4o Days To Take Your Promised Land

As of today (Saturday, November 21), there are only 40 days left until January 1, 2016. Chances are, if you are like me, you have some goals you set way back in January of this year (2015) that you haven't achieved yet. Most people would just give up at this point and say something like, “Well, next year will be different.” Bull! When has next year ever been different for you?

The time to change next year is this year.Click To Tweet

How To Avoid 40 Years In The Desert

The key to changing your outcome for the year is hidden within a story from the Bible

You don't need to be a religious person for this story to help you – you may think of it as an illustration of the power of our thoughts to infuence the course of our lives. Here's the story…

In the Book of Exodus, God miraculously freed the nation of Israel from slavery to the Egyptians. He then promised them a land “flowing with milk and honey”. But Israel had developed a poverty mindset from all those years of slavery. The didn't have enough faith to take the promised land from the people already living there … even though God himself promised He would subdue those people.

So when Moses sent spies into the land to scout it out, it should've been no surpise. Most of the spies said the land was full of mighty, fearsome warriors. “These are giants,” they said. “We are like grasshoppers compared to these beasts.”

Only two men (Joshua and Caleb) in all Israel had the faith to believe God would do what He said he would … but that wasn't enough to provide Israel with the faith needed to receive the promise. Thus…

Days Turned Into Decades

The Hebrews spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness before they finally did take the Promised Land. While they were in the desert, God gave them miraculuous provision: manna from heaven for food, and water from a rock. We often talk of these miracles as modern believers, and give credit to God for miraculous, “last minute” provision. That is as it should be, But I don't think that is the main lesson of this story. So what is the main lesson?

God hasn't promised us the “just enough”. His present-day will for us is not last-minute, enough-for-the-day, wilderness rations … he wants us to receive abunant gift of the “land flowing with milk and honey.”

That's what He wanted for Israel then. It's what He wants for us today (see John 10:10).

Remember, God's original plan for Israel was to take their Promised Land in days, not decades.

It took Israel 40 years to be ready. If you have faith, I believe you can move mountains (even those achieving this year's goals) in just 40 days.

Think of the next 40 days as your wilderness. The wilderness is not bad, but neither is it your final destination.

Don't be anxious or worried about how you'll make it in the meantime. God provided astonishing resources to meet Israel's needs in the desert. Rest assured your needs are not a worry.

Now imagine that with faith, and perserverence, you can “take the land” that God has promised  you. Your wilderness experinece does not have to last 40 years. Or 40 weeks. Or even 40 days.

Here's the bridge…

The 3 Be-Attitudes That Stoke The Fires of Faith

  1. You must be-lieve. Jesus said, “All things are possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23)
  2. You must be-come the kind of person who has the thing you want. You must become the kind of person who can withstand the answer to your prayers. is what causes lottery winners to inevitably lose all their newfound wealth within a year or two of hitting the jackpot.
  3. You must be-have like that person, especially when it counts the most. That means: when it's hard.  Joshua and Caleb saw the same giants in the land as the other spies. I think they were both afraid. But how they behaved was demonstrated in their report. As the crowd murmured about their fears, Caleb silenced the voices of fear by saying: “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.”
You must become the person who can withstand the answer to your prayers.Click To Tweet

You can march directly up to the border of the Promised Land, cross over, and recieve the blessings of your dreams fufilled. You can still meet your goals. Just don't give up.

And like Caleb and Joshua, while everyone else is saying “Not now, we're not ready, we're afraid”, you say instead, “I am well able, because God is with me.”

What sort of miracle must happen for you to complete the goals you set for 2015? What must you believe, become, and how must you behave in order to receive your “Promised Land?”


Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.

Grow Your Business

Grow Your Business

Proven teaching. Inspired approach. Free Course.

Click Here to Subscribe

  • This is a great post, Ray!

    So, true “I am well able, because God is with me.” This is a key phrase we should keep in mind all the time. We have to strengthen our walk with God to move mountains in days instead of years.

    Thank you for a wonderful reminder.

  • Thanks, Ray, for the inspiring message. I am going to take another look at what I hoped to accomplish this year and get it done!

  • Ray,
    Thanks for the powerful framing of this very familiar story. Yeah I think we often thank God for all the last minute bailing out He did for the people in the wilderness (and what He does for us today) while ignoring the fact that it wasn’t God’s will for them to stay there. The Promised Land was ready and waiting for them – they were just too scared to walk over and claim it.
    I’ve got some really big goals for 2016 that line up logically but will still stretch my daily belief. I’m going to keep your challenge at the forefront – I must become the person who can withstand the answer to my prayers. Thanks for reminding me the challenge is more internal than external.

    • Coming from you, Dan, that means a lot! I hope to see you and Joanne again soon.

    • “Stretching daily belief” seems to be key. It’s easy to get stuck and limit ourselves.

      As revealed in the story above, God is unlimited and wants our best!

      Thanks Dan & Ray!

    • Love it Dan.

  • Really good post. Helped me today

  • Thought provoking post Ray.

    Would you agree (referring to point #2) that God should be able to trust us with His answers?

  • Lary Moore

    Thank you Ray. Jut what I needed to hear and no coincidence that I fell upon your post! A couple of times this week I have googled the countdown clock to the end of the year. The seconds speed by but I stay focused on the time left and know that miracles will carry me to achieve my goals before the clock hits 2016. I see many people are focusing on 2016 and have written off the rest of this year. I believe the power is in the NOW and now will determine 2016. Thank you again for the story and the reminder to do all we can do and allow God to do the rest.
    PS- I read your post the other day about you believing for healing.
    Truth is – you ARE healed, regardless of what the doctors say!

  • Jonathan Cutting

    Wow Ray! What an awesome message to start with on my Saturday! The “becoming” part speaks strongest to me right now. You must master yourself in all that that means before you can set goals around anything else. You have to become the person you’re supposed to be, and see yourself that way, before you can master anything else. When a man has real control of himself then he KNOWS he’s capable of so much more. That’s one of the reasons Caleb and Joshua, in the face of fear, were still ready go up against the giants for they had already conquered giants within!

  • Ray… I’ve always been a Believer. And…I’ve always had big dreams. But just this year discovered what I think is a stronghold of unbelief. Crazy, isn’t it? I need you to keep reminding me of these things. THANK YOU!

  • It was a pleasure to have this post delivered to my inbox this morning. I tend to peter out in defeat towards the end of the year, often thinking, “This is YET ANOTHER year when I’ve failed to meet all of my goals.” But the year isn’t over yet. Thanks for that reminder and the symbolic message of continuing to make progress within the last 40 days of 2015.

  • I love your commitment to integrate your faith with your business. I think it’s one of the things the online/internet business space could use more of and that is it why I’m creating a new podcast show that focuses on faith, hope, & promise.

    Although I just recently learned about you I already have come to really enjoy your encouragement & teaching in this area.

    Keep up the good work Ray. God bless you brother!

  • Ray: I need help with something. The Promised Land vs. The Cross. One the one hand we see a God who is generous. On the other hand we have Matthew 16:24. On one hand we have a prosperity Gospel (granted, there are different levels, but all versions nonetheless). On the other hand we have 12 disciples, Paul, and countless others who lived a life shouldering the cross. This is my struggle.

    • Dale

      Hey Kyle –

      I would direct you to Andrew Wommack Ministries. Check out his audio teachings. There are many and he talks a lot about prosperity and how Jesus provides for this through those who love him.


      God Bless

      • Thanks Dale! I have a lot of thoughts/questions after listening to one of the sessions 😉 God bless!

  • Great reminder, Ray, thanks! There are still 40 days…no reason to give up now on the things I didn’t complete this year!

  • Connie Cooley

    I’m so happy to be associated with a Christian like you who is unashamed and unafraid to put the truth out there! I was so happy to actually see a Bible lesson included, which, by the way, totally served to drive your point home! Way to go!
    Many prayers have been prayed concerning the upcoming release of my debut Christian novel, Unlikely Love, that it will affect and influence millions of lives and serve to become my financial breakthrough. It is my responsibility to BELIEVE that God is answering those prayers and that He has it all under control. I must BECOME even more of a giver than I am now. I believe that if God knows He can get it through me, He will get it to me. And, finally, I must BEHAVE in such a way that He is honored. Faith works by Love, and I need work in that area. I also need to guard against contrary words of doubt or unbelief, which only serve to uproot my seed and abort, or at the least delay, my harvest. Great Post!

  • yes that is so true becoming what you want to have is to be that. I am that, I am.

  • Dale

    God also said to Joshua: 1:7-8

    7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

    8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

    Therefore, be courageous, observed the law (and for the New Testament, Obey the commands)so you may prosper whithersoever thou go, meditate on the word day and night and observe what is written… THEN you shall be prosperous and have good success.

    Taken what you stated with this… blessing should abound.

  • The next 40 days is my opportunity to make 2015 and 2016 a success, not to make excuses. Happy to see you put a spiritual twist to your email message, perfect time of year spiritually and physically.

  • Kathleen

    40 days is a very long time when you are fasting in the desert or sitting scared to enter the Promised Land. 40 days is a very short time when you compare it against eternity, or even most people’s lives. And each of us can truly only live in the present day, the present moment. Thanks for the reminder not to let these 40 days be a wasteland of coasting into 2016. I want to slide into Home Plate filthy and exhilarated from the effort. And I trust that my great God has the power to overcome any and all giants.
    Thanks, Ray, for this outstanding reminder. You have helped me redouble my commitment to finishing well.

  • Thank you so much for this inspiring post. Looking at things one day at a time also can help puts things into perspective. 40 days to work on your goals one little bit at a time. Marking it off on the calendar day by day as you progress towards your goal can be enlightening. I am for sure going to do this and see how it all turns out.

  • Great reflection of the 40 days in the wilderness. Inspirational and practical advice.

    I must behave like that person, especially when it counts the most. That includes silence our own self-criticism and self-doubt.

  • Thanks a lot Ray, for this soul lifting post(read sermon). Sure, the ” I can’t do”
    mentality has always been the limiting factor or stumbling block to our
    achievements no matter how noble and well meaning they may be.

    The elders make us understand that the cemetery is full of the best brains in
    all spheres of life.Why? Because they did not dare to translate their ideas
    to actions. We pray for His grace so we will banish the spirit of fear and
    achieve what He has destined us to be.

    Again, thank you

  • Pam

    I really enjoyed the spiritual foundation part of your podcast. Well, I actually love all of it!

  • Pingback: How Plugging into the Vine Supercharges Your Motivation | Patti Fagan()

  • Edgardo Cordero

    thank you so much, I have been fighting myself to step out in faith and into the Promised land but i have let fear control me. This message , the timing, everything is just what i needed. I believe the Word of God and his promises. Thanks again.

  • Hi Ray,
    thank you very much.
    Your post motivates me to work instead of beeing blocked by the crises my company is going through. I coach people to get more results out of their meetings. I believe in the value the coaching brings, I become someone who attracts clients and I behave lika a professional, wealthy coach.
    Thank you very much for this insight.
    Best regards