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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.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

TRY

I remember when you were a child that your response to your parents' correction was usually, "Mom and Dad, I'll try to be better. In most cases, that promise was broken later.

So many of My beloved are trying to do better.  On this day My precious Jewish people are observing Yom Kippur, a day given to repenting of past sins.  It is a day of contemplation and meditation.  The goal is to reestablish  relationships that have been broken with Me and others and to do better next year by not committing the same sins again.

Doing better next year will never happen if you are trying to do better without My help.  To break old habit patterns that are not pleasing to Me or to pull down strongholds in your mind that have been there year after year, your only hope is to turn to Me and ask for My help and strength to overcome. I have already forgiven your sins (past, present, and future), but the ability to sin no more will not work with self-effort.

PSALM 103:12



Friday, September 29, 2017

RAPID RESPONSE

When there is an emergency in your family, you always pray that those who can help will rapidly respond to your plea for help.  Those who are now experiencing natural disasters all over the world are praying for a rapid response to their cries for help.

I hear their cries for help, but I need laborers with My wisdom who can rapidly respond to their needs.  I always hear your cries for help when you come to Me with situations and burdens that are beyond your natural ability to respond.

Place yourself in the position to rapidly respond to those who are in need in your own family, neighborhood, community and country.  I desire to use those who believe in Me to reach out to those in need. Daily remember that you have total access by My shed blood to boldly enter My throne room to find grace to help you in your times of need.

HEBREWS 4:16


Thursday, September 28, 2017

REFLECTION

You are now in the Days of Awe that occur in the ten days between Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur.  It is a time to reflect over the past year.  You may want to join the Jewish people in this time of reflection.

Yom Kippur will be observed this Saturday, September 30.  It is the highest day in the Holy days observed by Jewish people. It is the day of atonement recorded in Leviticus 9:7.  It is a time provided to repent of any sins committed in this last year.  A prayer of repentance is read in temples and synagogues.  That prayer covers most sins that anyone could ever commit.

Give thanks today that I came as the perfect sacrifice to take away the sins of the world. Because you received Me as your Lord and Savior, your sins have not only been covered, but they have been taken away.  As far as the East is from the West so far have I removed all of your transgressions.

LEVITITCUS 9:7; PSALM 103:12

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

RELIEF

There are so many relief efforts taking place in your country since the storms.  Mexico also is experiencing tremendous relief efforts after the earthquake.  As I told you earlier, the whole earth is in labor and is preparing for the birth of My return.

These tragedies are horrific, and I know that only with My strength will these precious people be able to recover their loss.  The thief comes in to steal, kill, and destroy.  I came to give life.  Pray now for those who are going through these disasters to turn to Me.

True relief from horrendous circumstances only comes from Me.  I can relieve the emotional, spiritual and physical pain that so many are suffering now.  Those in these disaster areas also need people Who know Me to be My hands, feet, and arms to strengthen and embrace them.  I asked for prayer for more laborers for the harvest when I walked on Earth, and now I ask for you to pray for more of My laborers to go and minister to these people.

MATTHEW 24:1-8, 9:37-38; JOHN 10:10

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

FINISH

You rejoice when you finish a difficult project.  Racers rejoice when they finally reach the finish line.  I rejoice when you recognize that I am the "Author and Finisher" of your faith and of your life.

You forget that every day of your life is written in heaven. I told My disciples to rejoice not because they had power over spirits, but to rejoice because their names were written in heaven.

Each day you live is a new page.  I do not want you to look back at past pages.  Leave those pages behind and look forward to the end of your book.  Pray daily that you will be on the same page that I have ordained for you.  Pray that you will be lead by My Spirit to be in the right place at the right time.  Only I know when you will reach the finish line of your life.  Until then, live each day as if it were your last day and enjoy My presence with you moment by moment..

LUKE 10:20; HEBREWS 12:2


Monday, September 25, 2017

GOLD

Many believe that when they go to heaven that they will walk on streets paved with gold.  However, those streets will be translucent. They will look golden because they will reflect My glory which is similar to the golden glow that fills the sky during a beautiful sunrise and sunset.

All of heaven will be filled with that glory light that comes from our throne room.  The day will come when all the Earth will be filled with My glory.

When I was transfigured on the mountain, Peter, James, and John saw My glory.  They had to close their eyes because the brightness of My countenance blinded them.  I created you to be My glory on Earth.  I want your countenance today to reflect that golden glow of My glory.  The only thing that will prevent this from happening is when you choose to walk in the flesh instead of My Spirit.

MATTHEW 17:1-4

Sunday, September 24, 2017

NAME

When you study the names in My Word, you will discover that many of those names have meanings that relay the person's story..  My name has a meaning that describes why I came to Earth.

My name in Hebrew is Yeshua, and it means Salvation.  Salvation means liberty, deliverance, prosperity, safety and saving.

My name describes both My ministry and the ministry that you have as a believer in Me.  Isaiah described the ministry the Holy Spirit gave Me when he wrote: "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me: because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the meek, He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;....  Pray today that My Holy Spirit will anoint you to share My good news, feed those who are spiritually and physically poor, heal wounds in hearts, and set free those who have been captured and bound by My enemy.

ISAIAH 61:1; 58:6-8

Saturday, September 23, 2017

WEIGHT

As the days draw closer to My return, natural disasters will increase.  The reason is that the whole Earth is having labor pains and is groaning before My second coming is birthed.

Labor pains of nature also can cause labor pains in you, if you allow the weight of this world to weigh you down.  My adversary would love to put his spirit of heaviness on you.

Resist the devil, by dressing yourself with the garment of praise by praising and worshipping Me every morning.  When you do this, the wells of joy within you will begin to bubble up and My joy will strengthen you for all that will be happening in your personal life and in the world.

ROMANS 8:21-23; ISAIAH 61:3

Friday, September 22, 2017

FOLLOW

I told My disciples that if they wanted to follow Me, they had to deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me.  The cross that I want you to daily take up in order to follow Me is You.

My servant Paul wrote that he was crucified with Me and that he now had My resurrection power living through him.  He also exhorted believers to offer their bodies as a living sacrifices and to reckon themselves dead to sin and alive to Me.

I love your praises and songs of thanksgiving and worship, but what I daily want is the sacrifice of yourself to Me. This only occurs when you yield yourself to My Holy Spirit. Allow My Holy Spirit to work through you today to both give you the will to do My will and also the power to fulfill My will.

MATTHEW 16:24; GALATIANS 2:20; PHIIPPIANS 2:13

Thursday, September 21, 2017

REMEDY

Whenever you have a physical condition that has weakened you in some way, you most likely go to your internist with the hope that he can diagnose what part of your body needs strengthening.  Your physician will usually prescribe some type of program of exercise, diet, or he may give you a prescription that he believes will help your condition.

I am the "Great Physician," and I know exactly how to strengthen you both physically, mentally, and spiritually.  I gave My diagnosis of what ails you over 2,000 years ago.  Sin came into the world at the Fall of mankind, and ever since then that original sin has caused humankind to be weak in many ways.

Most physical illnesses result from the fallen world that you are exposed to daily.  The mental, emotional, and spiritual weaknesses are usually caused by a void of unconditional love in your inner person.  I came to remedy that condition.  Come to Me today and allow My extravagant, eternal and unconditional love to embrace you.

MATTHEW 9:12

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ROB

My enemy came to steal, kill, and destroy.   "I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly,"  You have to have safeguards in order to prevent someone from robbing your home.  You also have to have safeguards to prevent the enemy from stealing your joy.

The safeguards that you can employ to guarantee that My enemy will not have success in robbing you of your joy are being careful about what you see, hear, and say.  You must guard the gates to your mind.  Those gates are your eye gate,  ear gate, and mouth gate.

Like it or not, My enemy is always watching for you to open the doors of your worldly lusts: the lust of the flesh (seeking to gratify your five senses in an addictive way); the lust of the eyes (greed and covetousness) and the lust of the pride of life (trusting yourself more than you trust in Me).  Shut the doors to these lusts when the enemy tempts you and set up your safeguards, and My enemy will not be able to steal your joy.

JOHN 10:10

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

NOW

It is human nature to review hurts in the past.  This is an exercise in futility.  I want you to live in the present and also daily live in My presence.  The past does not define you.  You now have your identity in Me, and I want to commune with you daily.

Faith can only work right now.  It cannot work in the past and it cannot work in the future.  Today, I want you to ask Me what I require of you.  There are only three things that are required for you to live a life that is not consumed with past hurts.

I require that you love mercy, do justly, and walk humbly with Me.  Humility is seeing yourself as I see you.  I see you cleansed by My blood and complete in Me.  Do not review past failings.  That also is an exercise in futility.  I want your whole being given to Me today and each day.  TODAY, RIGHT NOW we can co-labor TOGETHER in My kingdom on Earth.

MICAH 6:8; HEBREWS 11:1

Monday, September 18, 2017

PURPOSE

So many on Earth aimlessly go through life without knowing the whole purpose of their existence.  I created humankind to do three things: enjoy My creation, praise and worship Me, and glorify Me in the things that they do and say daily.

The purpose in life is to express My love to others in such a way that they can see Me through those who serve Me.  Faith is not seen, but My love can be seen if there are willing vessels on Earth Who daily want to express My love to others.

I even want you to love your enemies.  This is not possible without the power of My Holy Spirit working through your heart and out of your body.  You know your major purpose now, so today ask My Spirit to help you love like I love.

JOHN 17:20-22

Sunday, September 17, 2017

GENEROSITY

You have witnessed recently the generosity of many people as they have given to those people who have lost most everything in the natural disasters that have befallen your country.  I always can work My purposes in whatever happens in your fallen world.  I am in the redeeming business.

My Father is a giver, and those who give generously open their hearts up to My Spirit.  Pray for those who are generously giving to recognize My Father's generosity when He gave Me, His only Son, to be the perfect sacrifice for sin to redeem people from the bondage of sin.

I want you always to have your heart open to give generously not only of your money, but also of your time.  It is My very Spirit that causes people to give.  Pray for this move of My Spirit in your country now to touch many hearts and thereby cause many to turn to Me, their Redeemer.

JOHN 3:16:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

CHILD

I said, "Verily, I say to you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein."  "Child" in this sentence I spoke is interpreted "infant."  You are well aware of how dependent an infant is upon his parents.

An infant depends upon his parents to feed, clothe, change, love and nurture him.  Good parents do all of these things for their newborn infant.  When you entered My kingdom, you were born again.  You were an infant.  You depended upon Me for everything.

I never want you to lose your dependency upon Me.  As you grow older in My kingdom, it is so easy for you to forget your dependency upon Me.  Often, you feel you can do things in your own strength.
You walk in My Spirit and grow in My Spirit only as you depend upon My strength, My provision, and My love daily.

LUKE 18:17

Friday, September 15, 2017

ARGUMENTS

People are always subject to arguments.  Even My beloved sometimes argue over the Scriptures.  The truth is that arguments usually do not bear good fruit..  One party will have to give in to the other and neither parties are winners.  Often wounding words are spoken in the heat of an argument.

Recognize that when you get into an argument with another person, you are usually trying to prove your point because you think you are right.  There is only One Who is always right and that is Me.
When you try to prove your point in a matter, you are in pride.

What should you do then when a person disagrees with you?  I faced many disagreements when I walked on Earth: disagreements with My disciples, lawyers, scribes, and Pharisees.  I knew that what they argued was not based on truth.  I never tried to prove My point.  I only relayed the truth.  I want you to speak the truth in love, and you can only do this when you are not trying to prove your own point.

EPHESIANS 4:11-15














































Thursday, September 14, 2017

Still

The age that you now live does not lend itself to being still.  Everyone is on the go, and most everyone is either listening or watching something.  The eye and ear gates to the mind are flooded with information.

You have to be intentional in this age to still your soul.  I exhort  you to still your soul every morning by just being quiet and still in My presence.  This is not a time to cast your burdens on Me or to even sing songs to Me.  Simply acknowledge My presence with you by thanking Me for My love towards you.

Let Me speak to you while you are silent.  I have much to share with you, but often I do not have that opportunity because even in your quiet times you are talking, not listening.  Ask Me this morning to give you a Scripture to meditate on during the day.  Then wait quietly to hear what I give you to read in My Word.  In My presence is fullness of joy and pleasures for evermore.

PSALM 16:11, 40:10

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

RESTITUTION

Whenever you have been wronged by someone, you usually seek restitution.  You want a payback of those things that were lost.

My enemy seeks to harm you and to rob you of My joy.  My friend, the psalmist David, felt that he had lost the joy of his salvation.  He asked Me to restore the joy of his salvation.  I was able to do this after David confessed his sins of adultery and murder.

When you seem to have lost the joy of your salvation, I want you to come to Me.  I will restore the joy of your salvation and restore our fellowship together when you also repent of any sins that have caused you to feel distant from Me.

PSALM 51:8, 12

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DIFFICULT

Life is always difficult, and I did say that in the world you would have tribulation, but be of good cheer I have overcome the world.  I overcame the world for your sake, so that I can infuse you with My strength to get through every trial you face in life.

I usually do not intervene to stop the trials you will experience in life. I did not stop the great trial that Peter was going to face.  I knew that Satan was going to sift him as wheat and I told him this. That sifting would occur when Peter gave into the temptation to deny Me three times.  I had the power to stop that from happening to Peter, but I did not.  I simply told him that I would pray that his faith would not fail him.

Peter recognized for the first time his own weakness when I allowed him to go through that trial.  He realized that without My strength he could not overcome temptation. Keep in mind that when you are going through trials that I am also praying that your faith in Me not fail.

JOHN 16:33; LUKE 22:31-32

Monday, September 11, 2017

PERSONALLY

I want you to never take what someone says to you personally.  You must remember that you do not fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and wickedness in high places. 

When someone comes against you or is rude to you, I want you to recognize that My enemy, Satan, is trying to cause you to retaliate in some way or to take what has been said as a personal attack on you.

My enemy always wants to hurt people.  He wants them to feel rejected and wounded.  Do not retaliate with unkind words against the person who has come against you. That person is not your enemy..  Hurt people hurt people. Instead pray for that person and daily put on your breast plate of righteousness by declaring out loud that your righteousness is of Me.  When you do this no weapon formed against you will prosper.

EPHESIANS 6: 11-13; ISAIAH 54:17

Sunday, September 10, 2017

RECOGNIZE

The first step to repentance is the recognition of sin. My servant John wrote if you say that you have no sin, you deceive yourself.  All have sinned and fallen short of My glory.

My dear friend Peter finally recognized his sin when the cock crowed .. I warned him that he would deny Me three times before the cock crowed.  He did not believe Me. He was confident in his own strength to overcome temptation.  

Whenever you depend upon yourself more than you depend upon Me, you have given into the lust called "the pride of life" (trusting in yourself and your own strength more than Me).  Whenever you think that you can handle a difficult situation or relationship without My help, you must recognize that things will not go well.  Recognize your dependence upon Me this day, and call upon My help.

1 JOHN 1:8-10; ROMANS 3:23; MATTHEW 16:34-35

Saturday, September 9, 2017

PERMANENT

There really is nothing permanent in life.  Circumstances, marriages, children, jobs,  are all subject to change.  Parents pray that their children will not grow up so fast, but they do grow up and leave the nest..  People pray that they will be able to remain in the job they like until they retire, but they may be told that their career is over.

I am the only permanent thing in your life.  I am the same today, yesterday, and forever.  My love for you is permanent.  It never changes even when you feel that your do not deserve such constant, unconditional love from Me.

Your place in heaven is permanent.  These truths are why I want you to put all of your hopes in Me instead to hoping that things will not change.  Hope is in the future, and I hold your future in My hands.  You have a permanent place in My heart now and for all eternity.

HEBREWS 13:8


Friday, September 8, 2017

FATHERS

I always loved talking with My Father before dawn.  I knew that once the light of the day was shining brightly that there would be little time if any to just listen intently to My Father.  You have so many distractions in your age.  Few of My beloved have quality time with Me daily.

You read one time that fathers on the average only speak to their children two hours a week.  Those hours are spaced during the few hours that fathers are not working outside the home.  Fathers today have to be intentional to spend quality time with their children.

So many in the world do not even know who their father is.  The expressive love that a father displays to his children is vital for their emotional well being.  My heavenly Father loves every child, but children need to hear "I love you" from their dads.  In the last days I will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and their children to their fathers..  My heart is always turned towards you.  Spend quality time in prayer today and listen to the love words that My Father is conveying to you.

MALACHI 4:5

Thursday, September 7, 2017

CONCLUSIONS

It is so easy to jump to conclusions when you do not know all of the facts.  So many of My beloved try to guess at when I will return, and they come to their own conclusions.

"It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which My Father has put in His own power."  Only My Father knows the day and hour of My return. 

Rather than diligently searching My Word to try to figure out when I will come again, I want you to ask Me for wisdom every day so that you can apply the knowledge that you find in My Word to your every day life.  Kingdom living is not based on knowledge of facts.  It is based on intimate knowledge of Me and faith. Faith can only operate in your life in this present moment.

ACTS 1:7; JAMES 1:5; HEBREWS 11:1


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

CONFRONT

It is usually difficult to know whether or not I want you to confront someone with their sin or just pray for that person.  Confronting someone without the unction and anointing of My Spirit often will produce little fruit.

My servant John gave the answer when he wrote: "If any man sees his brother sin a sin that is not unto death, he shall 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.  All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death" (1 John 5:16-17).

The only sin that is unto death is rejection of Me as Lord and Savior.  I exhort you to first pray for the fellow believer who you see sin.  I have given you and all My beloved the priestly role of praying and confessing the sins of others.  You are to ask Me to count that sin not against the person and also ask Me to send them the gift of repentance. I gave that priestly role to My disciples just after My resurrection.  I first breathed into them and said to them, "Receive you the Holy Spirit: Whosever sins you remit are remitted and whoever sins you retain are retained.

1 JOHN 5:16-17; JOHN 20:21-23

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

CONGENIAL

People are congenial with one another when they have the same tastes and temperament.  Such people usually do not have a problem in their relationships with kindred spirits.

The goal of My Holy Spirit is to conform you to My image.  This means that He is forming My temperament in your emotions and My thoughts in your mind.  When you lift up your soul daily to Me and ask My Spirit to help you love like I love, you are cooperating with this challenging assignment of My Spirit to conform you to My image.

People who live in your age more than ever need to see My love expressed through a human being.  When I exhorted My disciples to let their light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify My Father in heaven, I was challenging them to love like I love.  Loving Me with all your heart and loving others is the work of My Spirit within you. Yield to My Spirit today.

ROMANS 8:29; MATTHEW 5:16

Monday, September 4, 2017

ENJOY

I created the world for you to enjoy, and I also created your five senses to enhance your enjoyment of the beauty of the world.  I love to see you wake up early so that you can see the morning star.  I created that view so that you will know that I will be watching over you on that new day.

I also created the sunrise and the sunset.  I make the mornings and the evenings to rejoice. Listen carefully at sunrise and sunset and you will hear the birds praising Me at dawn and at dusk.  I know how summer is not your favorite month because of the heat, but I created the sounds of summer as night falls to entertain your ears.

When you take your walks in the morning stop for a moment and smell the roses.  I created your taste buds to savor the flavor of food.  Enjoy what I have created this day, and alert your senses everyday to welcome My creation.

PSALM 65:8; PSALM 34:8; REVELATION 22:16

Sunday, September 3, 2017

PERSERVERANCE

You often ask Me, "Why do people go through so many trials?"  There are multiple reasons why people suffer many trials, but one of the fruits that can be produced through trials is perseverance.  Perseverance will lead to patience, and patience will finally be developed in our characters.

My Holy Spirit desires to fill the hearts of all believers with My love.  However, often My love is blocked from shining forth from the hearts of believers because they do not persevere through trials with a joyful spirit. 

How you react to tribulation will show forth My love. You have a choice to react in anger because you believe I am punishing you, or you can respond in love. I do rebuke those I love, but I do not punish them.  I bore the chastisement or punishment for all humans when I died on the tree.  Sadly, many experience no peace in their hearts when tribulation comes because they do not recognize the fact that I have either ordained the trial or allowed it to fulfill My purpose in their lives.

ROMANS 5:1-5; JAMES 1:2-3

Friday, September 1, 2017

BOTTLES

"Who can stay the bottles of heaven?" I asked Job this question.  I am in control of the weather, but you can intercede for My mercy when storms  come your way.  You also can pray for rains to come and for rains to stop.  Elijah prayed for rain, and it came.

Heavenly bottles not only store water, but they also store the tears that you have shed when you have cried out to Me.  David prayed that I would put his tears in a bottle when the Philistines took Gath. His enemies seemed to be winning.

Whenever your enemy (Satan) seems to be winning, cry out to Me, and.when you pray for the salvation of others, cry out to Me. I will put your tears in a bottle and later I will pour out your tears as showers of blessings upon yourself and those you cry out to Me for their salvation.

JOB 38:37; JAMES 5:17-20; PSALM 56:8