Someone will read this and change the world

by | May 11, 2018 | Christianity Today | 10 comments

Our culture downgrades greatness, audacity, courage, originality, and heroism.  Our children are barraged with messages of defeat and limits.  Worse yet, they are told that wanting to excel might hurt someone else’s feelings.

The curse of so many of today’s educators is that they  train this generation is they’re to do just enough to get by.  Instead of going for brilliance, and creativity, many are conditioned to harp, whine, and scream against the unfair world.

“Besides” their teachers say, “you can’t change the world.”  They believe this ideology makes the world safer.  Seneca had it right when he said, “it is not because the times are dangerous that men do not dare, it is because men do not dare that the times are dangerous.”

Small people with small minds mold the future.  You can be sure that if small men cast large shadows, it means the sun is about to set.  Is there anything we can do to push back the approaching darkness?  Where are the world changers?

Tragically, the lie that you can’t change the world also permeates Christian Colleges.  Christian leaders are being trained not to offend. They are studying what to leave out of their preaching.  Their professors serve a smaller God than the one we used to hear about in church.

Billy Graham and Oral Roberts.  Astonishingly, some will not know the two men in the picture.  They changed the world.  One by preaching to more people face to face than any man in history.  The other by bringing divine healing to his generation.

How bad is our defeatism?  When Billy Graham died, some notable leaders called it the end of God’s protection.  Others said “we’ll never see another one like him.”

I rebuke both those statements.  Not only me—human history rebukes it.  Nothing in the Bible supports these pallid words. Frankly, the doubting church doesn’t need another soothing sermon, but a swift kick.

The promise and power of God to change the world is still in force. Billy Graham and Oral Roberts would be horrified to hear us make monuments or a past era out of them.  Their testimony should be a catalyst for God to do it again.

This promise is not just for men either!  Joel: 2:28 says, “I will pour out of my Spirit on your sons and daughters and they will prophesy…  And no one is too old…”your old men shall dream dreams.”

Are these times so evil we can’t break the gravitational force of wickedness?  No one has the right to tell God what He can and cannot do.  There is no devil, demagogue, or disaster too big for God.   

You could listen to doomsayers—who morbidly hope for hell to break loose—or you can seize the Word of God the way that Billy and Oral did.

Here are three timeless truths about world changers:

1. World changers appear when it looks impossible.  The same voices of doubt and despair were present at the dawn of Billy and Oral’s ministries.  There was no money to do what they wanted to do.  There was no supporting faith surrounding their visions.  They were constantly being second guessed by those with unbelief.

It was not until they cast themselves utterly on God that their breakthroughs came.

When Esther appeared  the Jews seemed hopelessly doomed.  Mordecai said these immortal words: “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

 2. World changers know when to go it alone.  God kept telling Gideon to shrink—not enlarge his army.   It was only after he won an astonishing victory that the other tribes found out and got offended.  Judges 8:1 “Now the men of Ephraim said to him, ‘Why have you done this to us by not calling us when you went to fight with the Midianites?’ And they reprimanded him sharply.”

The vision of the Lord is always too big for the church. True visions from God will always be too big for any one church or denomination.  Both of these men had to follow God and let the church come along later.  If you wait for approval, you will never start your vision.

Also, world changers don’t mope when people won’t support them.  They know that if God is with them who can be against them.

 3. World changers believe God can do it again.  While nostalgia makes some yearn for olden days, and despair makes others invent impossibilities—world changers say why not now, why not here, and why not me?

1 Samuel 14: 6 says, “Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.”

They are in the grip of two explosive thoughts:  The testimony of what God has done before, and an inconsolable grief over the evil in the world.  This wrecks them and they cry out for a new move of God in history.

This was the incurable obsession that made Habakkuk cry out “O Lord, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years!  In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy.

Someone will read this and change the world.  Was I being arrogant giving this that title?  No I believe the Holy Spirit told me to write this and I believe He will get it into the hands of a world changer.  Why not you?



  1. Soul Division

    God, use me to be an Unexpected Warrior in these last days! In Jesus name!!

  2. Cate Morris

    Yes! Mario!!!
    I’m all in!

  3. Hillary kieft

    yes that’s me
    I take that

  4. Barry

    Not to take anything away form Billy Graham, but you can do a lot more than Billy Graham. He told me himself one time in a dream years ago. I had this dream and and Billy Graham was in my dream. He told me he had problems with the nonsense world. It was like an Alice and Wonderland type thing. I don’t think the dream was referring to charismatic craziness. I think it was referring to submitting to God’s process… God’s ways are all upside down and opposite.

    A major key is this scripture:

    “Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.”

    I had a dream of this scripture one time and God said “This is because they are looking to each other for the way and not to me”.

    • Jim Giacomelli

      Powerful, “This is because they are looking to each other for the way and not to me”. John 14-17 are so good. Let us rise up today and become Jesus to all those around us.

  5. Mark Hagey

    Mario-I have for some time been praying to the Lord Habbakuk 3:2
    In other words -DO THEM AGAIN IN MAY 2018!!!

  6. megagenius

    But they that do KNOW their God shall be strong and do exploits. They will display strength and take action. They will wax valiant IN the fight. They gain strength in weakness. They become mighty and unbeatable in battle, putting enemy forces to flight. Mario’s messages are infectious. We are MORE than conquerors in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  7. stevenjamesministry

    If you want to be a world changer you must do the following. And not in your own ability. (1) Trust in God, and in him alone. Do not trust in, lean on, or rely on, the arm of man.

    Jeremiah 17:5-7

    5.)This is what the LORD says:
    “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans,
    who rely on human strength
    and turn their hearts away from the LORD.

    6.)They are like stunted shrubs in the desert,
    with no hope for the future.
    They will live in the barren wilderness,
    in an uninhabited salty land.

    7.)“But blessed are those who trust in the LORD
    and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.

    I will open my lips and begin to confess who I am and walk in the light of who I am.
    Repeat these words after me Lord Jesus Come into my heart and Wash Me with Your Precious Blood.

    Right now open your lips and begin to wash your soul and your spirit with his precious blood. Begin to thank him for his Mercy.

    Ask the Lord Jesus to make you an agent of light where there is Darkness. Make me an agent of obedience where there is disobedience! Make me an agent of humility where there is pride!

    Make Me A Channel Of Mercy and pardon where there is hatred and selfishness!
    Make Me a Channel of righteousness where there is sin. Ask the Lord Jesus to make you a Channel of righteousness where there is Iniquity and sin!
    Pray to be made a Channel of faithfulness where there is unfaithfulness!

    Make Me a Channel of shining light where there is Darkness.

    You need to know how much you need Jesus
    In order to maintain your blessing. And
    In order to maintain your miracle, you need to know how much you need Jesus.
    I need Jesus to cry, I need Jesus to laugh.
    I need Jesus to get dressed, I need Jesus to sit down, I need Jesus to stand, I need Jesus to go to bed, I need Jesus to get up, I need Jesus to breathe. I need Jesus all of the time.
    You need to know this. In order to maintain your miracle, you need to stay under the shadow of the Almighty. Think about it, in your father’s house you are protected, and when you go out of his house without taking him with you Satan knows it. There are stipulations to receiving protection and peace that passes all understanding. And it’s found here in the following. Meditate on this.

    ◄ Psalm 91 ► Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
    This I declare about the LORD:
    He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
    For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
    No evil will conquer you;
    no plague will come near your home.
    The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me.

    (Note he does not say: that you will not have trouble, but he does say I will rescue them who love me.)
    That’s the difference between those who love him, trusting in his name, and those who don’t.

    I will protect those who trust in my name.
    When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.
    I will reward them with a long life
    and give them my salvation.

    This Is Steven James
    And Now You Know The Rest Of The Story
    Good Day

  8. Evan. Roger Culwell

    big amen to many limit’s on God, I believe God can do any thing we don’t try to limit him to. he is to big for limit’s

  9. Darren Osburn

    Thank you for this!




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