God’s Light On A Hill

God’s Light On A Hill

God’s Light On A Hill

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Matthew 5:14

There is so much confusion in the world today. They need our light right now! It seems like this demonic agenda of darkness and confusion is everywhere. Satan is having a heyday.

According to scripture, the darker it gets the brighter the light is; when sin abounds, grace abounds more. But we must be the light of this world like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

If you’re going to be the light of the world, then you must walk in purity. In this day and age you don’t hear alot about purity or holiness. But we have to talk about it.

“Do not love the world [of sin that opposes God and His precepts], nor the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust and sensual craving of the flesh and the lust and longing of the eyes and the boastful pride of life [pretentious confidence in one’s resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father, but are from the world. The world is passing away, and with it its lusts [the shameful pursuits and ungodly longings]; but the one who does the will of God and carries out His purposes lives forever.”

1 John 2:15-17

1. We Can’t Be A Light If We Still Love the World

This world is passing away with all the lusts, shameful pursuits, and ungodly longings. But someone who carries out the will of God lives forever! God has a purpose for you. You are to be the light of the world and carry out the plans of God in every area of your life. Your marriage will be the light of the world, your children, health, and finances. God says when you commit to His will, then you will accomplish His purposes, and you will live forever.

We might ask ourselves, when do we live forever? After death? No. God is talking about a level of life. Not to just die and live forever. He’s talking about eternal life: zoe life, the God kind of life, an abundant life on Earth as it is in Heaven. God is saying when you carry out His purposes, then you step into this abundant life. We don’t just want it for now. We want it forever.

“The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat!”

Numbers 11:4

2. Wrong Influences

In this scripture, it is talking about “rabble,” which is the promiscuous people that had left Egypt with God’s people. They had strong lusts and were negatively influencing God’s people. They were Egyptian men who had married Hebrew women and had children together. Their children who came out of Egypt did not have a spiritual foundation. They were not taught the scriptures. They were a part of God’s people but were not at the same time.

This represents people in the church that are Christian but are still living in sin. They are supposedly part of the church but are negatively influenced. Instead of influencing others to serve God, these people in the church of the Old Testament were influencing God’s people by the rabble. One of the definitions of the rabble is “riff-raff.”

Then God’s people started saying they wanted to go back to Egypt. They were starving and wanted to be back in Egypt. Because of the riff-raff they allowed in their lives, they influenced God’s people negatively to go after the world and the lust of the flesh. Because of negative influence, they were tempted to turn back, retreat, and go back to their old life.

Even though they came out of Egypt, they still had Egypt in their heart. Instead of allowing the love of Egypt to die, they were feeding it. When you love the world, there remains an exit plan in you. We can’t love the world! We have to renounce the world and renounce our past. Even some Christians can influence us to go back to the world. We have to be willing to sever any ties with those individuals who tempt us to go back to our old lifestyle: back to the lust of the flesh and the pride of life.

3. Living a Life of Holiness

To be the light of this world we have to live a life of holiness. When we connect to the wrong people, this fights God’s will, plan, and purposes for our lives; therefore, it removes the abundant life we are supposed to live. Then we will find ourselves struggling and wanting to go back to Egypt. If we start desiring to run back to the world, step back and ask, “Who are the people close to me? Who am I allowing to speak into my life? Who am I fellowshipping with?” Because if we bring the right people into our life, then those people will help launch us into purity and into the will, power, and purposes of God.

4. Dealing With Christians Who Fall Into Sin “Riff Raff”

“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.”

Galatians 6:1

When helping a backslidden Christian, we have to be wise and always proceed in pairs. That is why Jesus sent His disciples out in groups of two. We need accountability, especially if we are getting them out of a situation that could be our past bondage. We must be aware of our triggers. Sometimes it could be a setup or a strategy by the enemy. The enemy knows us better than we know ourselves. He’s been following our bloodline for generations. This is why the Bible says to be vigilant, be awake, and be on our guard!

Final Thoughts

Tell me who your five closest friends are, and I will tell you exactly where you’re headed!

Bad company corrupts good character.

When working with destiny, our purpose, and being the world’s light, we cannot get there without purity. We have to separate ourselves from our old friends for a season many times, because they are going to influence us negatively.

We must be careful of the lukewarm Christians with one foot in and one foot out. They can take us right out of the will of God and negatively influence us.

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About Pastor Jason

Jason Lozano leads Freedom City Church in Whittier, CA and pastors a global multi-cultural church with thousands of members. His church has one goal and one vision: To Bring God’s Freedom To This Generation.