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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, March 31, 2015

EXASPERATION

I have heard you sigh many times and say, "Lord, give me strength!"  I do not want you ever to get exasperated with your circumstances or relationships.  When this happens, you are to the point of giving up. I never want you to give up on your circumstances or on difficult relationships.

Longsuffering is one of My character traits.  Forbearance is another character trait of Mine. I want you to partake of My divine nature that includes these two character traits.  You display longsuffering when you go through trials without murmuring and complaining, You also have a thankful heart throughout those trials. 

Forbearance is demonstrated in your life when you are not easily offended, and you are willing to be gracious to difficult people.  You partake of My divine nature, by receiving and believing My promises. My friend Peter learned that by believing and receiving My great and precious promises, he could partake of My nature and escape the corruption that worldly lusts bring. Today partake of My nature and you will never be exasperated.

1 PETER 1:3-4

Monday, March 30, 2015

COMPLETE

I know the joy you experience when you complete a project.  I also rejoice when I see My beloved completing projects that concern building My kingdom on Earth. 

Daily commit your works to Me.  There are works that I have prepared for you to accomplish, and My Holy Spirit stands ready to help you complete those works.  Pray that you will not fall short of completing the works that are written in your "Book of Life."

You may think that you do not have the strength to do all that I have called you to do.  Remember that where you feel weak, I can be strong for you.  Also remember that I see you as a completed work in Me.  Have confidence and boldness as you listen to My Spirit leading you to do the "next thing."  Walking in the Spirit simply means obeying the lead of My Spirit as He tells you the next thing to do.

EPHESIANS 2:10; PROVERBS 16:3; COLOSSIANS 2:10

Sunday, March 29, 2015

COMPLAINING

I hear many people complaining that life is not fair and God is not fair.  People forget that My Father does not like when people complain to one another.  When Moses was leading the children of Israel in the wilderness, My Father loathed their complaints.  Instead of complaining to My Father, they complained to one another and to Moses, their appointed leader.

Complaining to one another is murmuring, and this is not pleasing to My Father.  I sit on the right hand of My Father, and we stand ready to receive your every complaint.  In fact, you could say that we operate a divine complaint department.

David, the psalmist, knew to take his complaints to our throne room.  He was a man after God's own heart because he took all of his burdens and complaints to God.  I want you to do the same.  It is My joy to intercede on your behalf about everything that you pray about and that is a concern to you..  A good rule is to pray, not say to others all of your complaints.  Release every concern that you have to Me, and then I will be able to perfect those things that concern you.

PSALM 138:8; PHILIPPIANS 2:14

Saturday, March 28, 2015

REST

When you truly trust Me, you will come to Me with every care.  I gave you this invitation.  I never want you to be loaded down with cares.  I am your "Good Shepherd."  When you worry and are anxious over situations, I want to comfort you.  Remember, however, that what you release to Me, I will always bless.

I want you to have an open hand to praise and worship Me.  As you lift your hands in worship to Me, also lift every care to Me.  Release is the secret to rest.  When you know that you can do nothing without My help, you will stop trying to fix things yourself.  You then will enter that Sabbath rest because you believe that I have heard your petitions and I am answering them.

The children of Israel never entered the Sabbath rest I promised them because they had doubt and unbelief.  When you experience situations in your life that you have a hard time understanding, trust in Me instead of relying on your own understanding.  Trust that I know every detail about your situation.

MATTHEW 11:28-30; 1 JOHN 5:14-15; PROVERBS 3:5-6

Friday, March 27, 2015

RELATE

I know that one of your goals in life is to relate to people in a meaningful way.  My Holy Spirit can help you reach that goal.  I want you to depend on My Spirit whenever you are engaged in a conversation with others. 
You can do two things at one time.  When someone is talking to you, listen not only with your natural ears, but also listen with your spiritual ears.  Only My Spirit has the power to reveal the hidden meanings that a person is trying to convey to you.  My Spirit can bridge any generational gap.  The bridge between knowledge and wisdom is understanding.

Pray quietly while you are listening to someone speak.  My Spirit can reveal the heart of that person.  My Spirit can give you words of knowledge that will minister to the person with whom you are conversing.  When I walked on Earth, I was able to know what was truly on the hearts of those I ministered to because I depended completely upon the Holy Spirit.  You are to walk as I walked on Earth, and that walk can only be manifested in your life as you depend completely upon My Spirit to give you understanding and the words to speak as you converse with others.

1 THESSALONIANS 2:12; COLOSSIANS 2:6

Thursday, March 26, 2015

EDIFY

I desire that you do everything in your life to edify others.  To reach this goal, I want you to ask this question before you speak:  "Will what I say build up or will it tear down?"  When you ask this question and pause for a moment before you speak,  you will eliminate judgments, criticism, and negative words from your vocabulary.

Life on Earth is not easy.  Both believers and unbelievers will always respond positively to your edifying words.  My enemy seeks to tear down and destroy.  He uses the tongues of people as his prime weapon to hurt and wound.

A soft answer always turns away wrath.  The wrath of My enemy against those who trust and believe in Me will be neutralized by the very words you speak to others.  When someone comes against you with words, respond in a calm, peaceful way, and look for opportunities to build up the very people who come against you.

ROMANS 14:19

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CAUTION

Just before I died and was resurrected, I exhorted My disciples to watch and pray.  I wanted them to be cautious as they entered the time when I would no longer physically with them.  During My time on Earth, My disciples followed Me, and they trusted Me to watch out for them.

I am not physically with you now, but I still exhort you to use caution as you step out in faith to share the good news of My kingdom with others.  My enemy will attempt to discourage you, but do not listen to his negative words.

I have sent My Spirit to lead and guide you as you walk in the Spirit.  The major words of caution that I have for you in this age is that you keep your ears tuned to hear what My Spirit is saying to you moment by moment.  My Spirit can see those things that await you in the future.  You can trust My Spirit to put you in the right place at the right time to witness to those whose hearts have been prepared to receive My truths.

JOHN 14:12-20

Monday, March 16, 2015

RESIGN

I want you to resign every claim, every possession, every situation, and every person that is in your life to Me.  When you have an open hand with all that is important to you, you will be able to receive the blessings I have for you.

Truly your life and all that is important to you are lent by Me to you.  When you recognize that nothing in this life belongs to you, you will be able to have a joy-filled, fruitful life.  Clinging to yourself, things, and people in your life will not bring you peace and joy.

Resigning or relinquishing all to Me is the road to fulfillment in Me.  When you resign everything in your life to Me, I will assign special angels to your life.  My angels will be able to put you in the right place at the right time, and they will take care of those things and people who are near and dear to you.  Raise your open hands to Me today to praise and thank Me that I will bless everything and everyone you release completely to Me.

THESSALONIANS 5:18

Sunday, March 15, 2015

CONTENTMENT

So many in this world are discontent.  The world's definition of contentment is being satisfied.  However, a person will never be content until that person finds contentment in Me.  Only I can fill the hunger and thirst for contentment in a person.

You will be content when you know My plan for your life and you have a conviction to live that plan.  You also will be content when you know that there is no way that you can fulfill that plan without making Me the Lord of every area in your life. 

Is it a hard thing to make Me Lord over every area of your life?  No!!  People shy away from fully committing themselves to Me because they think they will have to give up something.  When you commit yourself to Me, you gain everything and lose your own selfishness.  When you commit your whole being (weak as it is) to Me, I become your strength in every area that is weak in your life.
Commitment to Me is the only way to true contentment.

2 CORINTHIANS 12:9-10

Saturday, March 14, 2015

PAST

When I walked on Earth, I did not review past events.  I lived in the present moment, and this is how I want you to live.  The religious leaders in Jerusalem called Me all kinds of names and the Roman soldiers mocked Me.  Judas betrayed Me.  However, I covered all of their sins when I said to My Father, "Forgive them for they do not know what they do."

You have probably suffered much hurt from others.  Love, however, takes no thought of suffered wrong.  No one can hurt you unless you allow them to.  When you receive condemnation from My enemy or criticism and rejection from others, remember that I accept you just the way you are.  If you never changed, I would still love you.  My love for you is not based on what you do or say.  My love is based on Who you are in Me.

Dragging up past hurt means that you have not forgiven that person for what they did or said to you.  When you cannot forgive another person, you imprison yourself.  In that prison of "self." As long as you remain in that prison, your will experience more and more hurt.  Release past hurts to Me, and let the past be the past. You can have a fresh start every moment when you become intentional to choose to live in the present moment.

LUKE 23:34; 1 CORINTHIANS 13:3-7

Friday, March 13, 2015

WRESTLING

Whenever you are wrestling with an important decision, and you do not know which way to go, recognize that you also are not wrestling with flesh and blood.  You are wrestling with principalities, powers, wickedness in high places, and rulers of darkness.  Ask My Holy Spirit to give you discernment about the people who have an influence over you in making this decision.

Like it or not, every decision that you make is influenced by what is going on in the spirit realm.  My plans for you are always good to give you a purpose and a hope and an expected end. This is why I want you to go the way I have chosen for you, instead of listening to those voices that intend to side track you from making a decision according to My plans (My will for you).

I have promised in My Word to direct your path.  Release the two paths that you could take as you make your decision.  Then wait to hear My voice speak to your spirit. I have promised that when you are trying to decide whether to go to the left or the right, that you will hear a voice behind you saying, "This is the way, walk you in it."   You will know the voice that you hear is the voice of My Spirit if that voice gives you great inner peace. I have also promised to direct the steps of a good man or woman.  Release your decision to Me.  You can trust Me to lead you to My best for you.

JEREMIAH 29:11-13; ISAIAH 30:21; PSALM 37:23

Thursday, March 12, 2015

COSTLY

"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints (Psalm 116:15)."  This verse from Psalms is often quoted at funerals and memorial services with the explanation that I needed that person in heaven.

I have no need for one of My beloved to be with Me in heaven since I am with My beloved moment by moment during their life time on Earth. Your appointed days of life are written in your "Book of Life."  However, you can shorten your life when you fail to take care of your temple (the body I gave you).

The Hebrew word for "precious" in this verse means "costly."  It is costly to Me when one of My beloved leaves Earth because another bright light on Earth is no longer present.  I am the "Light of the World," and My light shines daily through you. I need you to keep shining brightly on Earth because the world you live in grows darker day by day.

PSALM 116:15; JOHN 8:12

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TEMPORARY

Everything that you experience on Earth is only temporary.  I have heard many of My beloved say that their favorite sentence in My Word is "It came to pass."  When you have an understanding that whatever you are going through at this present time is going to pass, you will have My perspective on the situation.

My servant Paul got through the horrific trials that he experienced because he knew those trials were only temporary.  He wrote, "For our light affliction, that is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not seen: for the things that are seen are temporary; but the things that are not seen are eternal.(2 Corinthians 4:17-18)."

Situations change and you are being changed from glory to glory as you keep your focus on Me moment by moment in your life.  I am the "Unchanging God" Who will walk you victoriously through every trial.  The day will come when you will experience Me in all of My fullness.  Until that day, know that I am upholding you daily with the strong right hand of My righteousness.

2 CORINTHIANS 4:17-18; ISAIAH 41:10-11

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

INVASION

You would take action right away if you knew your home was being invaded by thieves who not only desire to rob you, but who also are armed to kill you.  However, there has been an invasion in your home already.  These robbers in your home are your TV, your computer, your computer games, and your "I Phone."  Those technical items are robbing you from interpersonal relationships that are  needed to help you and those living with you grow in intimacy with one another.

When more time is spent relating to a technical item than relating and communicating with Me or others, you will become isolated from one another.  Relating to people through these modern day interactions on the computer will never replace eye to eye, face to face communication.

My enemy wants to keep you from intimacy with Me, and those in your home and your work place.  The art of conversation and the instruction of parents to children are sorely lacking in the age that you presently live.  I exhort you today to guard your home  and yourself from My enemy.  The first step is to be intentional to have quality communication with those in your home and the work place.

JOHN 10:10

Monday, March 9, 2015

COUNSEL

The Holy Spirit is the best counselor you can ever have because He knows everything about you.  When you go to a worldly counselor or even a Christian counselor, those counselors will only be able to receive the information that you give them.  However, the Holy Spirit already knows all the information He needs to help you.

People go to counselors to find help for the weak areas in their lives.  I was able to minister to others because I was anointed by the Holy Spirit and I depended upon the Holy Spirit to reveal to Me the hearts of those I ministered to. 

When you counsel others, you also can depend upon the Holy Spirit to reveal to you ways that you can help the person you are counseling.  Ask for the Spirit of Might and Counsel to operate through you when you counsel others.  The Holy Spirit is able to release the very power and might of God and also the counsel you need to help those I send to you for counseling.

ISAIAH 11:1-2

Sunday, March 8, 2015

SETTLE

I have heard you exclaim, "Well, I'm glad that finally got settled."  There are so many decisions to make in this life, and when you reach a point of agreement on what should be done, you sigh with relief because at last you can move ahead and take action.

I want you to live a settled life.  I want you to come to Me with the major decisions in your life.  When you do this, I can give you a heart that is settled and at peace.  Whenever you are trying to make decisions without consulting Me and asking Me for My wisdom, you will become anxious and unsettled.

Settle it in your heart today that I am in control of your life.  Sometimes you want to push ahead without asking My help, and when you do this, the results will not be good.  Look to Me today for direction and discernment.  I am the Alpha and the Omega of your life, and I will help you accomplish My will moment by moment throughout this day and every day.

PSALM 119:89-91

Saturday, March 7, 2015

CONTROL

The fleshly nature of man usually wants to be in control of people and situations.  Several of My disciples wanted to be in control of Me.  Peter was the main one. 

When I warned Peter that he would deny me three times,  I told him that I would pray that his faith would not fail.  I also said to him, "When  you are converted, strengthen your brethren."  Peter was converted from pride (his own self interests) when he denied me three times.  He finally realized that he was not in control.

When you recognize that I am in control of your life, you will be able to release every burden to Me.  It is only when you think that you can fix things yourself, that you make the problems you are having even worse than they are.  I know the beginning and the end of your life.  Trust Me with every care, and daily surrender to My plans for you.

LUKE 22:31-32

Friday, March 6, 2015

NURTURING

I am a family God.  Even before Adam and Eve were created, I existed in a family situation.  The relationships between Me, My Father, and the Holy Spirit can be compared in a way to a family.
I am My Father's son, but I am also your big brother.  The Holy Spirit was given to you to nurture you like a mother.

Mothers teach, exhort, comfort, and feed their children.  These are also all the responsibilities of the Holy Spirit.  He teaches you My Word.  He exhorts you to keep abiding in Me, abiding in My Word, and abiding in My love.  He is the comforter.  He loves to feed you My Word so that you will be strengthened to live a fruitful life.

Relationships in families are meant to be an example of this "Holy Family." I glorified My Father by being an obedient son.  The Holy Spirit was sent as the "Helper." I created Eve to be Adam's helpmate. The Holy Spirit was also sent to glorify Me (make My presence known on Earth after I was resurrected).  Family relationships will be harmonious when individuals in the family do not seek their own.  Instead, they seek to give glory to My Father first and then to esteem each person in the family higher than themselves.

JOHN 14:16-21

Thursday, March 5, 2015

REASONING

I always knew the reasoning in the minds of the people who I conversed with while I walked on Earth.  You do not have that capability unless you are dependent upon My Holy Spirit to reveal this to you.  My Holy Spirit can give you a word of knowledge that will impact those who you converse with daily.

Few believers depend upon My Holy Spirit enough to help them know what and when to speak. I suggest that you pray quietly in the Spirit while others are speaking to you.  You will be amazed at what will proceed out of your mouth as you respond to what the other person has just said.

People often do not say what is on their hearts.  They reason in their minds what would please others and then they say what they think others would like to hear.  I am interested in the hearts of people.  My Father humbled Himself to see into the hearts of people.  When I came to Earth I depended on the Holy Spirit to reveal the hearts of people.  I set a pattern for you to follow.
Follow My pattern and you will be able to give wise counsel to many.

MARK 2:8, 8:16; PSALM 113:6

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

JUDGEMENTS

When you see the sin in others, it is so easy for you to make judgments about them.  I exhorted those gathered to hear My teaching by the Sea of Galilee not to judge others.  I warned them that they would receive the same measure of judgment that they measured against others.

When  you see other people living in sin, there is only one thing that I want you to do.  I want you to pray for them.  If the person who is living in sin is a brother or sister in the Lord, my servant John gave clear instructions about what to do.  He wrote:

"If any man see his brother sin a sin that is not unto death, he should ask, and He shall give him life for them that sin not unto death.  There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. (John 5:16)."

Instead of making a judgment of a person,  pray for that person.  When you do this, you will be blessed, and you will not place a curse upon yourself because you judged another.

MATTHEW 7:1

Monday, March 2, 2015

LIVING

I am the Word of God made flesh.  I am the living Word.  The written Word that you read daily is quick (living), powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

It is My Holy Spirit Who is the instructor as you open the textbook of My Word.  Rely on Him to give you understanding and wisdom, counsel and strength, and knowledge as you read day by day.  It is My Holy Spirit Who makes My Word come alive to you and Who also enables you to apply My Word to your day to day life.

Just as you cannot live without food, you cannot neglect the food of My Word.  I am the bread of Life and My Word is also bread that nourishes you spiritually.  Spend time in My Word today and allow My Spirit to speak to your heart and even change your heart as you read.

HEBREWS 4:12

Sunday, March 1, 2015

STRONGHOLDS

The battle that you experience daily is in your mind.  I have provided every weapon that you need to overcome the thoughts that My enemy sends you.  You do have My mind.  However, to tap into My mind instead of listening and receiving the thoughts that My enemy sends, you must pull down the strongholds that he has placed in your mind.

Strongholds are habitual patterns of thinking that cause you to react instead of respond in your relationships with others.  Strongholds or fortresses in your mind where Satan hides also will weaken your attempts to resist temptation. Some people teach behavioral modification to get rid of old habit patterns.  This does not work.  Instead, the only way to break persistent negative and worldly ways of thinking and acting is to renew your mind through reading and obeying My Word.

I stand ready to help you in this battle.  In fact, you cannot win this battle without the help of My Holy Spirit.  Make it your goal every day to take captive negative and vain thoughts that exalt themselves against the knowledge of My Father and His Word. Then give such thoughts to Me.  If you are consistent to instantly reject ungodly, worldly and fleshly thoughts by giving those thoughts to Me, the battle in your mind will be won. Remember that the battle is Mine and the victory is yours.

2 CORINTHIANS 10:3-6