“Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

It is easy for the word of God to be strangled and choked by the cares of life and worries of this world because of the constant flow of information coming at us from all angles. It is overwhelming at times and can have a huge impact on our physical and mental health. (Proverbs 4:20-23)

Jesus made an allusion to this when he taught the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:7,22). Some seeds “fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants.” In a metaphorical sense, “the seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. (Matthew 13:22 NLT)

This can happen to the best of us but it doesn’t have to because there are ways to guard against such an occurrence. One of them is to guard our hearts by filling it with the word of God.

Do not be anxious and worried, instead, fill your mind with all that is good and true about you in Christ Jesus.

See how Paul explains it:
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Another way to go about it is to set your desires and affections on God (Colossians 3:1-2). Encourage yourself in the Lord when you are weighed down, anxious and depressed. David did this often (Psalm 43:5, I Samuel 30:3-6), you should try it too.

Finally, pray when anxiety and worry come calling. Pray and “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”( Philippians 6:7, ‭NKJV‬‬)

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 18:18-30, 2 Timothy 4, Proverbs 13:13-25, Nehemiah 11