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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, May 31, 2016

PRIVACY

I have heard you try to share the gospel with people who respond, "What I believe is a private matter."  In the day that you live, truly nothing is a private matter.  Everyone knows where you live, how much money you spend in certain stores and on and on.

Privacy is a thing of the past.  People do not realize that nothing is hidden from Me.  Yet, even believers still try to cover their sins.  I do want you to have your private times with Me, and during those times, I desire for you to be open and honest with Me.

I want you always to feel free to pour your complaints out to Me.  One of the reasons that I called the psalmist David a man after My own heart was because he poured out his deepest feelings, complaints, and confessions to Me.  Cleansing comes to your heart when you confess your sins to Me, even though I already know what they are. 

1 SAMUEL 12:22-25; 1 JOHN 1:6-10

Monday, May 30, 2016

CONVENIENCE

You live in a country and in an age immersed with modern conveniences.  However, there are many countries and cultures that are not blessed with such conveniences.  It would seem that those modern conveniences would free people to have more time during the day.  This is often not true.

My life on Earth was not graced with such conveniences.  Yet, I was content with the simple things of life.  My prayer for you is that you will not fill the free time you have with selfish endeavors.  Instead, use those precious moments when you are not pressed to finish a chore or a job to spend with Me.

Listen to the still, quiet voice of My Spirit as He speaks to you through what you read in My Word and what He directs you to pray about.  I can redeem time, and time spent in prayer and in My Word will energize you for whatever faces you during the day.  Enjoy your holidays away from the constraints work places upon you, but even more important, enjoy My presence with you throughout each day.

PSALM 16:11

Sunday, May 29, 2016

CHILDLIKE

Some people as they age become more childlike simply because of physical changes in their brains.  No matter what your age is, I want you to always be like a child in your relationship with Me.  I said that except you become as a little child, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.

I want you to become more like an infant day by day as you relate to Me.  By that, I mean that an infant is totally dependent upon the love and care of his or her parent.  An infant can only go those places that the parent takes him.

True maturity in your spiritual walk with Me occurs when you grow in your complete dependence upon Me to take care of all of your needs.  Give every care to Me, and I will perfect everything that is a concern to you.

MARK 10:15

Thursday, May 26, 2016

GARMENTS

I know how you sometimes feel guilty when your thoughts wander to what you are going to wear the next day when you are singing a worship song to Me.  I never want you to be under condemnation when this happens.

Yes, I did say to take no thought about what you will wear, but garments are also very important to Me.  Just observe the detailed instructions that I gave to Moses concerning the priestly garments.

The major garments I want you to dress yourself in daily are the garments of praise.  When you praise Me, you also dress Me in garments of light.  I am girded about with garments of glory light every time you praise Me.  Think about this the next time you sing songs of praise to Me.

ISAIAH 61:3

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

ADJUSTMENT

When you go places where you have never been before, I know how you imagine just exactly how you hope the place will be.  In most cases, the place is nothing like you imagined it would be once you have arrived.  So often, you are disappointed, and you have to struggle to adjust to your new surroundings.

There is one place where you are destined to go at the end of your journey on Earth that will never disappoint you.   Set your affections on the things above, and you will never be disappointed.

JOHN 14:1-4;COLOSSIANS 3:2

Sunday, May 22, 2016

CALM

It is difficult to help someone calm down when they are angry about something.  It is better not to engage with the person who is angry when they are acting out in anger.  Instead, get alone and pray for that person.  I was able to calm the storm, and I am able to calm the person who is beside himself in anger at the time.

It is no sin to be angry.  However, it is a sin when that anger is taken out on someone else.  There are people who are prone to rage.  Such people have not come to know Me, "The Prince of Peace."  Do not keep company with such people.  Your attempts to calm them will always fail because they are under the influence of My enemy.

My Word says to seek peace and pursue it.  This is what I always want you to do.  The way to seek peace with someone who has temporarily given into anger is to pray.  Pray especially that such a person will not allow the sun to set on his or her anger.

PROVERBS 22:24, 16:32; PSALM 37:8; EPHESIANS 4:26


Saturday, May 21, 2016

FORGET

I designed you to have a good memory.  However, because of  the Fall, you will age and your short term memory will begin to wane.  When this happens, I want you to call upon My Holy Spirit Who is able to bring all things to your remembrance, especially those things that I have said.

Memorizing the words that I said when I walked on Earth is a great way to sharpen your short term memory.  I challenge you to do this. I challenge even the young to memorize My Word and then speak My Word out loud.  Always remember that you do have My mind, and My mind within your spirit responds to the sound of My Word.

Angels also respond when you give My Word voice.  They will come to your assistance to help you when you cannot remember.  There are some things that I want you to forget.  Forget about yesterday.  If there was strife between your spouse, children, or friends, forget those episodes.  Each day is a new day.  Embrace the new day, commit the new day to Me and your works to Me, and allow Me to have My way in your new day.

jJOHN 14:26; PSALM 103:20


Friday, May 20, 2016

DEPOSIT

I know how glad you are when you can deposit money in your banking account.  You can have the joy daily of depositing spiritual assets into your account in heaven.

My Word says that all people when they see Me face to face will have to give an account of the deeds done in their bodies on Earth.   Some of the deeds done in your body that will be added to your eternal bank account are the words of encouragement that you have given to others and also My Word that you have taught to others.  The many prayers that you have prayed will also be added to your account.

There will be people in heaven who will be there because you shared the gospel with them.  You have no idea how large your account in heaven is, but everything that you have done and every word you have spoken on Earth through the power of My Spirit within you will last for all eternity.

ROMANS 14:11-12; HEBREWS 13:17; 1 PETER 4:5


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

RELEASE

A great factor in trusting in Me is releasing every problem to Me.  Once you have released the problem to Me, then ask Me for wisdom before you try to solve the problem in your own strength.  Often more problems occur if you try to go ahead of Me.

Making assumptions without all the facts can cause what seemed to be a problem even a greater problem in your mind.  Remember that My enemy can place divisive thoughts in your mind. 

When you release what is troubling you in your mind through prayer, then your anxious thoughts will fade.  Anxiety about a problem is a sure sign that you have not released the problem to Me.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7

Monday, May 16, 2016

INFORMATION

You live in an age when knowledge has incrementally increased to the extent that your brain is continually bombarded by facts that may be true or untrue.  This is why you need to allow My Holy Spirit to prioritize your thoughts, and also for you to take the thoughts that are contrary to My Word captive to Me and allow Me to send to you My thoughts.

My thoughts toward you are always for your good and to bless you.  They are never evil.  In order to combat the barrage of information that comes to you daily, you have to be selective in what you see and what you hear.

When you meditate on My Word daily, you will be able to discern what information is true and untrue, and also what is important and nonessential.  When you do this, everything you set your hand to will prosper.

HEBREWS 4:12; JEREMIAH 29:11; PSALM 1;JOSHUA 1:8

Sunday, May 15, 2016

VALUABLE

When people purchase valuable items, they usually insure those items so that they can be reimbursed for their value if those items are stolen or lost.  When I died on the tree I purchased you with My shed blood, and you are more valuable to Me than any earthly material item.

When you accepted Me as your Lord and Savior and believed that I died to take away your sins and was resurrected, you received what is more precious than earthly valuable possessions.  You received My unconditional love, My kingdom or righteousness, peace, and joy in My Spirit and also My abundant life.

The insurance policy that I have placed upon you is My Holy Spirit.  He will see to it that you will never lose your eternal life in Me.  You are sealed by My Holy Spirit, and I will always keep you from being stolen by the thief, My enemy.

JOHN 10:10; 6:27

Saturday, May 14, 2016

FLESH

I know how you feel the day after you have given into your fleshly lusts.  First of all, you feel guilty, and then on top of that My enemy comes and bores into your brain condemning thoughts like, "Who do  you think you are?  Are you really a Christian?  If you were, you never would have gotten out of control like you did.

Do not listen to those lies of condemnation.  I came not into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world.  The last thing I want you to do is to hate yourself and condemn yourself.  If your own heart condemns you, I am greater than your heart.

What I want you to do after you have had some fleshly incident is to come to Me.  Let Me restore the joy of your salvation.  Always remember that your righteousness is of Me.  Fill yourself with My Word, do not listen to the accuser of the brethren, and spend time with Me.  I have already made provision for you to be more than a conqueror of your flesh through Me because I love you.  However, only I can help you in the battle you have with your flesh, so release that battle to Me.

JOHN 3:17; 1 JOHN 3:20; ROMANS 8:37; ISAIAH 54:17

Friday, May 13, 2016

FRAME

You are a picture that I am painting, and it is glorious because even the finest strokes on the canvas reflect My glorious light.  I am completing this picture and when I do, I will frame it in silver.
I know that you think this picture is a portrait of you. However, it is not.

This picture portrays your life.  The mountains in the picture represent the trials that you have experienced throughout your life.  When you went through those trials, you felt they were dark mountains that you could not climb, but I have made you more than a conqueror of dark mountains because I have climbed those mountains with you.

The mountains surround a lake. The beams from My sun  reflect like diamonds on the water.  Those bright reflections represent My presence with you.  They seem on the surface, but below the surface is a deep well of joy, My joy unspeakable and full of glory.  I'll tell you more as I paint this picture, but until then, know that the added strokes will enhance the scene of your life.

PROVERBS 25:11

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

EXCLAIM

It is harvest time.  I want you to do more than just proclaim My good news to others.  I want you to exclaim what I have done for you.  People can argue about doctrine and can prove most anything when they take My Word out of context.  However, it is your testimony that I want you to shout from the roof tops.

People who are in the world have a hard time understanding My Word, but they can easily understand your testimony.  Exclaim what I have done for you over your lifetime.  My hand in your life has seen you through many a trial. 

My Word says that you can overcome My enemy by My blood and the word of your testimony.
Your testimony will get the attention of those who are not yet in My kingdom.  The sentences that you put together to present your testimony all end with this exclamation: "Look what the Lord has done!!!

REVELATION 12:11

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

PREFER

I understand that there are many situations in your life that you prefer not to deal with in the present.
I had the same experience when I walked on Earth.  My brothers, mother, and disciples wanted Me to do certain things, but I knew it was not the timing of My heavenly Father to do those things.

When you find yourself in the position of discerning the timing and order that things should be done, consult My Holy Spirit.  He has the assignment to prioritize your thoughts when you commit your various works to Him.

Timing is key.  Recognize this in your life.  Pray before dealing with a situation, and ask Me for wisdom.  Running ahead of Me and My timing is exactly what My enemy wants you to do.  Trust Me, and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Me, and I will direct your path. Do not allow people to put pressure on you to do something in haste.   The works that are done through Me and My anointing are the works that will last for all eternity.

PROVERBS 16:3, 3:5-6

Monday, May 9, 2016

INSISTENT

My enemy is extremely insistent. He never gives up trying to seduce people.  He does know their vulnerabilities in the area of everyone's three lusts:  the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. These lusts came into being in the soul of people when Adam and Eve gave in to the first seduction to sin by Satan.  When I was tempted, I resisted every temptation with the Word of God. I did not have any lusts, but I knew that the devil was trying to create those lusts in Me.

When Satan comes knocking on the door of one of your lusts, I want you to close the door by speaking My Word out loud just as I did during My temptation in the wilderness.  When My enemy knocks on the door of the lust of  your flesh (satisfying your five senses in a addictive way), I want you to say, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone but by every Word of God'." 

When seducing spirits knock on the door of the lust of the eye (greedy longings, covetousness, and vain imaginations such as pornography), I want you to say out loud, "It is written, 'You shall worship the Lord and Him only shall you serve.'"   When Satan knocks on the door of the lust of the pride of life, I want you to say out loud, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God"  This is how you resist the devil.

1 JOHN 2:15-16; LUKE 4

Sunday, May 8, 2016

EXIT

I have heard the expression, "Stop the world I want to get off."  I did tell you that there would be rumors of wars, earthquakes, signs in the heavens, and the roaring of the seas shortly before I return.  When those things are happening, look up because your redemption is drawing nigh.

It is true that darkness is increasing on the Earth, but this is what will happen before the brightness of My coming will break the heavens.  I never want you to be upset, nervous, or fearful about the conditions you are now seeing on Earth.

I do not want you to have an escapist attitude.  More than ever this is the time for you to co-labor with Me in sharing My good news with others.  Truly the fields are white for harvest, and you are called to work until the night comes.

MATTHEW 24:5-14; LUKE 10:2

Saturday, May 7, 2016

RESIDE

I reside within you.  Never forget this.  I do not care how many demons might try to oppress you, always remember that you are the temple of My Holy Spirit.  Greater is He within you than He that is in the world.

My enemy would love to oppress and depress you.  You must resist the condemning, negative,  fearful, and lying thoughts that he gives you.  His major weapon is deception.  Fill  yourself with My Word, and speak My Word out loud against him.

Truth always wins.  The moment you have a thought that does not line up with My Word, take that thought captive and give it to Me.  I then will be able to do battle for you.  Use My name and declare My blood against Satan, and he will have to flee from you.

EPHESIANS 6:17; JAMES 4:7;

Friday, May 6, 2016

SORROW

I understand sorrow.  I understand the sorrow one experiences at the loss of a loved one.  I understand the sorrow of a mother and father who have a wayward child.  I understand the sorrow of a person who has been rejected or abandoned.  I understand the sorrow of a person who has been accused falsely.

I understand sorrow because I was a man of sorrows and I was acquainted with grief.  My soul was in agony in the Garden because I knew that I would have to bear the sorrows of the whole world when I gave Myself as the perfect sacrifice to die on the tree.  However, it was the joy that I knew would be available to all who sorrow after My death and resurrection that led Me to Jerusalem to be tried and crucified.

I came to give the garment of praise for those who are heavy in heart.  I came to give the oil of joy for mourning..  I came to heal the broken hearted.  Give Me your sorrows today and I will lift them off of you and replace your sorrow with My joy.  My enemy will never steal My joy from you.

ISAIAH 53:3-4; JOHN 16:20; HEBREWS 12:2; ISAIAH 53:4; 61:

Thursday, May 5, 2016

RECONSIDER

Throughout your life, you will have circumstances that require decisions that could greatly impact not only your life, but also the lives of others.  When those circumstances occur, I want you first to consider what the practical solution to the problem is.  Then I want you to turn to My Word and reconsider what you think the best answer is.

It is so easy for you to make decisions according to what seems reasonable to you in the flesh.  However, to guard yourself against making the wrong decision, do not lean on your own understanding.  Reconsider your decision and turn to My Word and to Me in prayer.

Most all the mistakes that My beloved patriarchs in My Word made were because they did not inquire of Me before they went ahead of Me and attempted to solve their problems without My wisdom.  The results brought disaster and destruction.  Before jumping ahead of Me by making decisions in the flesh, come to Me and ask for wisdom.  Then seek confirmation of what you hear in the Spirit.  Does what you hear line up with My Word?  Do you have a peace in your heart about the decision.  Do those in authority over you and other counselors agree with your decision?

PROVERBS 3:5

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

IRRITATION

I want you to ask My help to keep you from being irritated with people or even with yourself.  Look at this word, "Irritate."  It is very closely related to the word "irate."  There truly is an element of anger when you are irritated with a person, and I do not want you to be angry with anyone or  yourself. 

The only person I want you to be angry with is the devil.  Understand that you are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, rulers of darkness, and wickedness in heavenly places.  When you understand this truth, you will not be irritated with others or  yourself. 

The source of irritation is your flesh and when you give into your flesh, the devil can have his way with you.  Do not let this happen.  Ask My Spirit daily to help you have the anointing of My Spirit of wisdom and understanding when you are dealing with difficult people or whenever you just get mad at yourself.

EPHESIANS 6:12

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

BARGAIN

Most everyone wants to get a bargain.  It is exciting when you purchase something material at a real bargain price. However, the spiritual bargain that I offer is free of charge because I paid for it with My own shed blood when I was crucified to supply the perfect sacrifice that met My Father's requirements for right standing with Him.

All that is required to receive this spiritual bargain is to confess with your mouth that I am Lord and believe in your heart that My Father has raised Me from the dead.

This is a free bargain that will allow you to enter My eternal Kingdom that you will enjoy on Earth as well as for all eternity.  My Kingdom does not consist of material things like food and drink.  My Kingdom provides My righteousness (right standing with My Heavenly Father); My peace (peace of mind and heart no matter what your circumstances are); and joy in My Holy Spirit (internal joy that no one or My enemy can steal from you).  What are you waiting for?

ROMANS 10:9-10, 14:17

Monday, May 2, 2016

SANCTUARY

I have provided a sanctuary that you can enter daily without traveling to a church, temple, or synagogue.  That sanctuary is within you.  You are the temple of My Spirit.  You can enter this sanctuary daily as you still your soul to recognize My presence with you.

You live in such a busy, busy world, and it is so easy to start your day with your "To Do List," and to have your thoughts only on what the duties the world will require of you each day.  However, I have works for you to do in My kingdom that I have ordained for you to do each day.

It only takes a few moments in the morning for you to first give your "To Do List" to Me and ask My Spirit to establish  your thoughts so that you will be able to prioritize your day.  Then you can inquire of Me to lay on your heart anyone that you are to lift in prayer call or write that day and also any other works that I desire you to do that day.

1 CORINTHIANS 6:19; PROVERBS 16;3; EPHESIANS 2:10

Sunday, May 1, 2016

RESIGN

When someone resigns from a job, that person usually has another job waiting for them or that person could no longer stand the work conditions they were experiencing.

You are a laborer in the kingdom of God, and I am your heavenly employer.  I know that you would never resign from the work I have prepared for you to do from the foundation of the Earth.  I know that the conditions on Earth often are trying, but it is My pleasure to give you the kingdom rights that no other kingdom can offer.

My kingdom is not meat nor drink.  It consists of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit that you can enjoy no matter what trials you may experience on Earth.  These are your rights as a co-laborer with Me in My Kingdom. Make it your goal today to tell the good news about My kingdom to others because most people want peace of mind and heart, right relationships with Me and others, and the internal joy that only My Holy Spirit can supply.

EPHESIANS 2:10; ROMANS 14:17