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SOMMER FAMILY BLESSING

Welcome to the blog for Linda Sommer.

My Blog will cover three subjects:

WORD FROM THE LORD, FAMILY, and MINISTRY.

WORD FROM THE LORD
Every day I spend time with the Lord in the morning and He speaks to my heart words that are encouraging, exhorting and sometimes rebuking.

At first, I felt not to share these words with others, but then I realized I am just one of His followers. There are many people who need a word daily from the Lord, but they do not have the time to seek Him. This is why I decided to share the words I received from time to time. The messages are in first person as the the Lord relayed them to my spirtual ears.

FAMILY
We have three sons and nine grandchildren. There is something new happening all the time in the Sommer family. I will post some of these events of interest.

MINISTRY
Tom and I have traveled the world. To find out more about our ministry you may consult our webpage -
http://www.voiceofthesword.com/.
I will keep you updated on future speaking enagements and ministry developments.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

REALIZATION

People have moments of realizaiton that launch them to quick action.  This is a time for those who believe in Me to realize that time is short.  You and all believers are in the midnight hour.  Of course, only My Father knows the exact time of My return. However, you can know the season.  You are definitely in the winter season just before the spring of My second coming occurs.

This is why I am waking you up to realize that those I put in your path are people who desperately need to know My love.  I want you to realize that I can redeem your time when you give your moments to Me. 

The "Ministry of the Moment" is now.  Do not waste time.  Ask Me to cause every moment in your life to be fruitful in My kingdom work.

JOHN 9:4

Monday, July 30, 2012

ENDURENCE

Sometimes life become difficult and you ask, "Can I endure until the end?"  When those low times come in your life, come to Me and remember that you can do all things through Me.  I am the One Who will give you the strength to endure. 

I also have provided for you an enduring substance that will help relieve your pain and cause you to gain momentum in spite of your physical or emotional condition. No, the substance is not a drug.  It is the enduring substance of My Word. My Word is the substance of things hoped for.  My Word is clean and it endures forever.  Go to My Word when you need the gift of endurance.

Also know that I have prepared an enduring possession for you in heaven.  When you need endurance, set your affections on the things above and on My Word and My love that endures forever.

HEBREWS 11:34; PSALM 19:9; PHILIPPIANS 4:13

Sunday, July 29, 2012

RETAIL

I know how you like to get the wholesale price on your purchases.  You always feel like you are saving so much money.  The price I paid when I died to forgive sins was in a way a wholesale price.  By that I mean, I offered forgiveness to the whole world.  However, the price I paid was much more expensive than a retail or wholesale price.  My blood shed for you was priceless.  It cost Me everything.

I provided everything you will ever need in your life on the day I died for your sins and the day I was resurrected. The good news is that you do not have to purchase the priceless possessions of My love, acceptance, joy, peace, and righteousness.  All you have to do is believe and receive those priceless possessions.

What I offered through My death and resurrection was a free gift.  Those who believe in Me can receive every provision that My Father has given Me.

1 PETER 1:3-6; 2 PETER 1:2-4;

Saturday, July 28, 2012

SENSIBLE SENSES

I created your five senses - touch, taste, see, hear, and smell as receptors to receive and enjoy the beauty of My creation.  If your perception of life is centered on yourself rather than Me, the very senses I created in your body can cause addiction in your life. 

Eve was lured by her five senses to give in to Satan's temptation to eat from the "Tree of Knowledge ofgGood and Evil..  She saw that the fruit was good for food.  She couldn't wait to taste it.  It even smelled good.  The voice of the tempter became louder than My voice and when she touched the fruit, she put it to her mouth and ate it.  Ever since that garden scene, My enemy has used that same tactic to lure many abuse substances.

After Eve ate the fruit, the following lusts were formed in her being: the lust of the flesh (gratifying your senses in an addictive way), the lust of the eyes (vain imaginations and greed), and the lust of the pride of life (trusting in yourself and your own resources).  These lusts will always be in you until you die and they are the buttons Satan pushes to enter your life.  The sensible thing to do when your own lusts are luring you to sin is to say out loud, "My righteousness is of Jesus Christ."  Satan can touch your own self-righteousness, but he cannot touch My righteousness.  When self is on the throne of your heart instead of Me, you can easily be led astray by your own lusts.

1 JOHN 2:15-16; JAMES 1:13-15

Friday, July 27, 2012

LEARNING

Some people are ever learning, but they never come to the knowledge of the truth.  If they would seek to learn more of Me, they would find the truth.  Pilate asked Me the question, "What is truth?"  I did not answer his question, because I had answered that question earlier in one of My teachings.  I said that "I am the way, the life, and the truth.  No one comes to the Father except through Me."

I also gave this invitation to whoever would be willing to come to Me:  Come to Me and learn meekness and lowliness of heart.  A humble person is teachable and can learn everything I want to teach them.  I am the only One who can teach humbleness of heart because I humbled Myself , denied My Kingly glory and came to earth to live among you.

I invite you today to come and learn from Me.  When you learn from Me, you will walk in both humility and the truth. 

JOHN 14:6, 18:38; MATTHEW 11:38-30

Thursday, July 26, 2012

RESENTMENT

Resentment is hidden anger.  If there is someone you resent, give that person to Me.  Release all judgment of that person to Me.  I then will be able to change your heart about that person.  You may resent something like having to do so much to keep your home clean or doing someonelse's job at the office and not being paid for that job. 

Resentment is a negative attitude that the devil wants you to have continually.  When resentment continues unconfessed in your life, your body will suffer.  The moment you feel those tingles up your spine of resentment, take that thought captive and give it to Me.  Then pray for and ask Me to bless the person you resent.  Pray about the situation you resent and ask Me to give you peace about it.

Never allow a root of bitterness to spring up in your heart.  If you continue in bitterness, those around you will be defiled.

HEBREWS 12:15

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

DRIVEN

Whenever you feel hurried or driven to make a decision, be on the alert.  This is a ploy of My enemy.  My enemy pushes, presses, and drives people to make decisions in haste and to do things in haste.  My Spirit leads and guides. 

When you have to make a big decision in life, do the following:

1.  Ask for the wisdom from above.
2.  Listen carefully for the guidance of that still, quiet voice within you.
3.  Confirm what you hear out of the mouth of at least two witnesses.
4.  Confirm what you hear in My Word.
5.  Take slow, confident steps to activate your decision.

In quietness and confidence will be your strength.  My peace will come as you stay in My Word and enjoy My presence moment by moment. 

JAMES 3:17-18; ISAIAH 30:15

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

HUMILITY

Humility is not an attitude of unworthiness.  Humility is an attitude of worthiness.  We are humble when we recognize who we are in Christ.  Our identity is in Christ Jesus.  When we understand that He considered us worthy to shed His own blood for our sakes to give us His righteousness, we enter the attitude of the fear of the Lord: an awsome respect for the beauty and greatness of God the Father in Jesus Christ and an obedient heart to do His will.

Humility is seeing ourselves as our heavenly Father sees us.  When He looks at us, He sees His beloved Son within us.  We have been made the righteousness of Christ in God because on the cross Jesus exhanged our self-righteousness for His righteousness.We are now accepted in His beloved Son.

When Christ is the One we look at daily instead of ourselves, we then can walk in humility.

COLOSSIANS 2:9-10; EPHESIANS 1:6

Monday, July 23, 2012

DESIGNED DESTINY

Many on earth now lack a sense of destiny.  They go through the routines of the day and at the end of the day they ask, "Is this all there is to life?"  I long for them to know Me in a personal way. I am the One Who can give them the purpose in life that they are desiring.  I am the One Who knows them initmately. I am the One Who desires for them to understand that the life they now live is just the beginning.  I am eternal life and only by believing in Me will they be able enter the door to eternal life with Me.

Pray for those you know who do not know Me.  Pray for My Father to draw them with His bands of love to Me.  Pray for the eyes of their understanding to be opened to see and know Who I am.  I formed them and gave them life.  I am their life.  Thank Me today that you know your destiny to live with Me forever.  You have much to look forward to and I look forward to seeing you face to face.

JOHN 17:3

Saturday, July 21, 2012

STILLNESS

I always prayed to My Father a great while before dawn.  That was such a precious, quiet time to pray.  Everyone was asleep, even most of the animals.  I looked up at the stars and remembered the times when I was with My Father near His throne.  How glorious those days were in eternity, but I denied My Kingly glory to come be with you.  You are My glory on earth now.

In the stillness of the early morning hours just before daybreak, I could clearly hear My Father's voice.  The day would begin soon when the noise of the crowds would be a distraction to Me.  I still knew My Father would guide Me by His Holy Spirit, but I missed those communing times with Him in stillness.  This is why on many occassions I had to just step aside from My disciples to spend still time with My Father during the day. 

Today, steal away with Me often just to get your thoughts centered on things eternal once again.  Do not fill your days with worldly thoughts.  Set your affection and your thoughts on the things above.

MARK 1:35; COLOSSIANS 3:2

Friday, July 20, 2012

SANCTIFY

So many of My beloved try to sanctify themselves through what they believe is holy behavior.  No matter how hard you try to live a sanctified life, you will never reach that place.  Why?  You will never reach that place because you have already reached it through Me.  When I died as the perfect substitutional sacrifice to pay the penalty for your sins, I purchased sanctification for all who will  believe in Me. 

Sanctification simply means that you are set apart to be My representative on earth.  Holiness also is nothing that you can obtain.  Before I died and was resurrected, the instructions were given, "Be holy as God is holy." You do not have to struggle to live a holy, sanctified life.  All you have to do is yield to My Holy Spirit within you.  He is the one who transforms you and conforms you to My image.

You are already sanctified by My shed blood for you.  The only way you can perfect holiness in your life is to walk daily in the fear of the Lord.  This means that you honor and submit to Me with an obedient heart.

2 CORINTHIANS 7:1; HEBREWS 12:10

Thursday, July 19, 2012

FINITE, INFINITE

The expanse of My universe is infinite.   Man is just now discovering the vastness of My universe, but few give Me credit for creating it. There are no boundaries in the universe. Yet, I have set boundaries on earth.  I set boundaries on the sea. 

The vastness of My creation does not compare to the infinite love I have for you.  My love for you is boundless. Yet, it is also finite.  I know every detail of your life.  Nothing goes past My eyesight.  I know every weak area of your life, and I also know your strengths.

One of the weak areas in your life is knowing how to set your own boundaries.  I gave you exactly how to set those boundaries.  All you have to do to experience and enjoy My boundless love for you is to seek first My kingdom.  My kingdom contains My boundless righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.  It is My pleasure to give you My Kingdom.  Enjoy it today.

ROMANS 14:17; MATTHEW 6:33; LUKE 12:32

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

POTENTIAL

I see the potential in people.  I see what they could become when they surrender themselves fully to Me.  Each person is so unique.  Every person born has an individual fingerprint and DNA. Even though each person is unique, the potential in individuals is the same.  Everyone born has the potential to become conformed to My image. 

I am the light of the world Who lights every person who comes into the world.  I personally attend every funeral of a sparrow when it falls and I also personally am present at the birth of every individual. Sadly, My light within an infant can be extinquished when that person chooses to walk in darkness.

Your potential is to be a light shining in the darkness.  Let My light within you so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify My Father in heaven.  Rejoice because you chose to walk in My light.  See the potential in everyone you meet today and pray that their potential will be reached in Me.

JOHN 1:8-9;3:19-21; MATTHEW 5:17

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

ACCEPTANCE

Everybody longs to be accepted by others.  Teenagers long to have their peers accept them. Wives and husbands want to be accepted by one another.  Students want to be accepted by their teachers.  Employees want to be accepted by their employers.  The word "accept" means to receive with favor.

I know the pain of not being accepted.  I was rejected by My the people in My hometown.  I was rejected by most of the religous leaders of My day.  I was even not accepted by My own brothers.  I was despised and rejected by men.

Because you did not reject My invitation to accept Me as your Savior, you never need to feel unaccepted again.  You are now accepted by My heavenly Father.  When He sees you, He sees Me within you and I have always been pleasing in His sight.  You are accepted in the Beloved.  I redeemed you from rejection.  Today, hold your head up high because you have the favor of the Creator of the whole universe.

ISAIAH 53:3; EPHESIANS 1:3-6  

Monday, July 16, 2012

TRAINING

     You are in training to rule and reign with Me in My Kingdom.    When people train for phyical sports, they have to be disciplined and faithful to practice their skills daily. I do not want you strive and strain during your spiritual training.  Instead, I want you to submit yourself daily to your trainer, the Holy Spirit.  He is the One Who I have sent to be your helper during this training process.
      The major goal in your training is  to exercise My faith within you.  You have My strong faith within you, but you must exercise that faith.  There was one prayer that I had for Peter when I knew he would soon be going through arduous training.  I told Peter that Satan wanted to sift him as wheat, but that I would be praying that his faith would not fail.
      Even though he gave in to the temptation to deny Me three times, his faith did not fail.  In a moment of fear, he denied Me.  The fact that he was so grieved after that denial proved that he still had faith in Me.  Peter did not have My strong faith residing in him, but later after My Holy Spirit empowered him at Pentecost, he had My faith within him.  Praise Me today that you can tap into My faith when your faith is weak.

LUKE 22:27-32

 



Sunday, July 15, 2012

DESIGN

I have a designated design for your life.  Yes, your days are written in the Book of Life.  There are works I have for you to accomplish and those works were designated to you even before you were born.  So many in this life feel they have no purpose.  When you came to know Me, your main purpose was revealed to you.  That purpose is two-fold: to reveal My glory (My presence) to others and to receive My training to rule and reign with Me in My Kingdom.

Those who do not know their purpose in life walk aimlessly through every day.  They go their own way and believe that one day they will make it heaven.  Pray for those who have not come to know Me yet. 

Today, listen carefully to My Holy Spirit as He reveals to you what work or works you are to accomplish today.  Commit your way and your works to Him.  Not only will He reveal the next thing for you to do, but He will also give you the grace to do it.  Grace is the empowerment to do what is impossible in the natural.

PROVERBS 16:3; PSALM 37:5

Saturday, July 14, 2012

STRIFE

There are two kinds of strife.  There is the strife that occurs when you are arguing with others and there is the strife that no one can see.  That strife is in your thought life.  Both kinds of strife are rooted in pride or envy.  Look into My Word carefully, and you will see that pride is the root of all contention and that envy is what causes wars.  The lust of the pride of life (seeking your own way rather than trusting in Me) is what opens the door to the enemy to cause strife in your life.

Whenever your mind is obsorbed with selfish thoughts, your mind is in a state of strife.  You are restless, worried, anxious, fearful, and frustrated.  You are striving against Me.  I want to be the captain of your thought life.  I can only win that battle in your mind if you take captive every vain imagination and exalted thought that counters My will and give that thought to Me.

Resist pride in your life by humbling yourself daily to Me. You humble yourself by casting every care upon Me.  Also when you see yourself as I see you, strife will cease in your mind.  When you understand that you are the very righteousness of God in Me, you will never have to prove your point to others and My peace will cause strife to cease in your life.

2 CORINTHIANS 10:4-7; PROVERBS 13:10

Friday, July 13, 2012

KNOWING/GROWING

One of the goals of parents is to see their children grow in knowledge.  They know that knowledge will help them when they reach adulthood.  That is why parents are willing to pay high prices to give their children the best education.  Worldly knowledge, however, may get a person a better job and a higher salary, but knowledge of Me will pay greater dividends.

You will grow in grace as you come to know Me better every day.  Some people think that faith will grow when a person goes thru trials.  If this were true, the whole world would be full of faith.  There is only one way that faith will grow.  That way is to know My Word, continue in My Word, and hear My Word.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

My Word is your textbook on life.  You will find all the knowledge you need to enable My grace to flow in your life.  Both grace and faith are gifts from My throne room.  However, to receive those gifts and apply those gifts, you must grow in your knowledge of Me.  Today read and heed My Word and learn meekness and lowliness of heart.  A humble heart is a teachable heart and I have much to teach you.

PROVERBS 2:1-6; ROMANS 10:17

Thursday, July 12, 2012

PROGRESS

Everyone wants to make progress in their lives.  They want to move ahead in a positive way.  I know that you want to move ahead in your walk with Me.  However, I do not want you to measure your progress.  Truly, only I know if you are making progress or not.  Others, however, can see your spiritual growth by the development of the fruits of the Spirit in your life.  My Word says that you can know the spiritual condition of others by their fruits.

Natural fruits do not grow unattended.  They must be planted, watered, and fertilized.  In order to plant a fruit tree, all of the roots and rocks have to be removed and sometimes new soil has to be added.  If you do not water what has been planted, it will die.  If you want what has been planted to keep bearing fruit, you must fertilize the plant.

The same is true in the spiritual realm.  Before I can plant My Word deep in your heart, the rocks and roots that will hinder your spiritual growth must be removed.  It is especially important to forgive all those who have wronged you and to not allow a root of bitterness to develop in your heart.  The rock of pride also needs to be removed.  Once the seed of My Word is deeply planted in your heart, you must water it every day by continuing in My Word and seeking the help of My Holy Spirit.  Keep fertilizing My Word by memorizing it and meditating on it.  Then you will make great progress as you develop the fruits of My Spirit.

JOHN 8:31; HEBREWS 12:15; PSALM 119:148

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

TITLE

Titles are important.  People love to have impressive titles.  I have the most impressive titles in this world.  Think about My many titles.  I am the "Prince of Peace, Savior, Emanuel, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Mighty One, Master, Servant, Messiah, Anointed One, Almighty God, Light of the World, Bread of Life, The Living Water, The Way the Truth the Life, The Good Shepherd, The Door," just to name a few.  The titles I have entitle you to everything that I can give you.  I can give you peace.  I am here to serve you.  I am Lord over every circumstance in your life.  I am the Mighty One, Who can save and protect you.  I am the Master of your life.  I am the Anointed One Who can give My anointing to you.

The title I give you is that you are "My beloved."  What better title is there?  You do not have to strive to increase the titles that follow your name.  Simply follow Me and you will have the most important title in the sight of My Father.  That title is "Faithful One."

JOHN  1:9,10:9,14

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

WORK

The word, "work," usually denotes labor.  You go to work to earn money to support yourself.  You work in your home to keep it presentable.  You work at school to make good grades.  You work when you practice lessons on the piano or other instruments. 

Work is a curse.  I never wanted My beloved to sweat and labor.  Sweat and labor came into being when Adam sinned. I designed mankind to be totally dependent upon Me and My ability.  I want you to rest, not work.  Of course, you still have to work to earn a living, but never work to earn anything from Me.  I do not want you even to fast to try to get Me to move on your behalf.  When you do this, you are trusting in what you do, not what I have done.

I want you to rest in Me.  You enter My rest by simply believing that nothing is impossible with Me.
Enter the rest of faith in My ability, not your ability and you will see miracles.

JOHN 6:28-29

Monday, July 9, 2012

TIMING

What time is it?  You must say that many, many times during the expanse of a day.  When I walked on earth, I was on My Father's time.  I did not have a watch, but I watched what My Father did.  He always went ahead of Me and showed Me the next thing that He wanted Me to do.  This is the way I want you to live today.

Instead of watching the clock or your wrist watch, watch Me.  Keep your focus on Me.  Trust Me to tell you the time.  When you are trusting My timing, you will have a fruitful day.  Everyday I have things that I want to accomplish through you, but in order for that to happen, you have to keep your eyes on Me, not your watch.

Trust Me today.  Put your watch away and listen to My Spirit as He tells you the next thing to do.  You will be amazed at the end of the day to see how I used you to build up My Kingdom.

JOHN 5:19; 8:38

Sunday, July 8, 2012

SEEK

Ask, seek, and knock and the door will be opened to you.  When you were little, you played "Hide and Seek" with your playmates.  You were sure to find a place where they could never find you, but somehow they found you.  When you seek Me, you will surely find Me.  I never hide My face from you.  I am always face to face with you with My arms outstretched to catch you if you begin to fall when you are walking towards Me.

I am also your hiding place.  When you hide yourself in Me every morning before the day gets started, you will be safe from the attacks of the enemy.  I am your strong tower and your mighty defense against the attacks of the enemy.  When you hide yourself in Me, the enemy flees in terror because when he looks at you, he sees Me.

Every morning, come to Me and cast every burden on Me.  Give Me time to minister to you and then climb into that secret hiding place with Me and stay there all the day long. 

MATTHEW 7:7; PSALM 91

Saturday, July 7, 2012

REHEARSE

It is so easy to lose sight of the things that I have done in your life.  This is why it is good at the end of the day to write down the ways that I have led you, the things that have happened that you are grateful for, the times where I have shown Myself strong when you felt weak, the treasures, My people, that you have encountered each day, the words that I have given you to say, and the works that I have given you to do as you allowed Me to work through you.

It is a discipline to do this daily, but this discipline will pay great dividends.  Rehearse your day this evening as the sun is going down and listen to the symphony of My birds as they sing praises to Me. Then join them in their songs and sing to Me with joy and thanksgiving in your heart.  Never rehearse the negative.  That just gives the devil glory.  Only rehearse the good.  When you rehearse the good I bring into your life even when the circumstances seem negative, your heart will jump for joy.

PHILIPPIANS 2:13; PSALM 65

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

LEARNING

You began the learning process shortly after you were born.  You learned to cry when you needed food or needed a change.  You learned to nurse and then you learned to feed yourself.  Later you learned to talk and now you are learning how to relate to others, how to do your job in an excellent way, how to pass every test in school or on the job.  You are ever learning.

I gave you the ability to learn.  When you learn something, you usually have to review what you have learned or you are afraid that you will forget it.  I know that you think that you have forgotten everything that you learned in college, but what you learned is still in your brain.  Your brain is a storehouse of learning.

There are just three things that I want you to learn in this life: Learn how to deepen your relationship with Me by abiding in Me;  learn My Word by reading it and heeding it; learn My love by receiving it and giving it to others.  Too much knowledge puffs up, but the knowledge of Me, My Word, and My love will prepare you to rule and reign with Me eternally.  Knowledge of Me will never pass.

JOHN 15; PROVERBS 1:7; PSALM 139; 1 CORINTHIANS 13:8   

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

WIND

When I had My conversation with Nicodemus about the Kingdom, I compared being born again to the wind.  I said, "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.  So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."  When My followers were gathered in the upper room on Pentecost, they heard the sound of a rushing mighty wind that filled the whole house where they were sitting.  Then divided tongues like fire sat upon each of them and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Since that time, you can feel when My Holy Spirit breeze touches your body.  You may be in a service when many are gathered to worship Me when suddenly you feel the wind of My Spirit.  You may be talking with another believer when the words you hear cause that gentle breeze to blow again and electrify your body.  You may be communing with Me when the wind of My Spirit comes and anoints you for the day ahead.

Today when you see the branches of trees blowing in the breeze, think about the words I gave to Nicodemus.  You can hear the sound of the wind, and you can see the branches move in rhythm with the wind.  Everyday I want you to hear the sound of My Spirit as you read My Word and as you hear others speak My Word to you.  Everyday I want you to be filled afresh with My Holy Spirit just as My Spirit filled the room where My followers were on the Day of Pentecost.  Allow the wind of My Spirit to cause your body to flow in My direction today and you will see miracles happen.

JOHN 3, ACTS 2:1-4

Monday, July 2, 2012

REPLENISH

I know how there are days when you feel like you have just run completely out of energy. You are drained because you have so many responsibilities, so much to do in a day's time.  You can avoid those draining days by simply allowing My Holy Spirit to energize you.

I said,"Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water."  I sent My Holy Spirit to fill those who believe in Me.  Those rivers of living water are within you every day.  I want you to draw from the waters of My Holy Spirit moment by moment during this day. 

My Spirit longs to replenish you and refresh you.  As you pray in the Spirit today, you will feel those rivers of water bubbling up within you.  Energy will begin to flow once again through your body and you will have the strength not only to get through the day, but also the power to overcome all obstacles the day may bring you.

JOHN 7:38; JUDE 20-21

Sunday, July 1, 2012

REMAIN

When I told My disciples to abide in Me, abide in My Word, and abide in My love, I promised that if they did those three things, My joy would always remain in them.  My Spirit will always remain in you.  Every day you have the choice to draw from the refreshing, empowering waters of My Holy Spirit or to trust in your own fleshly ability to overcome the obstacles in your life. 

Do not allow the enemy to steal your joy.  Being conscious of My presence with you throughout the day is how you can remain in My joy.  In My presence is fulness of joy.  The moment you take your eyes off of Me and place them on your circumstances, the enemy will come and try to steal your joy.

Your attitude of gratitude is how you can tap into My presence with you no matter what  trial you are experiencing.  I want you to thank Me in everything and thank Me for everything in your life.
When you complain and murmur about your circumstances, you are saying to Me that you do not believe that I am in control of your life.  Pour out your complaints to Me, not to others.  Empty yourself of all bitterness and then you will have room in your heart to receive the fulness of My joy.

JOHN 15; PSALM 16:11; ISAIAH 12:4-6