The Dangers of the Promise Land by Patrice Tsague

“Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His Commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today.” ~ Deuteronomy 8:11

by Patrice Tsague

David, the man after God’s own heart, after overcoming Saul and becoming king of Israel could not overcome the danger of absolute power and committed adultery with the wife of Uriah the Hittite and killed Uriah to conceal his sin. Nathan had to confront king David,

And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? Thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.” (2 Samuel 12:7-11)

Success presents three types of dangers. I call it “the dangers of the promise land“:

  1. Rely on your resources – there’s no more manna so we must work for our provision. However, we have a tendency to rely on what we have versus on God.
  2. Follow other gods – now that we have options, we may begin to worship the things that God created versus God. Some even turn to other types of beliefs.
  3. Forget the purpose of the promise – the purpose of the promise land is to fulfill God’s covenant and not for our own personal pleasure and comfort.

The following scriptures are great passages to meditate on to protect ourselves from the dangers of the promise land. “Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.” (Proverbs 30:7-9)

As Biblical Entrepreneurs, we must know that our biggest enemy is not failure but rather it could be the very success we are seeking.

Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.

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2 Responses to The Dangers of the Promise Land by Patrice Tsague

  1. Pat Robeck says:

    I believe this happens to so many people who become famous, they forget where they got their initial talent from and start to believe that they created themselves. When I was younger, I was very proud of my intelligence, until I realized that I had nothing to do with being so, it was a gift from God. My value is only by using my talents in a way that glorifies our Creator. It is then that we will find fufillment and satisfaction.

    • Pat,
      Thanks for your comments! You hit the nail on the head. People tend to worship the gift instead of the Gift Giver. This is also where humility comes into play. Without it we begin to take credit for things we weren’t responsible. we can’t take credit for the gifts we have, but we do have a responsibility to use it in a way that magnifies God.

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