Destiny House

Finding Your Tribe

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by Jennifer A. Miskov, Ph.D.

When in transition and on the journey to discover your new church family, it is important to choose a healthy revival community that is full of Jesus, gives room for the Holy Spirit to move, gathers around the very presence of God, and feels like family to you. You want to be planted somewhere that you are received as the gift that you are. It is also important to play your part and serve the body of Christ, breaking off consumer Christianity. Sometimes God will hide you from being seen by leadership because it’s either not your time or it’s not your fit. It is important to invite the Holy Spirit into your process to direct you to your new spiritual family in this season.

We all are the church and that can come in lots of different shapes and sizes (1 Peter 2:5). Ultimately, the kingdom of God is all about family, however that might look in our day.

Connecting together regularly with the wider Body of Christ and also meeting with our tribe within a tribe are significant keys to our maturity. Once you do find the church community that is a fit, greater growth happens when asking God to highlight a tribe within a tribe. These can then gather outside of the weekly celebration meeting to go deeper together. Some might share a passion for evangelism and want to hit the streets together. Others might be interested in going deeper in the Word or in the Spirit together. Others might want to learn how to step out in the prophetic or healing. Still others may want to simply cultivate a safe place to be family together gathered around God’s presence. The structure itself is not what is most important. The regular meeting together around God’s presence in a smaller more intimate community within a community is what accelerates growth.

It is important to have people in our lives that we can be vulnerable with. We usually find these people we can go deeper with in smaller groups. Cultivating family is essential for growth. This connecting heart to heart is in alignment with and obedience to the Word of God (Hebrews 10:23-25, James 5:16, 1 John 1:7). Connection is key however that might look in this season.

When I was leading Destiny House, where at one point we had up to 21 people living in intentional community (which is too big by the way), we had a Monday night family time where we shared a meal and connected just with each other. Then we also had an open Friday morning worship and ministry time where all were welcome to join. There, we gathered around God’s presence and ministered together as a family. We also went to church on Sundays. I know three meetings a week is not realistic for many in other life situations, but we were all in a season of full-time ministry training, so it worked well for us.

Similar to the rhythm described in the Book of Acts who met together daily (Acts 2:46-47, 5:42) I believe that elements of the rhythm we had at Destiny House can be adapted and integrated into our lives. In addition to regularly going to church, a smaller group can meet once a week or a few times a month to connect at a heart level. Or maybe home groups might meet consistently each week and once a month all meet together for a larger corporate gathering. Maybe some will share a similar rhythm as we did in Destiny House. The structure is not what is important here, the heart and consistency of regularly meeting together is. Connection is crucial because the keys of our destiny are found in intimacy with God and in being deeply connected with our tribe. So however it looks to get connected and go deeper with our tribe, whatever rhythm of life that looks like, it’s important to dive in. I think some of the key questions for us all to ask ourselves are:  

Who am I running with in this season?

Where am I showing up regularly to know and be known together?

If you don’t yet know the answers to these questions, I encourage you to ask God who He is highlighting for you to build with during this season. Then wait on Him and listen to what He says. Once several are highlighted, take some risks to initiate times to connect and grow deeper together and see where God takes it from there.

 In this hour, I believe it is crucial that we find our tribe and then dive in wholeheartedly to run together after the things of God. There is a Billion Soul Harvest on its way. God is shifting and aligning people with their tribe in this season so that they can grow into maturity to help steward and carry this massive revival.

Be encouraged, in this season, you are a perfect fit somewhere, but not everywhere. You are a unique shape. There is a community out there that has a “you” shaped hole. Don’t get discouraged if you try to fit somewhere and it doesn’t quite feel right. Rejection is redirection to somewhere better. God is in charge and over it all. It may take a little time to explore several communities before you find your people to run with. And once you find each other, it may take some time to build those relationships. This investment of time and heart is well worth the effort though because when you do find your tribe, you find your destiny. Keep going and don’t give up, you might just be one more risk away from finding your spiritual family to run with in this season.

You are an important part to what God is getting ready to release over our generation in this end time harvest. You will only be able to step into the fullest measure of your God-given destiny when you are rooted in the family of God (Ephesians 3:20). On this journey of discovery, I pray that you have grace to embark with fresh hope. I declare acceleration over you as you seek Jesus first above all things and take risks to find and grow deeper with the tribe God highlights to you in this season. Blessing you with divine appointments in finding the kindred spirits you were born to run with for such a time as this.

**To learn more about our rhythm of doing life together at Destiny House, see the Walking on Water E-course that goes into great depth with several sessions exclusively about our story and community life there.

Destiny House Redding Launched into its Destiny

by Jennifer A. Miskov, PhD, former Founding Director of Destiny House

I began to write my first book Silver to Gold nearly two decades ago. That book took me over seven years to write. As time went on and there were other things in my life I wanted to do, I realized that even though I didn’t feel the book was perfect, it was complete and I need to finish it. I felt that God was inviting me into a new season that I needed to make space for. Not long after I released Silver to Gold, next came Spirit Flood, then Life on Wings, then Defining Moments, Writing in the Glory, Ignite Azusa, Walking on Water and more. 

In a similar way of finishing one book to begin a new one, after seven years, today I announce that this marks the completion of the story of Destiny House in Redding as an official ministry (February 18, 2012-May 6, 2019). This is sad in one way because it was such a precious season that has forever marked my life. In another way (only since I’ve had a whole year to grieve, process, and accept the transition), it is also exciting because whenever God asks us to let go of something, it’s an invitation to experience more of His glory in new season.

I do not believe that ending Destiny House after its seventh year is not a death in anyway. Rather, it’s a completion of a season. It’s a finishing well of an assignment from Heaven. It is an ending of one chapter and an invitation to a whole new chapter. It is the end of one structure, and the beginning of a new one. It is letting go of the old wine skin and embracing the new one so that we can we drink the new wine together. From covenant friendships to ministries to healing to creativity to freedom to art to dance to voices being restored to Reformation fire to finding family, Destiny House Redding has completed its good work during its time in Redding.

Just like how the Welsh Revival is still releasing encounters over 100 years later, we believe that what was cultivated in Destiny House will do the same as we continue to steward the testimonies and carry the DNA of what we experienced together. While the functioning structure of what Destiny House looked like with Friday morning worship times at the house on Placer Street will no longer exist in its previous form, the 100 year vision for worship to be released in the context of family and the multiplication of worshipping communities around the world is still very much alive, it will just take a different shape.

Throughout this journey with Destiny House, one of the most important things we have learned is that it’s all about Jesus and family. In our journey together, we discovered that we are the Living Stones; it’s not about a place but it’s about a People. While structures are important, at the end of the day God is building each one of us up and fitting us together, connecting our lives together to build a habitation for Him to come and dwell. We ourselves are the temples of the living God. It’s not confined to one space or location. Wherever we go, we are the houses that releases destiny.

Though we are completing one season, the legacy of Destiny House will live on. The testimonies of what God has released in this tribe are timeless and the lives that have been transformed are many. We are grateful for such a sweet season together in Redding and are now looking forward with anticipation to being launched into a greater measure of our destiny, taking what we learned in Destiny House to the nations and to all environments to see Jesus be the center of it all.  

We are greatly indebted to each one who has lived with or run with the Destiny House tribe for a season and helped cultivate the well of intimacy with Jesus with us. We are grateful to each one who has sown their talents, presence, resources into helping us become the people God has created us to be and helping us release revival through family around the world. We believe there will be eternal rewards and that a great blessing will rest upon each one who has joined us for any part of our journey. As we transition into His greater glory and are launched into a greater measure of our destiny, we believe and pray the same will happen to you. Thanks for believing in us and stewarding a heart for pure worship and adoration to Jesus. We love you and will see you in the nations.

 To learn more off how this transition unfolded, see:

Living Stones: Open Letter about Changes in Destiny House June 17, 2018 written from Mozambique, Africa
My Crazy Life: Destiny House and Personal Update July 17, 2018 written just before moving out of both Destiny House and my house in Redding to Maui for a short sabbatical that got extended.


Destiny House Passing the Torch to YWAM

On April 30, 2019, some of the Destiny House family went to the house on Placer that is now being stewarded by YWAM to share testimonies, bless them with a prophetic painting done by a Destiny House alumni who used to be in YWAM, pass the torch, and worship together with our brothers and sisters in the Lord who are now currently stewarding the house on Placer Street. It was definitely a special night to unite tribes together.

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Destiny House Legacy Celebration

On May 4, 2019, we gathered at Annette and Mike Biggers home to complete our 7 year season as running together in the context of Destiny House Redding. We ended where we began, in family gathering around God’s presence. What a special way to complete an epic season, in family from all different generations represented.

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Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this special season. We would love to hear how you’ve been impacted by what God has done within our community. Please send testimonies to us at info@silvertogold.com to be used for an upcoming project we’re working on to release this legacy around the world.


As for me personally, I am feeling drawn to partner with God to see revival in the nations, especially Europe with Destiny House alumni. More on that as the story unfolds. To learn more of how God shifted my life from Destiny House and Redding into the nations and what He’s been showing me personally during this time, see a recent message I gave in Texas about Hebrews 12:1-2 or listen to the podcast.

 
 

October 31st: A Catalytic day for Reformation and Revival

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by Jennifer A. Miskov, Ph.D.

The Shift is now

Did you know that October 31 is a day of Reformation, Revival, and Destiny? Contrary to popular views, Halloween is not the “day of the devil.” It is God’s day full of inheritance where He birthed two major Reformation and Revival movements that are still impacting us today, hundreds of years later. There is great momentum for us to step into on this significant day in revival history. October 31st is a time for revolutionary shifts to happen. It is a day pregnant with world-changing movements waiting to be catalyzed as we fiercely follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, even in unusual ways. It is a day of religious freedom and of freedom from the religious spirit. It is a day when God is waiting for His yielded ones to remember what He has done in history and to be ignited with a fresh fire for more of Him.

Halloween Roots

Even in the world outside of Christianity, many believe that October 31st is the time when the physical and spiritual worlds are the closest. It is interesting that even in secular tradition, this day is believed to be one when heaven invades earth in a greater measure than other days. This is also a time of celebrating the end of harvest and the beginning of winter.

In the year 609, Pope Gregory III introduced May 13 as a Catholic holiday to honor saints and martyrs who came before. This was called All Saints' or All Hallows Day. In 835, the date was changed to Nov. 1, the same day as the Samhain, which was an Ancient Celtic pagan festival initiating summer's end. The evening before “All Hallows Day” became known as All Hallows' Eve, which was later changed to Halloween. Even more importantly, this day was set apart from Heaven as the day God wanted to catalyze significant Reformation and Revival movements.

Reformation

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther (1483-1546) lit a flame that reformed the Christianity of his day, breaking people out of religious cycles that had entrapped them for hundreds of years. It was on this very day that Luther posted his 95 Theses on Wittenberg Church door.

These were translated into German, printed on the newly invented Gutenberg printing press, and then quickly began to spread. Originally, this was an act of inviting people to debate over these issues within the Catholic Church, rather than a rebuke against the pope. However, God breathed on his declaration for justice and it served to be the catalyst to set things in motion for the Protestant Reformation, which would later set people free people from the religious spirit at the time and impact the future of Christianity as we know it.

By tapping into the power of the testimony, we can see that October 31st is a day of breakthrough and revolution where new paradigms are released. It is a day where old wine skins are abolished and where new wine skins are filled to overflowing with the wine from heaven. There is victory as we face our fears and walk through the fire on this day (Is. 43). It is a time to step out to disrupt the normal of what is no longer serving us well. I encourage you, like Luther, to be courageous to speak out against injustices or what you know isn’t right. What you tolerate will dominate. Now is the time to take a stand for what you believe in. Step out and use the voice God has given you to communicate your heart. Generations are waiting for you to arise and shine. May you be baptized in the love of God and be ignited with a fresh Reformation fire that burns deep within you today, all for His glory. There is the potential for breakthroughs to happen this week that could impact the next 500 years or may even inspire a revival that spreads across the globe.

Welsh Revival

Nearly 400 years later, a spark for the Welsh Revival was lit on October 31, 1904. On this very date in history, Evan Roberts (1878-1951) followed the leading of the Holy Spirit back to his hometown to conduct a catalytic meeting where 17 confessed Christ. Less than four months later, over 80,000 people were saved and the nation of Wales experienced a powerful revival. From Wales, the revival began to spread to scattered cities in England, Scotland, and Ireland and then around the world.

The revival was also a precursor and believed to be a catalyst for future Holy Spirit movements like the Azusa Street Revival. Frank Bartleman, who participated in and scribed the happenings of the Azusa Street Revival, asked Roberts to pray that a revival fire similar to the Welsh Revival would break out in Los Angeles. The Azusa Street Revival exploded to the scene not long after this in 1906 contributing to the influence of Pentecostalism around the globe.

Momentum of the Ages

The Protestant Reformation transformed a religious system and freed people to worship God in spirit and in truth. The Welsh Revival ignited a flame that inspired and gave birth to future Holy Spirit movements. October 31 is pregnant with potential to once again be a powerful day of ignition for reformation and revival. There is an inheritance waiting to be tapped into for those who are brave enough to step out in faith to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit on this special date in history. October 31 is a deep well of revival, filled with fresh flames waiting to be ignited and spread around the world.

Luther’s act of following his convictions and not being afraid to challenge the status quo has continued to impact us 500 years later. The momentum has already begun. Martin Luther, the Moravians, John Wesley, Evan Roberts and many others have already paved the way for us to walk in great freedom today. This is not a new wave of revival but one that has been building for generations. The Reformation, The Great Awakening, The Welsh Revival, and other moves of God are all contributing to the momentum of this upcoming billion-soul harvest, third great awakening, and new wave on the horizon. 

What are we going to do today with the ground already gained on our behalf? How will we position ourselves to build upon the momentum that has gone before us? What further ground needs to be taken to advance God’s Kingdom in our generation today so that it will set things in motion for the next 500 years ahead? We are in a historic shift. God is calling us to a new level of holiness, consecration, connection, surrender, and possession of the Holy Spirit. This is necessary so that this upcoming wave of revival will not crush us. It’s time to walk in purity, passion, and total obedience so that when the swell comes, we are positioned to ride the biggest wave of revival this world has ever seen!

Activating the Anointing in October 31st through Worship

Since 2012, the Destiny House tribe of worshippers has hosted an encounter night each year on Halloween to tap into the deep wells of revival, seek God for an even greater Reformation in our day, and worship Him with all of our strength. Last year there were celebrations in Redding, CA, in Australia, and in Maui, Hawaii where we gathered together to redeem the day with worship and go even deeper. We have seen people radically encountered by the presence and power of God in these meetings where they were marked for life in His presence.

Wherever you are in the world, I encourage you too, to gather with friends this October 31st to share Holy Ghost stories, pray and worship together on this significant day in revival history. Let’s gather together with one agenda, simply to worship Jesus and lift up His name on high. Together, we can tap into what God wants to do in our day by giving Him higher praise. Let's take back this significant day in history by releasing the fragrance of worship that pleases the heart of God, causing the darkness to tremble.

Send the Spirit Now

Evan Roberts sent on a prayer ahead of him to the children in the towns he was going to visit. When the children prayed this prayer, revival broke out before he even arrived to the scene. I encourage you to pray this out loud as a declaration over your life today. As you pray this catalytic prayer and take risks to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit into new territories, may you see the Holy Spirit move in greater ways than ever before.

Send the Spirit now, for Jesus Christ's sake.

Send the Spirit now powerfully, for Jesus Christ's sake.

Send the Spirit now more powerfully, for Jesus Christ's sake.

Send the Spirit now still more powerfully, for Jesus Christ's sake. 


To go more in depth on significance of what happened on this day in history, see

*As a disclaimer, we also want to recognize and honor our Catholic brothers and sisters today and celebrate the whole Body of Christ as we move forward together, hand in hand to see God’s Kingdom come here on earth in our day.

3 Keys for Cultivating Revival in Family

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by Jennifer A. Miskov, Ph.D

While living together or being a part of an intentional community can be very messy at times, it is also one of the most beautiful experiences one can have. Family accelerates growth. We can’t step into the fullness of our destiny apart from our tribe.

The following are three ingredients or ways of doing life modeled after Jesus that we have embraced as a part of the Destiny House experience the past six years. We hope and pray that our rhythm will inspire you to intentionally gather with your tribe to run after Jesus with everything inside and be launched into a greater measure of your destiny.

1. Cultivate Connection (Family)

We have regularly set aside one night a week exclusively for family time. This includes making and sharing a meal together, spending time catching up and sharing testimonies, connecting, and an opportunity to receive prayer/ministry if needed. What happens during each family night might change each week but the primary goal is connection. Impartation, teaching, or equipping may be released at times but that is not the regular focus of these times together. Some of our family nights have turned into the Holy Spirit falling upon us all and end in pure worship to Him, others have ended in a round circle of each person doing a rap, and one time we all went out for ice cream. The key is to set aside time each week simply to be with each other and connect at a heart level. Consistently make time for each other and have fun!

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2. Cultivate Hunger (Fasting & Feasting)

We have regularly fasted as a community on the first day of the week (Mondays) so we can grow in our hunger for God. We skip two meals and then come together in the evening to share dinner and break our fast together. This works best when it’s a potluck style meal and everyone is involved in preparing the meal together and eating a common meal. Many revivalists have experienced their defining moments while on a fast. Read Feasting on God: The Lost Art of Fasting by Jennifer A. Miskov.

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 3. Cultivate Space for Encounter (Worship)

We have regularly set aside a time each week to open our doors to host a worship/encounter time together as family. This is open to all ages and we love it when children can join in. Dance and creativity also has a special place in the worship gathering. The emphasis and focus of this time is on loving and adoring Jesus. The purpose of our worship time together is Encounter and to spend time in the Secret Place together as a community. It is to see Jesus face to face, to know Him more, to love Him with our whole hearts. These gatherings are not about us seeking God to answer our prayers or give us things. It’s not even a place where we come to seek healing; it’s all about JESUS (Psalm 27). We want our time together in family to honor and love Him well.

These worship times together and even the song choices we use are all about adoring Him. While praise, thanksgiving, and songs crying out to God are all good, our emphasis and focus is simply ADORATION. We want to set down our agenda, our problems, and simply worship Him because He is worthy of it all no matter what we are going through. And it’s powerful to do this week after week in the context of family, showing up and being vulnerable before God together even if sometimes that’s the last place one wants to be. Part of this practice is learning to show up and worship in community no matter what is going on in our lives. We consistently love on Jesus in the context of family and praise Him because He is worthy and never changes even if our circumstances do (2 Chronicles 20).  Stewarding this well of encounter together also sharpens us to stay unified.

So while we show up to our times set aside to worship together with one focus, many times as a result of us pouring our love out to Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes and marks us with the Father’s transforming love. Many times people weep and God heals deep things in their hearts without anyone even praying for them. Creativity is stirred as we create space to worship God with all of our hearts, minds, souls, spirits, and bodies. Art, and dance are released regularly as a part of the worship team. We dive into the river of the Holy Spirit and move wherever God takes us which looks different literally every week. Influenced by the Welsh Revival, our meetings are worship focused. In the beginning of the meeting, we briefly welcome guests, have a few people share testimonies, someone will give a very brief word, then we will go straight into worship, encounter, and then ministry however the Holy Spirit is leading.

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Example of our Destiny House Rhythm

This is the rhythm we’ve shared for more than 6 consecutive years that represent our core values of Glory, Honor, and Destiny

1.     Family: Commit to family night each week with Feasting together (Monday Nights)

2.     Hunger: Commit to fasting one day each week (Mondays)

3.     Encounter: Commit to worship in the context of family one time a week (Friday Mornings)

*Once a month on a Saturday night we also regularly hosted an Encounter Worship Night for more focused impartation, equipping, teaching to be released.

If you have been stirred and want to learn more of how to partner with us in our dream to see 5,000 worshipping communities launched around the world in their own unique expressions, see

VISION 5000

 

Ignite Azusa: Positioning for a New Jesus Revolution

We are on the verge of one of the greatest awakenings of all time. Many have prophesied about a new move of God on the horizon that far surpasses any we have ever seen. Our generation is pregnant with birthing a new Jesus Revolution and we have been given the incredible opportunity to step into something truly special in our day.

Finding the Gold in 2015 & Dreaming Big for 2016

I want to share an activation that has helped me process and find the gold from this past year as well as dream for the new year ahead. I pray that the Holy Spirit launches you into a greater measure of your destiny as you go along with me on this journey of giving thanks and of dreaming for the future.

Keeping the Fire and Writing in the Glory: New Releases Igniting Fire to Burn for the One Thing

"Revival is not about manifestations or miracles; it is about the Reviver, Jesus our Savior. We only have one destination, one home, one reality, one resting place, one source, one motivation, one reward, one possession, one point of contact with God, one source of real satisfaction – and that is Jesus. We cannot overemphasize Him in any way. He is all we have and everything we need." -Rolland Baker in Keeping the Fire

The Opportunity of a Lifetime is at Our Door

What if our generation is pregnant with birthing the next Great Awakening? 

Now is our time arise and shine. Today is the day to dive in and not look back. Remain focused on Jesus. Immediately respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Lean into the Father’s heart. Now is out moment to shine.

As a generation, we have been given a great opportunity to shift the culture of what the next 100 years and more can look like.