You don’t need a fresh anointing – the one you have never went stale.


“You don’t need a fresh anointing – the one you have never went stale.” John Crowder


It constantly amazes me the way we throw around the word “anointing”, it actually makes me laugh.

We make such a big deal of having a “healing anointing”, growing in “the anointing” or getting an impartation of someone’s “anointing”.

Did you know that the word “anointing” or “anointed” can only be found 4 times in just 3 passages in the NT referring to believers?

See if you can spot anything as I quote them below:

“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” (2 Cor. 1:21-22, emphasis mine)

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.” (1 John 2:20, emphasis mine)

“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” (1 John 2:27, emphasis mine)

Did you see it… you already have been anointed and it’s a complete anointing.

You don’t need a new anointing, the one you have had from the beginning was just fine! As Rienhard Bonnke often says, “They weren’t in the upper room asking each other to impart their anointing, they all had the same anointing!”

Prayer for the day

Holy Spirit I thank you that I have your fullness in me, that I don’t need a double portion of you or to grow in how much of the Spirit I have, but I can rest, fully satisfied in the knowledge that I have all of you! Help me to grow in my understanding of this truth that I would be constantly growing in my awareness of you and how you want to manifest through me.

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  1. That’s a good word. Check out John 1 as Jesus is displayed as grace and truth. If He is grace and truth, when we trust Him, we are always full of grace and truth. The manifestation of who God is was revealed through Jesus. By abiding in Christ, we have every opportunity to experience grace upon grace (John 1:16). Of His fullness we have all received! That my friends is past tense with great present and future implications. Our problem as followers of Jesus is we’re not taught that we’ve already been blessed with all we could ever need or want for this life of faith. Radical grace begins with understanding a radical Lord and Savior has already done it all for us!!

  2. Right on! You have just said the same thing I am saying in my Revisiting Scripture series…if you consider Scripture as the pattern there is no need to wait for a fresh anointing any more than we need to plead with the Holy Spirit to “be present” in church services! [got to finish up the third …of 6…eBooks today]

  3. I can certainly understand where you’re coming from. I think a couple of things: One is that people are refering to something like what Paul said to the Romans: “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—” (Romans 1:10-12 – NIV). Also, when people prayed for God to back up their ministry with signs, and also the fact that it does seem at times, even seeing Jesus’ own ministry, that a note was made of the particular presense of the Holy Spirit in power, as if sometimes this is not as evident. I’ve always had an understanding that I have the Holy Spirit since I was baptised. We do experience more at times than at others, and under circumstances, so it is understandable to notice “the anointing” on someone when we really observe something happening. I try not to argue. Perhaps it’s more like being aware – or in tune with – God’s presense. At the same time, calling on God to “come” is quite common in the Psalms. Not as a “come! good boy!” but as a petition. Jesus did actually talk about the Father giving the Holy Spirit to those who ask (Luke 11:13) This comment in response to a couple of your postings, actually… :)

    • Thanks for sharing Kristian – I think you’ve hit the nail on the head when you talk about it being more of an awareness… according to our faith so be it!

      Much like everything else in life, He has given us everything through the Cross but it seems we only gradually tap into that grace through faith. And what we believe is forever evolving to look more like what He believes. :)

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