If you leave a door open and find it later, does it mean that you’re careless or does it mean that God has placed an open door for ministry in front of you?
It probably means the former, though God can do anything He wants.
External occurrences are often viewed as God communicating with you, when they may just be your wishful or fearful thinking.
And wanting to go somewhere for some reason is certainly your will and possibly His.
It’s not that His will and yours cannot coincide, but He said to take up your own cross and follow Him.
Where is He going is the question, not trying to funnel Him into yours, then calling it His spiritual leading.
Leading and will are inseparable. If you’re being led, He knows you,[i] and you know Him and are in His will.
Being led indicates someone leading you.
God’s leading is not a list of things, not even holy things from the Bible.
Lists are law and method. They are never substitutes for relationship with Him.
And we’re no longer under The Law.[ii]
In the Christian faith, relationship is all.
Without it, you cannot be led [or obviously saved].
Will and leading are only truly known in relationship with Him, not primarily in your outer circumstances or inner desires.
Unless you don’t really know Him.
Then He may well drive you into difficult, unpleasant circumstances so that you must finally wrestle with Him and get to know Him.
But relationship with God is not commonly taught nor known in the church.
Not like a husband and wife who know the continual presence of the other.[iii]
It’s because of the answer to this question, “Where is Christ?”
Virtually all of the church thinks He’s only at the right-hand of The Father, Who is on His throne.
Jesus returns at the Second Coming, right?
Then He’s not here, in and with you.
Can’t seem to have much of a relationship and therefore no leading.
It’s not that you haven’t heard some Christ in you verses, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27
It’s not that pastors haven’t quoted some.
But there is no real explanation of the relationship bought through Christ.
The common refrain is that The Holy Spirit is in you, but not The Father and The Son.
However, The Father and The Son have the familial names to which you are more likely to relate.
Yet all leading is heaved on The Holy Spirit’s shoulders, though He is longing for you to know Christ.
Almost all preaching’s flood lamps are trained on the Holy Spirit, not Christ, The Preeminence of God.[iv]
And extremely little to none of the preaching also informs you that The Father is in you, though The Son craves for you to know your indwelling Father too.
You are hand-in-hand with The Lord as He leads you – He in you and you in Him.
Get to know Him.
You were made for Him.[v]
Let the closest earthly relationships pale, in comparison to your relationship with Him.
Start relating to God as The One closest to you in your life. After all, The Father, Son, and Spirit are one spirit with yours.
Talk to Them.
Include Them in everything you do, for They have made Their abode in and with you.[vi]
Then you will be known by Them and know Them.[vii]
Then you will know God’s internal will and leading.
You recognize His voice.
It is qualitatively different than your own.
You know what He wants to say and do through you.
General will directives can never be fulfilled, apart from a relationship with Christ. For example, you will never be able to walk the following verses without Him intimately walking in and with you and overcoming in you. You share Him being in everything. Your doing follows being one with Him. He did as He saw His Father doing. You also do as you see Him doing.
“(3) For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication: (4) that everyone of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor; (5) not in lustful passion, even as the Gentiles who do not know God: (6) that no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because the Lord is The Avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6
[i] “(21) Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. (22) Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name? And in Your Name cast out devils? And in Your Name done many wonderful miracles? (23) And then I will profess to them, I never knew you: depart from Me, you who work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23
[ii] “(11) But, it is obvious that no man is justified by The Law in God’s sight: for, The just shall live by faith. (12) Following The Law requires no faith. The man who agrees with and follows the demands of The Law is required to do them his whole life. (13) Christ has redeemed us from the curse of The Law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree:” Galatians 3:11-13
“(23) But before faith came, we were kept under The Law, shut out from the faith which should afterwards be revealed. (24) Therefore The Law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (25) But after faith has come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” Galatians 3:23-25
[iii] Interestingly, the marriage section in Ephesians 5 is not ultimately talking about human marriage – it’s talking about your relationship with Christ! Whether you ever marry a spouse, each of us individually have been joined/married to Him.
“(21) Submit yourselves to each other [the church body of Christ] in the fear of God. (22) Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord. (23) For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the Head of the church: and He is the Savior of the body. (24) Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. (25) Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; (26) that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, (27) that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, having no spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish. (28) So men ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. (29) For no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church: (30) for we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. (31) For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. (32) This is a great mystery [earthly marriage], but I am really speaking about Christ and the church. [This is as if God was saying through Paul, “This is first about you and Me (first individually & also corporately as the church).” Human marriage is a subset of our individual marriages to Him, and can be no better than yours is to your spouse. Human marriage is reflective; if your relationship with your spouse isn’t good, neither is your relationship with Him.] (33) Nevertheless, let each individual one of you so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” Ephesians 5:21-33
[iv] “(13) Who [The Father] has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of His Dear Son: (14) in Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins: (15) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: (16) for by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they are thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: (17) and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. (18) And He is the Head of the body, the church: Who Is the Beginning, the Firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. (19) For it pleased The Father that all fullness should dwell in Him;” Colossians 1:13-19
[v] “Food is for the stomach, and the stomach for food, but God shall make them both pass away [corruptible flesh is temporal]. Now the body is not for fornication, but for The Lord; and The Lord for the body.” 1 Corinthians 6:13
[vi] “Jesus answered him, If a man loves Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and live with him.” John 14:23
[vii] “But now, after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?” Galatians 4:9