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The story of Ruth is about two companions that are forever bonded to each other. As I make this statement, most people will think I am referring to Ruth and the man who eventually became her husband, Boaz. Of course their union is the popular cover story for this amazing bible narrative; but, as we look deeper, we can see this romance was only possible because of two other devoted lovers: faith and works! If Ruth had not been full of faith in the God of Israel and involved in works that gave life to that faith, we would not be discussing her today. She loved her mother-in-law, Naomi, which led her to embrace Naomi’s spiritual lifestyle. Once that happened, Ruth got busy: keeping her heart connected to God, trusting her instincts and obeying instructions. She followed Naomi to a strange land; then she went to work so she could feed and take care of Naomi (the woman who had brought her into the family of God). As a result of these heroic and courageous acts, Ruth unknowingly unleashed a tidal wave of blessings, favor and miracles for both herself and Naomi. The story is compelling and life-changing, and it all came to pass because of one young widow’s decision to live by faith. Faith that without corresponding actions would have been single, alone and dead! The Message Bible says that faith and works are “yoked partners.” The full meaning of believe includes action. It is the union of believing and acting that gets the job done. Go to Devoted To Him with Misti Long on Blogtalk Radio to hear more about these two inseparable couples whose stories will help you win in your next adventure with God.
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