It is vital that every soldier receive ALL communications from the commanding officer(s). These come down from the highest ranks. It is vital that soldiers understand what is expected and that they are motivated, disciplined and empowered to follow direct orders and also to be aware of the indirect ones, too.
The same is true in the army of the Lord. As good soldiers (2 Tim 2:4) we must not ignore the direct and indirect communications that come down from above. It is important to recognize that there are a variety of communication methods, and be alert to them.
1. First and foremost, I believe God speaks to us through His goodness.
2. He speaks much to us through creation and also through the examples of natural things (i.e. farming, fishing, building etc.)
3. He speaks volumes through His Word. So much in fact we will never exhaust all the instructions, revelations, and insights that are contained in the scriptures. It vital though that we continue to expose ourself to the entire counsel of God so we can “test” everything else against the standard of the Word.
Jesus said “My sheep hear my voice. My sheep follow (obey) My voice. They know My voice.”
4. We also receive communication through dreams, visions, revelations, and the “still small voice”.
We should never ignore any communication we receive. We must not “blow It off” as being nice to have heard from God. We should always take heed, pray over and even further press in to seek out what is being said to us. Take communication from God seriously.
Remember, the bible clearly tells us that a matter is established out the mouth of two or three witnesses. (See these references. Genesis 41:32; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1.) It is very advisable to wait for confirmations, in most matters. It makes life much more safe.
Personally, I believe it is a huge mistake to run to others to get a matter confirmed. I do believe it is fine to get counsel, but not to run to those who will just be a rubber stamp to what you want to hear. Again take heed, be careful to what you listen to.