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1 For Such a Time as This By Dr. Ella Smith Simmons
SPIRITUAL Strength   For Such a Time as This By Dr. Ella Smith Simmons General Conference Women’s Ministries Emphasis Day

2 “for such at time as this.”
Why are you positioned where you are? Why do you work where you work? Why do you live where you live? Why do you go to school where you go to school? Why do you go to church where you go to church? You do what you do because God has assigned you there—and here “for such at time as this.”

3 God Appointed-Purpose for Our Lives
“Therefore, I urge you, sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and prove what God's will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.

4 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: ‘Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

5 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a woman's gift is prophesying, let her use it in proportion to her faith. If it is serving, let her serve; if it is teaching, let her teach; if it is encouraging, let her encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let her give generously; if it is leadership, let her govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let her do it cheerfully’.” Romans 12:1-8

6 Kentucky Derby held in Louisville, Kentucky,


8 The Fig Tree Are we sometimes like that tree? Although there is nothing wrong with having a clean and attractive appearance, nothing wrong with wearing an attractive hat, it is much more important to have something worthwhile inside our heads.

9 Bearing Fruit “When the Lord is with the people who have knowledge and advantages in spiritual enlightenment, and when they impart that which they have received from God, they are fruit-bearing branches. They receive God’s rich blessing, and are producers of fruit.”

10 “As a sure result,” she adds, “in the hand of God and under the influence of the Holy Spirit they are mighty men [and women]. Constantly they represent before the world the great goodness of God, not only in spiritual lines, but in temporal lines as well” . S.D.A Bible Commentary, Vol. 5, p. 1097

11 Esther’s Example

12 The talents, characteristics and personal traits all came from God to be used in His cause.

13 God calls women who will give all, who will answer His call to servant leadership. Through His gift of grace God calls us today to take up His cause, our church calls us to greater service to humanity, and the world calls us to care.

14 No matter what we have accomplished in the past, we have a much greater work to do—today and in the future.

15 We may do a noble work for God if we will
We may do a noble work for God if we will. Woman does not know her power…. There is a higher purpose for woman, a grander destiny. She should develop and cultivate her powers, for God can employ them in the great work of saving souls from eternal ruin.”—Testimonies, vol.4, p. 642

16 The Right Dress Are you dressed for the occasion? Are you wearing your Ephesians 6 designer attire as you march forward to greater service? Such attire requires daily attention, you know, and is quite costly. How then can we as ordinary women of limited means and influence achieve and maintain that standard of dress?

17 “Woman, fallen, woman, may be transformed by the renewing of the mind, so that she can ‘prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.’ How does she prove this? By the Holy Spirit taking possession of her mind, spirit, heart, and character.

18 ” Ellen White says, “We are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.” (Surely she penned this for women!)   Our High Calling, p. 106

19 good fruit unto eternal life.”
“A real work is wrought by the Holy Spirit upon the human character, and its fruits are seen. Just as a good tree will bear fruit, so will the tree that is actually planted in the Lord’s garden produce good fruit unto eternal life.” Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 50

20 “I heard the voice of the Lord saying whom shall I send, and who will go [in service] for us? And we said, here I am Lord; I am dressed and ready to [serve], send me.” Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)

21 May God bless each one of us as we act to fulfill our life’s purpose through service for such a time as this.

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