The 12 Days of Christmas

John 3:16 (NASB)

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

Jeremiah 31:3 (NASB)

The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness."

II Corinthians 4:7 (NASB)

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.

I Timothy 1:15(NASB)

It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.

Luke 24:27(NASB)

Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

II Corinthians 4:6 (NASB)

For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

Ezekiel 36:26 (NASB)

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Philippians 1:6 (NASB)

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

John 13:34-35 (NASB)

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

12 Days 1 The 12 Days of Christmas Cover

The 12 Days is an ancient song of faith. In this series we've seen how the modern song The 12 Days of Christmas is based on the ancient song. Parents would teach their children the good news through the words of The 12 Days: My True Love (God the Father) gives to me the Partridg (Jesus Christ) in a Pear Tree (His suffering and satisfaction), Two Turtle Doves (a sacrifice for the poor), Three French Hens (faith, hope and love), Four Colly Birds (the four Gospels), Five Golden Rings (the five books of Moses reveal Christ), Six Geese a Laying (the six days of Creation and God's work in me), Seven Swans a Swimming (the seven Gifts of the Spirit), and Eight Maids a Milking (the Beatitudes). Now we come to days Nine and Ten.

  1. The Nine Ladies Dancing are the Fruit of the Spirit in my life.
    12 Days 1 - nineladiesdancing edited-2"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law" (Galatians 5:22-23). What does that last phrase mean? "These fruits appear in the spirit of the one led by the Spirit; therefore that person is not under the Law, and has nothing to fear from it, as a terrifying, accusing, cursing, and condemning law" (J. Gill).
    1. The Fruit of the Spirit is in the singular not the plural.
      For some the use of phrase "fruit of the Spirit" in the singular is not significant. However, it has been pointed out that "fruit" of the Spirit means something that cannot be divided or separated.
    2. The Fruit of the Spirit is the evidence of the Spirit's presence.
      "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this love all will know that you are My disciples (John 13:34-35). It is utterly impossible to be a child of God and be without the fruit of the Spirit. It would be like saying the apple tree in your backyard is really a cherry tree. You know by the fruit displayed.
  2. The Ten Lords a Leaping are the Ten Commandments
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    The 10 Commandments are given in two places, Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5. Here's the short form.
    1. I am the LORD your God. You shall have no other gods before me.
    2. You shall not worship idols, for I am the LORD your God.
    3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
    4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    5. Honor your Father and Mother.
    6. You shall not murder.
    7. You shall not commit adultery.
    8. You shall not steal.
    9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor
    10. You shall not covet your neighbor's possessions.
    These 10 Commandments were the laws for Israel (a theocracy) and cannot be the civil laws of the United States. The reason? We are a constitutional republic with no religious test for citizenship. Yet, the 10 Commandments are part of the Law which Jesus fulfilled. Jesus has given us Royal Law of Love. "A new commandment give I to you, that you love one another as I have loved you" (John 13:34). In this series we are seeing how My True Love is loving unconditionally, sacrificially, and selflessly (without expectation of reciprocation). Spouses would be amazed at the transformation in their marriages if we learned to love one another as Christ has loved us. A new Covenant believer is full of grace and love because he's come to understand the grace and love of God in Christ (The 12 Days).

The Fruit of the Spirit Defined and Illustrated

Loveagape
Definition of – "Serving people for their good based on their value and worth, not for what they give."
Denial of – Self-protecting one's life by abusing and manipulating others for my personal gain.
Deceptive in – Rescuing others to rescue self. Drawn to others not for their sake, but for good feelings.

Joychara
Definition of – "Delighting in God and His grace for the beauty of His Person and His eternal gifts."
Denial of – Feeling hopelessness and despair regarding life; a deadness within my soul.
Deceptive in – Satisfaction that come with temporal blessings. My emotions change with circumstances.

Peaceirene
Definition of – "Resting in the providence and personal love of God more than my own abilities."
Denial of – An inner anxiety and worry of the future, with frantic efforts to control one's circumstances.
Deceptive in – An indifference to, apathy for, and hardness with life and circumstances: “I don’t care.”

Patience - makrothumia
Definition of – "Receiving trouble from others or life without erupting angrily or suppressing bitterly."
Denial of – A deep resentment or explosive anger toward God or others for the trouble they've brought.
Deceptive in – Expressing cynicism or self-righteousness, portraying an air of superiority.

Kindness - chrestotes
Definition of – "Practical goodness extended to others from a deep sense of my value and worth."
Denial of – A spirit of envy, with the inability to rejoice with another's good fortune or personal joy.
Deceptive in – Doing good things for manipulative reasons, particularly to be seen by others as "good."

Integrity (Goodness) - agathosune
Definition of – "Personal transparency and authenticity; being the same person in all environments."
Denial of – A duplicity of character; hiding from fear of discovery of my thoughts and actions.
Deceptive in – Speaking the truth without love. To act, speak or think without thinking of another.

Faithfulness - pistis
Definition of – "Living a principle-driven life, committed to a cause and utterly reliable."
Denial of – Taking advantage of situations and for personal gain.
Deceptive in – Loving without truth. Being loyal when you should be willing to confront or challenge.

Gentleness (Humility) - prautas
Definition of – "Living life with the ability to be self-forgetful; able to focus on others in every situation."
Denial of – A sense of personal superiority and being self-absorbed; engaging in self-aggrandizement.
Deceptive in – Feelings of inferiority and inner insecurity, which is also self-absorption (i.e. focus on self).

Self-Control - egkrateia
Definition of – "The ability to choose that which is more important over that which seems more urgent."
Denial of – Living life as an impulsive, uncontrolled, and undisciplined person.
Deceptive in – Establishing one's willpower through pride and turning discipline into an idol.

 

I Corinthians 2:2 (NASB)

For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

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