Yes, we must each have a personal relationship with God.
Yes, we must be individually led by His Spirit.
No, we are not to seek those in the office of the prophet for guidance as they did under the old covenant.
BUT, we must make room for God to use those in the five-fold ministry (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor & teacher) to grab our attention when we are in error.
We must remain teachable, test all spirits, and not despise prophecies (words of instruction or exhortation or warning).
If we will be completely honest with ourselves, there were times when we willfully did our own thing- this was not a case of ignorance about the will of God concerning the matter, but outright rebellion.
Thank God for His mercy that we did not die in those seasons of rebellion, but what if judgment had been obtained against us at such times and disaster was about to strike? What if we resisted all nudging to repent from the Spirit of God, would He have recourse to send His servants to us?
Would we have listened, repented, and been spared or would we have shut them down as those who came to spy out our liberty and bring us into bondage, and thus perished?
May we remain tenderhearted, teachable and humble.
We know in part, it is all the parts we don’t know that trip us up.
May the Lord grant us understanding.