There is a commercial that runs that shows a guy walking around in a park asking people this question: “Do you know how healthy your heart is?”. After they answer this rather simple question, he goes on to explain to them that they can have a complete EKG rating in their hands in just a matter of a few seconds with a new electronic device. This revolutionary device will actually let them know for sure how healthy (or unhealthy) their heart actually is.
Pulse: Life In Rhythm is one such “revolutionary device” that can help our spiritual hearts stay in rhythm with God’s.
Brian Branam is a pastor, blogger (www.brianbranam.com), author and more importantly, a friend! He has written several books entitled Lionheart & #TheWalk. His latest book PULSE: Life In Rhythm is our subject of today’s Quotes from My Readings.
In PULSE: Life In Rhythm, Brian walks people through the life of David and shows us that even though God said that “David was a man after my own heart”, that David’s heart was not always in rhythm with God’s. Brian describes the book this way:
Men are giving up. Men are giving up on family, work, and at a staggering rate; men are giving up on life.
Pulse is an examination of David, whom the Bible calls a man after God’s own heart. David was royal and awful. He was a success and a failure. He was raw, but redeemed. David had plenty of reason to give up, but was consistently drawn to deeper truths that helped him get his life back in rhythm.
By telling the story of a man whose heart went in and out of rhythm, Pulse give every man reason to get up rather than give up.
This book discusses topics such as Commitment, Courage, Toughness, Valor, Favor, Obedience and others. I wanted to share with you today several of my favorite quotes from this book:
The world is looking for every opportunity to use a man like a rusty tool and then toss him. But when God grabs hold of our story, a man’s life takes on new significance.
The people who are sought and supported may not be the most talented, most intelligent, or most physically gifted, but they have a devoted heart.
Every man needs something inside him that’s bigger than what comes against him. David’s inner passion for the glory of God made him gigantic, regardless of his physical size.
If you can focus on God’s purpose for you, then nothing asked of you will be beneath you. Nothing will belittle you. You may have big hopes, big dreams, and a big calling, but never ignore an opportunity for humble obedience.
Falling for temptation is a personal foul because you can’t sin without it negatively changing who you are in your heart.
When things go wrong, stubborn human beings always tend to get angry with God. But we seldom consider how our circumstances may be a direct consequence of our own terrible decisions. God often lets the nature consequences of our wickedness run their course.
Without fear, people measure every worship service, sermon, or answer to prayer by whether or not it pleases them. Conversely, those who fear God worship him in Spirit and truth, making it their utmost concern to do only what pleases him. Without fear, we exalt our sinfulness and ignore God’s holiness. We drive ignorantly into dangerous places. Fear is the foundation for true obedience.
I can not tell you how much I needed this book. Just like an EKG helps to show us if our heart has a good rhythm or not, this book served as a guide to help me see areas that needed to be put back in rhythm with God’s own heart.
I can not tell you how much you will be strengthened & encouraged by this book. I can not recommend it enough that you get a copy and read it for yourself. You will be strengthened and encouraged! (You can order a copy below)
May we always be in rhythm with the pulse of God Almighty!