Lord acts.

Remember there will be work in the paradise of the future just as there was in the paradise past (Garden of Eden) because God himself takes joy in His work.

CALLED TO THE MARKETPLACE

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WE ARE MEANT TO BE MANAGING GOD’S CREATION TODAY
Our task is to mobilize and equip Kingdom entreprenurs, executives, government leaders into the purposeful, strategic, global Kingdom initiatives underway in our day.
Central to this is the understanding that there is a Kingdom of God and there is a Kingdom of Darkness. We need to fully operate in the knowledge that “we battle with the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” Ephesians 6:12. We have the victory if we put on the full armour of God and stand firm. Faith is a fight – “Fight the good fight of faith” 1 Timothy 6:12.
Jesus said we need to pray that His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. This requires total obedience to God’s purposes and principles in the operation and decision making process of our business activities. God’s power is then released into our lives and circumstances.
Organisations such as the International Christian Chamber of Commerce play an important role in developing an interactive network of mature dedicated , Christian business, educational and government leaders capable of impacting the marketplace for God.
Understanding the times is central to the development of effective and anticipatory Kingdom responses to todays constantly changing conditions in the marketplace. Major paradigm shifts are currently underway, involving nations, markets, economies, ethnic groups , resources and global relationships.
We believe it is a time of unusual strategic alliances between the Lord’s chosen in the marketplace, and a group of uniquely chosen persons of the world; much like Pharaoh in the time of Joseph or King Cyrus during the time of Babylonian captivity. God is in control and working out His purposes in the marketplace. Our role is to get in step with what He is doing.

IS THERE GOD’S EMPOWERING FOR WORK?

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THE BIBLE ANSWERS THIS QUESTION WITH AN EMPHATIC,  YES!

Exodus 31:1-11 “And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship to design artistic works, to work in gold, silver and bronze, in cutting of jewels…….”

Isaiah 28:23-29 “Does the ploughman keep ploughing all day to sow?……… This all comes from the Lord of hosts, who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance.

It is important to remember that God (Holy Spirit) will only equip and empower us to do the work He has called us to do. You can do your own thing but then you do it in your own strength and knowledge and it has no eternal value whatsoever. You have been chosen by the FATHER, redeemed by the SON and sealed and empowered by the HOLY SPIRIT “for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” Ephesians 2:10.

See that you walk circumspectly , not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is (for your life)” Ephesians 5:15-17.

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” Romans 8:14.