Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess: but be filled with the Spirit.
If any man will come after me let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Let us not sleep, as do others: but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober. – Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world: looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
GAL. 5:22. I Cor. 9:25-27. Eph. 5:18. Matt. 16:24. I Thes. 5:6-8. Tit. 2:12,13.
October 1 evening
Grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.
First the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. – Till we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
They measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
The body is of Christ. Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding the Head from which all the body by joints and bands, having nourishment ministered and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
EPH. 4:15. Matt. 4:28. Eph 4:13. II Cor. 10:12,17,18. Col. 2:17-19. II Pet. 3:18.