I. REALIZE YOU ARE NOT THE FIRST TO LOSE IT.
Jeremiah lost it under pressure, but got it back again.
Jeremiah 20:9, “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” 5:14“Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.”
He must have recalled the promises of God – 1:4-9.
Look at Elijah in 1 Kings 19:3-4 “And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.”
And then in verse 9, “And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?”
Then came a strong and mighty wind, earthquake and fire. God told Elijah, “You are not alone,” and by the way neither are you verse 18.
The greatest revival in history resulted on Mount Carmel when Elijah got his fire back 18:17-40.
Paul was fearful of losing his fire, his burden and vision in 1 Corinthians 9:26-27.
He was not talking about losing his salvation, but his joy, power and fellowship with God.
Paul had seen others lose their fire such as John Mark in Acts 15:36-41. He mentions that Alexander and Hymenaeus have made shipwreck out of their lives.
He also warned Timothy and encourages him to “war a good warfare.” 1Timothy 1:18-20.
It is almost senseless to look at other lives when our own is under constant satanic attack or questioning God’s will for us.