God promised the Israelites a Promised Land flowing with milk and honey.
When the Israelites sent spies to their Promised Land, they found that It truly flows with milk and honey (Numbers 13:28) but it also had strong people, protected cities, giant and it was also surrounded by their enemies the Amalekites, Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites and Canaanites. (Numbers 13:28-29)
They then decided to believe the 10 spies who told them they could not possess instead of the 2 who said they could.
As a result God said they Would not see the Promised Land (Numbers 14:23) because of the following reasons:
1. They Rejected GodGod asked Moses, "How long will these people reject Me?" (Numbers 14:11)
The Israelites rejected God when they decided to believe the report of the 10 spies who said they could not possess the Promised Land instead of believing God Who had told them He was taking them to it when they were leaving Egypt.
Therefore when you receive a report that is contrary to what God has told you as you pursue your Promised Land or any the other Promises of God, do not reject God by following the contrary report.
Go back to God and ask Him what you should do about the report you are receiving because we are told If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God Who gives to all freely and without reproach and it will be given. (James 1:5)
2. They Did Not Believe GodGod asked Moses, "How long will these people not believe Me with all the signs I have done among them?" (Numbers 14:11)
God had shown them signs of His Power through the many things He did in Egypt to free them from slavery. To learn about them read Vengeance is Mine says the Lord.
These signs of the 10 plagues of Egypt and drowning Pharaoh's army in the Red Sea should have made the Israelites believe that God could also destroy the strong men and giants in their Promised Land.
Therefore to avoid missing your Promised Land because of the problems you are facing, remind yourself of the great things recorded in the Bible that God has done to help His people.
In addition, remind yourself also of the great things God has done for you in your life by keeping a Book of Blessings. This is a notebook where you write all the things that God has blessed you with.
Read your Book of Blessings whenever you face challenges and the evidence of God's power in your life will help you face any problems you encounter as you pursue your Promised Land confidently.
Click here to read The Importance of Keeping a Book of Blessings.
3. They Tested GodGod told Moses, "They have tested Me ten times". (Numbers 14:22)
The Israelites tested God by doubting His ability to do various things.
To avoid making the same mistake and missing your Promised Land, simply decide to believe that With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)
4. They Did Not Heed God's VoiceGod told Moses, "They have not heeded my voice" (Numbers 14:22)
To heed is to pay careful attention and the Israelites did not pay careful attention to the words that God was speaking to them through Moses. If they did they would have not believed the 10 spies who said they could not conquer Egypt.
Therefore decide to pay careful attention to the Word of God and any other Word He speaks specifically into your life.
5. They Did Not Follow God WholeHeartedlyGod told Moses, "My servant Caleb has a different spirit and he has followed Me wholeheartedly and I will bring him into the Promised Land" (Numbers 14:24)
Therefore if you do not want to miss your Promised Land, decide to be like Caleb and follow God with your whole heart.
Following God with your whole heart will also ensure that you do not entertain thoughts of going back to Egypt regardless of how strong, protected and gigantic the problems in your Promised Land are.
Emulate Abraham who Did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but he was strengthened in faith and praised God while being fully convinced that what God had promised He was also able to perform. (Romans 4:19-22)
To learn more and read God Loves Your 100%.
For more information on how to avoid making these same mistakes and missing your Promised Land or any of the other Promises of God read How to Posses your Promised Land.