In my last post, I asked for examples of following the Holy Spirit. Dan Hubbell, a spiritual father to many, shared this incredible story that demonstrates how following the Lord can sometimes be crucial. He says:
"On one of our missions to the Philippines, our hosts planned for us to minister in the southern part of the Islands where there is a large population of Muslims. Just two weeks before our departure from the US to the Philippines, I was warned by the Holy Spirit not to go. I struggled with this word from the Lord because all plans had been made and tickets purchased by our mission team. But I could not deny the clear warning from the Holy Spirit. I emailed our hosts and told them what the Spirit had spoken. Before they had time to receive my email, I got an email from the hosts saying that they felt led not to go to the southern part of the Philippines. And when they receive my email message that I was not coming to the Philippines because of the warning from the Spirit, they expressed disappointment but understood my decision.
A few days later, I received word from the Philippines that on the very day we would have landed in the southern islands, militant Muslims stormed the airport where we were to land and murdered some of the people there. They also went on a rampage throughout the island killing Christian leaders and other believers. The government declared Martial Law and sent troops to quell the violence.
Had we not heard from and listened to the Holy Spirit, those who would have met us at the airport as well as our mission team, would have been there at the time of the attack and massacre. Also, because of Martial Law, had we survived the Muslim attack at the airport, we would have been confined to our accommodations for the entire time.
Needless to say, we were all thankful to the Lord for warning us and sparing our lives for further mission work."