Follow me, and I'll make you fishers of men. | Matthew 4:19
In this new year, there is going to be an increase in the release of the same anointing that was on the word that Jesus spoke when he said, "Follow me, and I'll make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19. Do you know that an anointing was released that caused young men(known as the 12 disciples) to follow Jesus? That anointing was CONVICTION, which is also influence. Because Jesus was the Divine Fisher of Men, the anointing of influence rested upon him. That influence was for salvation, or, the saving of many lives. As the 12 apostles followed Christ, an anointing came upon them as well, and was made manifest which we read all throughout the book of Acts in the bible.
If you think about this, I don't think anyone follows someone unless there is first a conviction(influence) to do so. When conviction is present, an anointing is present; and when an anointing is present, God is present. This is identifiable even by great influencers such as Michael Jordan, which is why everybody wanted to "be like Mike." Michael Jordan has a huge following to this day! But to complete the topic of discussion, Jesus said this, "No man comes to the Father unless they first be drawn." John 6:44. He also said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father but by me." John 14:6. So we discover through these two scriptures that a convincing anointing was upon Jesus.
Paul, an apostle of Christ, also demonstrated that the same anointing was active in his life when he said this, "Be followers of me, even as I also am of Christ." 1st Corinthians 11:1. Paul's ministry had a great following. So we see through scripture that an anointing comes upon our lives which draws individuals as we follow Christ.
As you continue to follow The Lord, a new anointing of influence(or conviction)is going to flow that will be followed with the sign of people beginning to listen to you and also being drawn to things of God. The Webster Dictionary describes conviction as:
:convincing, compelling, persuasive
May a convincing, compelling, and persuasive anointing be upon you all year long as you come in contact with people throughout the year!