Culture Shakers

Salt Shaker.pngSo last night I was worshiping and God kept speaking to me thru worship. He started showing me the community I live in, the culture that surrounds them and us and showing me this nation.

Thru all that He said to me that He needs his Culture Shakers to get ready and shake this Culture for Christ.

Now it may sound weird talking about culture shaker and what not but I’m going to go into detail about it cause its been running in my head all day and I believe I am suppose to share it.

Now I’m pretty sure I don’t have to explain the meaning of culture cause everyone knows what it is and we all are living in this culture.

Now our culture to sum it up is generally about self,sex,media,money,toys. Now Those can branch off into a lot of things but they all narrow down to those.

But that’s the worlds culture. What is our culture as Christians look like? Well its the polar opposite the culture Christians are in or should be in is about Others,waiting for the one,Prayer,Serving God and many others. If you look at our culture and then look at the culture of the world your going to see the opposites. But God said in the last days everyone will have the chance to know him.

Now how is that suppose to happen? Well in Joel chapter two God speaks and says “I will pour out my Spirit on all kinds of people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions”. Then you go down a ways to verse 30 and he says “I will show miracles in the sky and on earth: Blood, fire and think smoke”. Now I believe all this is prophetic to when Jesus was coming and to the days we now live in. All around America you are starting to hear stories of people getting healed, people giving there lives to Christ, People stepping out of the comfort zones to share the love that God has shown them with others. All this has to do with people seeking after God and doing what He wants.

The church has started running after God in a way they never have before. They are searching after Him and things are happening. Churches are stepping out into their communities and changes are happening in whole cities. The closest church that I know of that is doing all this and more right now is Bethel Church in Redding, California. That church has stepped out from church and into their culture and is making a change. That is culture shaking.

I believe it is time for all of us to submit ourselves to God so we can shake this Culture. It’s time we step out of our comfort zones and show people all that God has done for us and the love He has for us.

If we are to change this culture we can’t just sit back. It’s time to roll.

I’m going to make a pact right now in my life and I hope others do to be a Culture Shaker. I’m ready to press into God and I’m ready to get out of my comfort to listen to God and do his will. I’m ready to shake this Culture and my community and I hope you are to.

Much Love ~ Jeremy Newton

Lovey Dubbey

So I guess valentines day has about 30 minutes left in it were I’m at and I kinda just want to ponder about love but not love as I love a person but love as God loves us.

See as Christians we are suppose to love everyone as Christ has loved us. I know for a matter of fact that tends to be really hard at-least for me. When I’m driving down the road and someone cuts me off on purpose the first think that rages thru my system isn’t love or when your computer starts doing things it shouldn’t the first thing that runs thru my head isn’t love.

In both circumstances the first thing that comes to me is a way to project harm. Why is that?

love.jpgI can’t really answer that well but I think alot of it has to do with the culture that we are surrounded by. I mean we live in a time in the last 5 years I think almost every news cast you watch has to do with violence. If it has to do with someone dying in the war or of violence in the middle east its all violence. We have gotten to the day in age were kids are bullying other kids on the internet and mentally torturing them and making there life’s a living nightmare. I’ve heard story’s of kids that that has happened to and the first thing that runs thru their head is harm. There have been kids that have been tortured so bad online they have gone to the extreme of taking there life or planning to take the life of the person that destroyed them and those around him.

It’s really sad to say we live in a culture that violence is so immanent. But almost any situation can be turned around with Love.

In Matthew 7:12 we read the golden rule which is “Do to others as you would have them do to you”.

There’s more meaning behind that then just treat others how you want to be treated. The deeper meaning is that if someone is treating you badly or is making fun of you, you almost always have control over the situation by how you react. Now are you going to react in the way they are treating you or are you going to treat them as if you were in their shoes. I’m reminded of a story John Maxwell told about him and his little girl going out for breakfast one morning and they ended up getting a really snobby waitress. She didn’t treat them the best and by the end of their meal he asked her if she could split a 50 so he could make sure to give her a good tip for the help she had been. Her mood immediately changed. She had acted rude towards them but he changed the situation but treating her like he would want to be treated.

Now see to be able to do do others how you would want to be done to you there has to be something deeper in you. That thing that has to be in you is love. You need the love for people and that love you need is God’s love for people.

As we live our life’s we need to be showing God’s love to those around us. The biggest thing I can think of is that we love God and what he has done for us. Well if we love God we need to love what we created and He created people. See we love God and we treat Him as good as we can, but we tend to not love people and we put them down. If we say we love God we need to love his Creation and that is people.

If we love people your going to see them as God sees them and your not going to point out fault. Your going to encourage them and help them when you can. There are to many people already putting each-other down in this world and it’s caused a high rate of depression and insecurity which leads to acting out in violence and harm. This is one of the reason’s I believe the culture has ended up the way it has. It’s because there are so many sources out there telling people they could look better, they could be better, they can be smaller , skinnier you name it. But then you add the church on top of what the world is doing and its adding to the judgement that people already face.

As Christians we need to love and love more than ever to show people that Christians aren’t what we tend to be perceived. We need to work on being all the better at loving people cause there have been to many people that have already messed up are image and its going to take work to changed the image of the word Christian.

So I challenge you today to start loving. Pray to God to help you love those around you and to give you his love for His people. I know I’m going to ask Him to cause I know I’m not great at this but with God’s help I can be better.

If you have any more you would like to add feel free to discuss it in the comments. I don’t want to start rambling and dry out my point.

Much Love ~ Jeremy Newton

A Challenge

Well I posted my testimony last night and it got me thinking of some stuff that I had gone thru and I decided to come up with a challenge.

Why is it that your a Christian? Is it because you were raised in church? Is it cause you were made to go to church? Is it because your friends are?

I know for me for the longest time I was serving God because he was my parents God not mine. I was raised in church so I just believed what my parents and everyone else did.

But I challenge you to pray about it and ask God who he is to you. I finally had to come to the place were I dropped God as my parents God and took Him as my own.

I believe if we are ever going to do amazing things for God its requires us knowing who he is to us. Yes we need to know him and know who we are in Him but it also requires knowing why we believe in Him and for what reasons.

So take the time and ask God to reveal Himself to you and to help you grow closer to Him.

If you have accepted the challenge and want to post who God is to you feel free to leave a comment and I plan on after getting some submissions posting another post on who God is to other people. I will take what you guys have given me so people can see who He is to others.

Feel free to contact me via email if you would rather email me your submission than post it in a comment.

Good luck and God bless ~ Jeremy Newton

My Testimony

Well I have really never written out my testimony to share here at Jesus Encounter and I think it could help others by posting. I’m not really good at sharing my testimony cause I don’t like talking about my past faults but it’s good for me to do cause it shows what God has done and what he is able to do so thats why I do it.

WARNING: There is some talk about Pornography and some stuff that goes along with it. But it is to show were God has taken me.

Testimony.jpgWell I’ve grown up in church my whole life and I have had christian parents my whole life that have raised me in church to love and worship God. I loved growing up in church and I’ve had godly friends cause of that.

But when I started to hit my teenage years I guess I got to the point of I knew God cause of my parents but I didn’t know why I knew God personally. So when I hit 6th grade I decided to back out and not go youth group. I hated going to church I only went cause I had to. I sat in the back row and couldn’t wait tell it was over so I could get out of there and do something else. Well about the end of 7th grade I had a friend that started going to youth group and he asked me to go with him so I went. Well since then I have been going.

But even though I had decided to get re-involved in church didn’t mean all my problems were gone or were never gonna come back. When I hit about 12 I started getting into pornography and it was really bad. I always went to bed at night kinda depressed cause I knew I had done wrong but I was so caught up in it I had forgotten about God. I was going to church but I put on a mask so no one could see. There was a period in this time of when I started getting into pornography that if the world was to end I knew for a fact that I was going to go to hell. I didn’t want to ask God to forgive me cause I felt guilty cause I knew I was going to go back to doing it.

Well eventually my parents found out cause my life had changed and they noticed something. So for awhile they helped me get out of it and I was good for a couple years. Well when I hit 15 my old sins decided to catch up with me. I started getting into pornography again and this time I had gotten into self gratification. My old sins had come back and the problem was I was hiding them so much better than ever.

It started to get to the point were I started looking for Sex. I never divulged in it. I wanted to so badly but it was really weird and I know it was God cause something held me back. I knew better but I wanted to but God kept grabbing me and pulling me back. I thank God to this day that I never did give into having sex. It’s really hard in this sexually active culture we live in but God has grabbed ahold of my life in a way that I have never divulged into it.

Now I finally started to get help and I got the hold of it off on my life. Now I’m human and I’m not perfect and I still deal with it from time to time but there is an ever loving God in heaven that has given me more than just a second chance cause he loves me and had a calling on my life. Thru all that has happened I learned at how important it is to have accountability and to have an honest person to be accountable to also. I hate to say it but there was times when I felt worse for my actions cause I would have to tell my accountability partner than I felt for displeasing God. It’s no longer that way. God has reshaped my heart thru accountability that I have more than one person to fess up to but most of all I have God.

Now I guess the greatest thing I had to do thru that and everyone does in there lifetime is I had to find out who God was for me and not just know him for being my parents God. Now I challenge everyone to find out who God is for them and not follow God cause someone else but I pray that you don’t have to go thru what I had to go to. IT has affected my life and has left scars. Even though I have those scars I have put my past in my past and have used it as a foot hold to stand on to get closer to God.

Testimony2.jpgThe greatest thing I had to learn when I sinned was to face it, put it in the past and use it to grow closer to God. If I used it to grow closer to him it no longer had a stronghold on my life cause I would remember what happened but that God got me out of it and so it not longer would have its hold on my life.

Well now that you know of my downfalls now it’s time to see how God has changed my life for the better which most of you know thru reading my blog and just knowing my personally.

I went to a conference when I was about 16 and I saw pastor Benny Perez preaching and God showed my a vision of me doing what he was doing. Standing up preaching and sharing him and preaching at conferences. Now I kind of dismissed it at the time cause I didn’t believe in myself. I didn’t think I could ever do anything like that I had a lack of self confidence and self motivation.

Well last year we went to a Jesus Culture conference and God showed me the vision again and that time I knew it was real. I had grown and knew that if God wanted me to do it, it was going to happen if I gave him control. It was no longer about my own will but God’s will on my life cause I knew he had better for me.

Well I started just devoting myself to God and in this last year I don’t think I have ever devoted myself to God so much in my life. I finally knew what I was going to be in life and knew that God had called me so I just persevered into Him.

Well we went back in August last year and God showed me more. He showed me getting into the middle school and reaching out to the kids there. Well last month I started going into the school and doing what he had called me to do. It has been amazing to see something I though impossible just happen with ease cause I put it in God’s hands.

Now I have a link to this community and I am able to connect with kids that I have never met in my life before. It has been an amazing experience and is still continuing to be.

Now after the conference in August I knew I was suppose to start sharing what God had done in me and showed me the past year but I didn’t know how. Well I prayed about it and that is how Jesus Encounter was birthed. It was birthed as a way for God to use me as being an internet holic and use that for him. He has done amazing things in me so far. He has continued to pour out in me as I have been pouring out what he has given me on others.

So now you know the story of God in my life and I hope that it has blessed you to hear how God has raised me from death to life.

Much Love ~ Jeremy Newton