Feed the River
A friend of mine, Kenny Price, had a significant dream about me a couple of weeks ago. I believe it has an important message for us:
“You (Dutch), Ken Malone, and Greg Hood were holding a meeting. Before the meeting started Ken and Greg told you it was time for you to “feed the river.” So the three of you walked down to the river.
“You and Ceci walked away from them to sit by the river together. You guys were just relaxing and Ceci had her head on your shoulder enjoying the river. You guys seemed like it was the best day ever.
“After a while, Ken and Greg said to you again that it was time to ‘feed the river.’ They brought you some buckets they had put things in with which to feed the river. You stepped into the river and began walking through the river; every once in a while you dropped a bucket into the water. You just kept walking, dropping buckets into the river, and you never ran out of buckets.
“As you walked, you passed areas where camps were set up and people were fishing. When you walked by them they would shout, ‘Thanks, Dutch, for feeding the river. We are going to catch some big ones.’
“When you reached the stopping point, you stepped out and re-joined Ceci, Ken, and Greg. All of you walked back to the meeting location. When you arrived you said, ‘Now we can begin the meeting.’”
As I pondered the meaning of this dream, I kept wondering what I was “feeding” or putting into the river? Searching the Scriptures for items put into water or rivers I was reminded of 2 Kings 2:19-22. I believe there may be further revelation and instruction from this dream, but I am confident this is one of the revelations Holy Spirit wanted to bring me. The passage reads:
“Then the men of the city said to Elisha, ‘Behold now, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad and the land is unfruitful.’ He said, ‘Bring me a new jar, and put salt in it.’ So they brought it to him. He went out to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, ‘Thus says the Lord, “I have purified these waters; there shall not be from there death or unfruitfulness any longer.” So the waters have been purified to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.”
The location of this water was Jericho. Though it was not a river but a spring, I believe the meaning is still appropriate and pertains to this dream. Jericho was one of the places Elijah had established a school of the prophets. We are told that the land/area itself was pleasant, but it soon became apparent that the water was bad. It contained something that brought “death” to the land making it unfruitful. Another translation of unfruitful in the passage could be “barrenness.”
“Most scholars believe this was the result of a curse Joshua had pronounced on Jericho in Joshua 6:26. ‘Then Joshua made them take an oath at that time, saying, “Cursed before the Lord is the man who rises up and builds this city Jericho; with the loss of his firstborn he shall lay its foundation, and with the loss of his youngest son he shall set up its gates.”’ This curse had actually been fulfilled in 1 Kings 16:34, in the life of a man named Hiel. And it was obviously still operating.
What is interesting is that even though this water and city had been cursed because of sin and idolatry, God was still willing to lift the curse, heal the water and restore the land. This is indicative of the heart of God to redeem and restore. We know He takes no pleasure in the judgment of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11). And just as He has done for us through Christ, removing the curse of sin in order to give us the blessing of redemption, God‘s heart is always to restore (2 Peter 3:9).
I believe wholeheartedly God is saying there are places in the earth that are currently under curses because of sin and idolatry, which He wants to cleanse, heal and redeem.
And what did Elisha use to break the curse and heal the region? Salt - salt from a “new” vessel. Jesus said WE are the salt (Matthew 5:13). He has made us “new creations in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17) and placed within us the purifying and preserving power symbolized by the salt. We, His people, have the power to heal.
I believe God is saying we must “throw ourselves” into cursed cities and nations through prayer and curse-breaking decrees. He wants to send his forgiveness and healing to them, just as He did Jericho. He also did so in Nineveh. We must stop cursing ungodly cities or regions through our words, and begin releasing the redemptive power of God into them. “Feed the river” - heal the cursed waters of the earth.
In Genesis 9:25 God said, “Cursed be Canaan.” Yet in the twelfth chapter of Genesis, God spoke of Canaan as the promised land of blessing to Abraham. This is a powerful picture of that which has been under a curse becoming blessed. We believers are also a picture of this. God, through the cross, has transformed us from being cursed to receiving blessing (Galatians 3:15).
If you live in a city that has become known for its evil, violence, murder, etc., begin to “throw” words of life into it. Be the salt it needs. Speak words of healing. Let’s pray for them now.
Pray with me:
Father, You love to forgive, heal the oppressed and redeem the lost. You sent Your Son to us when we were still Your enemies. We thank You for Your heart to transform curses into blessings. Please forgive us for speaking curses over people and places. Forgive us for pronouncing destruction on them. Give us Your gracious heart to redeem.
We speak life now into strongholds of idolatry and evil. We ask You to remove poison, barrenness, and curses. Heal the Ninevah’s of the earth, the Sodom‘s, the Jerichos. We feed the springs of water now with words of life: Be healed. Be transformed.
And we boldly agree with You and Your prophetic revelations regarding the earth at this time. U-turns are coming. What the enemy has planned will boomerang on him. America shall be saved. Revival is coming to the nations of the earth. A billion or more souls will come to Jesus. People will be set free, healed, and delivered by the blood of Jesus Christ. We decree it in His name now. Amen.
We decree that the blood of Jesus is stronger than the curse of sin.
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