Any weakness you refuse to deal with will draw you towards the wrong things and set you up for defeat.To live victoriously you must recognise that, first, your weakness can emerge at any time. What you allow to take root will grow within you. What you fail to master now will master you later.
The Psalmist prayed,
Secondly, God's Spirit will repeatedly warn you.
Jesus told Peter:
Imagine the Lord praying for you. He does! He intercedes for you, clothes you in His righteousness, and draws you back to Himself.
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
Thirdly, God will continue to use you even while your weakness is growing within you. He provides opportunity after opportunity to reach for His help. Jesus warned Jerusalem
When you neglect God's grace, what's left? Your consequences! You ask, 'What can I do?' Turn to God. He's neither shocked by your weakness nor unwilling to help you. Acknowledge your weakness. Become an enemy to it. Let God's Spirit empower you. Not only can He deliver you, He can turn your greatest weakness into your greatest weapon.