A new season requires a fresh anointing.

Fresh AnointingEven their greatest critics had to admit it.

Peter and John’s behaviour, speech, boldness and power were tangible evidence of the time they had spent in close relationship with Jesus.

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)

The Spirit’s Anointing “Rubs Off”

Our English expression, “to rub off”, means “to have an effect through close association or contact…so as to make similar.” [1] 

For example, if you brush up against a freshly painted door, wet paint will rub off on you.

Jesus’ attributes and anointing rubbed off onto His disciples. Their close contact with Him changed them.

And this can be your experience.

Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed (chrio) me…” (Luke 4:18)

The Greek word translated anointed, “chrio”, means ‘to smear or rub with oil.’  The imagery speaks of the physical act of anointing, and is used metaphorically of being anointed with the Holy Spirit. [2] There is something in that picture that is prophetic—conveying the Father’s heart and purpose for our lives.

“To smear or rub with oil.”

This is His invitation to you!
Today, you can anticipate getting up close and personal with God. Right now, receive a touch from Him.
As you encounter Him, the Spirit’s Presence and power rubs off onto your life in such a way that others witness it and hunger for a close relationship with God for themselves.

The anointing is not a commodity; it is not a “thing.” It is the Person of the Holy Spirit. And that hunger that you have right now for the indefinable “more” of God, for His Presence and His anointing—that is a gift of the Spirit.

4 More Ways to Receive a Fresh Anointing

In addition to spending personal time with God, here are 4 more things to consider as you seek a fresh anointing from God for your life and ministry:

1. A Fresh Encounter with God Through His Word

‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.’ (2 Cor 3:18)

The Greek word translated “contemplate” in this verse, means to look into a mirror. [3] In context, Paul is saying that we don’t have a blinded understanding—we have the fullness of the Gospel that reveals Jesus.

It is on God’s heart that you encounter Him in the Bible, catching a fresh revelation of Who He is and see mirrored there who you are in the process of becoming. When you do, you experience transformation, you encounter God and you receive a fresh touch from Him.

2. Make Room for More

‘In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.’ (2 Tim 2:20-21 NIV)

The ‘latter’ that Paul referred to was false teaching and ungodly talk. What is that thing that the Holy Spirit is putting His finger on in your life right now and He is saying, ‘It’s time for that to go’?

Maybe it is fear or intimidation, or lack of self worth. Perhaps you need to release bitterness and forgive someone. Maybe it is an area of struggle or temptation—and you need to bring it into the light and share with a leader what is going on. It could be distractions that are keeping you from focusing on God.

Sometimes in order to be filled and receive more, we need to make room and we need to be cleansed.

3. Close Association with Others who are Anointed

What is ‘rubbing off’ onto you from the people who are around your life? What is ‘rubbing off’ from you onto others?

If possible, get around people who have the Presence of God on their lives and who carry the integrity, attributes, gifts and spiritual DNA that God has called you to have on your own life.

Learn from them, receive from them, and study them and what they do.

You can do this even when there is a distance between you. My husband Malcolm and I are privileged to be in the David McCracken Ministries family. I regularly get to spend time with a group of people who are not only fun to be with, they are also passionately in love with God.

And even when we travel frequently, I can still listen to podcasts from our church, Planetshakers. These people and ministries are God’s gift to us and help us stay fresh, continually leading us into God’s Presence.

4. Receive a Fresh Anointing Through Prayer

Praying and receiving prayer are one way that you can receive a fresh impartation of the Holy Spirit’s anointing.

Recently I received prayer with anointing by oil for healing. (James 5:14) The fragrance of the oil lasted all day—reminding me in every moment of the time we had spent in God’s Presence.

Sometimes the very act of humbling yourself and confessing to God and others, ‘I’m hungry for more of God and His anointing’ is what it takes to receive a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit on your life.


[1] Free dictionary, see http://www.thefreedictionary.com/rub+off

[2] Strongs G5548. See also the noun for anointing, which is ‘chrisma’, defined in Strongs (G5545) as ‘an unguent or smearing, i.e. figuratively the endowment of the Holy Spirit;–anointing, unction.’

[3] Strongs G2734

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48 thoughts on “How To Receive Your Fresh Anointing”

  1. Hi Helen.
    I agree with you, u wrote very well……..I am blessed by your article…….and many time I receive courage through word of God….God bless you……..

    1. Hi Natasha, yes God’s word is a great source of courage! For example, I’ve just been reading Joshua chapter 1 🙂

    2. Hello dear Helen,please pray for me as i am hungry to recieve God’s anionting on my life,and to be fauthful
      You have been a bkessing in my life.
      God bless your 2018. For His Glory.

  2. This article has really ministered to me. I need a fresh anointing of God’s Holy Spirit
    upon my life.


  3. Hi Helen, I always enjoy reading your articles and appreciate the wisdom you share. Would you please say a prayer for me for a fresh anointing? I have been in a very hard place and am in need of direction. Thank you so much. God bless you as you continue to share His word!

    1. Hi Martha, yes I certainly do! I have just stopped right now to pray for you. May you receive God’s fresh touch in response to your hunger and need, as well as the direction you have been seeking.

      1. It’s great to be hungry for more of God, Sylvia! The baptism of the Holy Spirit is for every child of God, Jesus has made the way possible and we just need to receive His Heavenly Gift! I pray that your desire is met in abundance and overflowing.

  4. Hi Helen, Thank you so much for this very Beautiful HOLY SPIRIT Breathed Prophetic Teaching, I Love it. Your Teaching is always a constant source of Inspiration, Encouragement and Blessing to us. This is a little poem I wrote during the week while I was reflecting on this Teaching about the Fresh Anointing and the Presence of GOD. I have called this “The Peace of GOD Covers me, just like the gentle Rain I See”
    I will Abide Under the Shadow of the ALMIGHTY
    I will Focus the Eyes of my Heart, on JESUS my KING
    Waves of HIS Glory Flooding All Over my Soul
    Waves of HIS Glorious Presence, are making me Whole

    The Peace of GOD Covers me, just like the gentle Rain I See
    Showers of HIS Presence, Refreshing my Heart
    Showers of HIS Presence, Restoring my Soul
    Showers of HIS Presence ALIVE in me

    Such a Wonderful, Glorious, Beautiful Mystery
    CHRIST is ALIVE in me, How can I ever Comprehend
    The Infinite Wisdom of GOD, that has NO END

    The Peace of HIS Presence Abides in me
    Through every Season of my Life you See

    Poem by Irene Kyriacou

  5. My hunger to know God seems unsatisfiable .I pray and wish to walk in likeness of God not by mere talking ,but by the actions and tangibles in my life and all those around me . This post is encouraging me to yearn for more .I receive the same Grace of understanding ,knowledge and revelation taht you areoperating on in Jesus Name . I desire strongly the gift of God to be evident in my life for the change of lives .

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