Mind, Heart, Courage – Part 1 | Thursday | October 4

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. –2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

In the story The Wizard of Oz, there are three memorable characters: the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. As they journeyed down the yellow brick road, they sang, “If I only had a…” The Tin Man sought a heart, the Scarecrow wanted a brain, and the Cowardly Lion longed for courage. However, as their voyage ended, each acknowl- edged that what they sought was already within them all along. The Tin Man had a heart, the Scarecrow had a brain, and the Cowardly Lion had courage.

For us to be thriving followers of Christ, we require all three. We need a heart that pleases God, a mind renewed and shaped by His Spirit, and courage to face our fears and trials. If we lack any one of these, living a victorious life will be hard. Thus, just like the three characters who sought the Wizard of Oz for their deficiencies, we need to seek and ask God for ours. Pray: “God, I ask that You cleanse my heart, renew my mind, and give me the courage to confront my fears. I need not say, ‘If I only had…’ for You supply all my needs. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Prayer Focus

  • Praise God for all the wonderful things He has already proven and done in your life. Thank Him for His wonderful attributes.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with wisdom, courage, and boldness so you can rise up and proceed onward with the Lord.
Barbara Alpert

Barbara Alpert

Barbara’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 118:17. This particular life verse inspired & empowered her to write about her journey with God in hopes of helping others. Her favorite pastime is walking on the beach with her husband, Dave.
Barbara Alpert

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