How To Receive Your Fresh Anointing

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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

[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

Related Posts:

Hunger for God: 6 Ways you can Stir it Up

Ministry that Breaks Open God’s Anointing

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47 thoughts on “How To Receive Your Fresh Anointing

  1. natasha

    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. Helen Calder Post author

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

    2. Josephine

      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. Marvia Trotman

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


  3. Martha

    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. Helen Calder Post author

      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.

  4. JMS

    Thank you Helen, this is exactly what God’s been talking to us about!
    Praise God for you and your boldness.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Awesome! May you be replenished and overflowing with the Spirit as you continue into 2015.

      1. Helen Calder Post author

        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.

  5. irene Kyriacou

    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

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      I love it, Irene! Thank you for sharing your inspired poem with us 🙂 may it be so!

  6. WENDY

    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 .

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Wendy, I say amen and amen! May you receive your fresh touch from God today.

  7. Teresa


    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Teresa, I love your heart and your desire, and I agree with you… May your experience of Him shift into the overflow!

  8. Shirley Burkhart

    Is there a magazine that you publish your work in or do you just do by internet? I would really love to have it in front of me on paper. Just found your site while searching for scripture on fresh anointing. You have been a blessing. Thank you. Shirley Burkhart

  9. Robert Mulubale

    Hi Helen,

    thanks alot for the word, i enjoy your articles. My prophetic ministry has changed for the better.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Robert, that is one of the most encouraging things anyone can say to me. Thank you!

  10. John

    I need holy spirit in my life but many times things of de world don’t allow me focus to God nd to received that spirit which I ask for,what can I do I hv be trying my best to acpt jesus as my lord

  11. Hollie

    Thank you Lord for this article I’m seeking you God because the anointing comes for you I need a fresh anointing to be able to do my kingdom work I want a pure heart with clean hands God in Jesus name Amen

  12. Takunda Maposa

    thank you for your good work and by uplifting our prayer life and relationship with God Almighty ,can you please pray for me for the prophecies that have been spoke in my life to manifest physicaslly .I also ask you to pray for my life and ambitions in Jesus name.I have been following your teachings and i see my life changing ,I REALLY THANK YOU FOR GOOD WORK ,MAY GOD BLESS YOU UBANTANTLY

  13. Ebhodaghe Godstime

    Hi Helen, I Like This Article On Recieving Fresh Anointing”, It’s Very Practical.

    There Is A Challenge I’m Experiencing, When I Pray Or Sing People Around Testify That They See/experience The Presence Of God around me but i personally don’t feel, see or experience anything. I’m totally shut out of spiritual experiences.

    No matter how many days i fast and pray, i don’t hear god’s voice, i don’t feel his presence, no vision/trance and nothing like heavenly dreams.

    All my friends in varying degrees have this enablement or gift; even unbelievers. Atimes i stay in front roll in programs, haply the preacher will touch me so that i that i’ll be slain under the anointing. I have also gone to several anointed men of god to pray for me one on one but to no avail.

    I’m really frucstrated, i’ve gone for deliverance too. Imagin all my life, 34yrs old, i’ve never heard a whisper, still small voice, felt god’s presence or devine visitation. Funny enough – i’m a pastor and i know i have a call


  14. Ebhodaghe Godstime


    Hi helen. Your aticle is practically down to earth but i don’t know what is wrong with me.

    I’m 34yrs old and a pastor but all my life i’ve never heard: a whisper, still small voice, trance/vision, heaven dreams or divine visitation. This has made me doubted my calling but i’m convinced within me i have a call. My ministarial and personal life has not made headways. I don’t know what to do anymore.

    I’ve gone for deliverance, impartations, made friends with people that have this enablements to no avail. No matter how i fast and pray or fellowship i feel nothing; it’s like i’m shut out of the presence and experiences of god. But people around me testify that they have these experiences even through my prayers and singing but i’m shut out.

  15. Narbahadur shrestha

    Thank you for email. It is helping me too much. I learned many more about Holy spirit, how to receive Holy spirit. God bless you forever.

  16. Dee

    Hi Helen: I am a pastor and your articles have been life-changing. I feel like I need a fresh anointing, I need the demonstration of power in my ministry. I am a teacher and I operate in some prophetic gifts, but I do not hold the office of Prophet. I feel like I’m missing His tangible presence and I really need to get it back

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Dee, am praying for you now, for a new, fresh encounter with God that is like a miracle to your heart. May you receive back and more <3

  17. tb joshua ministries

    Thank you for posting such magical words, I feel super blessed after reading this! May Jesus bless all of you and shower all of his blessings on you. I feel good after reading your blog on how to receive fresh anointing.

  18. martha

    Wow, your last two words have been spot on for me, I feel HIS leading and empowering and opening doors. My soul is hungry/ thirsty for more! oddly yes I am one of the ” untrained’ ones, but it does not matter at this moment, because I know HE has called me and is given me all I need.
    Thank you so very much for your willingness to be an instrument of our Great God JEhovah

  19. Kathy

    Helen you are accurate! He is pouring out upon me in a new and exciting way.
    I sense getting me ready for Healing Ministry.
    However, the warfare is intense I am fully persuaded to stay on course with Holy Spirit.
    Staying in His presence guarding what I say and do.
    Your blog is very encouraging.
    If Holy Spirit happens to share anything further with you regarding me please feel free to send me an email
    Thank you

  20. Trish

    Helen; The thing I love about you (besides everything) is that I recieve very few emails from you and when I do, I know even before I read them that they are going to fire off like an arrow and hit the bullseye of my heart and this time wass no different. Gods mercy and grace have left me staggering. I can’t even begin to explain the level of faithfulness He has saturated me in on this post. The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit are so outrageous in their comitment towards us… I want everyone who is in process to understand that they understand why we doubt, but please know this; and I say this with all sincerity. If they were going to give up on anyone it should’ve been me, and it should’ve happened a few years ago. This is not false humility. I still don’t even understand how or why I have pushed things so far for so long. They did nothing to deserve anything but my gratitude. They do not change! I dont even know what else to say right mow because there really are no words to describe how powerfully they are in Love with us. And I think thats what I havent been able to accept. I dont know how, but I am going to figure it out instead of being afraid that there could ever be a possibility that the could leave too. They WONT! They do Exactly what they say they will and Never leave or forsake us means NEVER. Thanks Helen. You da best, Sister… I pray that you recieve a Blessing that is so special to your heart that you wont even be able to ecplain it for 2 days. lol omg He is so like that! Love YOU Elohim!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Wonderful, Trish. I’ve only just spotted this as I find it hard to keep up with comments on older posts 🙂

  21. John Tsang

    The article on ‘How to receive a fresh anointing’ comes at an opportune time for me. For me this is a season of change as my church started a series on being in God’s rest last Sunday. I am meeting with one of the elders on a regular basis. In all my 40 years as a Christian, I have never had someone who I could be accountable to, whom I could met and pray. Now its happening! I’ve been involved in three ministry activities at church which I have to step down from two of them so I concentrate and focus on the actual service content! I also have more time in the evenings to devote to Bible study and prayer. Over the last year, I cut down on the hours to watching TV and streaming to practically a couple of hours a week and that is on selective programmes. I may not even have the TV on at all. So what it all for…to wait upon the Lord to see what He requires me to do.

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