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SOMMER FAMILY BLESSING

Welcome to the blog for Linda Sommer.

My Blog will cover three subjects:

WORD FROM THE LORD, FAMILY, and MINISTRY.

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

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

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

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


Sunday, April 30, 2017

EXERCISE

People are encouraged to exercise so that they will feel more energetic.  My Word says that "bodily, exercise profits little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come."

Your spiritual exercise is prayer.  When you enter into this spiritual exercise daily, you will profit greatly because your prayers will have an impact on many.  The prayers you pray out loud enter the atmosphere and remain forever.

When you do your spiritual exercise daily, My Holy Spirit will energize you to not grow weary of well doing.  You will be energized to spend intimate times with Me even when you have a busy day. I want you to participate in the exercise that will last for all eternity.  Your prayers avail much both in this life and even after you leave this world and see Me face to face in heaven.

1 TIMOTHY 4:8; GALATIANS 6:9

Saturday, April 29, 2017

ALTERNATE

Sometimes you have to try an alternate route when the road you are on becomes congested with traffic or the road is rough.  You are on the journey called "Life." Often you will encounter rough paths in life and you wish you could find another route to get through hard trials.

There is no alternate route to take when you experience trials.  You cannot escape what is facing you by regretting the wrong turns you made that caused you difficulty.  You cannot manipulate your future to make the journey easier.

I am your "Good Shepherd" Who leads you on your life path.  I am the way maker, and you can trust Me to see you through every difficult trial.  Whatever trial you are facing is a test of faith, and the only way you can get through those rough places in life is to put all of your trust and faith in Me. I will be faithful to get you safely to the destination I have planned for you.

PSALM 23; JOHN 14:6

Friday, April 28, 2017

REFERENCES

When you apply for a job, you usually fill out an application that requires references. Those references include names of people who you know will say something good about your skills and character. 

When I began My ministry, I had no references.  The job I had to accomplish was exactly the same job that you have.  My job description was to preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, the opening of prison to those who are bound, and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give the oil of joy for mourning, and to provide the garment of praise to lift the spirit of heaviness.

To accomplish this job, I had to empty Myself of all the Kingly glory that I experienced in heaven.  You also need to empty yourself daily and receive My anointing to accomplish the job I have given you. The only reference you need is My name. 

ISAIAH 61; PHILIPPIANS 2

Thursday, April 27, 2017

ADVENTURE

Life is an adventure.  When you awake in the morning, you have no idea what the day may hold.  Those who work assume that they will get to work on time.  Those who are at home assume that they will accomplish the things on their "To Do List" that day.

By now, you have learned that many unexpected things may occur during the day.  This is why I want you to set your sails to travel with Me on the adventure that I have planned for you. 

Think of it this way.  You are in the boat called "Life."  You do know your destination which is to be with Me for all eternity.  However, recognize that I am with you every minute of each day. You may hit some rough waters and storms as you travel through the day. If you raise the sail of My Holy Spirit by committing your works and your way to Me in the morning, I will be able to accomplish the adventure I have planed for you each day.

PSALM 37:5; PROVERBS 16:3; PHILIPPIANS 2:13

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

REPRESENT

Paintings and writings that are symbolic are often hard to understand.  You usually ask yourself this question, "What does this represent?"  John had many visions that are recorded in The Book of Revelation in My Word.  You are always blessed when you read this Book, and many have their interpretations of what those visions represent.

Instead of looking for the hidden meaning represented in Revelation, I want you to see Me revealed in this Book.  I am the way, the truth, and the life, and when you focus on Me as you read not only Revelation, but also all of My Word, you will have a clear picture of what and Who I represent.

My Holy Spirit as the assignment to reveal Me to you. Ask Him today to help you see Me as you study My Word.  Your intimacy with Me will increase as you do this.

JOHN 14:6

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

IMPROVEMENT

Most everyone desires to show improvement in their grades, work tasks, exercise, relationships, and many other things in life.  I know how you want to show improvement in your spiritual walk with Me.

You do not have to stress over improving your walk with Me.  I do not grade My beloved on their spiritual improvement.  Remember what My Word says.  You are complete in Me.  Walking in the Spirit should be a joy, not a duty.

When you depend upon My Holy Spirit to work through you both to give you the desire to do My will and to empower you to accomplish My will, you will be able to relax.  Just enjoy My presence with you today and rest in Me.

COLOSSIANS 2:10; PHILIPPIANS 2:13

Monday, April 24, 2017

RENDER

When the Pharisees and the Herodians were trying to catch Me in My words, they asked, "Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar,  or not?"  After they showed Me the inscription of Caesar on a coin, I responded, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the thing's that are God's."

Every thing on this Earth belongs to God.  Few people recognize that I am the creator of all things both in heaven and on Earth, both visible and invisible.  For it was by Me and for Me that everything that is was created.  I am before all things and all things consist in Me.

When people recognize these facts as true, they will render their whole lives to Me.  I have given them life, and I am the source of everything and everyone in their lives.  Covetousness, jealousy, greed, and every fruit of selfishness will not be birthed in a person who understands these truths.

MARK 12:14; COLOSSIANS 1:16

Sunday, April 23, 2017

CONNECTIONS

The business world and the political world often measure people's abilities to get ahead by the connections that they have.  When you look at My life, I did not have many connections.  The connections I had were with sinners and My disciples.

Yes, I did have many followers, but it was My connection with My Father that enabled Me to do miracles in the power of the Holy Spirit.  When I connected with My Father in prayer a good while before dawn most every morning, I was empowered by the Holy Spirit to do My Father's will throughout each day.

The connection you have with Me every morning in prayer and your willingness to surrender yourself to be used by My Spirit throughout the day will help you to make spiritual progress and also will give you kingdom connections that will be eternal.

MARK 1:35

Friday, April 21, 2017

REUNION

I know how you love to attend family reunions and also reunions of your many spiritual families such as past Bible studies and churches that you once attended.  You enjoy meeting friends again that you have not seen in several years.

My holy angels are also joyful when such occasions occur.  As Captain of the heavenly hosts, I assign special angels to care for each of My beloved during their journey on Earth. Those angels are also happy to be reunited with the angels they knew in the past.

The next time you go to a reunion think about My angels who are joining you as you praise Me in songs and words of worship.

PSALM 103:20

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

RESOURCE

The definition of the word, "resource," is something that is ready for use and can be drawn upon for aid.  You have such a resource that is able to help you in all of life's circumstances.  That resource is My Word.

Some people call My Word the "INSTRUCTION BOOK FOR LIFE."  You live in a world that is becoming more complicated and difficult every year.  The advance in technology can help simplify mundane routines in your life, but only My Word can give you the correct instructions to lead a life that is fruitful.

Distractions and stress are draining many who live today.  My Word is not only can instruct you how to live, but it can also give you the strength that you need to live a full and abundant life.  Do not ever forget that My Word is your spiritual food.  Partake many meals today in My Word and follow the instructions that you receive during those meals.

PSALM 119

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

ELECT

The word, "elect," is very important to me.  You will see this word often in My Word.  It means "chosen."  So many of My beloved believe that they chose to accept Me as their Lord and Savior, but the truth is that I chose them.

My beloved still have to receive My free gift of salvation in order to have eternal life.  I extended My grace to the whole world when I died for the remission of the sins of the world.  However, a person has to receive this gift of grace by faith.

"You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.  These things I command you, that  you love one another."  Remember the reason today that I chose you.

EPHESIANS 2:8; JOHN 15:16-17

Monday, April 17, 2017

GENERALS

I have many generals in My army on Earth.  You probably have met some of these generals.  The generals in My army are trained by My Holy Spirit to do effective spiritual warfare against My enemies.  They are willing to lay down their lives by interceding for others.

You will meet some of these generals when you get to heaven.  Many of these generals remain unknown to you because their prayers are heard in the privacy of the war rooms in their own homes.

I want you to never take for granted how important it is for you to pray for others.  Your prayers will always avail much when they are rooted in My love.  The most powerful weapon in My arsenal that you can use against My enemies is love.  My will was always motivated by My love first for My Father and then for others.  My Holy Spirit has given you that same love in your heart.  Wield that weapon today.

ROMANS 5:5

Sunday, April 16, 2017

GOLD/SILVER

Almost every day you are bombarded by advertisements that convey this message, "Invest in gold and silver and your money will be safe when the market crashes."  I want you to invest in something that is worth more than gold and silver. I want you to invest in My kingdom on Earth.

The way that you can invest in My kingdom is by declaring the redemptive power of My blood that was shed for the remission of the sins of the whole world.  Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.  The law in Leviticus declares this truth.

My shed blood provides the only way that anyone can be made righteous, but few understand this truth.  Listen to My Word, "You were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver of gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot."  I was foreordained before the foundation of the world to be the perfect sacrifice that would not just cover sin, but take it away. I was raised from the dead so that those who believe in Me may be made righteous before My Father and receive eternal life. I AM RISEN INDEED.

LEVITICUS 17:11; 1 PETER 1:17-21 


Saturday, April 15, 2017

TRUSTWORTHY

You live in an age when facts that are given in the media usually are not trustworthy.  You also will discover that many who do not know Me yet are not trustworthy.  I am the only One Who you can trust with all of your heart.

My beloved get into trouble when they begin to trust themselves more than they trust in Me.  They begin to try to understand the world and people in the world with their own understanding, not mine.

My enemy is very deceptive.  Your greatest defense against being carried away with untruths and entering relationships that are not trustworthy is to abide in My Word.  Only My Word can give you clear discernment on what is truth and trustworthy.  Only My Holy Spirit Who is the Spirit of truth can lead you into all truth.  Trust Him today and stay in My Word.

PROVERBS 3:5-6; JOHN 14:6, 17; HEBREWS 4:12-13;

Friday, April 14, 2017

EXPERIMENTS

Experiments are done to validate discoveries.  Research is usually proven when the discovery is applied through experimentation.  Experimentation sometimes can be risky, however, because the one performing an experiment does not know whether or not that research will be helpful or detrimental. 

I want you to be a diligent researcher as you study My Word.  When you apply My Word by believing and activating My promises through faith, you can rest assured that such an experiment will always be helpful.

Life is full of experiences and only My Holy Spirit knows what your next experience will be.  My Spirit will always be able to apply what you have discovered in My Word to your experiences in life..  When you abide in My Word, you will not have to experiment to prove that My Word is truth.

2 TIMOTHY 2:15

Thursday, April 13, 2017

BRILLIANT

The word "brilliant" is used to describe something that is bright, shining, glistening, sparkling, vivid, splendid, and magnificent.  This word can also be used to describe someone who is keenly intelligent. 

I gave you this word this morning because the word "brilliant" describes My soul.  Just as you have a soul (mind, emotions, and will), I also have a soul.  My mind is brilliant because it contains all wisdom. 

My emotions are brilliant because My emotions display the brilliance of hope that I am able to give to My beloved so that they can anchor their emotions when the waves of adversity come against them. My will is magnificent because My will is controlled by My love for the whole world.  You are brilliant because you contain Me in your heart.  Display My brilliance to others today. Shine for Me.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:30; HEBREWS 6:19; ROMANS 5:5


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WEARY

My exhortation to you today is do not weary in well doing.  Follow the lead of My Spirit when He tells you to give to lighten the burden of others.

It is always more blessed to give than to receive.  You cannot out give Me.  I have an abundance in My storehouse.  The blessings you will reap when you sow into the needs of others are not always monetary.  You will receive My peace, joy, and strength.

Trust Me to give you clear discernment on how to give to those in need.  The greatest thing that you can give to those in need is My love.  Never weary of giving My love to others.

GALATIANS 6:9--10; ACTS 20:35

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PASSOVER

Many Jewish people have just observed Passover.  They review how they were slaves in Egypt for 400 years and how miraculously they were delivered from their bondage.  Gentiles soon will be celebrating My resurrection.

Both of these celebrations give My beloved time to remember My delivering power.  I came to deliver those who are held bondage by rejection and other strongholds in their lives.  I came to heal the brokenhearted, set at liberty those who are bruised, and to deliver those who believe in Me from death and the grave.

On resurrection morning, meditate on My power to deliver you from any attempt of the enemy to keep you in bondage.  I love to set people free.

EXODUS 12; ISAIAH 61:1-3; 1 CORINTHIANS 15:55-56

Monday, April 10, 2017

GROWTH

Your inner man is like a garden.  Your spirit represents the soil of your inner man.  This part of your inner man is often called your heart.  Your soul (mind, emotion, and will) will reflect the kind of seed that you plant in your spirit.

When you plant the seed of My Word deep into the soil of your heart, faith will grow in your spirit.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  As faith grows in your heart or spirit, My love will be produced and the nine fruits of My love will blossom from your mind, emotion, and will.

Just remember to water your garden with the fresh water of the anointing of My Spirit daily.  As you yield daily to My Spirit, those around you will notice the beauty and fragrance of My love pouring from what you say and do.

ROMANS 10:17; GALATIANS 5:22

Thursday, April 6, 2017

RENOUNCE

I have given you every spiritual weapon to overcome My enemy.  Remember always that I overcame Satan when I died on the cross to take away your sins.  However, it is your responsibility on Earth to pull down strongholds in the mind and to bind demonic powers in My blood and to loose My Spirit.

Heaven comes down when you declare My Word and use your authority in My Name to bind demonic spirits and to loose My Spirit on Earth.  You also are called to renounce every occult practice entered into by you or your forefathers.  Break ancestral ties and place My blood over your blood lines.

I call you to break every curse. Curses are negative words that can be passed down from generation to generation.  Renounce and break those curses, and speak blessing over you and the generations to come.  My words spoken into the atmosphere will always have the power to affect and clear away principalities, demonic spirits, rulers of darkness and wickedness in high places.  Do your warfare dressed in My full armor and declare that your righteousness is of Me.

COLOSSIANS 2:15; MATTHEW 18:18; EPHESIANS 6

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

AFFLICTION

Most people who have experienced much rejection have broken hearts.  They also seem to have much affliction. Just as rejected people are experiencing a time of joy and peace, another trial of affliction invades their temporary rest from trials.

I came to break that pattern of affliction.  The promise in Isaiah 54:11-13 reads, "O you afflicted one, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold I will lay your stones with colorful gems, and lay your foundations with sapphires.  I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones.  All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children."

My charge to those who have experienced much affliction is to come to Me, and allow Me to heal your heart once and for all.  My enemy always seeks to afflict those who are already wounded.  I can bind up your wounds and establish you once again in My peace, righteousness, and joy.

ISAIAH 54:11-13, 61:1

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

IMPACT

The word "impact" means to force tightly together.  Sometimes this word is used to describe a collision.  I gave you this word this morning because My Spirit desires for your soul and spirit to be firmly together under His control.

My Spirit will never force His way on you, but He desires for you to surrender every part of your being to Him every morning.  The psalmist David lifted up His soul daily to Me.  Even though I had not come in the flesh, He knew Me in the Spirit. 

David's down times happened when He did not surrender himself  (body, soul, and spirit) to Me.  However, he knew how to encourage himself in Me.  He rehearsed My works in His life, and this brought him into a place of praising and worshiping Me.  Suddenly, his soul and spirit were aligned, firmly and tightly together.  It is only when you go your own way and forget to surrender to the power of My Spirit that My enemy can oppress and depress you.

EPHESIANS 2:19-21

Monday, April 3, 2017

VISIONS

My prophet Joel spoke about the last days.  My Spirit thru him said that in the last days My Holy Spirit would be poured out on all flesh.  He said that old men will dream dreams, young men will see visions, and sons and daughters will prophesy. 

This prophesy is unfolding even as I speak to you today.  People in many countries and cultures who in the past have rejected Me are having visions of Me.  My Spirit is touching many lives because you live in the time of the last great harvest.

During these last days I want you to continue to pray for lost souls.  I want you to pray for laborers, prayer warriors, who will birth thru the power of My Spirit many souls.  Prayer is spiritual labor and I have called many intercessors to labor in prayer for the lost.  My Spirit is released to gather in this last great harvest as you are faithful to pray for the lost.  Also pray for more laborers.

JOEL 2:28-29

Sunday, April 2, 2017

GRADUATION

This is the time of year when senior students are eagerly and expectantly awaiting their soon graduations from high school or college.  They make sure that they have finished all their core studies, so that their graduations will not be delayed.

There is a graduation that My beloved can expectantly await.  That graduation is when those who believe in Me will finally leave this Earth to receive their rewards in heaven.  This is a graduation that you will have at the time I have appointed.

Until that appointed time, My desire is that you daily allow My Holy Spirit (the "Great Teacher") to lead and guide you into all truth as you read My Word.  He is able to give you understanding.  Some of My beloved just read My Word like a textbook just to gain knowledge, and they do not allow My Spirit to interpret My Word to them.  Today, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you as you open your Bible.  Wisdom is applied knowledge. Understanding is the bridge between knowledge and wisdom.   Only My Spirit can help you apply the knowledge you gain by reading My Word.

JOHN 14:15-18,16:13-15