Random Thoughts On Asbury

I have not been able to keep up with every detail of what is happening at Asbury University, but from what I am reading, a chapel service that began on Wednesday February 8, 2023 has continued AROUND THE CLOCK since then as of this writing. Even though I have not been there, the move that has erupted out of a simple chapel service has stirred a brokenness & hunger in my heart for more of God like I have never had before. I am so grateful to God for Him allowing Pam and I to be a part of several outpourings of the Spirit over the last 22 ½ years. But we cannot go on what God did: our world needs Him in a fresh way NOW!

When God begins to invade a group of people, He does not need a great preacher, great worship team, fog machines and cool looking lights; He is looking for brokenness and surrender. I am not bashing those things, I guess they have their place. But what has happened at Asbury has reminded me of what Jesus said on Mount Beatitudes: “Blessed are they which do hunger & thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled!” It has been a completely student led move characterized with brokenness, repentance of sin, confession, worship and simply reading the Word of God.

I realize I’m not the greatest preacher or teacher in the world. Sometimes I think people misunderstand my heart and desire to please God is all I have wanted in my life since I was 16 years old. My cry over the last several years has been, “Oh God, I can’t do this anymore!!” I have even VERY seriously contemplated quitting the ministry completely because I see so much corruption and politics in ministry, it has made me wonder, what is the use? I have had preachers in the United States cancel me because I was not a part of their denomination, or they canceled me because I refused to make up a prophetic word for every single person in their church. I have had Bishops in Kenya attack me because I refused to pay them money to work with me, and pastors in another country curse me because they said I was not “anointed” enough for them. Something. Is. Desperately. Wrong.

Then God breaks out in an unusual place, in an unusual way, and is producing unusual results. If I never get to preach another message, I will go to my grave KNOWING “the next thing God does will always be greater than the last thing He did.” Father, if this is it for the United States, give us one more TRUE outpouring. Not something that any man can put his hands on and market it for his own personal gain. Not something restricted for only one denominational group to beat their chest about. What I know for sure is at Asbury, the school leadership has guarded these meetings from being taken over by professionals, so it remains something led by the Holy Spirit & the students themselves. I pray they keep this focus.

Oh God, visit us to make us the true habitation of God by the Spirit. This generation wants it. They want the real God of heaven to show up and show out. They are hungry for it. Some in my generation don’t want it, but I do! If I can’t preach the Gospel with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven…

I don’t want to preach any more at all!!

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David Copeland

David has been actively involved in church leadership since 1978, the year he accepted his call to the ministry. David currently lives in the East Alabama community of Lanett with his wife of almost four decades Pam. David passionately believes in the local church and served in almost every facet of local church ministry before launching into full time itinerant ministry in 2001. Since then, David has trained pastors and leaders, conducted crusades, help plant churches, and conducted revival campaigns across the United States as well as South America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Kenya East Africa. He and Pam currently lead the Revival Now Schools of Ministry across Kenya as well as helping to establish and build the Hope Centre Children's Home in Kilgoris, Kenya. David ministers with a strong prophetic edge and is passionate about bringing people to a living relationship with Jesus, developing leaders, and empowering those around him to live as Spirit filled disciples of Jesus. He holds a  BA, MA and a Doctor of Theology from Omega Bible Institute and Seminary in Monroe, Louisiana.

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