Positioning for the Incoming Revival

by Jennifer A. Miskov, PhD.

If we knew ahead of time that the Azusa Street Revival (1906) was coming, how would we prepare for it? What about the Welsh Revival, the Jesus People Movement, the Protestant Reformation, or the Great Awakening?

There’s been prophecy after prophecy about another great awakening, a billion soul harvest, a third great wave of revival approaching. From my years of studying revival history, there are a few insights I wanted to share that I believe will help us all to position ourselves to catch the next wave and prepare for this incoming move of God.

1. REMAIN OPEN

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It is important to remain open and to realize that revival in our day might look different from what we expect. In the 1970s, many were not prepared for revival to come through the hippies in the Jesus People Movement. In the Azusa Street Revival in 1906, people began to speak in tongues, which was a newer manifestation in their day. Many who led the previous revivals were the first to criticize this new move of God because they didn’t understand what was going on (see Ignite Azusa). However, those who remained open and hungry for all God had for them even if it looked different from what they expected were able to embrace the new move of God in their day.

We need to be careful not to miss what God is doing because it comes in a different package than what we imagined. I want to encourage you not to throw out the baby out with bath water. Beautiful babies are born with a mess all around them. Don’t be afraid of a mess. Keep your eyes on what God is doing, not on the counterfeits or on what He’s not doing. If you don’t understand what’s happening, seek understanding and then yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit even if it feels uncomfortable.

In Matthew 14, Jesus came out to the disciples walking on the lake in the midst of a storm. Their friend was standing right there in front of them but they mistook Him for a ghost because He came out of context and not how they expected Him to come. Don’t let the storms distract you from seeing Jesus (see Walking on Water).

 

2. KEEP FOCUSSED

When you do find Jesus in the midst of the whirlwinds surrounding new moves of God, keep your eyes fixed on Him no matter what’s going on around Him. As we stay focused on the One Thing, our heart will burn with greater passion and fire for Jesus than ever before (Psalm 27). The origin of the word focus is influenced by the Latin word used for fire. “What we focus on shapes our lives and determines who we will become” (see the chapter called Focus in Walking on Water).

When we focus on Jesus and on those things He has entrusted us with in each season, this will help make us ready. It’s also important to make sure we’re not holding anything that's not ours to carry this season or else we won't have open arms to receive what God is bringing next. A great and regular prayer you can pray to stay in the fire of His love is, “God, send Your fire in every area of my life and burn away anything that is not of You for this season. Refine and bring to the surface the gold.” It’s important to steward holiness and a consecrated life because the pure in heart will see God (Matthew 5:8).

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3. STAY FULL OF THE OIL

God wants us to stay full of the oil. It’s so important that we steward the Secret Place in our hearts and spend time deepening our relationship with Jesus so that when the time comes to enter into greater depths with Him, we are ready (Matthew 25). 

We are living wells and it is important to steward, guard, protect, deepen, and open that well. Wherever we go, out of our bellies will flow rivers of living water (John 7:37-38).

 

4. INVEST IN FAMILY

Family houses the revival fire. Relationships are so important, which is why Jesus always referred to God as His Father. There was connection there.

“Ministry and fruitfulness flow from intimacy with God and also from a place of being knit together with the family of God. When not just one person seeks first the Kingdom of God, but a community does this together, it expands our capacity to carry what God wants to release. Seeking Him first in and with family will take you places you could never go on your own, beyond your wildest dreams” (excerpt taken from Walking on Water).

 

5. CHOOSE LOVE

Unity with the whole Body of Christ is crucial. Carrie Judd Montgomery (1858-1946), a healing revivalist who founded some of the earliest healing homes in the nation including the Home of Peace in Oakland, CA (still there to this day), chose to embrace the new experience of speaking in tongues many associated with Baptism of the Holy Spirit during the Azusa Street Revival. She in fact, encouraged her friends to have this same experience. When her friend, founder of Christian and Missionary Alliance, A.B. Simpson, did not speak in tongues like all of her new Pentecostal friends, she didn’t cut him off or think of him as lesser. She maintained and continued to grow in friendship with him because she valued relationships more than debates about non-essentials (see Life on Wings). We can learn from her example to choose relationships over and above denominational ties and differences in manifestations. Love is the key (1 Corinthians 13).

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DON’T BE AFRAID TO SHINE

I don’t believe in a nameless faceless revival. While we want Jesus to be the name above all other names and for everyone to participate, God will appoint and anoint leaders to help lead this generation into the more. There was a Moses, a Joshua, a David, an Evan Roberts, a William J. Seymour, and other leaders who played a significant part in partnering with God to lead their generation into all that He had for them.

I am saying this to encourage myself just as much as I am exhorting you. Don’t be afraid to shine, to lead, and to be a voice. If God has anointed you as a leader, then LEAD! If people are following you then you know you're a leader whether you want to admit it or not. Don’t hesitate to step into the fullness of leadership God has called you to walk in out of fear that you will become prideful or steal God’s glory. Trust in Him and trust yourself. If God has appointed and anointed you, He will walk with you through the favor. True leaders are servants and walk in great humility. The more you are honored, the more crowns you will have to throw at the feet of Jesus. If your influence grows, what an incredible opportunity to use that influence to impact even more people for JESUS! 

Steward, embrace and accept the gift God has entrusted you with. I urge you not to sacrifice the gift God has given you or sabotage the calling on your life because you’re afraid to shine or you feel inadequate. Don’t lay down the gift that He gave you to use and steward for His glory. He has given you your unique gifts to serve your generation in humility and love. Embrace the gifts He’s given you so that you can become all He’s destined you to become and to lift His name higher.

I bless you to step into your rightful position in this generation and to lead with great love and humility, fixing your eyes upon Jesus always and stepping out in great faith as the Spirit leads you. And finally, I exhort you by the power and the blood of Jesus to rise up. This generation needs you to be all who you are called to be. Today may you

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you...”

Isaiah 60

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*Further Resources on this topic

Walking on Water

Peter never set out to walk on water. He didn't attend a special seminar or school; he just loved Jesus and wanted to be closer to Him. No matter the storm, no matter the danger, he wanted Jesus more.

Love compelled Peter to step out of the boat and into the impossible--and love can do the same for you. 

With fresh biblical insight and immediate life application, author and teacher Jennifer Miskov shows that when your deepest desire is to fall more in love with Jesus, a life of courageous faith, bold action and astounding miracles comes naturally. She shares how to experience the unrelenting, extravagant love of Jesus and how to pursue Him with the same passion. You will be inspired to let go of what's safe and step into the impossible--because when we know we are loved, we will do anything. 

The wind and the waves will come. But as you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and step out in faith to be closer to Him, you will see Him do the impossible on your behalf. 

ISBN: 9780800798512 Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 Publisher: Chosen Books (Oct. 3, 2017) SRP: $13.99 Number of pages: 192

Endorsements

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Walking on Water was written by one of my awesome spiritual daughters. As you open wide to receive her message, you will be marked by God's great love. Jesus is so worth our yes. He is longing for all of our worship. I bless you to be ignited for a fresh fire for intimacy with Jesus as you embark on this journey with the Holy Spirit in Walking on Water.

Heidi Baker, founding director, Iris Global

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"Jennifer Miskov and I met in an old revival home in Oakland where Frank Bartleman, that great intercessor of Azusa, had prayed one hundred years before. I connected with a woman who carries a revivalist heart burning for the miraculous signs-and-wonders history of the great evangelist women of the past to be manifested today. This book will create faith and stir hunger for the deepest levels of union with God so that you and many others will walk in the kind of miracles that must be demonstrated today in our world. Read it and be transformed."

Lou Engle, cofounder and president, TheCall

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"Building on concrete and often vulnerable illustrations from her life and the lives of others in history, Jen Miskov inspires us to trust in and wait on the Lord. The Lord who leads us into storms will also meet us there; He is more than enough and is worth everything."

Craig S. Keener, professor of biblical studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

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"If you're ready to step out of the boat and take risks with Jesus, then you're in the right place. Jen Miskov is one of those people who leads a life of extravagant faith, and in Walking on Water she leads you on a journey to do the same."

Jessika Tate, founder, In Faithful Pursuit Ministries

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"Jesus tells us that the only way we will bear good fruit in our lives is if we abide in Him. That is the heart and focal point of this book. I have seen firsthand how Jen lives and breathes what she writes. Walking on Water is both inspiring and practical. As you read, may you answer Jesus' invitation to cultivate an insatiable hunger for His presence, and to a lifestyle of intimacy and extraordinary miracles in Him. May you bear great fruit for the Kingdom!"

Dr. Cornelius Quek, founder, 7K and Elisha's Room

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"I have known Jen for many years and have witnessed firsthand how her love for Jesus and her love for others has radically impacted and shaped thousands of lives around the world. When I was reading Walking on Water, I saw a vision of a wheel with spokes connecting to a hub. I saw each chapter in her book like a spoke on a wheel that was focused on Jesus as the hub that holds everything together. Jen connects each truth with the One who is Truth Himself. I am excited about the way Jen presents the book because each spiritual principle she reveals leads us back to Jesus, who is the Source of it all. In Walking on Water, you will not only receive great spiritual insight, but also be led to know Him more intimately. I trust and pray that this book will impact your life and inspire you to bring others to know Jesus, influencing many now and also for eternity."

-Mel Tari, author, Like a Mighty Wind

 

More Endorsements and Testimonials

"Jen Miskov is passionately in love with God, and her infectious fervor mixed with her love of history and the Church will awaken passions deep within. I strongly urge you to read this book so that you, too, can gain passion, and experience your call as His beloved."

-Theresa Dedmon, creative arts pastor, Bethel Church Redding

"When I read Heidi's foreword to Walking on Water and then the introduction, I could feel the fire of God. I managed to get through these, and then I simply could not ignore the burning any longer. I slammed my laptop shut and told the two girls sitting in the lounge with me that this book had wrecked me and that I needed to go to my room to worship. I had an overwhelming hunger for Jesus and a desire to be alone with Him and worship Him. It was such a powerful stirring that I simply could not ignore it. I felt a beautiful fresh surrender happen again in that time of worship and throughout the rest of the book, and I knew God was working in my heart and cleaning house. I started reorganizing my schedule and prioritizing chunks of time to be with Him again. I have been taken back to my first love. From that place of intimacy with Him, I now know that I can step out of the boat. This book is key in this season and the times we are living in. We are on the cusp of something big, and we need to make sure union and intimacy are our first and main things! Walking on Water was truly life changing, and it confirmed what has been in my spirit for a while!"

-Sarah Hodgkinson, age 30, Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry first-year student from South Africa

"Walking on Water is far more than mere words on a page. It carries a powerful invitation and impartation to become a person of unshakable intimacy and bold faith. The only way to describe my experience reading it was that my heart burned within me. Jen has a special anointing to release hunger through her writing. I found myself wanting to throw down the book and run into my room to be with Jesus, as I felt my spirit being pulled to experience more of God. I love the way Jen writes. She has profound revelation yet expresses it in a way that readers can actually experience for themselves. I am left with a new wave of passion to grow closer to the Lord, having Him truly be my "one thing," and a desire to discover what it really means to live a life of courageous faith. I would highly recommend Walking on Water."

-Kelly Joy Brannan, age 23, Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry second-year student from England

"Walking on Water captured my heart to burn for the one thing. When reading this book, I had moments when all I could think to do was get away and be with Jesus; it created an urgency and hunger to be alone with the One I loved. This book is about the miraculous flowing from a place of intimacy; it helped to take away the pressure and the striving and reminded me of the simple truth that it is all about Him. Intimacy births adventure. Jen's book softened my heart and strengthened my courage, and I know it will do the same for you."

-Mary Thomason, age 30, Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry second-year student from England


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Jennifer A. Miskov, Ph.D., has supported Bill Johnson in his Defining Moments book as well as authored Walking on WaterIgnite Azusa: Positioning for a New Jesus RevolutionWriting in the GloryLife on WingsSpirit Flood, and Silver to Gold. Jen teaches revival history classes at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry as well as facilitates Writing in the Glory workshops at Destiny House and as an E-Course. She is ordained by Heidi Baker with Iris Global and is also licensed with Bethel Church of Redding, California. Jen is also the founding director of Destiny House, a ministry that cultivates communities of worshippers who do life together in God's presence and who launch people into their destinies from a place of intimacy with God and connection with family. Jen has Jen loves to lead people into life-changing encounters with Jesus through her writing, teaching, and ministry. She received her Ph.D. in Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies from the University of Birmingham, U.K.

Changes at Destiny House

This season we are doing a couple things we have never done before. For the first time in over 5 years of continual corporate worship on Friday mornings at Destiny House, we are temporarily closing down Friday morning worship time for the public. July 28, 2017 will be our last corporate worship session of the summer open to all, after that we will keep you posted when we re-open our doors, likely on Sept 22.

This was a hard decision but something we felt would bear much fruit in the future. We will continue to steward the 100 year vision of worship as family in the house during a different time each week but just with our core leaders and family who live at Destiny House. We feel the need in this season to spend this time to reconnect with each other and dream about the future in a smaller group so that we can step into the next season fully connected and ready to pour out from a place of rest and family. We also want to have a chance to welcome the incoming students who will be living with us in a smaller setting to help them settle in easier and give us a chance to get to know each other more quickly. We highly encourage our extended Destiny House family whom we love so dearly to grab some friends and continue to meet on Fridays to do worship and prayer together so you stay in the similar rhythm for when we open the doors again, likely mid-late September.

We also have another upcoming change we would love your prayers for. As many of you know, a few years ago, we had the opportunity to launch a guy’s partner house called Elisha’s Room under the leadership of Cornelius Quek, a father to Destiny House and the vice President of our non-profit. This year we are also excited to announce that we are launching an official guys Destiny House right next door to the main house where we host our worship times. Felix Fels, one of the BSSM students from my Pioneering Revival class is applying what he has learned to help pioneer this new house, The Father’s Call House. We are so excited and expectant to see God move even more by integrating more brothers in Christ into our community.

Please cover us in prayer as we continue pioneering and seeking to stay true to our core values and convictions of birthing destinies from a place of encounter with God and family.

Fire of God Fall: Destiny House in THAILAND 2017

If you will make room for God, He will come.

This summer June 9-18, 2017, Destiny House family had the privilege of partnering together alongside the saints of God with what He is doing in Asia. Thailand has less than 1% Christians and we had the honor to influence many leaders who will shape the future of Christianity there.

As we began to minister, the overarching prophetic word over the country I kept getting is:

“If you will make space for God, He will make space for you.

If you make room for Him, then He will come."

Most of the trip was about demonstrating what it looks like to wait on God. Most of our sessions included making space for the Holy Spirit to move and then yielding to whatever He was doing. This was revolutionary for many we ministered to as they were used to a set schedule of events with the order of worship, teaching, and then ministry. We were able to cultivate a space for them to simply Encounter the living God.Here’s a brief recap of our trip.

 

CHIANG MEI: Fire of God Come

The Friday night (June 9, 2017) we met with the leaders and missionaries God crashed in a powerful way. There was a Holy stillness as we waited upon God and simply sat at His feet with our only agenda to encounter and love Him together. The glory of God increased and people were marked by His presence that evening. 

After this session where I called people to commit to get reconciled with anyone whom they felt the Holy Spirit highlighted, the man in the red shirt called his daughter and was reunited together after 2 years apart!

After this session where I called people to commit to get reconciled with anyone whom they felt the Holy Spirit highlighted, the man in the red shirt called his daughter and was reunited together after 2 years apart!

This missionary couple told me that they've been in a desert and the night we ministered was the first time they were able to drink in 15 years.

This missionary couple told me that they've been in a desert and the night we ministered was the first time they were able to drink in 15 years.

The Saturday we got to enjoy a time of play which included riding elephants, floating down a river on a raft, trekking to find a waterfall, and playing in the rain!!!

Sunday (June 11, 2017) we had the privilege of blessing the children and then I released a message about how it's all about Jesus. 

In the afternoon, our team split up to each lead a separate home group. Daystar imparted a heart for missions to the children, Glory and Leah activated the youth in the prophetic, Amy raised up evangelists, Tamra prayed for everyone and they were healed and also baptized in the Holy Spirit, and I equipped the leaders in how to position their hearts to steward and welcome the incoming revival.

That evening the pastors took our team out to a fancy restaurant with the coolest bathrooms you ever did see. What a gift to have Ark, Matthew & Grace, and Ark's parents who are the pastors welcome is in. It immediately felt like family and was so special. We love them dearly and will return one day soon.

 

BANGKOK: Human Trafficking

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Tuesday (June 13, 2017) we had the privileged to meet at the office of and with the directors of A21, Malina and Steph and hear their hearts and personal stories of rescuing people out of Human trafficking, especially but not limited to children. My eyes were opened in a new way and we were all marked at their hearts and all they are doing to love and rescue the least of these. Definitely a worthwhile investment in anyone has a heart for this area and can't make it to the field yet or if you feel to volunteer, they are looking for people to help so they can rescue more children.

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Wednesday we had the opportunity to lead a chapel service at NightLight which is a ministry based in the Red Light district that helps women get out of prostitution and into Jesus. During worship, we ministered to the girls as the Holy Spirit led and I can remember simply hugging one of the girls there and she just wept in my arms. It was so profound; I felt so blessed to have the privilege to cover her in the love of God. No words were needed. She felt God's embrace through me, and I wept too. What an honor. After worship, I did an altar call with the staff there, many of them who once used to be on the streets and some not yet Christians, and a girl named Jen got saved!!! 

We later got to minister as a team alongside the founders Annie and Pun to a couple women in more depth which was beautiful to see their countenance change as peace came into their hearts. Our whole team was marked by God's heart for these women and others. We are so thankful to Pu who did BSSM who connected us with these ministries. She is a special one and a true gift to Thailand!

 

BANGKOK: UCC Church

It was a pleasure to return to UCC, where I spoke one year ago and God marked them. We did a Friday (June 16, 2017) evening session for the leaders then a Saturday session and Sunday church. Friday I shared about Exodus 33 and how we don't want a revival if He's not in it. It was such an honor to have Ju back again this year as my translator once again, she flows so well with the Holy Spirit and we had such a blast ministering together.

It was also so special to have my brother and his wife and my baby nephew join us for the service! While I was staying with my family in Bangkok, I got to see adorable baby Luke take some of his first steps. So fun!!!

At the service, Amy called out words for healing and we believe many were touched powerfully by God during that time. During testimony time one girl said how last year when I was there that was the first time she encountered God. It was her birthday next week and she had prayed for me to come back. So precious!!! We are super grateful to Annie our incredible hostess and Obey and the team for having us back at UCC.

With my translator Ju, BSSM student from Thailand Pu, and Amy from Destiny House family ministering at UCC.

With my translator Ju, BSSM student from Thailand Pu, and Amy from Destiny House family ministering at UCC.

 

BALI, INDONESIA: Surf House

And because after serving hard it's important to play and celebrate all that God has done and like God Himself did when He took a Sabbath rest, a few of us flew to Bali to soak in God's love at the beach there. Super fun times. We got a free upgrade in our hotel from friend I met there last year that works at hotel. We also had honor of meeting Paula who has lived in Bali 9 years and runs Bali Surf House that welcomes Christians who have a heart for the island. She invited us to come back and minister so we now have another great excuse to return to Bali.

Thanks for everyone's love, prayers, financial investment, and support. You make a huge difference and we couldn't have made it without you. You were a part of every breakthrough, encounter, salvation, healing, friendship born, and seed planted. There's many more testimonies and stories to come but wanted to give you a little snapshot of some highlights. Thanks again!! With love,

Jen and the Destiny House family

 

Ministering together at the church in Chiang Mai

Secrets to Walking in Peace

As Thanksgiving is upon us, I have been reflecting upon the topic of giving thanks and have been overwhelmed with gratitude for all that the Lord has done through the years. I have been reminded of the Lord’s grace, kindness, and provision. I have recognized that I am usually a lot happier and more peaceful when I’m thankful and when I focus on what the Lord is doing rather than on what He’s not.