Everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
Do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.
If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
Let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober. § Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Gal. 5:22–23; 1 Cor. 9:25–27; Eph. 5:18; Matt. 16:24; 1 Thess. 5:6–8; Titus 2:12–13
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