roachesRom. 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Have you ever rented an apartment where you discovered you had unwanted roommates?  I did.  I remember in college I rented an efficiency for the first time.  My sister helped me to move in, and when she opened the cabinet beneath the sink, she exclaimed “I see you have friends living with you.”
Being quite naive at the time, I asked her what she meant.  She then showed me the dead roach.  Needless to say, my stay there was filled with insecticides, traps, and bombs.  But no matter how hard I tried to eradicate my efficiency of those creatures, they would always seem to return.
They were everywhere!
I was reminded of this experience as I read the above passage.  There is an unwanted housemate in each of us.  Paul said that in our body, which is a temple of the Lord, sin resides.  That unwanted housemate has taken up residence in our minds.  At times, it seems that when I rid my mind of one of those insects, another six or seven seem to appear!  Even when I set off a bomb to kill them all, they seem to reappear with a vengeance.   The truth is, we will be warring against this unwanted housemate for the remainder of our lives.  We must awaken each morning prepared to fight against this housemate throughout the day, for he will appear in many ways to distract us, to discourage us, to defeat us.  We must also recognize that we are not in this battle alone; indeed, we are individual members of a mighty army.  We must be sure to equip ourselves with not only the armor to protect us, but the weapons that we are to use to defeat this enemy.  This fight must be part of our daily regimen.  We must become aware of its devices.  We are now soldiers in an army that must be prepared to fight 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Every time we evict that unwanted roommate from our premises, he is searching the premises looking for a way back in.  May we endeavor to be diligent in our fight to keep our temple clean.