November 1: “Who Do You Listen To?”

6 Minute Read + Scripture readings


Ezekiel 1:1–3:15
Hebrews 3:1-19
Psalm 104:1-23
Proverbs 26:24-26


Ezekiel 2:5 (CSB): “Whether they listen or refuse to listen — for they are a rebellious house — they will know that a prophet has been among them.”


When I was much younger (and much less spiritually mature), I used to read the Bible and look down on various groups of people who were on the pages of my Bible.

I looked down on the Pharisees for their glaring legalism, critical spirit, and hypocrisy. Then, I matured a bit and realized that I was much more like them than I cared to admit.

I looked down the Sadducees because they didn’t believe in a resurrection of the dead. And then I matured a bit and realized that even though I believed that I was headed to Heaven when I died, I often lived as if this life was all there is.

I also looked down on the Old Testament Israelites as a whole. They were so faithless, so forgetful of God’s blessings, and so stubborn in their refusal to repent. And then I matured a bit and realized that they pictured, all too often, the condition of my own heart.

So, when I read this morning’s Bible passages and came across our Verse for Today, I heard God refer to the Israelites as “a rebellious house.”

Yet, I heard Him speaking to me.

All too often, I know the truth but I temporarily wander off of the path of righteousness, even if its simply a sinful attitude or motive. And, then, I may temporarily say “no” to the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19) when He begins to do His convicting word, convincing me of my sin (John 16:8).

So, what is the answer? I desire to pursue holiness but my heart often loses the struggle and I fall into sin. What can be done?

Well, fortunately, our Verse for Today gives us one answer. While there are many mindsets and activities that God has given to us to battle sin, we are told in our Verse for Today that one answer is to expose ourselves regularly to faithful Bible teachers who will speak the Truth, even when it points out sin in our life.

But, we must different than the Israelites who were rebellious and refused to listen.

So, who do you listen to? Your pastor at church? That is good to hear. But, you also have access to incredible Bible teachers at your finger-tips each day of the week. Find one or two faithful Bible teachers on podcast, the internet, or the radio and listen to them regularly. But, make sure that they are so faithful to God’s Word and that they do not shy away from calling out sin (my wife and I enjoy listening to Adrian Rogers’ “Love Worth Finding” and I personally enjoy the Bible teaching of John MacArthur “Grace to You”). We need regular exposure to good Bible preachers/teachers!

Listen to those folks of who it could be said:

Ezekiel 2:5 (CSB): “Whether they listen or refuse to listen — for they are a rebellious house — they will know that a prophet has been among them.”


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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

One thought on “November 1: “Who Do You Listen To?”

  1. Thanks for sharing. This spoke to my heart. When you mentioned sins of attributes or motives; far too often I I find myself there. I wrongly try to convince myself that this type of sin isn’t really so bad. After all, it isn’t an overt, out there sin. EXCEPT to God. He sees every thought, attitude and motive. These sins and His love for me nailed my Savior to the cross. Thanks for faithfully teaching us and reminding us of the Word Brother Matt!


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