“For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.” (John 12:49)
The message that the Lord Jesus gave was simple, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) The message that we are to give is the same one that He gave, nothing has changed in this respect. The question is can you hear the Holy Spirit as well as the Son heard the Father?
I think that none of us could answer in the affirmative here, we do not sit down and speak with Him as Abraham did, we do not walk with Him as Adam and Eve did, we are not walking beside Him as He looks us in the eye as the apostles were blessed to be, but we should be able to hear Him clearly.
The Word of God is how the Lord has decided to speak to us in this age of grace, there are no further revelations, there is nothing more that He has to say to us, and anyone who believes otherwise is being deceived. It is the amount of Himself that He determines to tell us about that determines how much we are allowed to hear. “Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.” (John 21:22)
Peter did not need to know the Lord’s plan for the remainder of John’s life, the hand does not need to know what the eye is told to do. I do not think that men of God called by God seek after other men of God, that is not what we are called to do, we are to seek the lost and do all we can to encourage the brethren, to lift up the name of Jesus Christ to all who will listen.
The Lord God has blessed you with at least one gift, and perhaps more, that is your calling, that is your responsibility to fulfill for His glory, we do not compare ourselves, or our walk with the Lord with any of our brothers and sisters, in this respect we walk alone. But never completely alone, hence the question in this short, poorly written letter, can you hear the Holy Spirit when He speaks with you?
“Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,” (Acts 16:6) How did Paul know that? In your mind you may see an angel standing in his way, much like the one David saw at the threshing floor of Ornan. We do not know, but unless some special favor, so to speak, has come upon you in the form of Hebrews 13:2, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” you are like the rest of us who have been crucified with Christ, you just know.
When the Holy Spirit guides us, we know it is Him, when we are told to perform a task for the glory of God, we can hear Him in a way that we cannot explain. We just know.
“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” (Prov. 16:9) Praise God that He does, for none of us would have a clue what to do next, we might fall into a sinful pattern of works, or as some religious organizations do begin to do no more than recite the same words and phrases over and over, following a pattern of traditions that bring no honor to the Holy name of God.
We just know.
Our sanctification in the greatest sense is our choice, we have been blessed with the free will to follow or sit on the path and wait. Those that can hear the Holy Spirit will never stop hearing Him, if their intent is to see the Most High glorified. There is no formula, there is no “special” prayer, we hear, and we obey, because of the One who first loved us. We follow, no matter where He leads us. We just know.