“But you shall utterly exterminate them, the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and the Jebusites, as the Lord your God has commanded you.” Deuteronomy 20:17
Do you know where the Hittites live? Right in your own backyard. All the “ites” listed in the verse today were the enemies of God’s people. We have “ites” today, though they aren’t a group of people. The worry “ites”, the gossip “ites”, the lonely “ites”, the porn “ites”, the drug “ites”, well you get the picture. Whatever plagues God’s people today are our “ites”
How do we exterminate the “ites”? Remove them from your life. Replace them with God’s word and His people. Ask God to show you how to do that and help you do that. If you seek Him He will respond.
Why do you need to exterminate them? Verse 18 says “So that they may not teach you all the abominable practices they have carried on for their gods, and so cause you to sin against the Lord your God.”
As believers we aren’t supposed to look like the rest of the world, we are supposed to be separate and set apart for God.
God is not trying to ruin your life, He’s trying to help you have a more joyful and stress free life. Turn to Him for help with your “ites”.