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Sheryl Boldt What lies do we tell ourselves regarding our choices and the changes we need to make? How often do we choose to ignore one of the most important facts in God’s Word – that we’ve been set free from sin’s dominion? This is, in fact, a fact! If we’ve trusted Christ as our Lord and Savior, sin has no power to control us. Romans 8:2 (ESV) confirms this: “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” God sent His own Son to die for us so we can be free from Satan’s control. Isn’t this amazing news? If you’re having a difficult time coming up with things to jot down on your “things I’m grateful for” list, consider adding “God’s love” at the top. Can you comprehend a more loving act than a perfectly holy God sending His own Son to be a sin offering for you and me? (verse 3). What have we done to deserve this kind of love? Absolutely nothing. Knowing this makes me want to thank God for His sacrifice (and grab hold of every bit of its meaning) more than ever. What if the book of Romans became real to us? What if, during this Thanksgiving season, we did all we could to understand and appreciate God’s sacrifice? Imagine holding to the truth of the book of Romans so tightly that all our choices reflected its truths and commands. By wholly committing to this quest, I’m convinced we could overcome the sinful behaviors we’ve struggled with for years. Picture what it would mean if each of us resolved to honestly thank God for His love. If we fully appreciated His Son’s death and resurrection. How would it change our marriages? Our churches? Even our nation? God’s Word is true. It is a fact that Jesus died to set us free from the law of sin and death. Ask God to give you a greater understanding of what this means for you. Then act on it. I don’t fully understand what Jesus’ death and resurrection have provided for me, but I’m determined to learn. And as I learn, especially during this Thanksgiving week, I will thank Him over and over again for His profound and generous love. I’m also going to ask God to teach me how to live His precepts throughout my day, especially with my choices. I hope you’ll join me. Sheryl H. Boldt is the author of the blog, www.TodayCanBeDifferent.net. Connect with her at SherylHBoldt@gmail.com.

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