William Broer

William Broer

William Broer is the co-founder of freedom House Canada Incorporated. He has a real passion for ministering to the brokenhearted. Having studied under several high-profile ministries and interning with Elijah House ministries, Bill is committed to making the word of God practical in our everyday experiences.

 

 

The teaching that we find throughout the New Testament is to pray to Father God…in the name of Jesus the Son…in the power of Holy Spirit.

 

In the power of Holy Spirit is to do so in reliance upon His help. According to John 16:13-14… “But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth- giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you”.

 

Holy Spirit was sent into the world reveal to us what our Father is thinking, wanting to speak to us…also to glorify Jesus and again reveal to us what Jesus wishes to show us. Holy Spirit does so by leading us to Jesus causing us to see Jesus as the way for our access to God our Father…all of which would require conversation on some level.

 

The Son came to atone for our sins in order to bring us to God. To pray in the name of Jesus means…because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross…gives us not only legal access to God…but makes possible the whole purpose of our existence…that being God’s desire to have an intimate relationship with His sons and daughters. So when we say…”In Jesus' name”…we are proclaiming our given authority through Jesus having died for us, risen again, covering our sins, and having imparted and imputed righteousness, authority and power…to us.

 

In Acts 7:59 Stephen clearly prays to Jesus upon his death when he says, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit”. We also have our relationship with Jesus to consider. Being a high priest whom we are to love and find encouragement and support from…it is hard to imagine that we don’t foster this relationship through conversation. After all, how can we have a “friend” (John 3:29; John 15:15) to whom we have never directly spoken? 

 

I think the Scriptures testify to a relationship with all three members of the Trinity, including the Holy Spirit, with whom we have “fellowship” (2 Corinthians 13:14; Philippians 2:1). “The grace (favor and spiritual blessing) of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the presence and fellowship (the communion and sharing together, and participation) in the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen (so be it)”.

 

However if we are into the habit of praying to only one of the Trinity as if that one is our Benefactor…then we would be out of sync with the New Testament teachings. God as our Heavenly Father…Jesus as our spiritual Brother (Mark 3:35)…Holy Spirit as our teacher and comforter.

Sunday, 12 June 2016 11:41

HIS FAITHFULNESS

 

 

In Num 11 we read the story of how the Israelites complained about only having manna to eat. They wanted meat. It wasn’t that they were lacking nutrition…they just wanted a change from the everyday manna. So here is my question…was the Lord being unfaithful with His people? Or was the daily supply of manna actually a display of His faithfulness? His people wanted more…they were tired of the same food every meal. But is getting what we desire an expression of God’s faithfulness? I remember a time as a young boy of 6 or 7…not sure…I saw a bottle of what seemed to me to be candies. They were all different colours and seemed in my imagination to be calling out to me…eat me, eat me. I knew my mom would say no because I had asked before…so this time there was no asking. I snuck one…tasted good so I took another…and another…and another till half the jar was empty. Shortly after I took very ill. What appeared to me to be candy turned out to be anti-acid pills. So I ask again…was my mother’s “no” an expression of her faithfulness…or was she just denying me? 

 

God is the perfect Father knowing whats best…knowing what in our desires will harm us should He give us what we ask for. Like little children we are quick to judge Father as not listening, or not caring when we don’t get what we think we should have. In Jer 28:11 we read…”For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome”. A good earthly parent gives thought to what will be best for their child…he/she is not afraid to let their child be angry with them for they know the future outcome of their decisions will reap as it is sown.

 

It is not easy to always consider His ways as faithfulness. Many things can happen to us in this life…but in any and every situation He is always faithful…we just don’t get the bigger picture.

Sunday, 29 May 2016 11:45

ANGRY SPIRITUAL WARFARE?

 

Last week I shared on doing violence in the spiritual through rest. This week I would like to address…is it appropriate to do spiritual warfare in anger towards the enemy…be it against man or demon.

 

Jesus is always our example to all matters of living this life. In Mark 13 we see Jesus moved in anger when He sees the state of the temple…“And He taught and said to them, Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations? But you have turned it into a den of robbers”. But take note…the verse begins with He taught. He wasn’t praying or doing warfare…He was interacting with them.

 

Again in Matt 23 we can hear in His words expressions of anger where Jesus rebukes the Pharisees…He isn’t praying or doing warfare. He was speaking with them. Jesus expresses “woe to you…” 37 times. 33 times in denunciation and 4 times in grief. Its not clear though how often He was expressing these words in anger. In Matt 5:43 it reads…”you have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy; But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, To show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers”. Every time in scripture when Jesus did deliverance He had been moved into compassion…I don’t see where He did so being moved into expressions of anger. 

 

I would suggest that His anger to the sinful actions, attitudes and behaviours of the people lead Him into compassion for their state…which lead Him into prayer, intercession, doing deliverance and spiritual warfare.

 

Jesus asks us to love our enemies. Not just the individuals we like or that have won over our sympathy…but all our enemies. Why would He ask that of us? Well firstly because He desires no man would be lost. But secondly for the purpose of our conversation here…is that love and compassion are the ultimate weapons of spiritual warfare. The enemy has nothing in his arsenal to combat the power of love. When we are doing spiritual warfare in love…we are operating within the full authority and power Jesus gave us. Was not the cross both the greatest victory over the demonic realms ever won…was it not also the greatest act of love? The victory came through love…not anger.

Sunday, 22 May 2016 14:13

DOING SPIRITUAL VIOLENCE

 

 

Some time ago I recall walking into a prayer meeting where they were interceding for the city. I stopped frozen in the doorway…what is this? People were shouting at the top of their voices with arms waving…some bouncing up and down. For the most part their words felt scriptural and sincere with the few exceptions of expressions of distain and hate for their enemies. As a newer Christian the experience left me shaken. I remained at the back of the room trying to make sense of it. Yet strangely it never turned me away…rather it pulled me in deeper to explore where God was in all of it.

 

Over the years following I believe I have come to insights that would speak to that initial experience. First there is a difference between being moved emotionally to physical manifestations versus building a theology around the same manifestations as if there is power in the manifestations themselves to bring about the answers to our prayers. So let me say…the effects of intercessory prayer or spiritual warfare are not determined by how much we shout or jump up and down or wave our fists. The realms of the enemy do not suffer violence by such expressions. Rather it is when we are at rest that the enemy experiences the violent assault of our prayers. Let me explain. When we muster up the manifestations as mentioned earlier we are actually doing warfare on our strength more so then in our faith…I believe the enemy interrupts such expressions as unbelief. True heartfelt faith and trust penetrate the spiritual realm because it puts God out front to accomplish the very thing we are asking for. When the enemy sees we are at peace he knows we have positioned ourselves resting in God to enforce our petition. Let me give you a picture of where it positions us. Envision Jesus standing tall in His bigness facing the enemy. Standing on His feet (like a child learning to walk standing on his dad’s feet) is us also facing the enemy. From this stance we speak to the enemy…”In the name of Jesus (the big guy behind me who’s feet I am standing on) I command you to ……..”. This is the stance of faith, of trust, of absolute belief. Oh yes we will likely at times will be moved emotionally…not because of what we are doing…but because of who’s feet we are standing on. Luke 10:20 reads…”do not rejoice at this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are enrolled in heaven”.

 

Jesus never taught us to hate our enemies or in any way express such attitudes. He taught us to love them and pray for them…not against them. Listen to Matt 5:44…”But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust”. 

 

Just my thoughts…

Sunday, 08 May 2016 11:41

MAKE YOUR OWN NOISE

 

 

 In Psalms 66:1 David speaks…“Make a joyful noise unto God, all the earth”. Have you ever pondered the depth of these words…”make a joyful noise”? David implies that it is for each one of us to make our own noise. A noise that is birthed out of our own relationship with God. He speaks of this 6 times in the Psalms giving suggestions to do so through shouts, dance, expressions of praise and singing. David’s noise worked up to the surface from his deep feelings for the Lord. They were not the works of religious requirements or traditions…or even the “in thing” to do in his times. David had a close intimacy with God and it was out of this genuine intimacy that his expressions of love welled up to the surface in manifestations of “noise”. They were David’s own unique expressions. He never looked around to see what others were doing…he did his own thing…in what ever way it came out. 

 

For the most part his expressions of noise were not an effort to get into God’s presence or to get His attention. No…rather his noise spilled to the surface from being in God’s presence…from experiencially being aware God was being attentive. David’s spirit was stirred, leaping…his spirit could not be contained, spilling out finding release through his pyshical expressions. 

 

So it needs to be for each one of us…God loves listening to our noise. There is no noise as beautiful as the affectionate noises that come from the deep feelings of the heart. Likely this is why God had such a heart for David. David had his sinful faults just like the rest of us…but oh the noise he made unto God…that over shadowed his sin. David’s noise was fearless…looking to only please his Lord…not concerning himself of man’s reactions.

Monday, 25 April 2016 11:18

TOO BUSY TO LISTEN

 

 

We can all relate to getting so caught up in work, family, events, sports, or whatever steals our time…that we forget to take the time to listen. Be it listening to our partners, friends and such or more importantly even to God.

 

Luke 8:18 shares with us…”Be careful therefore how you listen. For to him who has [spiritual knowledge] will more be given; and from him who does not have [spiritual knowledge], even what he thinks and guesses and supposes that he has will be taken away.” Isn’t this so true. So often when we just barge ahead…somewhere down the road we find ourselves off track. Or even worse being awakened to “where am I”. It is always in God’s heart to guide us in the way we should go…He always has something to say. He has no lack of words…it’s our ability to listen is the issue. How often have you experienced talking to someone…telling them your story and the moment you are done…they immediatly begin to tell their story. Were they listening to your words…or were they just waiting for you to finish talking so they could tell their’s? I think we have all done that to each other. We seem to get so wrapped up in our own story that we are not in a place to give ourselves to anothers story…to enter in with them. Good listening…true listening requires giving ourselves to the other. We set our own needs, desires and time aside…and make it all about their words. God knows our hearts and thoughts and motives. He knows when we are listening with an open heart. Its been my personal experience that God speaks to me either when I can quiet my thoughts or when I am simply not thinking at all. But almost never when I am consumed in my busy thoughts.

 

I love how Prov 2:2  puts it…“Making your ear attentive to skillful and godly Wisdom and inclining and directing your heart and mind to understanding [applying all your powers to the quest for it]”. Making your ear attentive…attentive means to direct, focus on, intentionally apply your attention to. If you go to a counseller and do all the talking for the hour…you may feel good for the moment but truthfully you will not have accomplished anything if you never gave time to be attentive to what the counseller had to say. Yes somtimes God just interupts when we are busy doing, to speak to us…but that would be Him just getting a word in edge wise. He desires our attention…especially when its simply because we want to spend sometime with Him…not always because we have a problem.

Sunday, 10 April 2016 14:45

FAULT FINDING

This week I was reminded of words I had spoken of a person several years ago. At the time I spoke them Lyn quickly pointed out that I was being critical and judgemental. I responded with “what…I’am only speaking the truth”. Because of were my heart was at I could not see it. 

 

If being expressed in an ungodly mindset, being judgemental or fault finding are only different words doing the same thing. When you do one you are doing the other. Finding fault is not in and of itself ungodly. Actually in many circumstances it can be quite helpful to bring correction. What can make it ungodly is when we use it to place blame…to justify…to displace our own shame. For the most part when we hear the word “fault” it has a negative ring to it…suggesting a discrediting or blaming. In John 6:41 we read… “Now the Jews murmured and found fault with and grumbled about Jesus because He said, I am [Myself] the Bread that came down from heaven”. Finding fault in Jesus was their ungodly means to discredit Him. They resented the influence His presence had over the people. But in Matt 18:15 we see how God intended fault finding to be used… “If your brother wrongs you, go and show him his fault, between you and him privately. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother”. God intended for the exposing of faults to be a means unto reconciliation…redemption.

 

As true as a word may be factual…it is never the TRUTH unless it is spoken with a heart of compassion and in God’s timing. Just as the TRUTH sets us free…so is recognizing and embrasing a fault to set us free. However fault finding in a ungodly expression…without compassion…purposes to discredit, devalue, blame, displace shame. It is not our job to look for faults in others. If we are listening…God will reveal to us what we need to see…be it to bring correction, to intercede or just for our own protection. You ask how can you know if you are fault finding…or in some cases we should be saying fault searching…look at your heart. What is it telling you? Is there compassion or is there a delight that you have something on them?

 

Anyone can find faults. Sadly we see it all too frequently in politics. But it takes Godly character to be in a spiritual place to wrap one’s faults with compassion. Just as 1 Cor 13 shares with us that it doesn’t matter what you do…if you do it without love…it is only noise, meaningless, of no worth.

 

So let’s take notice…is our hand pointing out or is it reaching out? Where the hand is pointing out the fingers pointing back at us reveal that fault finding is more about us then the person we’re finding fault in. With the hand reaching out the fingers reveal it’s all about them.

Saturday, 02 April 2016 14:24

THE GREATEST OBSTACLE- part 4 of 4

 

 

Let me begin with repeating myself… “The principle of overcoming the greatest obstacle by taking effectual action is not to achieve our self interests. It must be purposed to achieve intimacy…an interactive relationship with God.” If we do not have the intimacy…any action we take will be nothing more then self works. Self works can certainly bring worldly change into our lives which can be helpful. But if it’s true spiritual change to be drawn closer to God that we seek then self works can be an obstacle as well.  Listen to Philippians 2:12-13…“Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). 13 [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight”. This verse isn’t saying that we have to work to earn…rather it is speaking of a willful work…taking heartfelt desired action…to manifest the intimate benefits of salvation into every part of our soul, into our everyday walk of life. To the measure we put intimacy into action is the measure to which we become spiritual adults having an interactive relationship with Him.

So how do we take action? How do we achieve intimacy? What does it look like? Well formost our actions need to be God led. For them to be God led we need interaction with Him. The quality of that interaction will be dependent on our relationship with Him…intimacy. So removing the obstacle of “not putting into action” comes down to responsive obedience to the directives God lays on our heart. So really it all comes down to being able to hear Him, trusting Him, having faith, then moving in obedience…in other words relationship with Him. We do this by living His presence…pulling Him into our daily routines. God loves opportunities to show Himself in our obedient responses to His directives. Discern what action He would have you take…in trust act on it…and watch how He gets involved. Don’t look for how the events serve your agenda…look for God’s agenda. 

Sunday, 27 March 2016 13:53

THE GREATEST OBSTACLE-part 3 of 4

 

Isn’t it interesting how every topic of scripture is wrapped around the events that took place during the time of Easter. Today’s part 3 is no exception. In part 1 we discussed what the obstacle is. In part 2 how Jesus gave us the authority and power to overcome it. Moving forward in part 3…the enemy has a clever scheme to neutralize that authority and power. He knows we have it…Easter took care of that…but he also knows he cannot take it away. Simply, he schemes to keep us in the dark of not knowing we have it…or to distract us from using it mainly by materialism, lack of faith and hopeleness. 

Positionally as believers, we have the authority and power…nothing can change that. Not even our sinful behavoiur. But it is the measure of intimacy we have with Him that determines the ability to use it. Understand that the principle of taking action is not to achieve our self interests. It is puposed to achieve intimacy and an interactive relationship with God. If we do not have the intimacy…any action we take will be nothing more then earning works. Listen to Philippians 2:12-13…“Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). 13 [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight”. This verse isn’t saying that we have to work to earn our salvation. Rather it is speaking of a willful work…taking heartful desired action…to manifest the intimate benefits of salvation into every part of our soul, into our everyday walk of life. To the measure we put intimacy into action is the measure to which we become spiritual adults having an interactive relationship with Him.

Knowledge is good, and we are to seek it…but, unto itself, knowledge never changes us. Knowledge in alignment with God is purposed to give our actions direction. Knowledge without action will inevitably turn into foolishness. True knowledge that is acted upon with a pure motive will produce wisdom and effectual lasting change.

In part 4 we will discuss how we take action…what that looks like. But today lets reflect on how the redemptive plan Jesus put into action changed everything.

Sunday, 20 March 2016 13:37

THE GREATEST OBSTACLE-part 2 of 4

 

As we discussed in part 1 of our greatest obstacle to freedom and transformation is the “absence of taking action”. Consider the following. Within Old Testament sacrifices that were offered, they were purposed only to cover over sin. They were never able to atone for wrongdoings…the covering over could not cancel the power of sin. Even so, satan was never allowed to set a legal right in place without God’s approval. That is why satan always had to come before God with his accusations. By law God had to acknowledge the legal right and allow satan access to the individual…much like a judge in our court system. The sacrifice with repentance cancelled the legal right and would deny satan access to the individual through that sinful issue. But it did not cancel the power sin had over the individual. The understanding of this power that sin had over us is lost to the generations following the cross.

    Let’s look at what that power of sin was really about. Sin in the Old Testament is what the condition of the soul would be transformed into. This is why scripture says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin. It was not that the soul literally became sin but that sin permeated the soul unto virtual, spiritual death. Because man could not yet be born again, spiritual death was his final state. However in the New Testament sin had been atoned for. That atonement by Jesus now denies satan access before God to make accusations, even for non-believers. New Testament sin can only permeate to the depth that our will allows it. To say it differently, if a person desires to be a sinner…to willfully be in sin, such as in the occult…then sin would permeate to the depth of spiritual death. For most individuals, New Testament sin is more of a struggle against their own will. The death of  Jesus’…the ultimate sacrifice for sin…cancelled all legal rights satan could enforce against our sin. In the Old Testament God viewed the people's obedience of sacrifice…if offered with a true motive…as an expression on their part of a sincere heart desiring to be in right relationship with Him. As such, God by His grace and mercy moved on the situation in a powerful way and took things into His own hands. Their sacrifice could not deal with the legal rights that satan had to people's sin, but God’s grace and mercy could. As such, God had to continually intervene on their behalf. God’s people were in a position of desperation and only God could remove the obstacles. Mankind was positioned beneath the angels and the demonic hoard.

    In the New Testament all has changed. Now mankind is positioned above the angels and demonic realm. The demonic hoard is now subject to our instruction. By Jesus’ atonement, the power of sin has been broken and all legal rights that the enemy had access to are accounted for…yet, there is concern here. Because that desperation from being under the power of sin is broken, we may have become like spoiled children whose work has been done for us. We do not grasp that which Jesus has given us in the authority to deal with the demonic hoard, illnesses, and life issues. Hence, the only way we seem to be able to come to the reality of what Jesus has done and how He has positioned us is by allowing the struggles to come to us, kind of like pushing a child to walk…knowing he will fall…but being there to pick him up.

    It is for each person to work out his/her own salvation: “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). The words work out here mean to cultivate, to carry out to the goal, and fully to complete. There is a saving work which only God can do for us. But, there is also a work which we must do for ourselves. The work of our salvation is not completed in God's work in us. The work that God would do in us must be allowed by our will, by our choices. It is then for us to embrace and act upon it. The cross brought us out from under the authority and power of sin and positioned us to put into motion the ability to take action with authority and power over sin. To be positioned in of itself doesn’t change anything…we must walk in that authority and use our Jesus given authority as God leads.

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