TOPIC: LOVE IS A VERB! CLAUDIUS WAS ‘INSANE!’
There was a priest by the name of Valentine. He lived in Rome about 250 A.D. At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor by the name of Claudius. Claudius wanted a big army. He thought men would volunteer to join. But many men did not just want to leave their wives and sign up to fight. This made Claudius mad. He had a crazy idea that if men were not married, they would not mind joining his army. So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages and he passed a decree banning marriages.
Valentine thought it was ridiculous! And I, Dr Chris, think he was ‘insane.’Well, after Emperor Claudius passed his law, Valentine kept on performing marriage ceremonies – but secretly. He would whisper the words of the ceremony, while listening for soldiers on the steps outside. One night, he did hear footsteps. The couple he was marrying escaped, but he was caught and thrown in jail and told that his punishment was death. Many young people came to the jail to visit him and threw flowers and notes up to his window.
They wanted him to know that they, too, believed in love. One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit him in his cell. They often sat and talked for hours. She believed he did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and performing marriage ceremonies. On the day he was to die, he left her a note and signed it: “Love from your Valentine.” It was written on the day he died, February 14, 269 A.D. The Holy Ghost wants you to know again that LOVE IS AVERB (a word describing an action)!
For God so loved that He did something! He took an action! He gave His only Son! St. Valentine too, backed up his belief with action. He continued to perform marriage ceremonies even though he knew he could die for doing it. Any ‘love’ without an action to back it up is fraud! “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth (today’s scripture Vs. 18). World Valentine’s Day was February 14th this year but determine to make every day YOUR VALENTINE’s DAY! Forgive someone! Drop an encouragement note today!
Make a call of hope today! Send an SMS of courage today! Visit the elderly, the sick or orphans this week, renew your marital vows, prayerfully propose a marriage, avoid sinful love, give to the poor! TAKE AN ACT OF LOVE! Love is an action word (a verb)! (Give Out ODM CopiesAs ‘Valentine Gifts’weekly). TONIGHT 8PM – OPERATION-SETTLE-YOUR-WEEK WITH GOD! Also called: PROPHETIC RAIN. I could call your name as led and we shall all PRAY FOR YOU! Connect via FACEBOOK LIVE: “ourdailymannaworldwide” & Youtube: Manna TV In-ternational. SEE PAGE 45 FOR TONIGHT’S EMPHASIS!
PRAYER POINTS: Take Song 2: Standing on the promises…
1. Pray about today’ scripture as led now. Thank God for His love.
2. Ask for grace to take an action of faith today/this week.
3. Pray the devotional prayers on page 7 of this booklet now.
4. Browse through the 250 prayer points section and use them.
5. Pray for your local church pastor and the leadership today.
6. Pray for others today! Take an action of love today.
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