You’re addicted to thrills? What an empty life! The pursuit of pleasure is never satisfied.
Out of the heart flow the issues of life.
Since the beginning, the addiction to pleasure has been one of the greatest challenges of authentic manhood. It comes from a perversion of the Adventurous Spirit within each man.
Remember, out of our heart flow the issues of life—our purposes, appetites, and emotions. These purposes are incredibly powerful for us—they motivate us—and give us the excitement of fulfilling them. There is nothing more satisfying than fulfilled purpose. A cheap thrill can’t compare to fulfilled purpose.
However, if we pervert the purposes that are deep within us, we find ourselves being driven in the opposite direction. Rather than our purposes dictating our appetites, thus releasing the excitement of emotions—we begin to reverse the course. When we live for emotions, our appetites become insatiable and thus perverting our purpose. All of our efforts are in the pursuit of pleasure.
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose mistreatment along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. – Hebrews 11:24-25
The conflict within Moses was to either enjoy the pleasures that his privilege afforded him or fulfill his purpose and realize his potential. Moses chose to live by purpose. Notice, this required him to go against his emotions, even his appetite, because rather than have the choice foods and satisfactions of excessive living, he would suffer mistreatment.
As men, we must put the issues of our heart in the proper order. Our purposes dictate our appetites, thus releasing our emotions.