You don't receive the Victor's Crown of the overcomer by sleeping away your SPIRITUAL RESPONSIBILITY and calling to complete the race through the upward call of God in Christ, by which we must be trained, discipled, disciplined and equipped to lawfully participate. Can any athlete lay claim to the golden medal without first winning the contest? 2 Timothy 2 5 And if a man also competes as an athlete, yet is he not crowned, unless he strives lawfully. 1 Corinthians 9 24 Know you not that they who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain. 25 And every man that strives for self control is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, not with uncertainty; so fight I, not as one that beats the air: 27 But I roughly treat my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.
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