It Is a Big Mistake to Ignore the Promptings Of the Holy Spirit

It Is a Big Mistake to Ignore the Promptings Of the Holy Spirit

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After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.…………………………………Acts 16:7 (NKJV)

I’m sure many of you can recall instances in which you felt something in your spirit but ignored it, thinking it was insignificant and just a thought coming from you.

I bet most of you can recall vividly what happened that day and how you stated afterward, “I should have listened to the Holy Spirit.”

Perhaps you got stuck in traffic, a snowstorm, or at the airport.

Maybe you got lost or ended up in a dangerous neighborhood because you didn’t heed the small voice speaking to you.

I’ve gotten stuck in traffic and ended up in a not so comfortable neighborhood because I assumed it was just my spirit speaking. I forgot that the Holy Spirit is concerned about every activity in my life and wants to keep me safe.

I was at a conference in Philadelphia during the eighties and coaxed my friend to take a walk with me around the hotel. We looked like tourists with our cameras, sweaters tied around our waist, and stopping periodically to discuss landmarks.

I felt an uneasiness as we got further and further away from the hotel. Something told me to turn around (I now know it was the Holy Spirit) but it was daylight and the area looked safe as we walked and talked. We had strolled several blocks and the neighborhood instantly changed from one block to the next – It was an obvious difference.

A sense of fear engulfed me and when I noticed several men loitering on a porch a few houses up, I suggested we turn around and head back to the hotel. Fortunately, nothing happened but the Holy Spirit knew the area would change and not be the secure surroundings of the establishment we were staying at.

Another incident happened a couple of months ago. The gym that I exercise at has three rows of angle parking and it is sometimes difficult to see other cars backing out, especially if a big truck or SUV is parked next to you. When I first joined the facility I blew my horn to alert other motorists that I was backing out. On this particular Friday, I was rushing because I had to be at work at 12:30. I glanced in my rearview and side mirrors, backed up slowly, hoping I could see around the huge, red SUV parked to my right. I heard clearly in my spirit, “Toot your horn.”

But I didn’t see anyone in their automobiles and the enemy’s voice said, “You’ve been blowing your horn for months and no one is ever backing out when you do.” So I looked in the mirrors again, didn’t see another vehicle, and started backing out slowly. Apparently, the Honda was in my blind spot and I was in hers because we backed out at the same time and had a small fender bender. Both of our bumpers were pushed in a bit but no one was injured.

I pray I’ve learned to listen when the Holy Spirit speaks. It could have been a worse accident and I could have bumped into someone that did not have insurance. The officers and insurance companies deemed it was a 50/50 accident so neither of us was at fault.


Barbara Harvey Carter About Barbara Harvey Carter

Barbara Harvey Carter is a Registered Nurse, speaker, workshop facilitator and Christian counselor. She has a passion for women's issues and writes novels about spiritual warfare in Christian relationships. For more info, please visit her website.


  1. It’s hard to know at times if that voice is the Holy Spirit or just your own thoughts. I’m so glad no one was barreling through the parking lot as you were backing up!

  2. Laurie Driesen says:

    Wow, thanks for sharing your stories. I am going to have to pray that I’ll discern better which is my voice and when the HS is speaking to me. I’m so grateful for the Holy Spirit. I can think of life-changing decisions I made when I pushed past His promptings.

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