The people of Israel wandered around in the wilderness for forty years making what was actually an eleven-day journey. Why? Was it their enemies, their circumstances, the trials along the way or something entirely different that prevented them from arriving at their destination?
As I was pondering this situation, God gave me a powerful revelation that has helped me personally as well as thousands of others. The Lord said to me, "The Children of Israel spent forty years in the wilderness making an eleven-day trip because they had a 'wilderness mentality.'" "The Lord our God said to us in Horeb, You have dwelt long enough on this mountain." Deuteronomy 1:6.
We really shouldn't look at the Israelites with such astonishment because most of us do the same thing they did. We keep going around and around the same mountains instead of making progress. The result is, it takes us years to experience victory over something that could have and should have been dealt with quickly. I think the Lord is saying the same thing to you and me today that He said to the Children of Israel in their day; "You have dwelt long enough on the same mountain; it is time to move on." "And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on earth." Colossians 3:2
An excerpt from Introduction to section three-Wilderness Mentalities, Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer