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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.


Sunday, December 30, 2012

REST

Now that most of the activities of this season are over, you can finally rest in your easy chair and enjoy many memories of past years and look forward to the new year.  There is a rest that I always want you to enjoy.  The children of Israel failed to enter that rest because of their unbelief.  That rest is My Sabbath rest that I offer to everyone who believes in Me. 

Whenever you have periods of doubt, you leave that rest I created for you to enjoy and enter into a time of worry and fear.  This year I want you to remain in My rest and enjoy My presence with you moment by moment.  Trust Me both to fulfill My will in your life in the moment you are experiencing and also in future moments.

Stop leaning on your own understanding and release every care to Me.  I am faithful to work My will out in your life, As long as you have the desire to please Me, you will accomplish with My strength every work that I have designed for you to bring Me glory in this next year and in all eternity.

HEBREWS 3:13-19, 4:1-11

Friday, December 28, 2012

LOVE

You probably hear the "Love Chapter" in the Bible quoted at weddings by the minister.  Many of my beloved feel like what My friend Paul wrote to the church at Corinth about love is impossible to achieve.  It is true that if believers try to acheive in their own strength the goal of love that is described by Paul in his letter, they will always fail.  Love suffers long and takes no account of suffered wrong.  Love is not jealous.  It is kind.  Love never rejoices in inquity and it is never proud or behaves itself unseemly.  Love does not even think of evil.  Love bears all things and believes and hopes all things.  Love is enduring.  This chapter in the Bible is all about My love. 

As you yield to My Spirit daily and ask Me to help  you love like I love, My Spirit will be able to give you the grace to accomplish this goal that is impossible in your flesh.  Ask Me today to help you love like I love and watch what will happen.

1 CORINTHIANS 13

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

SNOW

This is the season for snow and even though you do not see much snow in your area, people in many lands are experiencing snow.  It seems impossible to you, but I have created every snow flake with a special design.  I also created you with a special design.  You have a designated design, and it is lovely.  I trust that you will always know how beautiful you are to Me.  You have a unique design that is destined to glorify Me in ways that no other human being can.

My Word is like snow that gives moisture to your Spirit.  As you read My Word, relax and receive the truths My Spirit relays to you and allow your thirst for righteousness and truth to be quenched.
My beloved David, the psalmist, asked Me to wash him with hyssop and he knew that I would make him whiter than snow.  He wrote this just after he committed murder and adultery.  There is no sin that I cannot wash clean when My blood is applied with the hyssop of My Word.

If you experience a snowy day this winter, meditate on these truths and the purity of My presence with you will be greater than any sin you committed in the past that My enemy would bring to your remembrance.  I have forgiven all of your sins - past, presence, and future.

PSALM 51:7

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

TIME

When you were young, you thought that you would never be a teenager.  The minutes in your pre-teen years seemed to pass so slowly.  Now when you are older, time seems to just fly by.  The clocks have not changed, but your view of time has changed.

When I was born on earth, I enjoyed times with My family.  Then it was time to begin the ministry My Father assigned to Me.  Those days of ministry were both filled and fulfilling.  I did and said only what I saw My Father do and what I heard My Father say.  Those three and one half years seemed to pass quickly.  Then when I hung on the tree to bear the sins of the world, time stood still for Me.
However, it was the joy that was set before Me that caused Me to willingly face the agony of My crucifixion.

When you accepted Me as your Lord and Savior, you entered the realm of eternity where there is no time or space.  It is a temptation for you to count minutes and hours, but I want you to keep your focus on Me, not the clock.  Every minute you are alive on earth is precious to Me because during those moments in time, I will use you for My glory as you yield to Me moment by moment.  Always remember that each moment you breath is a moment for ministry.  I only had three and a half years to fulfill the ministry My Father gave Me on earth, but you have many more years to minister.  Whoever you are face to face with or whoever you talk with by phone or write is your ministry.  People are the ministry.  Enjoy your moments and enjoy the ministry of the moment.

HEBREWS 12:2

Monday, December 24, 2012

AWARDS

Everyone likes to win awards that are more than just blue ribbons.  People really are blessed when they receive awards that involve a monetary or material prize.  I have already awarded you with a prize that far exceeds anything material or monetary.  That prize is your high calling (to be conformed to My image).

So many people are unaware of their purpose in life.  Some feel that life is all about monetary gain or promotion.  Others think that their highest goal is to have many educational degrees.  I created you for one purpose - to glorify Me.  You glorify Me when you allow My light and love to shine through you to others. 

My friend Paul wrote that he pressed forward to the goal for the prize of the high calling in Me.   In this season of giving, remember that you have already received the most precious gift of all.  That gift is more valuable than any prize or award that you could obtain.  That gift is knowing the breadth, the length,  the depth, and the height of My love.  No one will ever be able to take that gift from you.  Know that you are a priceless prize to Me.

PHILIPPIANS 3:14; EPHESIANS 3:

Sunday, December 23, 2012

DEFENSE

You live in an age when people are thinking of ways they can defend themselves against evil men.  What so many forget is that you are fighting a spiritual battle.  The spirit of jealousy is what causes murder.  The first murder was committed because of jealousy.  Cain was jealous of Abel because God accepted Abel's sacrifice and did not accept Cain's offering.  Nothing has changed since that first murder.

Understand that behind every evil act, there is an evil spirit.  You have weapons of spiritual warfare, not carnal warfare, that will be successful as a defense against evil.  I have given you My name, the power of My blood, and the right to bind demonic spirits.  The fight against evil will never cease on earth because evil will always exist until there is a new world.  However, you can do your part by binding evil spirits when you see them operative in someone.  Then release My Spirit to be your defense.

GENESIS 4; 2 CORINTHIANS 10:4-7

Saturday, December 22, 2012

WEALTH

I know that at this time of the year you wish you had more wealth so that you could purchase more gifts for those you love.  You forget that you are the wealthiest person on earth.  My total inheritance is yours because you are a joint heir with Me.  Money is a mere means of exchange.

When I died to forgive you of your sins, I accomplished something that money cannot buy.  I exchanged the filthy rags of your own self-righteousness and sin for My garment of righteousness.  That garment cost more than any clothing you could buy as a gift.  On the day you believed in Me, the kingdom of darkness that you experienced before you believed was exchanged for My Kingdom of Light.  My Kingdom of Light includes the priceless gifts of My righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 

Meditate on these truths and begin to praise Me for the everlasting wealth I have given you.

ROMANS 14:17; ROMANS 8:17

Friday, December 21, 2012

RELINQUISH/REPLENISH

Whatever you relinquish to Me, I can replenish.  Think of Hannah and how she relinquished her first born son to Me.  I replenished her with many more children. Think about Abraham and how he was willing to relinquish his first born son to Me as a sacrifice.  I replenished him by blessing him with so many offspring that they were more than the number of the sands of the sea and the stars in the sky. 

Think about Job and the many trials that he experienced.  He gave his children to me daily in prayer and all of his belongings.  When tragedy struck at the hand of satan, it looked like the end for him.  Then the rest of his story is all about replenishing.  I gave him double for everything he lost.  You may say, but I did not give him double for the children he lost.  He lost seven children and I gave him seven more instead of fourteen.  The reason why I only gave him seven was because the seven who he lost were with Me in heaven.  He already had fourteen children - seven in heaven and seven on earth.

When you hold lightly to everything that you consider precious and give it to Me, I can give you a double blessing.  When you hold tightly to what you consider precious, My blessings will not flow in your life.  Release all to Me and see how I will open the windows of heaven to bless you.

1 SAMUEL 1:26-28; JOB 42:12-17

Thursday, December 20, 2012

CALM

When your days are so filled with things that you feel you have to do, commit your works to Me and I will establish your thoughts.  Pray for Me to put you in the right place at the right time.  Yield yourself to My Spirit and ask Him to speak to you clearly about the next thing to do.  I sent My Spirit to you to be your helper and My inheritance to you is My peace.  When you are intentional to hear My voice during the day, you will complete what I want you to complete that day.

Calm always comes when you take a few minutes to center yourself on My presence with you throughout the day.  The moment you feel agitated, hurried, or worried, sit down, be quiet, and begin to thank Me for My help.  My Spirit then will be able to transfer My peace to you.  He will lead you to do the next thing and you will be confident in My strength as you live in My presence moment by moment.  In quietness and confidence will be your strength.

ISAIAH 30:15

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

REPLENISH

My Father gave specific instructions to Adam and Eve in the garden.  He told them to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it.  Replenish means to make full or complete again or to furnish a new supply.  The earth had been under the dominion of Satan, but God had a plan to redeem the earth.  That plan was excelerated when Iwas was born, ministered for 3 and 1/2 years, died to forgive the world of their sins, and rose again.  That plan even gained more momentum when My followers received the power of My Spirit at Pentecost.

When I, the second Adam, came to earth, I followed My Father's plan to replenish the earth.  I won the victory over Satan when I rose again from the dead and I have already been fruitful and multiplied.  My Spirit on earth is bringing many sons to glory.  Those who believe in Me are taking authority over Satan, binding demonic spirits in My blood, and they are subduing his domain by the power of My Spirit, My blood, and My name.

Never forget that your assignment now as a believer in Me is the same as My Father gave to Adam and Eve.  You are to be fruitful and multiply by sharing My good news with many.  You are to replenish the earth with the fresh supply of the anointing of My Spirit.  You are to subdue the enemy by using the spiritual weapons I gave you.  My Spirit will enable to complete your assignment as you yield to Him.

GENESIS 1:28

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

RESPECT

I am no respecter of persons, and this is the way I want you to be.  I do not look on outer appearances.  I look on the heart.  You will meet many people in your lifetime that are hard to love, but you can love them when you yield to Me.  When you allow My love to flow through your heart, you will not take things personally.  Often people are rude and even angry because you have My Spirit within you.  People who are in darkness do not like to be confronted with My light that shines through you.When you meet such people, do not be offended by the way they react to you.  Instead, pray for them.

Love is not easily offended and it takes no thought of suffered wrong.  Only My love within you can reach this lofty goal, but it is possible when you yield to Me.  Be careful to show everyone respect no matter who they are.  I exhorted you even to pray for and bless your enemies.

Today as you meet people during this busy season, understand the pressure they are experiencing and allow Me to help you love them like I love them.

ACTS 10:34; MATTHEW 5:44

Monday, December 17, 2012

DEATH

I know it is difficult for you to understand the tragedies that happen in this world.  You may even have the thought that I do not care.  The truth is that you live in a fallen world where evil still exists and tragic things happen to people. 

My disciples were not excluded from being persecuted, and most all of them were martyred.  You might ask, "Why did I not intervene for their sake so that they could die of old age?"  You forget that I know the future.  Many die to be spared future hurt.  My servant Isaiah wrote that  many do not consider that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

ISAIAH 57:1

Sunday, December 16, 2012

RECONCILE

I have given you the ministry of reconciliation.  When I died to forgive the sins of the world, I opened the way for mankind to be reconciled to My Father.  From that moment on the way was also made for you to be reconciled to others.  It is My enemy who causes friction, strife, anger, jealousy, and pride between people.  Pride is the source of all contention.  Jealousy also causes even sibblings to be at odds with one another.

Because you have a relationship with Me, you now have the power to be reconciled to all those who have caused hurt in your life or all those you have caused hurt in their lives.  This does not mean that you have to establish a relationship once again with those you have hurt or those who have hurt you. 

Because you have established a relationship with Me, you will be able to with My power to forgive and love others as I forgive and love others.  I did not establish a relationship with the whole world when I died on the cross for their sins.  I paved the way for such a relationship, and you also through My power can pave the way for those you have been at odds with to come to you.  You are only required to forgive and bless those who have cursed you and as much as possible do good to them.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:18-21; MATTHEW 5:44

Saturday, December 15, 2012

COMFORT

I came to comfort those who mourn.  I came to give them beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning.  I came to dress those who have a spirit of heaviness with the garment of praise.  So many of My beloved run to worldly things to find comfort.  They might run to food or drink to comfort them.  Others may go shopping and buy things to comfort them.

There is only one place that you will find solid comfort.  That place is in My arms.  I know you cannot see Me, but My arms are always outstretched to comfort you when you need comfort.  I sent My comforter, the Holy Spirit, to comfort you.  When you come to Me and allow Me to heal your broken heart and to bind up wounds that may have been caused by harsh words or harsh trauma in your life, you will find rest for your soul.

ISAIAH 61:1-3

Thursday, December 13, 2012

GIFTS

Children are so excited about opening their gifts during this holiday season.  Jewish children enjoy eight days to open one gift each day and children in every nation enjoy that exciting Christmas morning when they can open their gifts.

The gift that I enjoy opening most is the gift of  a heart that is surrendered to Me.  When you give Me your heart every morning, My Holy Spirit can fill your heart with My love.  When your heart is filled with My love, you then can give to others the gift they most need - My love.

Give Me your heart at the beginning of each day and you will be amazed at how My Spirit will enable you to love like I love. 

ROMANS 5:5

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

PRESS

Men who want to gain strength usually pride themselves on how much weight they can lift.  It takes a lot of muscle strength to lift many pounds of weight.  However, in My Kingdom you do not gain spiritual strength when you try to carry the heavy weights of unconfessed sin and worldly cares. 

My Word exhorts believers to lay aside the sins that so easily beset them.  I urged you also to cast every care upon Me.  When you do these two things, you will be able to press into Me with a heart that is unhindered by the daily things that weigh you down.

Daily have a heart to heart talk with Me and give Me every burden and care.  I perfect those things that are a concern to you.  Also ask My Holy Spirit to search your heart to reveal anything you need to confess to Me.  Remember that confession is simply agreeing with Me about some area of sin in your life.  I have already forgiven you for all of your sins past, present, and future.  However, when you are honest with Me about your sins, I am able to strengthen you to resist Satan when he tempts you in those areas.

MATTHEW 11:28-30; HEBREWS 12:1; PSALM 138:8

Sunday, December 9, 2012

STAR

During this season, you are reminded of the star that led the wise men to the place of My birth.  There are many scriptures in My Word that mention stars.  I am the bright and morning star.  When you get out of bed and spend your quiet time with Me just before dawn, you can see the morning star.  I love it when you spend those first moments with Me as you look out your window at the morning star.  This is a time that just the two of us can talk without interruption. 

I always talked with My Father when I walked on earth during those moments before dawn.  In fact, I got up several hours before dawn to spend those moments of communion with My Father.  I knew the day would soon be upon Me and the throngs of crowds would press against Me.

I am delighted, however, with whatever time you choose to have communion with Me.  I understand that many of My beloved are slow to get started in the morning with their days and they feel they do not have time to spend with Me. If those who are slow starters could spend just five minutes with Me as soon as their feet hit the floor as they get out of bed, they will discover that I can redeem their time the rest of the day.

MATTHEW 2:2; REVELATION 22:16; MARK 1:35

Saturday, December 8, 2012

COMPLETE

I know how you love to complete projects quickly so that you can behold the finished project.  There is a saying in your day that goes, "Have patience with me; God is not finished with Me yet!"  You are not a project that I cannot wait to complete.  You are My beloved and Father sees you already complete in Me.  When He sees you, He sees Me.  You are clothed in My righteousness. 

It is true that My Holy Spirit has the assignment to conform you to My image, and He is undertaking that right now.  However, I do not want you to be under any pressure at all to try to finish what I have begun in your life.  I am the author and finisher of your faith.  All I require of you is that you offer your body daily to Me as a living sacrifice and listen carefully to the still voice of My Spirit within you moment by moment.  When you have the strong desire to seek Me and My Kingdom first, I will add to you all that you need to be more like Me.

When Peter exhorted believers to add to their faith knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience, and to patience, kindness, and to brotherly kindness, love, you might get the feeling that you must struggle to add these things to your character.  You forget that I am in you and you are in Me.  You already have My mind and My character.  All I require of you is that you daily yield to My Spirit and He will do the rest.     

Friday, December 7, 2012

RUNNING

I know that during this season, you feel like you are running all over town to purchase gifts for those you love.  It is so easy for you to forget to seek Me first and then everything else will be added to you.  There is really only one race that is important to Me.  That is the race I have designed for you to cross the finish line with great reward.

My friend Paul wrote that he had finished the race and that he had pressed to the goal of his high calling in Me.  Always remember that as you run the race I have set before you that I am the One Who does the work through you.  All you have to do is run to Me daily.  Run to Me when you are tempted.  Run to Me when you are burdened with the cares of this world.  Run to Me and allow Me to fill you with My joy, love, peace, and strength.   I will be faithful to complete that good work that I began in you.

I CORNITHIANS 9:24-27; HEBREWS 13:21

Thursday, December 6, 2012

ELEVATE

You live in a world that has been on a downward trend since Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden.  That downward trend Is accelerating as the day draws nigh to My coming.  My enemy loves to give you negative thoughts.  My servant Paul exhorted the Corinthian church to take their negative thoughts captive and give them to Me.

You may ask, "Just how do I do this?"  It is simple.  The moment you have a negative thought say: "I refuse that thought in the name of Jesus."  Then ask Me to send you a righteous thought to replace the negative thought.

Instead of emersing yourself in the negative news of the day that is delivered by the media, emerse yourself in My Word.  Study My promises and receive them as truths.  Speak those promises out loud.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by My Word.  All My promises are yes and amen through Me and you partake of My very nature when you emerse yourself in My promises instead of allowing the enemy to drown you in the sea of negativity.

2 CORINTHIANS 10:4-7; 2 PETER 1:3-4

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

REACH

Sometimes you feel that things are beyond your reach.  You simply do not think that the impossible can happen in your life.  You look at the circumstances and say, "THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE!"  The truth is that all things are possible with Me and without Me you can do nothing.  Things may seem to be beyond your reach, but nothing is beyond My reach.  My Father is able to span the heavens with the outstretched palm of His hand.  I am His right hand and I daily reach out to intercede for you and to help you when you encounter impossible situations.

You live in a world and an age when darkness will try to encroach upon My light, but this is impossible.  I am the light of the world, but at the same time I dwell in the midst of darkness.  You may feel like you are in a dark time in your life, but understand that I will shed light on the darkness when you cast all of your cares upon Me.  Remember always that My burden is LIGHT and it is My deLIGHT to give you inSIGHT into the darkness.

MATTHEW 11:28-30; PSALM 107:10; ISAIAH 58:10

Monday, December 3, 2012

ENTITLED

There is much discussion in your government about entitlements.  Many desire to reduce the expenditures on entitlements and others want to increase them.  Politics plays a great part in the discussion of entitlements.  Do not allow yourself to be overcome with anxiety or fear as you look at the confusion that is going on in your government. 

Release all into My care.  The government is not your care-taker.  I am your care-taker.  Pray for your government, but at the same time recognize the truth that I am in control of all things and your government is not.  My friend Paul exhorted Timothy to pray for all those in authority over him.  Follow this exhortation daily.

Also recognize that you are a citizen of heaven and that you live in My Kingdom. As a resident in My Kingdom, you are entitled to everything that I have.  You are a joint heir with Me.  You are entitled to every blessing that comes from My Father as you stay faithful to Me and seek first My Kingdom.

GALATIANS 4:7; MATTHEW 6:33

Saturday, December 1, 2012

DETERMINED

An important virtue of being My disciple is determination.  Your destiny to become like Me was determined from the foundation of the earth.  My Holy Spirit has the job of conforming you to My image.  You may think this is an impossible task, but it is not.  My grace is sufficient to strengthen  you in your weak areas.  Nothing is too hard for Me.  Always remember that it is not you, but My Spirit within you Who is determined to finish the assignment He has to transform and conform you to be like Me.

You may ask then, "What part do I play in this molding and making me like You, Lord?  The answer is: "Be determined to love like I love."  Everyday ask Me to help you to love like I love, and My Spirit will actively see that this is possible in your life.  My love is shed abroad in your heart by My Spirit.  Simply open your heart to My Spirit every day and receive the fresh anointing of My love.

ROMANS 5:5,8:29, 12:1-2; 2 CORINTHIANS 12:9