Here is s story of why it’s so important to live by the voice of the Holy Spirit.
I remember a specific incident when we had lived in New Mexico.
God had called us by faith to leave Miami, Florida and move to New Mexico.
We were almost penniless and I did not have a job. My family lived in a tiny duplex between two Indian Nations, the Santo Domingo Pueblo Indians and the Cochiti Pueblo Indians. We did not have a washing machine and would take our laundry to the laundry mat at Cochiti Pueblo.
Having no money we had amassed, nineteen loads of laundry.
We lovingly called the huge mountain of laundry in the middle of the bedroom, where we had to repeatedly wear dirty clothes from, “Mount Mary,” after my wife.
From babysitting one day, my wife got $20.00.
Hurriedly we went to do our laundry in Santa Fe.
Sunday morning, we packed up our car with nineteen garbage bags of clothes and went first to our regular church service with plans to do laundry once that the service finished.
However, in the middle of the preacher’s sermon I heard the undisputable voice of the Holy Spirit, tell me “Leave!”
My family was sitting close to the preacher, about two rows from the front.
I was shocked that God would say that.
I immediately objected to the Lord, that to have six people walk out from the preacher’s sermon would be highly embarrassing.
“Lord”, I protested, “this is the rudest thing ever!”
The rhema word of God came loud again; “leave!”
I was angry at God.
Very unwillingly, and very humiliated, my family got up and left to the lobby, heads bowed, looking down at the floor.
There, we were met by this forty year old man who pointed to my eight year old daughter and said “come here little girl.”
You can imagine my fatherly reaction to have a grown stranger, asking my little girl to come to him.
I pointed my daughter to go this man, anyways.
As she walked towards him, he pulled out a $20.00 bill and gave it to her.
We were to find out that the nineteen loads of laundry and soap cost us 39.75!
Obedience to the Lord is far more important than all religious sacrifices, and word of prophecies.