The weapons used against God’s children by this world (like belittling, bullying, gossip, false accusations, etc.) no doubt affect our spirits and our minds.
This is why Paul says, “take every thought captive…”. We don’t let hurtful words that start the chain of negative thoughts get the better of us, nor do we let our mind go chasing after ones that stir up without an ounce of truth in them.
Once we’ve stopped the potential mind controlling enemies in their tracks we put them under “the obedience of Christ”. The truth of God’s Word keeps those “demons” pinned down so that they cannot rise up and take control.
Christ-follower, when twisted words try to take hold let your mind begin to dwell on what is true, noble, and of good repute. (See Philippians 4:8-9.)
Shame does not have any hold over you! You remember who you are in Christ and whose you are—God’s favored child. You are a beautiful new creature with a valuable purpose. (See Matthew 10:29-31.)
…that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Let the Spirit of God fill you with is love, his joy, his patience. (See Galatians 5:22.) You can lovingly forgive those who direct ill-intentions towards you because you are deeply forgiven. You are cherished beyond all comprehension.
You rise up out of shame and you walk with your head high (but your heart humbled) by the amazing truth of the Gospel. There’s no need to defend yourself. You’re defended by the One who matters most. Let his Gospel shine forth from your life and be heard from your lips.
This is how you repel the fiery darts that are often hurled at you. The flame of destruction by an earthly kingdom is transformed into a beacon of light for building the Heavenly Kingdom!
By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” toward you when away! I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.2 Corinthians 10:1-5