A few weeks ago I asked friends about signs of revival. Along with other reports, Revd Bill Smith sent the following update from evangelist Todd White. It covers indications of a global move of God.
His site Lifestyle Christianity states Todd was a drug addict and atheist for 22 years but in 2004 he was radically set free! “Redemption and righteousness are the foundation and the keys to the new creation reality that we are to live in and from. God opened Todd’s eyes to this truth and that Holy Spirit wants to flow through every believer everywhere we go, at work, school, grocery stores, malls, gas stations, everywhere. His true joy is being able to reproduce in people the simplicity of this reality, in a 24/7 kingdom lifestyle! This is for every believer! His heart is activating people into the simplicity of who they really are and destroying lies that hold people back from being who God created them to be. No one is excluded!” His homepage emphasises:
“Our mission statement of the gospel is to become love so that wherever we go, people want what we have!”
Now read Todd’s remarkable account of what happened in Australia, USA and en-route to/from Argentina:
“Merry Christmas!! Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and rejoice with me as I continue to see the body of Christ awaken to who she is and walk out lifestyle Christianity. I have seen amazing things happen these past couple of months.
“I had the privilege of speaking at the YWAM National Leadership Conference in Victoria, Australia. YWAM (Youth With A Mission) is an amazing organization that has already sent out 12 million people into the mission field since its inception. My speaking schedule was intense. I preached eleven two-hour sessions in three and a half days. I had leadership meetings with many different people from YWAM. It was an explosive time of truth. There were lots of tears, and lots of changed hearts. My heart was to bring the active sharing of Jesus so that everywhere they went, they could take the supernatural gospel with them. I talked about identity and how we are an open heaven everywhere we go because Jesus opened the heavens. The heavens were opened to him because he obtained righteousness. Now, we are an open heaven because “Jesus who knew no sin became sin so that we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
“So, YWAM had set up to go on outreaches to 37 cities following this conference. During the conference, God did a sign and wonder in the sky over the first city of the outreach. A cloud appeared over the city and in the midst of the cloud, there was a huge opening with a rainbow straight through the center of it. It was a picture of an open heaven.
“People were freaking out over this cloud and the news media to this day cannot explain it! We are truly an open heaven wherever we go!
“Then I went to speak at The Empowered Evangelism Conference in Frankston, Australia. There were over 500 evangelists from all over Australia who attended the conference. We trained in power evangelism and there were all kinds of testimonies of people being saved, healed, and delivered. It was an amazing time of empowerment. During one of the sessions, I was talking about how we are an open heaven and how God will cause it to rain and He will bless everything we do. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” It is the things in Deuteronomy 28 that will be added to you. When someone fulfills righteousness, these are the blessings of obedience. As believers, we step into Jesus’s obedience. We step into right standing with God. So as I am sharing this message during the last night of the conference, something like raindrops start falling on me. So, I moved to the right and then to the left. I thought something may be leaking or maybe I was sweating. I soon realized that it was neither. It was literally raining inside the building as I was preaching on an open heaven and it was not raining outside. It was raining over the pulpit and the stage. We called people up for prayer and then the rain became noticeable by the people. Many started rushing toward the stage to get rained on. God created a sign and wonder to show that He wants it to rain. It was very powerful.
“After Australia, I spoke at the North Carolina School of Power and Love. During the conference, I probably shared one of the clearest messages on righteousness that I have ever shared. As I was pouring my heart out on righteousness, it started to rain inside the building again. But this time it was dropping all over the sanctuary, not just upfront. God wants us to be an open heaven every day no matter where we are or what we are doing. I got to watch many people who would normally never step out, step out at this conference. It was so good!
“From there, I flew to Argentina to minister at a youth conference. I spoke that night to 3000 youth. There were many healings and miracles. During one of the morning sessions, God told me to personally lay hands on every youth there. It was an incredible time of impartation and baptism of fire. He touched these youth so wonderfully. It was beautiful!
“Before the conference, during my flight to Argentina, I was sharing my testimony and the love of God with many people including the flight attendants. As we were starting our descent, I realized that there was one flight attendant that I had not yet talked to. So, I went up front to thank her for her service and I told her Jesus loved her. She screamed loudly at me and told me not to preach to her. I told her I was not preaching to her and she screamed at me again. I then went into the restroom to wash my hands and Holy Spirit told me to confront her. I have never had a flight attendant react so angrily. It has never happened. So, I came out of the bathroom and into the galley and I looked at her and said, “You yelled at the wrong person today ma’am.” She replied, “Who do you think you are?” I said, “I am a man that Jesus lives inside and the Holy Spirit is here.” The other flight attendants were looking around as they were embarrassed by this attendants behavior, but she had a demon. And so I looked at her and she started to cry and shake and tremble. Then she let out a shriek! The head flight attendant looked at me and said, “Sir,… I am so sorry.” I replied, “Sir, you don’t understand what is happening right now.” I said, “I need to handle this right away.” So I walked toward the lady and she fell into me. We walked around the corner and stood in between the seat and the galley where there was a wall. She kept saying, “ I need your help. I need your help right now.” So I cast this demon out of her and Jesus came to make his home in her. Right there….on the plane and in front of all the other flight attendants. It was a very intense encounter as people who were on the plane were concerned because she was screaming. But the demon had to leave and Jesus came and she is free. She had shared with me that she lost her father to cancer as a little girl and she had blamed God ever since. She had turned her back on God and she had given this demon a home. So, the plane is getting ready to land and I had to rush back to my seat. As I was deplaning, the head flight attendant kept apologizing for the actions of the lady flight attendant. I told him that I did not want anyone written up. I said to him, “You don’t understand what happened and I hope that one day I will get to tell you about it”. I said, “things are different when demons leave.” He just kind of looked at me and said, “Okay…you have a good day, sir.”
“My heart was grieved after this encounter because I really wanted to see this flight crew again and explain what had happened. So I just said, “God, I need help. I need to be able to pour my heart out and share with these flight attendants what happened.” So, the conference ends and it is time to fly home. As I step onto the plane, I immediately see the same flight crew! God is awesome! So, I was able to share with and speak to all the flight attendants. Then, during the flight, the head attendant came over to my seat and knelt down beside my chair. He said, “ Sir, I need to talk to you. I’m really sorry.” I replied, “Please don’t apologize anymore.” He said, “No. Please hear me out.” He proceeded to tell me that he is a Christian and that there are two things he does not talk about on planes. One is politics and the other is religion. He said he does that because he has a professional job. I looked at him and I said, “Sir, I understand that you have a professional job….” I continued, “ but having a professional job and seeing people go to hell and not caring about people’s eternity are two totally different things.” The power of the gospel is our life and we have the reality of heaven inside of us. That woman had a demon and she had turned her back on God. Her eternity was at stake and she needed to be set free. The head flight attendant shared that he was very convicted about where his life was compared to where my life was. What a powerful testimony. This is the continuing message of my life. We need to change the reality of people’s walk by the way we walk and lead as an example. Every day can be just as powerful as the last if we just dare to live for Jesus full-time and become a person that has a lifestyle of Christianity!”
(Todd’s schedule shows a return visit to North Carolina early in the New Year followed by Australia, then several states in America as well as Germany, in January to March.)