And these are the kings of the country which Joshua and the children of Israel smote on this side Jordan on the west, from Baalgad in the valley of Lebanon even unto the mount Halak, that goeth up to Seir; which Joshua gave unto the tribes of Israel for a possession according to their divisions; In the mountains, and in the valleys, and in the plains, and in the springs, and in the wilderness, and in the south country; the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites:
Nevertheless the children of Israel expelled not the Geshurites, nor the Maachathites: but the Geshurites and the Maachathites dwell among the Israelites until this day. Only unto the tribe of Levi he gave none inheritance; the sacrifices of the LORD GOD of Israel made by fire are their inheritance, as He said unto them. (Jos 12:7-8, 13:13-14)
Sin will always take us farther than we want to go, cost us more than we want to pay, and hold us longer than we want to stay. But, thanks be to GOD which hath given unto us the victory over sIn, death, and the grave by His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary. Our repentance of our sIn, and our faith and trust in Him and Him alone for Salvation means we are at Liberty to live victoriously in Him and through Him the new life He has for us. Our new forgiven life is not a license to sIn all we want to, but with it also come the reality that now we sIn more than we want to, because our 'want-tos' have changed as we become more like Him.
GOD gives us the victory for our redemption and His glory that we might serve Him, not to earn or keep His free gift, but because of our love for Him. We are His servants to minister to those around us who are hurting and in need. We are His disciples to serve one another in love and in discipleship through the Word of GOD. We are His witnesses to share His grace and mercy through the Gospel from the Word of GOD that others may know the victory we have received, and that those who believe the Good News of Jesus Christ and His forgiveness and reconciliation with the Father might believe and have new life in His Name.
For GOD is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance and the knowledge of the the Truth. Jesus loves you and wants to establish a covenant relationship with you that is real and personal. Surrender to Him on His terms and He will give you a brand new life of discipleship and fellowship with Him that is abundant and everlasting. GOD calls you to trust Him and what He has already done for you to pay your sIn debt. He has provided the only way of reconciliation with GOD, forgiveness from GOD, and Salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD who is GOD the Son, to give you a new life in Christ. Turn away from yourself and your sIn and turn to Him alone for eternal Life, now and always.