But they didn't get rid of the Canaan"ites" who were living in Gezer.(16:10)
The people of Manasseh never were able to take over these towns—the Canaan"ites" wouldn't budge. But later, when the Israelites got stronger, they put the Canaan"ites" to forced labor. But they never did get rid of them."(17:12-13)
God had instructed the people to totally destroy all who lived in the Promise Land that were not following Him. He knew the people would be turned away from Him through these people. They already had proven this numerous times.
I think about the "ites" that I allow to live in my life. A little tidbit of gossip here and there, sneak a few handfuls of cookies, procrastinate instead of just do, the self-righteous thoughts that creep in as I compare others ways, bitterness and anger when buttons are pushed that I have not let go. Lots of "ites" and they could totally take over and destroy me.
And then - "He" happened.
I have come to love being in His Word every day.
Yes, I still have "ites" in my heart, but not as many. The way He is helping remove all the "ites" from my heart is such a blessing. Many moments I am able to see "me" stepping away from a situation and "He" fills in - using me as His vessel. More and more He is helping me to keep my focus on Heaven, on His face, and not on the situation at hand. To not take things personal. To see people and situations through His eyes.
So when it came to removing my "ites" - it is often because I wouldn't not couldn't.