Why is it so important to live by the voice of the Holy Spirit?
I remember a specific incident when we lived in New Mexico.
God had called us by faith to leave Miami, Florida, and move there.
We were almost penniless and I did not have a job.
My family lived in a tiny duplex between two Native American Nations, the Santo Domingo Pueblo Indians and the Cochiti Pueblo Indians.
We did not have a washing machine and would take our clothes to the laundry mat at Cochiti Pueblo.
Having no money we had accumulated nineteen loads of laundry.
We affectionately called the huge mountain of laundry in the middle of the bedroom, where we repeatedly wore dirty clothes from, “Mount Mary,” after my wife.
From babysitting one day, my wife suddenly got $20.00.
Hurriedly we went to do our laundry in Santa Fe.
That Sunday morning, we packed up our car with nineteen garbage bags of clothes and first went to our church service with plans to do laundry once it finished.
However, in the middle of the preacher’s sermon I heard the indisputable voice of the Holy Spirit say, “Leave!”
My family was sitting close to the preacher, about two rows from the front.
I was shocked that God would tell us to leave.
I immediately objected to Him, that to have six people walk out from the preacher’s sermon would be extremely embarrassing and rude.
“Lord”, I protested, “this is the most offensive thing ever!”
The voice of God came loud again; “Leave!”
I was ticked off at God.
Thoroughly humiliated, my family got up and left to the lobby, heads bowed, looking down at the floor. I felt like a dog with its tail between its legs.
Once in the foyer we were met by a forty year old man who pointed to my eight year old daughter saying “Come here little girl.”
You can imagine my fatherly reaction to have a grown man, asking my little girl to come to him.
I nodded to my daughter under my watchful eye.
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, or prophecies.
Viva Mount Mary!