For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
1 Corinthians 2:10-16 says; “For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”
This passage highlights how it is the Spirit of God who reveals God to us and says that HE does this by communicating in our thoughts. The passage concludes by saying we have the mind of Christ. The mind is the place where thought takes place. Since HE indwells you and me, it’s logical that HE would think HIS thoughts within us. Since many people already think in pictures, it’s also reasonable that HE would communicate with people who think in this way in pictures.
He spoke in an audible voice to people in the Old Testament because previous to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ this was the only real alternative. The SPIRIT had not yet been given in such a way that HE could indwell each and every believer.
“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.”
However, I have met a number of people who have heard God speak to them in an audible voice.
8. One of the listening prayer steps is to “Ask Jesus to communicate with you.” This is supported by I Samuel 3:10 and Exodus 3:4, in which Moses and Samuel ask God to speak to them after he has already communicated to them in an audible voice. It doesn’t seem to follow from these Scriptures that we can therefore expect that the thoughts that spring naturally to our mind are inevitably communications from God.
I agree that there is no guarantee that the thoughts that come into the mind after asking God to speak will always be God speaking to us. This is why it is essential to bind the enemy in your preparations to listen and necessary to test the things we sense God is saying to us through at least 4 means:
You might say that the confirmation by the Holy Spirit and from others are by nature subjective and are therefore prone to error and might lead us astray. Truth is that reading, studying, and interpreting the Bible is also often subjective and prone to error and misunderstanding. Look at the Reformation and all of the different movements that arose over different interpretations of what the Bible says about such things as baptism, salvation, and the sign gifts. Should we stop reading the Bible because of these controversies? Certainly not! In the same way, though it is possible to hear incorrectly, this shouldn’t lead us to stop listening.