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

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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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


  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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. 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

  7. 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.

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