GET UP ON A HIGH MOUNTAIN

Wow! Did 2009 go by fast for anyone else? Seems like just yesterday I was welcoming ’09 and suddenly, 2010 shows up! Somebody better teach 2010 some manners. He’s like the guy that shows up for dinner while your wife is measuring the flour for the bread!

I’m stoked about 2010. As I spent time in fasting and prayer for the new year, the Lord led me to this passage in Isaiah:

O Zion, You who bring good tidings, Get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, Lift up your voice with strength, Lift it up, be not afraid; Say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” (Isaiah 40:9, NKJV)

For years, we’ve been faithful to go where God has opened the door, and minister with all our hearts to those God puts before us. Our journeys have led us all over the world, and I’m thankful for the cool stuff we’ve seen God do. I used to be so worried about how “big” we were (or weren’t) until the Lord spoke to my heart, “Stop trying to change the world, and start changing your world!” I stopped worrying about who I was not affecting or what doors had not opened, and just focused on who I was able to impact. One night, my world is my concert audience in some town or city; another night, it’s the Joshua Revolution conference or the YFC Excel Conference; one day it’s the United States, another day, it’s Uganda; one morning, it’s my local church, another morning, it’s another church I’m ministering at. One moment, it’s my own children; another moment, it’s the guy at the grocery store. The call on all of our lives is to impact the “worlds” that God has put us in.

All that said, I believe this year that God is expanding my world. The command in Isaiah 40:9 to “get up into the high mountain” just struck me so powerfully. I sensed it was a direct command from the Lord for us to develop some new things that have been on my heart for the ministry.

I know God has entrusted me with a deep revelation of His grace, and that my generation needs to hear it. God wants me to be bold in declaring this message through music and teaching. That’s why we’re putting out a new album this year, Worship With My Life. I think this album is the best thing we’ve ever done, and will bless a lot of churches and believers. I’m also publishing two books: Discipleship by Grace (for believers of all shapes and sizes) and Him Who Honors Me (for worship leaders).

But the newest thing on my heart to “get up into the high mountain” is to develop a monthly program called “Worship With Your Life.” Starting in March (by God’s grace), we’ll be launching a monthly video podcast and a weekly audio podcast. I’ll be teaching the truths of God’s grace in a fresh and relevant way through music, video skits, and inspiring preaching. You’ll be able to see and hear these podcasts on www.isaiahsix.com along with other sites like youtube, Facebook, MySpace, and I-Tunes. My prayer is that we’ll get 10,000 subscribers! If you’re blessed, tell your friends and help us get the word out!

Thanks so much for your prayers and support for this ministry. I pray you’re blessed by the fruit of our work in Christ in the days to come.

Much grace,

Derek Joseph Levendusky Isaiah Six

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