Before going into the Message, a brief history of Salford was given.
Salford is a city and district of Greater Manchester. It covers Swinton, Walkden, Eccles and Irlam. Salford has 218,000 inhabitants. Salford’s main industry was its Textile industry before it experienced degradation in the turn of the 20th century. In 1931 Salford was considered among the worst slums in the country. In 2001 census Christians were 76.5%, Jewish 2.4, Muslim1.2 and the remaining do not believe in anything.
Sunday Message was on Healing of the Land based on 2 Kings 2:19-22
We are admonished in Jer 29:7 to seek the peace of the city where the Lord has taken us and pray to the Lord for it, for in its peace we will have peace.
The Problem of the city:
The men of the city came to tell Elisha about the problem – the situation in the city looks good but the water is bad. God is looking for Intercessors who will stand in the gap for the land, so that the land will not be destroyed. I pray we will be like the men of the city who had a burden for the city and knew they could go to man of God for a solution. 2 Chronicles 7:14, instructed us to humble our selves, pray and seek His face ——— He will hear from heaven —–
They were specific. The water was bad and there was bareness. What is wrong with our city and what are the symptoms.
They came to Elisha because He had the word. We are the ambassadors of God here on earth, the world should be able to come to us and hear thus says the Lord, to hear a word that is able to change their situation.
Elisha gave them the Prescription:
A new bowl was requested, he added salt and poured it into the water at its source.
The new bowl can be liken to new strategy and plan, we can’t put new wine in old wine skin. It is time to seek God for fresh ideas and strategy to sort out current problems.
The everyday usage of salt is for healing, preservation and purification. The water that is bad and causing the ground to be barren not yielding fruit is sick to its source. Healing needs to take place, 2 Chr 7:14 said if we pray, humble ourselves, God will forgive and heal the land. There is too much degradation right now and we need the healing power of God to flow through the land, that He will visit and heal the foundations and fabric of the land.
Elisha gave a prophecy that God have healed the land and from it there shall be no death. He said, thus says the Lord. He didn’t speak of himself but what the Lord told Him. We need to hear expressly from God and speak forth. His word will not go back to Him void but will accomplish the reason why it was sent. Each prophetic word has the power contained within it to accomplish why it was sent.
Miracle was Permanent:
Water remained healed till this day. We pray every miracle that will be wrought during the 50 days will remain permanent in Jesus name.
God bless you,