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SOMMER FAMILY BLESSING

Welcome to the blog for Linda Sommer.

My Blog will cover three subjects:

WORD FROM THE LORD, FAMILY, and MINISTRY.

WORD FROM THE LORD
Every day I spend time with the Lord in the morning and He speaks to my heart words that are encouraging, exhorting and sometimes rebuking.

At first, I felt not to share these words with others, but then I realized I am just one of His followers. There are many people who need a word daily from the Lord, but they do not have the time to seek Him. This is why I decided to share the words I received from time to time. The messages are in first person as the the Lord relayed them to my spirtual ears.

FAMILY
We have three sons and nine grandchildren. There is something new happening all the time in the Sommer family. I will post some of these events of interest.

MINISTRY
Tom and I have traveled the world. To find out more about our ministry you may consult our webpage -
http://www.voiceofthesword.com/.
I will keep you updated on future speaking enagements and ministry developments.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

ACCUSATIONS

Whenever a person accuses you, consider the source.  The source is My enemy who is the "ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN." Be on guard and recognize immediately the strategy of My enemy.  He wants you to respond to accusations with anger and disrespect. 

Never, never receive accusations.  Instead, simply do not respond, and recognize that the person accusing you is under the influence of My enemy.  When you are secure in My love, you will be able to even love the person who has accused  you.

My enemy wants you to receive his thoughts of condemnation.  He wants you to have a "Pity Party."
When you have a "Pity Party," you invite demons of guilt, fear, rejection, and condemnation to the party.  Do not ever defend yourself when accusations come  your way.  I am your defense, and always remember that your righteousness is of Me.  Speak that phrase ("My righteousness is of Jesus Christ") out loud when you are accused, and My enemy with his gang of demons will flee.

REVELATION 12:10; ROMANS 8:1-4

Monday, August 29, 2016

DELIBERATE

You have to be deliberate when you make an effort to change your attitude about something.
Every morning when you wake up, you have a choice.  You can choose to have a thankful attitude or you can choose to give in to the old habit pattern of murmuring and complaining when things do not go your way. 

When something occurs in a day's time that could in the past cause you to murmur or complain,  make a deliberate choice of your will to receive that circumstance with thanksgiving.

My Word exhorts you to give thanks FOR ALL THINGS and IN ALL THINGS.  It takes My power to establish positive attitudes to replace old negative attitudes.  Ask My Holy Spirit today to help you.

EPHESIANS 5:20; 1 THESSALONIANS 5:16

Sunday, August 28, 2016

DEFENSE

Spiritual warfare is difficult.  My Word exhorts believers to first submit themselves to Me and then resist the devil.  You can only have a good offense if you first have a great defense.

Your defense against Satan is simple.  I am your defense.  I am the One who can win every battle for you.   However, first you must submit yourself to Me.  How do you do that?  Daily give yourself to Me.  Offer the members of your body to be used to demonstrate My righteousness, peace, joy, and love.

Hide yourself in Me daily by committing your will, your works, and your way to Me.  When you do this faithfully, I will be your defense against My enemy.  Then pick up your offensive weapons to resist the enemy.  Your offensive weapons are My name, My Word, and My love, and My blood.  Speak these words out loud against Satan:  "Through the blood of Jesus I am forgiven, sanctified, glorified, healed, justified and made righteous.  Satan has no power over me and no place in me."  Declare these truths out loud, and Satan will flee.

JAMES 4:7

Saturday, August 27, 2016

REALITY

It is often difficult for My beloved to face the reality that one day they will die.  They cannot imagine what dying might involve.  Will dying involve months of treatment only to delay the inevitable?  Will there be much pain?  Thinking about the process of dying can be depressing.

I want you to always think about the process of living.  Live each day as though it will be your last, and enjoy the moment.  Enjoy My presence, and recognize that you will always for all eternity be in My presence.

When one of your loved ones dies, ask My help to get your mind focused on things that are eternal. 
The things that are eternal are My Word, people you love who know Me, communion with Me, faith, hope and love.  The most important focus is love because there will no longer be a need for faith and hope in heaven.  Lose yourself in love, and when you do, the missing loved one will always be with you even though the physical presence is no more.

COLOSSIANS 3:2

Friday, August 26, 2016

LAWLESSNESS

You are living in the age of lawlessness.  Of course, there has always been lawlessness recorded from the beginning.  The first was the rebellion of Adam and Eve.  This set in motion the lawlessness and rebellion that My Father had to deal with when He sent the flood.

Soon after that fresh start, more lawlessness occurred because the lawless one, Satan, is the author of lawlessness.  He rebelled and was expelled from My heavenly realm to the atmosphere where you live.

Your only hope in combating lawlessness in your city and country is prayer.  Intercede for your leaders in city and national government.  Pray for the Josiah spirit to invade your government.  Josiah had the law read, and he was so grieved at the lawlessness in Judah that he called for the priests and elders to remove all the abominations that were present in Judah. This was accomplished.

2 KINGS 22-23

Thursday, August 25, 2016

STRESS

One of the main strategies of My enemy is to pressure you.  He wants you to make unwise decisions in haste, and he delights to see you stressed out.

You have a choice.  The choice is to release every situation and problem to Me.  I have the answer to those problems that are causing you stress.  If you try to figure out those problems in your own strength, you will continue to make unwise decisions.

Today and everyday, ask Me for wisdom.  Release whatever you are stressed out about to Me.  I can then do battle for you in the spirit realm and I can also give you godly wisdom, not worldly wisdom.

JAMES 1:5-8

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

INFORMATION

I want you to receive truthful information.  Do not believe everything you hear, see, or read.  Most media information is slanted.  Half-truths are what My enemy loves to present, and remember always that my enemy is the "Prince of the Power of the Air." He dwells in the second heaven (spiritual atmosphere), and he loves to twists information before you hear it.

The information that you can always trust is the information you receive from reading My Word.  However, just reading My Word is not enough.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you understanding of My Word. 

My Holy Spirit is the "Great Teacher," and His goal is not just to give you information.  His goal is to give you wisdom which is applied knowledge.  Before you read My Word daily, pray this prayer: Holy Spirit help Me to not only understand God's Word, but also to apply what I learn to My everyday life.

EPHESIANS 2:2; JOHN 16:13

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

SEARCH

There are many who are searching for the answers to life in the day that you live because  the whole world seems to be falling apart.  Some people will search for answers in places that offer a  counterfeit peace.  They only find that those places do not satisfy.

The only way that  you can find lasting, eternal peace even in trying times is to come to Me.  I am the "Prince of Peace."  I offer a peace that the world cannot counterfeit.

Peace and rest is what people long for in the world that is filled with busyness, superficial activities, and worldly commitments.  The world offers only temporary peace.  I invite you, as I do daily, to come to Me.  Cast your cares upon Me because I care for you.  You can live a care-free, pecace-filled life if you release all of your cares to Me.

JOHN 14:27; MATTHEW 11:28-30; 1 PETER 5:6-7

Monday, August 22, 2016

POSITION

So many of My beloved do not position themselves to receive from Me.  I long to bless and answer their prayers, but often they are not ready to hear and receive the answer. David, the psalmist, understood the steps he needed to take to position himself to hear from Me. Psalm 34 includes these steps:

1.  Have a grateful heart (v.1)
2.  Brag on Me by telling others what I have done for you (v. 2).
3.  Put Me first in your life (v.3).
4.  Fellowship with Me daily (v. 4).
5.  Cry out to Me when you need deliverance from troubles (v. 5).
6.  Stand in awe of My goodness and worship Me (v. 7).
7.  Enjoy Me.  Delight yourself in Me and taste My goodness (v. 8).
8.  Trust in Me with all of your heart (v. 8).

PSALM 34

Sunday, August 21, 2016

TRAFFIC

We did not have traffic problems when I walked on Earth.  Many of My beloved sit in their cars for hours while they wait for traffic to clear.  It is so easy to become impatient even when a light takes a long time to change.

I believe in redeeming the time.  I suggest that you keep a Bible beside you when you are driving.  If you come to a light that has just changed to red, you have a minute or two to read one Psalm or to pray for someone. 

When you embrace this pattern of spending time with Me in your car, your impatient moments will begin to dissolve.  You may be in the driver's seat, but always remember Who is directing your path.

PROVERBS 3:5-6

Saturday, August 20, 2016

WAY

The prophet Isaiah wrote that when you do not know whether to turn to the left or to the right that you would hear a word behind you saying, "This is the way.  Walk you in it."  I am the way and I am the word that you will hear to give you direction in this life."

Sadly, few seek My direction.  Instead, most go their own way and often that way leads to destruction.  When you seek Me, you will find Me when you search for Me with all of your heart. When you find Me, you will not only know the way to walk, but you will also have the power to walk in all My ways.

My servant Solomon wrote, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on you own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Me, and I will direct your path."  Acknowledge Me today, and I will direct your steps.

ISAIAH 30:21; JEREMIAH 29:13; PROVERBS 3:

Friday, August 19, 2016

CLAIM

When you claim a prize that you have won, you go and show your prize winning ticket to those in authority.  Those in authority check to be sure you have met the qualifications required to receive the prize.  Claiming My promises works in a similar way.

All the promises in My Word are "Yes" and "Amen" when those promises are claimed in My name.  My Father is the one in authority who checks to see if you meet the qualifications.

What are the qualifications to receive My promises?  I shared those qualifications with My disciples at My last Passover meal with them. I told them to abide in Me, abide in My Word, and abide in My love.  I promised them that whatever they asked in My name if they fulfilled these qualifications would be granted. When you meet these qualifications, you will be asking according to My will, and if you ask anything according to My will, I not only hear you, but I also answer your requests.

2 CORINTHIANS 1:20; JOHN 15; 1 JOHN 5:14-15 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

EXERCISE

The doctors advise one half hour of vigorous exercise daily to keep your body in shape.  My Word says that bodily exercise profits little.  Your body is simply a tent for My Spirit.  However, I do want you to number your days and apply your hearts to wisdom.

I want you to do what you can to keep your body functioning well until it is your time to be with Me face to face.  I also want you to do your spiritual exercise throughout the day.  Your spiritual exercise is prayer (communing with Me). 

Eating a balanced diet is also what the medical doctors advise in order for you to keep in health.
Your spiritual food is My Word.  Doctors advise that you eat 6 small meals a day.  Follow this pattern with you spiritual food.  Read a portion of My Word 6 times a day and end the day with a reading from Psalms, then  you will sleep like a baby.

1 TIMOTHY 4:8; PSALM 90:12

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

FORWARD

Without faith it is impossible to please Me.  Faith can only cause you to move forward when you appropriate in the present moment what I did for you when I died on the tree and was resurrected.. 

Faith speaks. It calls those things that are not as though they are already accomplished.  
Faith can only be activated in the present moment.  By faith you receive with thanksgiving the supplications and petitions that you require of Me.

When you awake every morning, I do not want you to look back at past trauma and trials.  Instead, I want you to look forward to what I will do for you in the future.  Your eyes have not seen and your ears have not heard of all the things that I have prepared for you. When  you receive this truth by faith, your moments will be filled with joy.

HEBREWS 11:6, 1; 1 CORINTHIANS 2:9

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

PLANTS

You are My planting.  I have sent My Holy Spirit to water you with My Word.  You will not grow into a tree of righteousness unless you allow My Spirit to water you daily by spending time in My Word.

Do not allow the thorns to choke out your growth.  The thorns are the lusts that you have in your soul (mind, will, and emotion).  When  you open the door to one of these lusts, your growth will be stunted.  Those lusts are the lust of the flesh (seeking to satisfy your five senses in an addictive or obsessive way); the lust of the eye (covetousness, vain imaginations like looking at pornography); and the lust of the pride of life (trusting in yourself more than you trust in Me).

If you continually give in to one or all of the lusts, your growth will not only be stunted, but also your soul will be oppressed by My enemy.  My enemy will implant his thoughts in your mind.  He will weaken your will to resit him, and he will bombard you with negative emotions such as fear, panic, anxiety, and rejection.

1 JOHN 2:15-17

Monday, August 15, 2016

FACE

The day will come when you will be face to face with Me.  Until that time, you and all My beloved are chosen to reveal My face to the world.  The very same glory that was upon Me is upon you now.

My beloved David, the psalmist, said that My face was ever before him.  My countenance was so real to him because he praised me seven times a day and spent time alone with Me.  This is why he was a man after My own heart.

As you abide in Me, My Word, and My love daily, the glory that is upon you will increase.  People are hungry to see compassionate eyes, a smile that relays great joy, and a countenance of peace in a person's face on Earth.  Pray for My face to shine upon you, and pray for face to face encounters with people who need to see My face,

PSALM 17:15

Sunday, August 14, 2016

ENTANGLED

You live in a world that is much more complicated than the world I lived in when I walked on Earth.  Worldly knowledge has increased.  People have many more choices than I had, and this has given My enemy a platform to give  you many more unholy thoughts than ever before in history.

The only way that you can avoid being entangled with the three worldly lusts is to guard your mouth, eye, and ear gates to your mind. The three worldly lusts are: the lust of the flesh (seeking to fulfill  your five senses in an addictive, obsessive way); the lust of the eye (vain imaginations, covetousness);  and the lust of the pride of life (thoughts that exalt themselves against Me and trusting in yourself and your own resources instead of Me).

Of course, you are in the world, but not of the world.  This is why the first choice you have to make every day is to go My way.  Offer your body as a living sacrifice, make a covenant with your eyes not to behold evil, and ask My Holy Spirit to guard your tongue from speaking evil.

1 JOHN 2:15-17; PROVERBS 4:23

Saturday, August 13, 2016

LONELY

I know what it is like to feel lonely.  Think about how even My brothers did not believe that I was the Messiah until after I died.  They wanted Me to go to Jerusalem at the Feast of Tabernacles to show My works openly, but I waited until My family left, and then I went secretly to Jerusalem.

I was on the outside looking in while My family was eating meals together and enjoying their fellowship with one another.  I felt so alone as I watched them for several days. I was on the outside, looking in.

I finally revealed My presence and taught in the Temple.  On the last day of the "Great Feast" during the water libation ceremony, I stood on the Temple steps and shouted, "If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.  He that believes on Me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."  I spoke of the day when those who believe in Me would be baptized in My Spirit. When you feel lonely, I want you to pray in the Spirit, and My Spirit will comfort you.

.JOHN 7

Friday, August 12, 2016

INVASION

When there is a threat of war, soldiers are directed by their commanders to prepare themselves for an invasion from the enemy,  When you committed your life to Me, you needed from that time on to prepare yourself for an invasion by My enemy and his demonic spirits.

I never want you to be fearful about this invasion, but I do want you to prepare your heart and mind to enforce the victory over Satan and his forces that I have already won for you.  You can only prepare yourself for this invasion when you abide in Me, abide in My Word, and abide in My love.

The battleground that My enemy invades is your mind.  He loves to bombard your mind with negative, fearful, and condemning thoughts. You enforce My victory over Satan when you immediately imprison his thoughts and give them to Me.  Then stay your mind on Me, and peace will come.

JOHN 15: 2; COLOSSIANS 2:15; 2 CORINTHIANS 10:4-6

Thursday, August 11, 2016

ANGER

I know what it feels like to be angry.  I was angry when I threw down the tables of those who were selling in the Temple.  Remember that I was touched with all the feelings of  your weaknesses, yet I was without sin.

In that moment in the Temple, I lost it.  I had righteous indignation for what was being done in My Father's house that was designed to be a house of prayer.  You can lose it also in a moment.  Anger is an emotion that humans experience. 

My Word says, "Be angry, and sin not.  When you allow the anger you experience in a day's time to remain after the sun goes down, you give place to the devil in your life.  Holding on to your anger is a sin.  Before you go to bed, give your anger to Me. When My enemy tries to give you angry thoughts later, take those thoughts captive, give them to Me, and let Me do battle for you.

MATTHEW 21:12-13; EPHESIANS 4:26-27

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

FACTS

The facts in My Word are true.  You live in an age when discoveries are made daily that verify the times and places mentioned in My Word.  My Word is historically proven to be true.  Yet, so many people believe that My Word is simply a piece of literature.

My Word is more than just historical facts.  My Word is living and powerful.  It is like a two-edged sword that is able to divide your soul from your spirit.  You are a spirit, and you have a soul (mind, will, and emotions), and you live in a body that I created to represent Me on Earth.

My Word is even able to discern the very thoughts and intents of your heart.  My enemy is able to put thoughts in your mind, but he cannot read your mind.  Only as you abide in My Word will you be able to discern what thoughts come from Me, My enemy, the world, or your flesh.  Whenever, you say "I want, I feel, and I will," your flesh or your soul is in control.  Allow My Word to help you discern the source of the thoughts that will bombard you today.

HEBREWS 4:12

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

RECONSTRUCTION

My Holy Spirit has the job of reconstructing you.  You are the Temple of My Holy Spirit.

Even though old things are passed away when you received Me as your Lord and Savior, My Holy Spirit daily is conforming you to My image.

The construction work My Spirit is doing now is on your soul (mind, emotions, and will).  The environment, experience, and doctrines you were taught formed strongholds in your mind that My enemy wants to invade with his negative thoughts.  It is  up to you to pull down every prideful thought and imagination that exalts itself against Me.  Immediately take those thoughts captive and give them to Me.  When you do your part, I will do My part.  I will do battle for you.

ROMANS 8:29; 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17; 10:3-6

Monday, August 8, 2016

TRANSITION

Transition times are usually very difficult.  However, if you seek Me during those times, I can lead you to the oportunities I have prepared for you.

I always want  you to be successsful.  Success is preparing yourself to meet those opporunities that I have prepared for you.  I have a plan for your life, but in order for you to fulfill that plan, you must draw close to Me.

I have promised in My Word that when you draw near to Me, I will draw near to you.  You can clearly hear My instructions for your life when you spend time communicating with Me in prayer and listening for My voice as you read My Word.

JAMES 4:8

Friday, August 5, 2016

TENSION

Tension is a fruit of worry, and worry is a fruit of pride.  Whenever, you are worried about relationships, situations, and circumstances, your focus is on yourself.  I exhorted those who followed Me to not worry about tomorrow.

So many of My beloved get in a whirlwind of worry.  That whirlwind will keep My beloved from receiving the gentle breeze of My Holy Spirit.  Whenever you feel tense, I want you to take a few moments to focus on Me.  I am the Prince of Peace who can give rest to your soul.

I can only give rest to your soul when you are willing to come to Me, take the yoke of My Holy Spirit upon you, and cast every burden and care upon Me.  The tighter you hold on to your cares by trying to work to overcome burdens without My strength, the more tension you will experience.

MATTHEW 6:34; 11:28-30

Thursday, August 4, 2016

FIX

I know how tempted you are to fix things in your own strength.  You need to remember that there are things that only I can fix.  I came to heal the brokenhearted and to set the captives free.  You cannot do these things in your own strength.  However, I have chosen you as a vessel and a voice on Earth to be My assistant as I minister My liberty and healing to others.

I also know how you would like a quick fix in the lives of many who you are lifting to Me in prayer.
Remember that healing often is a process that takes time.When there are layers of hurt in a person's heart, I have to deal gently with that person as I surgically by My Spirit remove all the roots in the heart that are blocking My healing. 

Ask Me how best to pray for people with broken hearts and people who need deliverance.  I will give you My wisdom, and then your prayers of faith will avail much.

ISAIAH 61:1

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

WARFARE

Spiritual warfare will become more intense as the time draws near to My return because My adversary knows that his time is short.  More than ever, you must pray daily and also fast.  I have given you the weapons of warfare: My name, My blood, My full armor, prayer, and My Word.  Use these weapons.

Remember always that before you fight My adversary, you must submit to Me.  Offer your body as a living sacrifice daily and hide yourself in Me.  I am your full armor.  Speak My Word out loud.
Silent prayer is not an offensive weapon.  Declaration of My Word out loud is a mighty weapon when My Word is spoken with My anointing.

Do not fear.  Give the battle to Me.  I have already defeated My adversaries (the devil and all his demons).  You simply have to enforce the authority I have given you through My blood.  I put every demonic power to shame and triumphed over them when I shed My blood and died on the tree.

JAMES 4:7; COLOSSIANS 2:6-15