As Christians we may sometimes wonder if God speaks to us. However, I believe it is usually just a matter of knowing and understanding the ways in which he is speaking. One of the most common ways is through the “peace of God.” In Col 3:15 we read this:
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
God’s peace in our hearts or the lack of it, is what is supposed to be ruling/determining whether things are in line with the kingdom of God. It is our spirit perceiving what is happening in the spirit world and the Holy Spirit within us giving us that peace (or taking it away if something isn’t right).
This is a spiritual sense that we need to exercise because this is one of the primary ways that the Holy Spirit speaks to us. In Heb. 5:14 it mentions the need to exercise our senses:
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
As we learn to walk in the peace of God, our ability to discern God’s peace will be sharpened and strengthened. With this discernment “Holy Spirit radar” we are able to truly walk in the Spirit.
Here is an excellent article that talks about this:
Holy Spirit Radar
“For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.”—Luke 8:17
The peace of Christ is not just a divine attribute; it is also an organ of communication in the language of God. The Holy Spirit uses peace to communicate with us. If a situation warrants caution, our peace is troubled; if a direction is rightly chosen, peace confirms it. Thus, we are admonished by God’s Word to “let the peace of Christ rule in [our] hearts” (Col. 3:15). The literal translation for rule is “to act as arbiter.”