Jen Miskov

Acts of the Holy Ghost in Charlottesville, Virginia

by Jennifer A. Miskov, Ph.D. and friends

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“The Color Line Was Washed Away in the Blood”

I want to share a testimony of what God poured out here in Charlottesville, Virginia this past week at the Writing in the Glory and Women’s Abide Conference I was a part of. Saturday afternoon November 10, 2018, I was ministering on a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit and felt led to release a little of the Azusa Street Revival story along with some slides so people could see some of the main characters, including William J. Seymour. As we went into the session, deep worship and prophetic dance preceded my time of sharing and the music continued into the session. I shared an encounter Carrie Judd Montgomery had, then Ezekiel 47 and along with an invitation to dive into more of the Spirit. Then I shared about Peter stepping out of the boat yet another time in John 21 and how it doesn’t matter how many times we’ve previously encountered God or if we’ve already been baptized in the Holy Spirit, but there’s even more today than there was yesterday. After sharing some personal stories of not being afraid to use the voice God’s given and encourage others to be the unique gift He’s called them to, we waited upon the Lord for a fresh baptism of His love. As people came forward to the altar and began to get touched, I stepped out to bless what I recognized God was doing in the room.

In a mainly white crowd at this women’s conference, when I looked at the room, I saw that God was especially moving in the handful of African Americans in the room. Everyone I was drawn to pray for who I recognized the Spirit of God on in a powerful way happened to be African American. Then I took a step back and asked the Holy Spirit what was going on. Since that was the group highlighted to me, by the grace of God, I took a leap of faith and stood out on a limb doing something I’ve never done before. I called all of the African Americans to the front and the 8-9 of them came forward. I shared that I saw God was doing something special with them that day and He wanted to honor them, and also welcome their voice. I then held out my hand with the microphone for whoever of them wanted to speak. It was their floor. One of by one, some with tears, they shared their hearts while all the others in the room gathered around them up close in a circle together. It was a holy and prophetic moment that the Holy Spirit orchestrated.

Because I’ve been in such crazy transition in my personal life, I didn’t have time to research the city I was going to beforehand. I actually first thought I was going to Charlotte, North Carolina and told everyone I was going to be there until the conference director told me I had the wrong state and I was going to Charlottesville, Virginia. It was not until after God poured out His Spirit in a special way upon us that afternoon that I began to hear the story of the horrific thing that had happened in this very town a year ago. This was the place where a group of white supremacists marched in, even carrying torches and chanting horrible demonic things on August 11 and 12 of 2017. The event was called “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville, Virginia. During a rally, a white supremacist drove his car through a group of non-violent counter protesters where he killed a woman and injured many others. You can learn more about what happened HERE (warning, graphic images).

When I started to discover the significance of where God had sent me, I was in awe of how God moved that afternoon and my heart was broken for what all of these precious people had to endure when evil came in and targeted their city one year ago. With this new revelation, it felt to me that what had happened at the conference Saturday afternoon was even more significant that I realized at the time. I recognized it as one of those defining moments that I will never forget where God comes and moves in a special, tender, and prophetic way. I believe that what the Holy Spirit orchestrated was a seed not only for what He wants to pour out in that city and region but for our nation as well.

I believe that God has a great plan for Charlottesville because in my own experience of knowing the history of Destiny House, I know that whenever great evil is attracted to a place it’s because it’s a well of revival and there is great glory and inheritance in that place. I am confident that God is going to heal, restore and redeem what’s been stolen from this land and my prayer is that the greatest spirit of unity this world has ever seen will flow from this land of destiny.

This was a slide I released about the Azusa Street Revival that same day when I was speaking.

This was a slide I released about the Azusa Street Revival that same day when I was speaking.


 Stepping Out of the Boat: Extending my Time in Virginia

Later that evening, the night before I was to fly out, a couple of the lovely ladies from the conference came up to me and invited me to stay longer and welcomed me into their homes. Because of how God had moved that afternoon, I smelled revival. I felt the Holy Spirit doing something big in this region from all that He had been pouring out. I decided that I didn’t want to miss what He might have. I didn’t have much time to make a decision since I had already checked into my flight the next day but I was able to change my flight. Staying there meant canceling a week of activities. I struggled with doubt the first two days because I was delaying seeing people I loved in Redding and having to cancel teaching at the school of ministry which I committed to and so enjoy. Finally after much prayer with precious friends, I was able to embrace what God had placed in front of me and dove in as I counted the cost of saying yes to the tiny seed of what I thought might be the Lord. As a result of staying, we got to do another revival meeting and also open it up to the men to come along where God moved in power. I released the Azusa story in full and there was a mighty baptism of fire released where lives were marked by God’s presence. 

Making the decision to stay ties into the new shift in my life of helping to raise up pioneers. I find it interesting that these recent invitations to step out of the boat into unknown territory are happening at the same time that I am about ready to release my Walking on Water Encounter E-course as the first course in the online School of Pioneering Revival. See video below. Me pioneering into new territories makes sense and is important if I am going to help inspire and encourage others to step out of the boat. So this extended week was yet again, another one of those moments of stepping out of the boat and trusting the Lord.

The coolest thing is that when I chose to extend my time in Maui and rest before stepping into this clear yes in Virginia, I said no to a lot of opportunities that also would have provided for me financially. This conference in Virginia I sold out of all my books and I had triple the number of Writing in the Glory attendees I normally have. God totally covered and blessed me by providing for my season of rest. Entering into this huge “yes” fully rested was one of the best decisions and I’m so grateful for all God poured out during my time intersecting with this beautiful community.


Revival Meeting: The Significance of 11-16

Since I had extended my trip, we were able to plan a region wide revival meeting where we could also invite the men to come along. The date was set for November 16, 2018 (11/16/2018). That evening, I shared a testimony of what happened to me on this same date on November 16, 2007 not long after I had first moved to England. I went to a church with a friend and was marked by the Holy Spirit. Before this time, I had become obsessed with the theme of Spirit baptism and had begun asking my friends about their experiences and was interested to learn more about it, especially as it was at the heartbeat of the Azusa Street Revival, which I was then studying in my Ph.D. there at the time. When I got home from the meeting that night 11 years ago, I was in awe of how the Spirit had marked me and as I prepared to set my alarm and turn off my phone for the night, I looked and it said 11/16 for the date at 11:16pm. I opened up the book of Acts 11:16 to see if God might be speaking. That verse was the only red letters on the page where it was recalled that Jesus said, “John baptized you with water but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” I was in shock and so rocked by how specifically God spoke that night. It was amazing (to read the whole account see Spirit Flood).  

Because there’s so much momentum on that date in history and because I was releasing the story of the Azusa Street Revival that same night year later, I opened the meeting by sharing that testimony. As I continued to share the Azusa story, I released a prayer by eyewitness at Azusa, Frank Bartleman, about how the Heroes will arise from the dust of obscure circumstances. As I read the prayer over people, I hadn't noticed the extra significance of it until a couple came up to me at the end of the evening and asked if I had realized that the date he released that prayer which was noted on my power point was November 16, 1905. The very same date of that day except 113 years earlier! Jesus!!! How amazing is that! Unexpected and amazing how God speaks and moves even in the details.

Many lives were touched this past week in Virginia including a couple who is going to plant a worshipping community in Richmond as a result of what God did, another being awakening and introduced to the power of the Holy Spirit for the first time in her life, reconciliation between family, heart healing, voices unlocked, shifting into a new season, and an awakening of burning ones who re-consecrated their lives to be sold out for Jesus. Thanks to everyone who prayed, offered grace when I didn’t return back to Redding when planned, those who invited and welcomed me to stay, rearranged their Sunday church meeting to have me speak, and Joan Hutter for hearing from the Holy Spirit to invite me and Amy Lancaster to come out to Virginia for such a time as this. So blessed. May a new fire be ignited in you today, filled with His fiery love!


Testimony: The Simplicity of One Yes

Here is a beautiful testimony by Kim Hager about her time at the Writing in the Glory, Women’s Abide, and other revival meetings that happened in Charlottesville, Virginia this week November 9-18, 2018

One persons “yes” has every potential to be another person’s breakthrough. I both experienced and witnessed this in substantial ways with Dr. Jennifer Miskov’s visit to Charlottesville, Va.  Her “yes” to the Lord to come to Virginia launched a chain reaction of breakthroughs this week in so many lives and without a doubt countless more to follow.  As for me personally, I was suddenly launched into a brand new life season. 

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Ministering at Restoration Cornerstone church with Kim releasing worship on the keyboard in the back.

Ministering at Restoration Cornerstone church with Kim releasing worship on the keyboard in the back.

I had been wrestling to fully get up out from underneath the clutter of busyness in ministry and the rubble of a difficult past season. In the process, some of who I am and how I was made to be had begun to dry up. I knew the Lord was positioning me for a season of writing and so I attended the “Writing in the Glory” workshop. I expected to gain a helpful resource but I did not know I would get swept up into such a move of God in the process. The authority of Jen’s message, lifestyle, and testimony literally was a prophetic wind of God to breathe life into the dry places in my destiny.  

As she faithfully released what she was carrying in her spirit, an impartation came. Her ministry was the hand of Jesus pulling me up out of the clutter and rubble of my past season and setting my feet in the broad place of my now, new season. Jen was the prophetic voice that re-awakened the dreamer and adventurer in me and called me out into the very season of deeper intimacy and fruitfulness that I am now walking into. Praise God!

I was also given the honor to lead worship and help facilitate ministry times during Jen’s stay for later meetings (some of them unplanned but divinely orchestrated).  Having been under Jen’s messaging, I was instilled with a newfound courage to step out which resulted in me giving voice to a vulnerable part of my testimony during worship that I had never shared publicly before. As a result, lives on the precipice of darkness were brought into the healing breakthrough of Jesus and hope and strength for endurance was released. I also found faith and courage to allow the Lord to re-arrange my schedule to stay with the move of God that was being released among us.

Jen took the time to lovingly yet boldly challenge me to respond based on my new season not my old one. Throughout her time here we witnessed powerful moments of God as people were baptized in His Spirit, filled with fresh faith, received emotional healing, surrendered their whole hearts to Jesus, and stepped out into new things in God. We participated in the awakening rumblings of racial reconciliation and watched the Lord awaken dreams and destiny in His people. What a great and unexpected week its been! 
I am undone with gratitude for the goodness and kindness of the Lord in what He has done here through Jen’s “yes” to him and her love for us. Thank you Jennifer Miskov for being willing and obedient to come to Virginia. You have an inheritance with Jesus here.

*Check out some of Kim’s anointed worship music HERE

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Testimony: “You Want Me to be a Catcher?” And an Invitation to a Deeper Experience in the Holy Spirit

Testimony by Emily who was already an answer to prayer for me because she helped run my book table and all the books even sold out! May God bring you to deeper depths of His Spirit as you read her account of what God did this week.

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What a week. I feel like I was thrust into this new world when Joan Hutter, the director of Women’s Abide conference looked at me and said, “You’ll be a catcher.” I thought, “how did she know I’m a great catcher? Wait, what am I catching?” It was a whirlwind of praying in tongues, people passing out, loud laughter and uncontrolled sobbing. How can so many things be happening all at once? I just knew I wanted to know more about this.

We’ve been studying Romans as a church and for months I’ve been anticipating Romans 8. I desperately want to know what it means to be walking in the Spirit. This conference came at a perfect time when my heart was already positioned to be looking for life in the Spirit...even though I was really only there because my boss asked me to help out at the conference with the logistics and such. I kept that as my excuse to not enter in. “I’m really just here for work.”

I mostly observed during the worship services; watching some women dance in one corner and others grab banners and twist them around like they were doing work. Women were face down on the ground while others kneeled at their chairs. This worship seemed intentional; like these women had praise and adoration to bring to the Lord and they were going to use their whole body to do it. How is there a whole community of believers coming together to worship and I feel like an outsider, like these were not my people?

I’m so thankful the Lord brought Jen to guide and help me through what was going on and to graciously answer my questions. There were a lot. To be clear, I have heard of the term “baptism in the Holy Spirit” but I had no concept of what it is in real life.

For a few days I asked questions, searched scriptures and read Jen’s book on Spirit baptism called Spirit Flood, and then Tuesday night things got weird. I had dinner at the house where Jen was staying with Nicole, and after asking a few rounds of questions from me along with some vulnerable moments exploring what was hindering me from moving forward, Jen asked if she and Nicole could pray over me. I’m not sure that I even know what happened. I am still praying about it and seeking understanding. But as they prayed over me and we took time to wait on the Lord there was something like a very heavy blanket that covered me. I looked at Jen so confused about why I was so heavy. She encouraged me to lay down and to take note of pictures and words that came to mind as this was an important time of hearing from the Lord. I laid down and almost immediately I heard the Lord say to me, “You’re clean, Emily. You’ve been washed clean.’”

This moment has changed me. Not because of some physical experience - while that is something to look into and explore with the Lord - it changed me because after years of knowing that I’m saved and that I’m covered by the blood, it was like I actually knew it and believed it for the first time. I’m actually clean!

For the past week now, I’ve been borderline obsessed with what it means to walk in the Spirit, to worship in the Spirit and to live in the Spirit. I want to spend time with the Lord, abiding in Him. What if He has more to say? What if He has more to make clear to me or has things that only He can help move from my head knowledge to my heart understanding? And more importantly, does everyone else know that they can be washed by His blood too and walk in the freedom He’s given us?


Radio Interview

When I first arrived in Virginia, I had the opportunity to be on Jeff Gaffney’s radio show where I share some of my personal story and encourage people with hope. Enjoy these raw moments below and thanks for being a part of my journey today!


“Heroes Will Arise from the Dust”

I close with the prayer that Frank Bartleman released on November 16, 1905, just months before revival broke out in Los Angeles at the Azusa Street Revival which later spread across the globe. I declare over Virginia, over California with all of the wild fires, and over our nation that God would pour out His Spirit of revival again in our day.

“The current of revival is sweeping by our door. Will we cast ourselves on its mighty bosom and ride to glorious victory? A year of life at this time, with its wonderful possibilities for God, is worth a hundred years of ordinary life.

“Pentecost” is knocking at our doors. The revival for our country is no longer a question. Slowly but surely the tide has been rising until in the very near future we believe for a deluge of salvation that will sweep all before it. Wales will not long stand alone in this glorious triumph for our Christ. The spirit of reviving is coming upon us, driven by the breath of God, the Holy Ghost. The clouds are gathering rapidly, big with a mighty rain, whose precipitation lingers but a little.

Heroes will arise from the dust of obscure and despised circumstances, whose names will be emblazoned on Heaven’s eternal page of fame.

The Spirit is brooding over our land again as at creation’s dawn, and the fiat of God goes forth. “Let there be light.” Brother, sister, if we all believed God can you realize what would happen? Many of us here are living for nothing else. A volume of believing prayer is ascending to the throne night and day.

Los Angeles, Southern California, and the whole continent shall surely find itself ere long in the throes of a mighty revival, by the Spirit and power of God.”

-Frank Bartleman November 16, 1905


Key Resources

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Defeating Armies by Praise

This is a word released to the Destiny House community November 17, 2012 (see video below to see the worship that followed)

Are you ever not sure what to do when people come up against you, circumstances around you become out of control, or there’s no options for escape in sight? I am struck by the actions of a king when he got hit with some devastating news. He got word that an army bigger than he had ever seen was on their way to take him and his people down. By learning from his example and leadership, how we respond can in fact influence the outcome. Check this out…

Armies Approaching

 “After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to make war on Jehoshaphat. Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, ‘A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Sea. It is already in Hazan Tamar (that is En Gedi).” 2 Chronicles 20:1-30 NIV (throughout this story)

Has that ever happened to you? You hear news of a storm coming from around the corner, you hear of bad news coming to your workplace, you hear that someone has been offended by you and is coming after you, or that an army is preparing to take you down? King Jehoshaphat, along with the people God had entrusted him to lead, were about to be annihilated. I am blown away by his immediate response. “Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord…” He did not run to other lovers, freak out and see himself as a failure, get depressed because of the looming destruction about to overtake him. No, the very first thing he did was to resolve to seek out the Lord to hear His heart on the matter. He had an understanding of the truth that God is over all. Even with this, while he my not have understood why God was allowing His people to be attacked by a massive army, he chose to seek Him still, understanding the supremacy of God Almighty above anything that could war against him.

Responses to Looming Disasters

The second thing he did was that “he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek Him.” I notice here the solid leadership of the king. First of all, he did not go to his confidants to seek advice, although this can be good at times. He ran first to the Lord and led the people to the same place so much so that they came from every single town under his leadership for the sole purpose of seeking the true King of Kings. He was not afraid to lead. He did not ask everyone their opinions on what they should do, get a group consensus, and then move forward. He did not care if people would jump on board or not, he knew what needed to be done and he honored God by the first fruits of his response. The first fruits of our responses to God after horrible things come towards us or even after great blessings are important. The Father gave us His first fruits by sending His first and only Son for us.

Right View of God

“Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front of the new courtyard and said: 'O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.” How did King Jehoshaphat view God here? As a king, he recognized who the true King of kings truly was. He recognized that the only power given to him was given from above.

God’s Friend

He went on, “O our God. Did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?” The king saw the power of the testimony. He recognized that recapturing God’s history could be a source of strength and breakthrough for the present and the future. He also saw the sweet connection between God and his friend Abraham. Okay, so you know when you have a good friend and because you are such great friends with that person, you have favor with some of the people that know that person? It’s almost the same here. The king sees a kindred connection between Abraham and the living God. To even mention friend here demonstrates that he believed it could happen again. Could he be known as a friend of God too? How wonderful would it be to be known as a close friend of God and also that those around us might get some of the benefits from our relationship with the Lord?

Honoring Generations who have come before

He continued to call out to God and told Him that the descendents of Abraham, who is His friend, “have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for Your Name, saying ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague, or famine, we will stand in Your presence before this temple that bears Your Name and will cry out to You in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’” He honored generations of the past who honored God. He honored and learned from their legacy and in turn stepped into some of their inheritance in that process. He reminded God of what has already been promised by Him in past generations. He reminded God of the position he was being put in at that moment with armies en route to destroy what generations from past had contended to build and protect.

Calling God Out

After the king honored God with His rightful place in the kingdom, reminding God and the people about promises from the past, he talked to God about their present situation. “But now here we are men from Ammom, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory You would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession You gave us as an inheritance. O our God, will You not judge them?” It was God who gave them the land in the first place, not their own strength. Would He not be faithful to continue to give them the strength to inhabit it for His glory? The king was pretty much calling the Lord out and saying, “we did everything You asked, will You not come and defend us, it’s time for You to step in."

The Humility of a king

The king continued, “For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” In front of all the people he was leading, the king admitted that without God, he had no power of his own. He was outnumbered. There was no way in the natural that his army could even put a dent in the army approaching to annihilate them. He admitted before all the people that he did not know what to do; he didn’t have a solution to the problem approaching. How many leaders do we know who would ever admit before all their people that they had absolutely no idea how to face the problem heading their way? What if the president called a state address and told the people that the financial crisis is too great, or a large country has just declared war on us and our country is going to be in ruins and he confessed that he had no idea what to do. What if he admitted that we are greatly outnumbered and there is no hope for coming out of this unless the God in whom we trust intervened? What if he called a fast and called people to wait on the Lord for the direction of the nation? How many people would through “stones” at him? King Jehoshaphat humbled himself before the people and the Lord, became vulnerable and did not hide the facts. In the midst of not knowing what to do, his eyes remained on the true King of kings.

When Jehoshaphat stood before the Lord, it caused the people to follow suit. “All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord.” It was after this whole community humbled themselves and stood before the Lord that “then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant from Asaph, as he stood in the assembly.” I find it interesting how specific the Lord is at describing where this man came from. It was ordained since the time of Asaph that his descendant would stand up in a solemn assembly for such a time as this to shift the direction of a whole generation and help to save them from the oncoming onslaught.

Jahaziel said, “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”

Who is this Jahaziel?

This is quite possibly the only time we see this person in the whole Bible. There is another Jahaziel of a different family line that was one of David’s mighty men, however the one mentioned here is different. This Jahaziel was born and positioned for such a time at this. He was known by this community and therefore his word could be received. He did not come as a lone ranger to release this word then flee. No, he journeyed with this community and was known by them. His time for greatness had come in that moment. What if he hadn’t come to stand before the Lord with the others? What if he was afraid to release what God had been burning inside of him? Addressing the king and all the people is quite an act of courage. What if he thought someone else would reveal what was on God’s heart? Why did it have to be him? Whatever battles he faced and overcame to get to this point of speaking up in the midst of a congregation before the king is a tremendous breakthrough. I wonder how many times before this he spoke up. Or how many times he got shut down. Whatever courage he had to overcome challenges from the past prepared him for this moment of destiny.

Jahaziel spoke confidently as a mouthpiece of heaven. He released a very specific word, including even details of where the enemy’s camp would be stationed. And while deliverance would come from the Lord, they were still called to take up their positions, stand firm, prepare for battle and go out and face the army. They still had to position themselves for victory. Even though the battle was already won according to the prophetic word released within that community, they still had to face their enemies. Can you imagine God telling you that you already have victory but you still need to prepare, put your armor on, and then go to face your enemies head on?

Worshipping when the Armies are surrounding

Johoshaphat responded to this word and “bowed his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.”

Had this community seen the victory of the Lord over their enemies? At this point there was still a massive army on their way to attack and destroy them all. One word from God changed everything for them. The only reason it changed everything was because they had come before the Lord with open hearts ready to receive the word and they believed Him. Even in the midst of their enemies en route to destroy them, in response to the prophetic word for this community and after the king became vulnerable with his people, the worship leaders stood up and praise the Lord with a very loud voice. The king bowed down first and all the people followed. The worship leaders could do nothing but praise with very loud voices. They were releasing the response to what God was going to do. They led this congregation in praise songs as loud as they could sing. The victory had not yet happened. However, because Jehoshaphat saw that Abraham was God’s friend, he knew that God would show him favor as well.

Early in the Morning

“Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in His prophets and you will be successful.”

Have faith in God to be upheld, to be stable, to not fall. Have faith in His prophets to be successful, have victory, have more than enough. It is interesting to notice the call to trust both the Lord and His mouthpieces. Jahaziel must have felt some relief after hearing the king respond like that. A prophet honored in his home community. That alone is remarkable in itself. Praise God.

Singing about God’s Love at a time like this?

“After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:

            ‘Give thanks to the Lord, For His love endures forever.’”

So why in the world was this community singing about God’s love when they were about to face the biggest army they had seen in their lives? I wonder what we can learn from this community of believers in how to respond to major crises when they approach us. When the enemy seeks to kill, steal, and destroy, is our response to sing of God's love and to give Him thanks? I wonder what things would shift in the atmosphere if every time we were about the face the enemies attacking us that our focus was on God’s love? What if worship led our procession into the fires and storms of life?

Can you imagine what this community must have felt as they marched towards the hill, about to face the largest army they had ever seen? Were they crazy for marching and singing songs of love to God based on one prophetic word? I wonder how confident they were at this point. Would they get to the top of the hill and see the massive army coming straight at them? Did they hear wrong from the Lord? Could they really put their hope in that one prophetic word to save their lives? Would God really come through for them this time? Why did they have to put all this armor on if God already had the victory?

Worship Disarms powers of darkness

Look at what happened when worship was released. In the process of this community gearing up to face their enemies, “as they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.” Songs of thanksgiving and love to God disarmed their enemies. As they kept their eyes on Him and not their circumstances, as they walked by faith and not sight, they were able to rise above the fear. Giving God thanks and singing about His love in the midst of near destruction is completely counterculture to their situation. They were not singing battle, war cry, or intercessory songs rebuking the enemy; they didn’t sing about fighting against darkness or even make declarations of their victory. No, they simply remembered what God had done in the past and thanked Him; they put their focus on His enduring love.

Maybe the first thing we should do when faced with challenging circumstances, when the enemy opposes us, or when things of this world try to take us down, is to sing songs of thanksgiving to God for His faithfulness and focus on His great love.

Total Annihilation

“The men of Ammon and Moab rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.” All of this was happening in the midst of worship and unbeknownst to men of Judah. They did not see any of this. They simply released worship into the atmosphere and trusted in the Lord as they marched towards the army.

Because they honored God and the prophets, they received a greater reward

“When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped. So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles of value- more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it.

On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah (Valley of Praise), where they praised the Lord. This is why it is called Valley of Beracah to this day. Then, led by Jehoshaphat, all the men of Judah and Jerusalem returned joyfully to Jerusalem, for the Lord had given them cause to rejoice over their enemies. They entered Jerusalem and went to the temple of the Lord with harps and lutes and trumpets.

The fear of God came upon all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard how the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.”

Responding to what comes up against us by offering a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to God for what He has done in the past and celebrating ahead of time for what He is going to do in the future, is probably one of the best ways to face any trial. Going in the complete opposite spirit towards the things that come up against us and keeping our focus on loving God will cause us to rise above our circumstances and give us a greater capacity to see God and trust in His mighty strength for our lives. As you seek Him for His leading, as you continue to step out in faith, fully prepared to face your enemies, thanking and worshiping Him at every corner, do not fear, He will fight on your behalf. Worshiping Him because He is worthy despite our present circumstances can be on the most powerful weapons to disarm the enemy and release the breakthrough God is waiting to release. May fierce worship be stirred up and released within you as you victoriously rise above your circumstance by seeking His face.

 

Below is the worship explosion that released after this word was deposited in the Destiny House family November 17, 2012. May it release joy unspeakable in you today as you rise above your circumstances in glory, setting your affections on the One who is worthy of it all.