By Michel Lankford

Ultimately yes, but remember, God’s goal is to fix us as people, and not only to fix our problems. If all God did was fix our problems, then all we would do is create more problems; because we would still have the same weaknesses and immaturity that lead us unto the decisions and choices that caused the majority of our problems in the first place. His goal is to transform our personhood and our character into Righteous people who will love and obey Him, and who love our neighbor. Sometimes, God will use our problems to help us grow up, (Ephesians 4:13-15; James 1:2–4).

Remember, God created all things seen and unseen by the Words of His Mouth, (Hebrews 11:1-4; Job 38:4–7; Psalm 33:6; Psalm 136:5; Isaiah 42:5; Isaiah 45:18; John 1:1–3; Acts 14:15; Acts 17:24; Colossians 1:16–17; Hebrews 1:10).

Don’t forget, Jesus the Messiah overcame the temptations of the adversary solely by properly using His Father’s Word, (Matthew 4; Luke 4; cf. Deuteronomy 8:3; Deuteronomy 6:13; Deuteronomy 6:16; Deuteronomy 10:20).

The apostle Paul clearly tells us that all Scripture is breathed out by God, and it is profitable for doctrine, for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training us in righteousness. The whole function of God’s word is to do all of those things so that the God follower will be thoroughly equipped for every good work that God wants them to accomplish, (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Basically, if we don’t use the WHOLE Bible correctly, then we cannot be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The critical point though is this. Since the Word of God is good enough and powerful enough to create the universe; since it was good enough for Jesus the Messiah to use it to overcome the temptations of the adversary successfully, then surely the Word of God is good enough to transform us and our circumstances. It’s just a matter of learning it and using it appropriately.

Based on Scripture, I believe that when it is rightly divided and obediently applied in the context of being in right relationship with God and Jesus Christ the Messiah, Scripture is completely sufficient to give us true wisdom in every situation, guidance and comfort through every hardship, and ultimate victory in every battle. I believe that it is the refusal to rightly divide and obey God’s Word that is at the root cause of every human ill and character defect we will ever encounter. Restoration only begins and continues when we hear and believe the truth, when we repent from disobeying God’s truth, and when we turn to God, and we begin and continue to walk in agreement with God. That’s biblical repentance.

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