The Head Edge 

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” 

— John 17:17 

The spiritual battle, the loss of victory, is always in the thought-world.” 

— Francis Schaeffer 

As you advance in levels athletically, the skill gap closes. What separates those who can play at the highest levels and those who can’t is mental. It’s called The Head Edge. The baseball legend and Hall of Famer Ty Cobb once quipped, “The most important part of a player’s body is above his shoulders.” Professional golfer Bobby Jones said, “Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears.”8 It’s true in golf and it’s true in life. Those who train physically and mentally will outperform those who just train physically, hands down. 

In the Christian life, the great battle is for the mind. Paul urged us to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Why? The enemy is a liar. That’s why. John 8:44 says, “…there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” 

When the battle for our minds begins, it starts with a barrage of destructive ideas, suspicions, doubts, and fears. The enemy’s goal is for those lies to take root and to become strongholds in our minds that ultimately determine our actions. A stronghold can be a pattern of thinking that becomes so set in our mind that we convince ourselves it is right or true even when it’s not. It can lead us to destructive habits like addiction, self-hatred, depression, fear, unhealthy dependence on others. 

Strongholds begin as small seeds, single thoughts planted in our minds. Over time, if these seeds are not weeded out, they take root and grow into full-fledged vices that dominate us. The good news is that we don’t have to live in the bondage these strongholds create. Through God’s leading and renewal, we can make daily choices to “put off” our old destructive habits and “put on” new choices that become new habits (Ephesians 4:22-24). “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NKJ). 

The way we demolish strongholds is by binding our thoughts and our will to the will of God through prayer. As we persistently pray in this manner, the Holy Spirit brings to our mind areas and thought patterns that do not line up with the Word of God. When these thoughts enter our minds, it is our responsibility to compare them to what we know to be true based on the word of God. Romans 12:3calls it a sober assessment. That’s how we discern truth from falsehood and begin to renew our mind. We look to Jesus. He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). On the other hand, Jesus described Satan as a “liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). 

Strongholds bind, but truth sets free. Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). Freedom comes by immersing ourselves in truth and renewing your mind. It’s the Head Edge. You may be going through a time of darkness in your life.

Your faith and sanity are under attack; those destructive habits may be out of control. You don’t have to let the enemy destroy you or your faith. It’s on the battleground of our psyche that we win or lose the fight against Satan and his system to keep us bound by strongholds. Let God’s eternal truth demolish the strongholds in your life and set you free from self-destruction. 

Get the Head Edge. 

Prayer to IGNITE

God, you are the source of all truth. Renew my mind and give me a discerning spirit. Help me to release those strongholds in my life; those destructive habits and experience freedom. 

*A devotional from “Ignite Your Faith” by Dr. Tim Clinton and Max Davis