When You Feel You’ve Lost God’s Anointing

If you’re a Christian, you know what this post is all about. The anointing is the power behind the service of a believer. It is daily being led by the voice of God, that inner voice that brings so much peace and assurance of our decision.

But throughout life, you will encounter seasons of lost anointing. Some times you will be at fault, and at other times you won’t. You may lose the anointing due to sin, or a stupid mistake. The anointing may even be absent due to situations beyond your control (i.e. not in the right place, not met the right person, not the right time, etc.).

So what is a Christian to do when the anointing feels lost?

1.  Realize your mistake is not beyond God’s grace. Those who once operated in a powerful anointing and then go long periods of time feeling dry usually go through a grieving process. First you begin a relentless search in your thoughts trying to figure out what you did wrong. If you find that you did something wrong, let me remind you of the gospel that you at one time so whole-heartedly proclaimed.

Jesus paid it all. You may have backslidden or simply made an unwise decision that caused great backlash. Whatever the case, there is nothing that has been done that can’t be forgiven. Once you figure out where everything went wrong, repent.

2. Begin where you left off. There has never been a marathon judge who looked at a fallen runner laying on the ground and said, “You need to go back to the starting line to begin again”. Instead, he says the same thing God would say to you today, “Get up from where you fell down, and begin running again”.

3. Your mission and purpose has not changed, although the strategy may have. God has a mission and a purpose specifically for you when he decided to bring you into the world. Whatever that is, it has not changed. Romans 11:29 says:

“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

Take for example someone that is called to teach God’s word. During certain seasons of their life, this may be carried out through preaching, blogging, writing books, online podcasts, leading a small group, etc. The mission and purpose has not changed, but the strategy through which they are fulfilled may change many times throughout the course of his life.

4. Fellowship with the right people. There are gifts within you that must be stirred up again. There are certain people that stir my spiritual gifts every time I get around them. These are people that are in someway connected to your ministry. They carry a similar anointing. Paul talked about this with Timothy:

“…I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” –2 Timothy 1:6

Rather than fellowshipping with the right people, maybe you need to sever some ties to people who are pulling your desires towards things that are not related to your life’s mission.

5. Be patient. God has not forgotten you. You are far to precious to him. If you feel that you’ve been placed on the shelf, continue to faithfully seek after him. Jeremiah 33:3 reminds us “Call unto me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

How have you handled those seasons when you feel you’ve lost the anointing? Please feel free to share. You may be able to help someone else.


About Chris Stevens

I'm an Elementary Principal, husband, father of three, and an imperfect follower of Christ. I have eight years experience at the Jr-Sr High level and 14 years experience speaking at various churches.
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10 Responses to When You Feel You’ve Lost God’s Anointing

  1. Jack Townsend says:

    Thank you for the encouraging words. I have felt at times that I was all alone and could not escape the condition that sin had left me in. Even to the point I feel I may as well sin or just do whatever I feel like doing bc I’m undeserving anyway.

    • Trina says:

      Hi Jack,
      I have felt that way before and I realized that I made a vow to the Lord to serve him with my whole heart,although I felt like, well I might as well sin some more or perhaps do whatever I want to do since I don’t feel Gods anointing,Jack that’s when the Holy Spirit step in and told me,why will you crucify my God all over again and again and again only to kept on repenting bc now we’re further away from God than we were before. What I’m trying to say is God is still there with us and although we don’t feel him at the time like we us to, before we allowed sin to separate us from him(God) doesn’t mean he’s not there bc he is……The key to that is we must seek God even more and honestly repent and pray from our hearts and that’s when God will move for us.
      Be Blessed in Christ Jesus.

  2. Gregory kweyu says:

    It was very interesting reading this bit. I feel the assurance to operate again within my calling despite all i have done against God’s will in my life. God bless you abundantly.

  3. nancy says:

    Thats what i cried about lastnight. im a women of god who was not churched when god called me and saved me. he healed me of epilepsy. i walked in the anoitng and opertaed in it as well but was young, untrained .my marriage broke up and to make a long story short. i fell into tempataion with a old boyfriend. came back to the marriage not sure of what jesus really wanted. i have seen gods goodness with me through it all. have recieved some bitter blows along the way but am still hanging unto jesus. he still speaks to me in dreams but i feel like so much has been lost and i say. lord will i eve recover to the piont where you can use me again. the roasd seems so long for me and i have not by chance stumbled unto this site by chance becouse i have this incredible peace sitting here typing away. nancy

    • Alex says:

      Ask god to give you eyes to see and ears to hear in prayer. Then ask him to seek out what is in your heart and to change your heart. You have to work steadily towards redemption but he is Kind and Just, Merciful and Nurturing! Have patience, and be as honest to god as possible and once you start hearing the Holy Spirit again, LISTEN to every word and follow, every time….but make sure you have Discernment that you are not being led by a bad spirit, which would be leading into temptation or confusion, lies etc. Most of all do not fear and trust in God, as he will NEVER leave you but for one reason which I really doubt you have done. You can always pray on what the Spirit guides you to to help get confirmation, and most of all Seek God’s Kingdom First!

  4. Alex says:

    I just had a prophecy last night now confirmed by my ordained minister by the logic of it and symbolism. She’s a very spiritual healer that has walked with god for over 40 years and has seen Jesus 3 times while conscience. The dream was about me being on Watch and I was great at it so I normally did extra shifts willingly to help out. Suddenly I was curled up in a ball and rolling down a tunnel that was relatively small and was gaining speed turning left then right occasionally. The tunnel was appearing to get smaller making me fear even more what was going on I was confused most of all. The tunnel was not of Earth but of flesh and gore, several times getting smacked by branches of flesh (arms, or legs maybe?), Then after a short while I was spit into a giant cavern kind of like a pit that had gigantic boundaries really beyond sight, that was dark and I appeared to be all alone. Well I was scared to death and suddenly I heard a song of worship turn on from me I am guessing and it got louder and louder until I awoke. I am now a watchman or a prophet called upon by god himself. The next night I went to sleep kind of reassured that my life has not been wasted, as most watchmen have lonely and poor lives, since most people would rather be free of their morality.
    Had a few regular dreams and then I woke suddenly knowing much from my past that I had already guessed but thought it was too big to be true. I LOVE music and it is gods given gift other than writing or possibly therapy. When I was in High School I listened to alot of metal mostly secular and also alot of anti=god music. I was not raised in a church and even sought church for myself several times even at the age of 9. Well I remember being atheist and a stupid kid. One day playing guitar and singing with my band for some girls we liked, the power went out and the power was actually still on….not sure what to make of it at the time. I was truly anointed in guitar I am guessing because of my watchman status…although unknown to me at all. It would fill everyone who would come and here even rappers LOVED my music, it was addictive due to the holy spirit. Soon after this incident I could not even pick up a guitar at all without being manic depressive or even hearing voices that would destroy my integrity and esteem even afterwards for long periods as in months at a time. Ever since my life was a living hell working hard labor jobs cause no one would hire me even with extreme work credentials and ethic.
    Lost EVERY friend and had no relationship even though I am handsome smart and caring for 10 years. I became a manic anxious temper tantrum that couldn’t even hold a job due to injury after injury, 5 injuries in a row leaving me unemployed for long stretches each time 2 times well over a year. So living with my parents now at 30 years old with nothing to my name but a title from god and membership now to a ministry. I have been going to the ministry for over a year now and have learned much about god. Before the ministry I did not even know what the holy ghost was or that it existed. I learned that I used to have anointing and that now I have lost most of my ability to even act for god at least in a worthy way, the day after I found out I work specifically for god. So now I am in a sinking ship without any hobby or love other than god and my family. I trust god completely now, and am hoping he will return at least my passion to play music. I did not know what I was doing in the first place or what role I was playing in life, but looking back satan used me and my gifts for himself to influence my friends to join his side further. Please pray for me if you would I am really really sad now I am almost voiceless crying and yelling from when I realized I was and have lost my anointing and need it for my tasks at hand, as well as does my minister.

    • Alex says:

      Praise god and learn from me please, I feel like Paul except I had NO knowledge of god except complete basics like Noah etc.

      • Alex says:

        I have been redeemed by Jesus, I played last night (even metal I used to play) and was Baptized in fire for my first time, lasted for hours!! Praise Jesus!!

  5. BRIGHT VOICE says:


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