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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.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

EVENTS

I know how you look forward to events in your life when you can get away from the routines of life and just have time to relax and receive inspiration from My Word and joy as you spend more time in My presence.  In My presence is fulness of joy. 

You do not have to wait for those special events in your life to enjoy My presence with you.  I am with you always.  Every morning can be a blessed event in My presence.  Acknowledging My presence in the morning as you spend a few minutes worshipping, praising, and thanking Me will set the stage for you to face every event of the day.  So many of My beloved put off their precious moments with Me because they feel they do not have the time.  However, just five minutes of focusing on Me and My presence will strengthen you for the day ahead.

Remember that with Me there is no time or space.  I can infuse you with My love, joy, and peace in just one minute.  Take that minute with this morning and every morning.  You will then experience My leading and guiding you throughout the day.

PSALM 16:11

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

WHY?

So many ask the question, "Why?," when unexpected tragedy occurs.  The truth is that the question, "Why?" may never be answered in a lifetime.  When tragedy strikes, the question that can be answered is, "What?"  What can a person who has experienced great loss of the life of loved ones, possessions, or health do as a response to such loss?  This is a question that can be answered.  Solomon answered this question when he wrote:

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.

The path after tragedy strikes is not an easy path, but when you put your trust in Me, I will guide you and comfort you in the days that follow loss.  You live in a fallen world that is poplulated with many rebellious people who disobey the law.  There will be more lawlessness as the days approach My return.  You also live in a world that is on a downward spin.  This downward spin began when sin entered the world.  During these end days more than ever, I want you to put your full trust in Me.
You may not have the answer to the question, "Why?," but I am the answer to life eternal.  I can carry you through every trial until that day when you spend eternity with Me.

PROVERBS 3:5-6

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

PACKING

I know how you get a little frustrated when you are trying to remember everything to pack when you are going on a trip.  I never had to concern Myself with packing.  I traveled the Galilee and into Jerusalem with just the clothes on My back.  The more stuff you have on earth, the more you have to concern youself about things.

The one thing that I want you to be concerned about is the main thing.  The main thing is Me.  Keep Me uppermost in your mind all the day long, and My Holy Spirit will help you remember what to pack and the next thing I want you to do.  I sent My Helper to help you.  Call upon Him moment by moment and the frustration of the little things in life will fade in the presence of His comfort and peace.

JOHN 14:18

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

REFUGE

The world you live in is on a downhill spiral.  It has been on a downhill spiral ever since sin entered the world.  Decay, corrosion, polution, and coruption did not exist in the garden that My Father prepared for Adam and Eve.  The moment Eve gave in to Satan's temptation,  life on earth became tainted.  The moral decay you see in the world today is nothing new.  If you just looked at the way the world is going right now, you would have little hope.
This is why My servant Paul exhorted you to set your affection on the things that are above and not on the things of this earth.

As the time draws near to My second coming, I want you to know things will not get better.  However, keep looking up.  Your redemption is drawing nigh.  There will be a new heaven and a new earth that will be sustained by My life.  There will be no impurity and no sin in the new earth.  Look forward to that day.  Until that day hide yourself in Me.  I am your refuge and your ever present help in the troubled days that you are now experiencing.

PSALM 9:9; COLOSSIANS 3:2

Monday, October 22, 2012

FEAR

I know that there are times when fear will invade My peace.  The enemy's frontal attack is to get you in fear - fear of the future, fear of man, fear for your finances, and all kinds of fear.  Those invasions will occur from time to time, but do not ever allow the enemy to overwhelm you with fear.  If he is successful, you will be paralyzed and unable to move ahead in the Spirit.  Fear is the anesthesia that My enemy uses to paralyze you so that he can send other spirits to oppress you.

There is only one weapon that will always conquer fear.  That weapon is My perfect love.  Perfect love casts out all fear.  Daily ask My Holy Spirit to fill your heart with My love.  When you do this, you will be guarding your heart against giving in to fear when the enemy trys to attack you. 

Ask Me daily to help you love like I love.  You cannot walk in love and fear at the same time.  There are over 365 "fear nots" in My Word.  Memorize some of those "fear nots" and use them as a sword against the enemy when he tries to put fear on you.  Today you can say as David said many times, "What times I am afraid, I will trust in the Lord."  David probably had to verbalize this phrase often since his life was one of fight and flight.  Use those words today and fear will not have its way with you.

1 JOHN 4:18; PSALM 56:3

Sunday, October 21, 2012

SUPPORT

People long for support from others in their lives.  So many feel that they have to face life's problems without support.  Many have no family and only a few friends, and they feel all alone.  I see their needs and desire desperately to help those who feel they have no support.  My arms are always outstretched to embrace them and to lift them up when they feel down.

You have experienced My support for years.  You have the good news to share with others that they are never alone.  Those who do not believe in Me look at your faith in Me as a crutch to lean on when times are difficult.  After all they say, "You are self-sufficient and should pull yourself up by your own bootstraps."  The truth is that I am the magnificent life-support system for everyone who is born on this earth.  No one can take another breath without My support.

Share how I have supported you with My everlasting arms through the years with others.  They need to know that I am not a crutch.  I am "LIFE," and without My support no person can do anything.

JOHN 6:63, 10:10

Friday, October 19, 2012

FORGETTING

My servant Paul wrote: "forgetting those things that are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press forward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
You may have made the decision to forgive someone, but I know it is hard for you to forget.  One of the tricks of My enemy is to keep you frozen in the past so that you cannot make spiritual progress in the future. 

The only thing that can help you forget those things in the past is My love.  Only My love can thaw out the frozen bad memories of the past that keep you blocked from moving ahead in faith.  My Holy Spirit has the assignment to fill your heart with My love, but He cannot do this when you keep rehearsing the past in your mind.  Take the thoughts of past hurts and give them to Me.  The truth is that rehearsing the past gives you vain imaginations (imaginations that are centered on you and your hurt). 

When ever you have a thought of past hurt, come to Me quickly and allow My Spirit to replace that hurtful thought with My love.  Even though the one who hurt you deeply is insensitive to your hurt, I am never insensitive to your hurt.  I came to heal the brokenhearted and to bind up the wounds of your past.  Today, the moment you have a memory that causes you to feel hurt, take a moment to receive My love that can heal every hurt from your past.   Take a moment to feel My embrace and the warmth of My love, then move on through the day with a fresh anointing that comes from My throne room.

PHILIPPIANS 3:13B-14; 2 CORINTHIANS 10:4-6; ROMANS 5:5

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

TESTS

Some of My beloved ask this question: " Does God test the hearts of people.  I do test the hearts of people even though I already know their hearts.  When you go through trials, I test your heart to see if you will depend only upon Me during the trial rather than trusting in the arm of flesh.

My Holy Spirit can conform you to My image when you go thru trials only when you ask Him to give you wisdom and then obey My Word as He leads you to the truths that will help you in your trial.  Many of My beloved do not go to My Word when they are experiencing trials.  You will pass every test I give you when you seek My help and obey the truths in My Word.

JAMES 1

Monday, October 15, 2012

CORRECTION

It is a temptation for you to try to correct others when you know that they are about to make what you think is a wrong decision.  My Word is given to you to correct you, instruct you, and even reprove you.  As you submit and yield to My Holy Spirit, He will give you wise instruction and correction as you daily read My Word.

Instead of attempting to correct someone or instruct them, pray that My Holy Spirit will give you the words to say to that person who you want to correct.  You can speak My Word to them in a way that will not be preaching or prideful.  My Spirit can give you a word in season that will help lead them to make  wise  decision.   2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17                                                                                                                                 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

PROMISE

I told My disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received the Promise of My Father.  I told them that John baptized with water, but soon they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit.  When they were gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem, the Promise of My Father was delivered to them.  My Holy Spirit came upon them in power and they all began to speak in tongues.

Much more was delivered to them that day besides the gift of speaking in a new prayer language.  They received the seven-fold power of My Spirit.  They received wisdom and understanding, might and counsel, knowledge and the fear of the Lord and of course, My very own spirit.  The empowerment they received that day enabled them to evangelize the world.

You can receive that same power today.  I am the One Who baptizes you with My Spirit.  Simply ask and I will give this power to you so that you can be a more effective witness of My glory on earth.
It is My Father's pleasure to give this wonderful promise to you.

ACTS 1: 4-5; ISAIAH 11:2; LUKE 11:11-13

Friday, October 12, 2012

WAIT

"Wait just one minute!"  This is an expression that often conveys frustration.  People use this expression when another person is disagreeing or debating with them.  Waiting in waiting rooms, waiting for a medical report, waiting to get a grade on a term paper, and waiting to finally get married.  All of these waiting times can be times when a person could become anxious and frustrated.
You live in a instant society where people have lost the art of waiting.

I want all of My beloved to spend time waiting upon Me.  However, so few do give Me time to minister to them.  I exhort you to wait for just a few minutes after you pray to Me.  There are things that I want to tell you.  There are songs that I want to sing to you.  There are portions in My Word that I long for you to read.  You will hear Me speak those passages to you, when you spend time in silence as you wait to hear My voice within you.  I have given you My Spirit and He dwells within you.  He is your Teacher and He desires greatly to lead you into all truth, but so often you do not give Him the time He needs to do this.

When you are willing to wait upon Me, I will be able to strengthen you for the day.  This morning is a good time to start waiting in silence after you have worshipped, praised, and presented your petitions to Me.  I do not get frustrated when you do not spend waiting times with Me, but I do long for those waiting opportunities to minister to you.

ISAIAH 40:28-31

Thursday, October 11, 2012

THANKSGIVING/FORGIVING

My Word says to give thanks in all things and for all things.  A life of thanksgiving is a forgiving life.
When you are grateful even for the small blessings in life, you will not have a problem forgiving others.  It is only when you are disatisfied with yourself or with others that you open yourself to give in to the ugly temptation not to forgive.

"Thanksgiving" and "Forgiving" both end in the word, "giving."  My Father so loved the world that He gave Me to purchase forgiveness with My own shed blood for you and all those who believe on Me.  A selfish life is an dissatisfied life and a life of bitterness.  When you are unwilling to forgive another, you are saying that you are more important than the person I want you to forgive. 

I exhort you to be thankful today for everyone who is in your life.  When you have a grateful heart, you will have a forgiving heart.

EPHESIANS 5:20; 1 THESSALONIANS 5:18

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

CAREFUL CARING

I do care for you and for all those you love.  I do use people to meet the needs in My body.  However, I want to give you a word of caution.  Ask for wisdom when someone asks you to help them.  If you help people without My wisdom, quite often you will interfere with My best for them.  My best for those who believe in Me is that they ask Me first when they are in need.  I have promised to meet all believers' needs according to the riches of the glory of My Father through Me.  My shed blood has purchased you the right to go boldly into My throne room of grace when you have need of anything.

When you jump immediately to meet someone's need, you may be standing in the way of someonelse who will receive a great blessing by giving.  There is an order to giving that is written clearly in My Word.  Paul cautioned Timothy to be careful to help widows when they were widows indeed who had no families to take care of them. 

I know it is a hard thing for you to say "No," when someone asks you to bail them out of a financial crisis.  However, sometimes when you say, "No, I cannot help you at this time," those in the family then will meet their responsbilities to help their own.

PHILIPPIANS 4:19; 1 TIMOTHY 5:3-4

Saturday, October 6, 2012

COMPLACENCY/ COMPLAINTS

It is so easy to become complacent when you are always complaining.  Ungratefulness is the very first sin that leads to the downward cycle of sin.  Paul spoke of this cycle and warned that when a person is ungrateful and does not give God the glory for his life, God can release such a person to a reprobate mind. 

Many in My body today are complacent.  They complain about everything that does not satisfy them and they are self-satisfied with where they are in their walk with Me.  Such people have no idea of the danger that awaits them if they continue in an attitude of ungratitude.

Be careful to remain in an attitude of gratitude.  The gateways to intimacy with Me are thanksgiving, praise, and worship. When you are intimate with Me, you will never become complacent and you will have no complaints.

ROMANS 1

Friday, October 5, 2012

EVERLASTING

My mercies are new every morning and they are also everlasting.  My mercies endure forever.  One of the strategies of My enemy is to tempt you to believe that I am not merciful.  Whenever you experience tragedy or great trials, he will come to you and tempt you to lose your faith in Me.  He says, "If God is such a good god, then why did he allow this to happen?" 

The truth is that I am a good God and My mercy endures forever.  The nature of My goodness and mercy is everlasting.  My love for you is unfailing, unchanging, and everlasting.  There are many things that will occur in your life that may cause you to doubt My love or My mercy, but understand that you live in a fallen world. 

Lawlessness abounds in the world you live in today.  You live in a world filled with people who are disobedient and sinful.  Many in this world are under the indfluence of demonic spirits that spur them to do evil things.  My Word says that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but I deliver them out of them all.  My heart is always a heart that seeks to deliver you from evil.  This is why I instructed My disciples to pray, "Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil."  Daily pray this prayer and I will go before you to set a guard around you to keep you from the evil one.

PSALM 34:19;LUKE 11:1



 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

BALANCE

This is an age when believers talk a great deal about balance.  So many feel that if you are so heavenly minded you are no earthly good.  However, this is not what My Word says.  My Word exhorts believers to set their affections on the things that are above and not on this earth.  My Word says that believers are not to become entangled with the lusts of the world (the lust of the flesh - seeking immediate gratification of physical senses; the lust of the eyes -covetousness and vain imaginations; and the pride of life - trusting in yourself more than you trust in Me.

Instead of concentrating on being balanced, focus on Me.  When you keep your focus on Me, you will not worry or be anxious about the current events that you hear about daily.  You will be able to put your full trust in Me instead of depending upon your own resources and abilities.  Never forget that I am the One Who works through you both to will and to do of My Father's good pleasure.  It is His good pleasure to give you His Kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.  You can experience these blessings daily as you keep your mind stayed upon Me.

ISAIAH 26:3; 1 JOHN 2 :15-16; PHILIPPIANS 2:13; COLOSSIANS 3:2

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

GENUINE

When you receive an inheritance, you want to make sure that what you receive is genuine.  My enemy seeks to copy what I have to offer to you as My inheritance.  I offer My peace to those who believe in Me.  My peace is part of your rightful inheritance as a joint heir with Me.  My enemy offers worldly peace that is only temporary.  My peace is eternal.

When you receive My gift of righteousness, you also receive the inheritance of My joy that comes from living a life without condemnation.  Your inheritance is that no weapon formed against you will prosper and that you have the right as My saint to condemn every word of judgment.  My enemy offers worldly joy that will lead to condemnation.

Today rejoice because you have a genuine inheritance.   ISAIAH 54:17                                                                                                                                              

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

REVERENCE

I am your friend.  I told My disciples that I would no longer call them servants, but I would call them My friends.   The danger of just seeing Me as your friend is that you may forget that I am LORD of Lords and King of kings.  I want you to daily see Me as both your friend and your LORD.

I want you to walk in the fear of the LORD.  You walk in the fear of Me when you reverence and honor Me by having an obedient heart.  Daily I desire for you to stand in awe of My majesty and greatness.  When you acknowledge My greatness, you will then have the faith to believe that without Me you can do nothing.  I am the author and finisher of your faith.  Reverence Me and you will tap into My abundant grace (the supernatural ability to do what is impossible in the natural).

MATTHEW 10:28; PROVERBS 9:10-11; HEBREWS 12:2