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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.


Friday, August 30, 2013

EDIFICATION

It is so important that you speak to others with words that edify (build up) instead of pulling them down.  Strongholds in other people's lives can be pulled down when you lift people up in prayer and also lift them up with edifying words of praise. 
Sometimes your prayers to Me do not flow into My throne room because you speak negative things over the people you are lifting before Me.  If you truly believe that I can change the hearts of others, then you will call those things that are not as though they are.

Ask Me to give you a faith picture of the people you are lifting before Me in prayer.  See them as I see them.  Your prayers then will be much more effective.

ROMANS 14:19; 1 THESSALONIANS 5:11

Thursday, August 29, 2013

RESTORATION

I am your redeemer Who can restore all broken relationships.  I can restore the years the locusts have eaten.  My enemy is a liar and he loves to deceive people.  The major deception he uses is to cause a person to feel like there is no way a relationship can be healed and restored.  This is a wicked lie because I am the healer of broken hearts and I am the restorer of broken relationships.  I am the way the truth and the life. 

When a relationship seems to be dissolved, I wait with open arms to embrace the one who humbles himself or herself and comes to Me for help.  There is no such thing as irreconcilable differences when the two in a relationship are seeking My help and trust Me with all of their hearts.

My heart is grieved when people believe the lies of the enemy.  The truth is that there is nothing too hard for Me and there is no heart that is so hard that I cannot soften. Pray for those today who feel that there is no hope for restoration.  This is a lie because I am their hope.  To restore means to make better than before.  I long to do this in every broken relationship.

JOEL 2:25

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

UNION

Marriage is a union of a husband and wife to one another.  This is why Paul compared marriage to the union between Me and My bride.  For a union to take place in a marriage, both spouses must be willing to lay their life down for one another.  Many marriages do not last because one spouse wants to have more out of the marriage than they are receiving.

Satan knows that he cannot prevail against the church, so he has taken the tactic of destroying marriages to demonstrate that people on this earth cannot be one in spirit, soul, and body.  Division in churches and marriages is the work of the powerful anti-Christ spirit.  However, My Holy Spirit is more powerful than any anti-Christ spirit.

Satan especially enjoys attacking the marriages of those who believe in Me.  When marriages are threatened, pull down the strongholds that are causing division and selfishness in the marriage.
Whenever a spouse wants his or her way, the spirit of pride has also entered.  The fruits of pride are jealousy and contention.  The holy union of marriage can only be broken when one spouse is unwilling to esteem the other spouse higher than themselves.  Every relationship in life would be healed if one person in the relationship is willing to lay his or her life down for the other.

EPHESIANS 5

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

LIGHT

I am the light of the world, and the light of My glory is within you.  My Father commanded the light to shine out of darkness into your heart to give you the light of the knowledge of the glory of My Father in My very face.  You have this treasure within your earthen vessel, so that the excellency of My power might be of My Father and not of you.

You experience troubles every day and they seem to come to you from all directions.  You may be persecuted for righteousness sake, and you may be even at the point of despair.  All this happens to show forth My glory within your vessel and out from your vessel to the world.

Do not murmur and complain about your circumstances.  Instead, understand that you have been chosen to reveal My light to the world through the joy, patience, peace, hope, and love that you display in the midst of those circumstances.  Stay steadfast in your faith and soon you will see My glory displayed in your life in a mighty way. Give Me thanks continually and rejoice.  Remember to rejoice in Me always even in the midst of trials.

2 CORINTHIANS 4:6-10; JAMES 1:2-4

Monday, August 26, 2013

TRESPASS

The prayer that I taught My disciples was a prayer that My Father loves to hear.  When that prayer is prayed with a sincere heart, My Father's will in your life will be manifested.  One of the key exhortations in that prayer is to ask My Father to forgive your own debts as you forgive your debtors.  Then I added that "if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Later I exhorted those who believe in Me to make sure they have forgiven all those who have wronged them when they pray..

When someone offends you, it is vital that you forgive them.  If you find yourself reviewing all the ways people in your life have hurt you, that is evidence that you have not sincerely forgiven them.
Love takes no thought of suffered wrongs. 

Your prayers will be most effective when you make sure that you have forgiven all those who have hurt you.  True forgiveness occurs when you can release all judgment of those people who have hurt you to Me.  When you do this, you will see the answers to the prayers that you have been praying for years.

MATTHEW 6:12, 15; MARK 11:25-26;

Sunday, August 25, 2013

CONSIDERATION

It amazes Me to see the lack of consideration that many have towards others.  When you see people as I see them, you will not fall into the fleshly trap of seeing yourself above others.  When you see yourself above others, you will be judgmental and critical of them.  You also will often be rude to others. 

I want you to have My view of people.  I died for the whole world.  When you encounter people today, remember that I died to save them as well as you.

Consider the following truths from My Word before you call someone a "jerk" or evil.  Paul exhorted believers to speak evil of no man.  The evil you see in others is instigated by Satan.  You are not fighting a flesh and blood battle.  You are warring against demonic forces that display their fruits in others.  Keep this in mind when you encounter difficult people.  I have called you to love your enemies, to bless those who curse you, to do good to those who hate you, and to pray for those who despitefully use you, and persecute you. When you consider these truths, you will not be prideful.  Instead, you will esteem others higher than yourself.

TITUS 3:1-2; MATTHEW 5:44

Saturday, August 24, 2013

RESTRAINT

My love for you is without restraint.  My love is boundless, unlimited, extravagant, and abundant.  People put restraints on My love.  They feel like they are not worthy of the boundless love that I offer them daily. Some feel sufficient in themselves and do not think that they need My love.  When I died on the tree of sacrifice, the doors were open wide for the whole world to embrace my love. However, so many in this world have gone their own way and refused to come to Me and allow Me to embrace them with My everlasting love.

If someone offered you a love that was without conditions, wouldn't you want to receive that love?  Yet many have refused the gift of My unconditional love.  There is only one condition that must be met in order for you to receive My love.  That condition is simply to believe in Me.  Believe that I died to forgive you of all of your sins (past, present and future).

Many are still trying to earn My love.  My love is free.  I gave My love to the whole world when I died, was buried, and was raised from the dead.  Your mandate is to help people understand how much I love them.  When they embrace My love, they then will have fruitful, meaningful lives.

JOHN 3:16-17

Friday, August 23, 2013

PARTiALITY

My wisdom is without partiality. My love is also without partiality. What does this mean?  This means that I am a God Who has no pets.  I died for the whole world.  Yet, so many in this world will not believe and receive the fact that if they were the only one in this world, I would have died for them.  I have a heart for every individual and it breaks My heart when I see people going their own way instead of coming to Me.

I want you to live a life without partiality.  I want you to treat every person as My personal treasure Who I gave My life's blood to save.  When you believe that the person you are talking to or spending time with is a person who I considered worthy of My laying My life down for, you then will enter a life that will be open to My love being demonstrated through everything you do and everything you say. 

When you are without partiality, you will never be rude or unkind to people.  You will not gossip about people.  You will not judge and criticize people.  Instead, you will love them with My love and My love is without partiality.

JAMES 3:17

Thursday, August 22, 2013

SILENCE

I know how difficult it is for you to find a time to be quiet and silent in My presence.  However,
this is so important because it is during those quiet times that you can hear My voice clearly.
When you have your morning times with Me, just be still and quiet for a few minutes.  I want to sing songs to you, and I want to feed you My Word.

Focus on My presence with You and allow My Holy Spirit to be your teacher as you read My Word.
Some people neglect to have those quiet times with Me because they think those times have to be lengthy.  I can give you a word that will strengthen you for the rest of the day if you will spend a few minutes in silence in My presence.

There is much I want to tell you, but often the busy hours of the day crowd those quiet times in My presence out of your day.  My servant David was king and he had many duties.  This is why he covenanted with me to seek Me early in the morning.  Just a few moments spent with Me early in the morning will make your day fruitful and rewarding.

PSALM 63:1

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WAIT

My beloved often think that waiting upon Me means doing nothing.  However, you wait upon Me every time you minister to Me by offering the beautiful spiritual sacrifices of praise and worship.
You wait upon Me when you offer your body as a living sacrifice.

I am a God of action and faith is always active.  I hold the keys of David that open the doors that no man can shut and close the doors that no man can open.  Walking in the Spirit means just that.  You have to keep walking by faith not by sight.  Faith is always active.  As you move by the leadership of My Spirit, you will go through the doors that I have already opened for you.

When you wait upon Me, you may slow your walk in the Spirit down a little in order to tarry in My presence. When I told My disciples to tarry or wait in Jerusalem until they received the promise of My Father, they were doing something.  They were praying.  I want you to keep moving, praying, and stepping out in faith with the great expectation of what is awaiting you.

ACTS 1:4; LUKE 12:35-40

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

RECOMMENDATION

People who are looking for a new job often ask for references (people who can give them good recommendations).  You can trust Me to always give you a good recommendation.  The recommendation I give you is more than a temporal recommendation.  It is an eternal recommendation.

When I died on the tree of sacrifice, I paved the way for all those who believe in Me to have a spotless recommendation to offer My Father.  When you became a believer in Me, My Father saw you perfect, without spot or blemish, and righteous.  You are clothed in My righteousness, and My favor (excellent recommendation) surrounds you as a shield.

You can have strong confidence whenever you have to apply for a job because I am your confidence. 
Whoever interviews you will see something different about you.  They will see My love, My joy, and My peace by your words, actions and the countenance of your face.  Your job on earth is to display My glory to every one you encounter.  Part of the word "recommendation" is commendation.  You have the highest commendation there is.  You are a saint in My Kingdom.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:21

Monday, August 19, 2013

CAPTURE

The word "capture" usually has a bad connotation.  However, today I want you to see how wonderful it is that I have captured you.  I was able to capture you out of the enemy 's camp.  I was able to translate you from the enemy's kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of My light. 

Now that I have captured you, you are mine forever.  I will never let you go.  You are hid with Me in My Father's heart and you are safe from the enemy.  No weapon that is formed against you now will prosper because I have placed you in the safe place of My pavilion far away from the strife of tongues.

Today meditate on how I have captured your heart. Now your heart beats with the same rhythm that My heart beats.  We are One.  I will never leave you or forsake you. You are mine for all eternity.  It was My joy to capture you so that I can rapture you and the end of time,

COLOSSIANS 3:3; ISAIAH 54:17 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

CONSEQUENCES

My grace is continually pouring down from My throne room to you.  The only thing that can stop my grace from being fully experienced in your life is pride.  When you think that you can do things on your own, be on the alert because there will be consequences.

I resist the proud and give grace to the humble.  This is why I exhorted believers to humble themselves by casting all of their cares upon Me..  The consequences you will experience when you do not release yourself and every care to Me are definitely not punishments delivered at my hand..

I want to give you a gift that few believers are willing to receive.  That gift is the gift of helplessness.  When I deliver this gift to you, you will at last turn to Me and release whatever burden you have to Me instead of trying work things out on your own.  I always stand ready to help you in time of need. You have free excess to My throne room. Today make it your goal to come to Me immediately with every problem.  When you depend upon Me, you will avoid troublesome consequences.

JAMES 4:6; 1 PETER 5:6; HEBREWS 4:16

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

JOY

I shared many things with My disciples before I left them.  On the night of My betrayal I shared with them the things that I knew would help them get through the horrific days ahead.  I told them to abide in Me, abide in My Word, and abide in My love.  I knew that if they did those three things that their joy would be full and that My joy would remain in them.

One of the tactics of My enemy is to try to rob you of your joy.  He may succeed briefly, but My joy will remain in you always if you will daily come to Me, commune with Me, ask Me to help you love like I love and read and heed My Word. 

I know that you sometimes experience "down days."  On these days I want you to spend more quality time in My presence, in My Word, and ask My Holy Spirit to fill your heart with My love.
When you do these things, My joy will sustain and strengthen you and I will be able to restore the joy of your salvation.

JOHN 15

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

EXALT

You exalt Me when you praise and worship Me.  I am lifted high in your life when you praise Me with the songs of David out loud.  Do this every morning, and My holy angels will come and minister to you..  My angels hearken to the voice of My Word.

When you sing songs of exaltation to Me in the morning, you will be aware of My presence with you all the day long.  During the day, take time to sing out loud  psalms and hymns.  This is how you stay filled with My Spirit. 

I know that you cannot sing out loud in the work place, but you can make melody in your heart.  Today run through the alphabet of songs that are about Me.  You might start with the song, "Abide with Me, Lord."  Memorize the psalms of David and the verses to many hymns.  When you play these psalms of praise over and over again in your mind, Satan will not have a chance to build his fortresses (strongholds) in your mind, and you will glorify Me in your words and your deeds all the day long.

PSALM 103:20; EPHESIANS 5:19-20

Monday, August 12, 2013

ACCESSIBILE

When I walked on earth, I was usually accessible to the crowds.  Sometimes, I did draw myself away to commune with My Father.  However, I never minded being interrupted as I walked by the Sea of Galilee. 

You may feel sometimes that interruptions to your plans for a day are an irritation.   Instead of becoming frustrated and annoyed when people call you on the phone or come to your home uninvited, embrace those times as divine appointments.

When you commit yourself and your day to Me, I then can orchestrate your day in such a way that My will for you that day is accomplished.  Never forget that I am the One Who both works within you and also gives you the will to do My good pleasure every day.

PHILIPPIANS 2:13

Sunday, August 11, 2013

REMEDY

When you have physical pain, you usually go to the doctor to find out what is going on in your body.  Pain is a symptom that reveals there is a physical problem.  I never wanted pain to be a part of your life.  When I created Adam and Eve, their bodies were perfect.  I desired for them to live forever.
However, when they disobeyed Me, sickness, death, and pain entered the beautiful world I created.

Whenever you are in pain, I want you first to come to Me.  I am your healer and I can give you wisdom about what to do about your body.  I have no objection if you also consult a doctor, but pray for the doctor to have My wisdom as he seeks to discover the source of your pain.

I can heal you physically and emotionally.  Sometimes the pain that is experienced when your heart is broken is even greater than physical pain.  I came to heal the brokenhearted.  Come to me when you are experiencing emotional turmoil.  I can bring peace to your soul.  Today, lay the burden of all pain on Me.  I am your remedy and I can give you wisdom.

MATTHEW 11:28-30; ISAIAH 61:1

Saturday, August 10, 2013

YESTERDAY

Love keeps no record of wrongs.  Whenever something happens in a day's time to hurt or offend you, I want you to come to Me.  Pour out your complaint to Me and Me only.  Do not keep reviewing the hurt and the offense in your mind.  Satan loves for you to do this.  If you resist releasing your hurt and offense to Me,, you run the risk of having a root of bitterness spring up in your heart.  If this happens, you will have difficulty not only with the person who offended or hurt you, but you will have difficulty in all of your relationships.

Yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery, but never forget that today is a gift.  Read 1 Corinthians 13 (what some call the "Love Chapter.").  This chapter in My Word is not about your own love.  You could never attain the qualities of love listed in this chapter.  This passage is about My love.  My love within you is able to help you to not keep a record of suffered wrongs and My love within you can help you never to be offended.

Receive My love today.  Understand that nothing you do or say will ever offend Me.  I greatly desire to help you win the victory over wounding in your life.  Today, put on the My breastplate of righteousness that will protect  you from receiving wounding words (critical, angry and condemning words). When someone criticizes you, gets angry with you, or looks at you with and expression of disdain, excuse yourself and speak this out loud, "Thank You Jesus that My righteousness is of you."
Do this consistently, and soon you will be walking on the love path I desire for you to travel.

1 CORINTHIANS 13; HEBREWS 12:15

Friday, August 9, 2013

FLESH

I know how much you want to manifest My glory and the fruits of My Spirit to others.  It sometimes, however, shocks you when you see your flesh rise up within you and manifest itself by being unkind and unloving to others.  This should not shock you.  You still have to deal with your flesh daily.  This is why Paul exhorted us to reckon ourselves dead to sin and alive to Jesus Christ daily.

When you forget to yield yourself willingly to My Spirit every day, your flesh will manifest.  Only My Spirit has the ability to control your tongue.  Only My Spirit has the power to break strongholds in your life.  However, you play a part.  You are to use the weapons of warfare that are not carnal, but are powerful spiritual weapons that you can use to pull down those vain imaginations and high thoughts that exalt themselves against Me.

Call upon My Spirit today to help you moment by moment to yield to My Spirit instead of your flesh.  Stay in praise and thanksgiving and the joy of your salvation will be restored and the victory will be won over your flesh.

ROMANS 6:11; 2 CORINTHIANS 10:3-6

Thursday, August 8, 2013

SELF-CONTROL

Self-control is one of the fruits of My Spirit.  It is interesting that this fruit depends more on your own decisions and choices than any other fruit of the Spirit.  Yes, I am the One Who develops the fruit of the Spirit in you as you yield to My Holy Spirit.  However, in the case of self-control, you have to make the decision to change your thinking and the way you are doing things.

Self-control is not a gift.  It is a choice.  The part you play in the development of this fruit is extremely important.  I want you to give Me the strongholds in your life that keep you from living a fruitful, disciplined life.  Those strongholds may cause you to have a life of dreaming, not doing.  Daily I give you knowledge, but if you do not apply that knowledge, you will have no wisdom.  Wisdom is active. knowledge of Me applied in your life to change your way of thinking and doing in such a way that the fruit of self-control will be produced.

Today look to Me.  Ask Me to help your thinking patterns to change.  The changes have to take place now.  Faith is now.  Receive from Me today the faith that you need to believe that you can become a person who has great self-control.  Renew your mind by reading and heeding My Word, and you will see this fruit come to maturity in your life.

GALATIANS 5:22-23

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

REVERENCE

I have observed a key character quality that is lacking in many young people today.  It is also lacking in many adults who are believers in Me.  That character quality is extremely important in your life.  That character quality is reverence.

Part of the word reverence is "revere."  People show reverence to other people who they revere.  Yet so many believers fail to show reverence to Me, the One Who created them.  Reverence is a part of worship that seems to be missing in many gatherings of believers.  There is a lot of talk and a lot of socializing, but few enter the house of God that they attend with the awe and reverence that I long to see.

Pray today that I will instill in you an awesome reverence of My Word, My presence, and My body on earth (believers who have confessed Me as their Lord).  When the quality of reverence is instilled in you, your times of worship and praise will graduate to a higher level.  I am always with you, but when you revere My name and My Word, heaven stands still in awe of the one who is willing to bow down and humble himself/herself with a meek heart that is ready to obey My Word.

PSALM 89:7; LUKE 20:13;

Monday, August 5, 2013

RECREATION

I designed mankind to enjoy times of recreation.   People like earthly recreation times because they then can eat and drink what they desire, and they can do things that they do not normally do during their work weeks. They love to just relax from the daily routines of life.

I have provided a way for mankind to enjoy recreation times every day.  Every time you are aware of My presence with you, I create in you a desire to know Me and glorify Me more every day.  When you accepted My love and made Me Lord of your life, you entered My Kingdom.  My Kingdom provides you with glorious recreation times.  My Kingdom is not meat and drink.  My Kingdom is righteousness, peace, and joy in My Spirit.

Every time you enjoy My presence with you, you enter the quiet pastures by the still waters where I can shepherd you and feed you with My Word.  Those times of spiritual recreation are far better than anything earthly recreation can provide.

ROMANS 14:17 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

ENGRAFT

I desire for My Word to be engrafted in your soul.  This can only happen when you willingly spend time in My Word.  Today allow My Spirit to reveal to you the hidden treasures in My Word.  There are layers in My Word. So often My beloved do not allow My Spirit to dig deeply into the treasure chest of My Word.

When a person has a skin graft, it takes many layers of new skin to be placed on the wound or burn before total healing can take place.  There is healing in My Word.  I sent My Word to heal many when I walked on earth.

The whole goal of reading My Word is that you will be so firmly established in My Word that you become new in every way.   You will have a new way of walking and a new way of  talking.
Enjoy this day as you study My Word, and thank Me for changing you from glory to glory as you behold Me in My written Word.  I am the Living Word and the written Word.

JAMES 1:21

Saturday, August 3, 2013

TRANSFORMATION

A part of the word, "transformation," is the word, "formation."  I formed you even before the foundation of the earth with the knowledge that the day would come when you would be transformed into My image. 

That transformation will not be complete until you see Me face to face.  When you see Me, you will be like Me.  In the meantime, you can be transformed to be more like Me each day when you only do two things: hide and heed My Word and spend time in My presence. 

Paul exhorted believers to not be conformed to the world, but instead to be transformed by the renewing of their minds.  As you hide and heed My Word, your thinking will become more like My thinking. You also will become more like Me when you spend time in My presence.  Quality time in My presence means seeing Me with eyes of faith and listening to Me as My Holy Spirit speaks to your heart.  I want you to enjoy the transformation process.  Remember always it is the assignment of My Holy Spirit to conform you to My image.

ROMANS 12:2 

Friday, August 2, 2013

GUARANTEE

People are usually wise to buy an extra guarantee on items they have purchased especially if they are afraid those items may break down in the future.   Yet, many do not know that I have purchased an eternal lifetime guarantee on their very lives. 

When you received Me as your Lord and Savior, I purchased for you an eternal lifetime guarantee with My very own blood. That guarantee was sealed by My Holy Spirit.  Now you can face life and not fear death because you will live forever.

Ever since the Fall of mankind when Adam and Eve disobeyed Me, those who do not know Me usually fear death.  Because sin entered the world, the body I created to never break down will eventually begin to age.  However, eternity is ageless.  When you take your last breath, you will be in My presence.  I am eternal life.  Rejoice today because I have sealed you with a lifetime guarantee.

JOHN 6:27