The wayside soil refers to a beaten and downtrodden heart. The trauma of past experiences results in the hardening of the earth. Ultimately, the ground becomes unable to accept the transformative power of the Word. When God’s truth cannot grow or penetrate the heart, the enemy launches an attack (Matthew 13).
Those who conduct the attack, the birds of the air, are relentless in their desire to steal the gift of God’s truth and love. The enemy catches away, carrying off by force, the Word (Matthew 13:19).
If we take a closer look at the Greek word for catch away, harpazo, we see how the sinister plan unfolds. Critically, we learn the enemy’s tactics.
The Birds of The Air
When Jesus talked about the birds of the air, He illustrated what takes place in the spiritual realm during the time of sowing. Once the seed is exposed, there is no protection.
Picture this: We get the word harpy from harpazo, which refers to a vulture-like creature whose sole purpose is to seize, steal, plunder, and ravish. They lack mercy and contaminate whatever they touch. Master extortioners, they claim ownership of others, and by use of force and threats, they complete their goal.
What is their target? Our peace and relationship with Jesus.
The Reason for the Enemy’s Attacks
By employing the word harpazo, and referencing birds of the air, we discover the key to victory: know who our enemies are and how they gain access to our mind. OCD does not negotiate whether one wants to give in to the compulsions (rituals or repetitive behavior).
The enemy provides no alternative other than: “give me your peace, and I’ll stop the anxiety.”
However, after the enemy devours the seed (Matthew 13:4), there is no hope or relaxation. The inability to stop the compulsion increases the level of despair. Once a sufferer of OCD hands over the weapon of truth, considering it useless to their situation, the birds begin their feast.
The anxiety never really goes away because another trigger lurks in the shadows.
A Moment of Reflection
Let’s take a moment to analyze the situation and ask: What precedes the attack?
The answer: the soil is hardened before the sower sows, and prior to the birds searching for prey. F.B. Meyers described the wayside soil this way: “In the course of the years, it has been trodden down by passengers and traffic.”
So, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the following:
- Who are the passengers trampling our hearts?
- What are the distractions, idols, and sins, that inhibit our acceptance of God’s chain-breaking power?
- What toxic beliefs do we harbor because of the pain and anxiety?
Jesus said: “If ye love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15).
However, how can we keep His commands, if we don’t know them? Or how can we learn if we don’t read or listen to Jesus’ teachings? How can we believe in Jesus’ power if we also listen to other voices? (Romans 10:14; Romans 10:17).
How can we expect to truly be free, from OCD or other sins, when we deny the power of holiness? (2 Timothy 3:5)
A Call to Detox
Beloved friends, I implore you through the words of Paul:
“What should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be His sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights His heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.
Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in His eyes.” (Romans 12:1-2)
The journey starts with detoxing from the sin and filth inside our souls. Whether we’ve inherited the sinful tendencies of previous generations, or have contaminated ourselves with faulty beliefs, we need to come clean.
There exists only one remedy, the Truth (John 14:6), which entails listening, watching, or talking only about Jesus and devouring His Word. Even now, breakthrough is here and the Holy Spirit is saying:
“Trust Me in the letting go of the world. Your freedom is on the other side of obedience.”