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When Jesus visited his home town of Nazareth, scripture states he did not do many mighty works there because of unbelief. 

Miraculous things could not happen in the presence of disbelief.

Unbelief placed handcuffs on God, and even in the presence of the Son of God, disbelief stopped the miraculous in its tracks. 

It wasn't that Jesus lacked the power to perform miracles. Rather, disbelief in the hearts and minds of the people of Nazareth prevented miracles from occurring. 

Throughout his ministry, Jesus made it clear that it's the faith of the believer that makes the miraculous happen. 

The true miracle worker has been and will always be the believer. 

If you want to experience a miracle, don't look outside yourself. Instead, look within. It's your faith that will make you whole.

While it's true Jesus was the Son of God, and it's true he could do the miraculous, his biggest miracle was getting people to start believing once again. 

People who had been beaten down by every conceivable calamity came to Jesus, and when he looked in their eyes and touched them with his hands, they started believing once again.

Jesus never said, "My faith has made you whole." 

Whenever a miracle happened, Jesus said, "Your faith has made you whole." It was the faith of the believer that made miracles happen.

Wherever Jesus went, he helped people start believing once again.

A blindman from the town of Bethsaida requested healing from Jesus, but he could not be healed in Bethsaida. 

Bethsaida was a place of great unbelief, and healing could not occur in a place overwhelmed by disbelief. 

Jesus led the man outside the town, and once outside, a dramatic miracle happened. His vision was restored.

The healing of the blind man from Bethsaida is unique because the miracle happened in two stages. The first time Jesus touched the man, his vision was partially restored, and he said, "I see men as trees walking." Then Jesus touched him a second time, and the man saw clearly - his healing was now complete.

This story has two important points.

First, the man had to leave the place of unbelief for healing to occur. 

Second, faith is an incremental experience for many people. 

Although miracles often occur in an instant, many times more than one touch is required. It's a quantum experience where we jump from one level of faith to another higher level where the miracle becomes complete.

What was true for the blind man is also true for us.

Some places are so toxic and negative that miracles cannot happen there. We have to leave a place of unbelief for our miracle to begin. 

We may need to leave our job or even where we live for faith to rise up in our hearts and for the miraculous to occur.

For most of us, faith is an incremental experience. When we start believing once again, we jump from one level of faith to the next.

When Jesus said, "All things are posible to him who believes," he was declaring the massive power of faith. 

Faith is meant to move the mountains of difficulty in your life.

Faith isn't just for the small stuff. Faith handles the big stuff just fine.

Your entire life runs on faith, and your beliefs determine what is possible. 

Unbelief stops you in your tracks, whereas faith keeps you moving forward.

Belief is your road map and compass that guides you into a positive future. 

Jesus said, "As you believe, so shall it be done unto you." 

Your beliefs determine where and how far you go.

Jesus taught that belief alone is not enough.

He said, "Ask and it shall be given you. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened unto you."

Although believing points you in the right direction, it does not get you to your destination. That's where asking, seeking and knocking come in. 

You can have all the faith in the world, but if you don't do the asking, seeking and knocking, you stay right where you are. 

Asking, seeking, and knocking are the evidence you truly believe. 

If you don't ask, the answer will always be no. 

If you don't seek, you will never find. 

If you don't knock, the door of opportunity will never open. 

You have to do your part so God can do his part for the miraculous to occur.

Every day thousands of opportunities hide in plain sight right in front of your eyes, but the only way to see those opportunities is through eyes of faith. 

The instant faith springs up in your heart and you start believing once again, you discover dozens of opportunities that surround you on all sides. Your biggest challenge is deciding which opportunities to select.

For faith and belief to work their miracle, you have to turn your back on fear.

Fear stops faith in its tracks. 

Fear and faith cannot coexist. It's one or the other, and you must choose.

Jesus said,"Don't be afraid, just believe."

Jesus took a hard position on fear. 

It's not that fear is the unforgiveable sin. Rather, it's that fear is a dead end street that stops the miraculous from happening.

As far as Jesus was concerned, fear was unacceptable. 

Jesus told a parable about a rich man going on a journey, and before he left, he gave three of his servants money to invest. 

Two of the servants made good investments and doubled the money. 

The third servant was afraid he might lose the money, so he buried it in the ground. 

When the master returned, the unprofitable servant told the master he was afraid, and that's why he buried it. 

Jesus condemned the unprofitable servant because he let fear control his life. Fear kept him from taking a leap of faith into a positive future. 

Jesus was quick to forgive people who were guilty of all sorts of sins, great and small. He forgave everything except fear. 

Fear was the unpardonable sin because it stopped faith in its tracks.

You were born to believe and believing is the natural state of the human heart and mind. Faith is your guiding light from the cradle to the grave.

You are meant to live a life of a million miracles. All you need to do is believe.

Living the life of faith is for everyone on planet earth.

For people who have been beaten down by life and who stopped believing, there is hope. They can start believing once again.

It's never over until God says it's over.

All things are possible if you start believing once again.

Today is a great day to send fear packing and to light the fire of faith in your heart and mind.

It's time to believe that your dreams are possible and to work each day to make them happen.

It's time to start believing once again. 

Dr. Dave




Pushing back the limits in your life

Pushing Back The Limits In Your Life

Many times I felt like I had taken things to the limit, but on further examination, it was clear I simply had enough. I was done and was unwilling to do whatever it takes to continue. Hitting the wall of absolute limits has never been a problem. The envelope of possibility is infintely large, and the likelihood of encountering absolute limits is infinitesimally small. There are no limits. There are only limiting beliefs.

Grand Schemes and Other Important Things

Grand Schemes And Other Important Things

In the grand scheme of things, my grand schemes seem fairly insignificant. In a global sense it's easy to feel as if my life counts for nothing, or at most, counts for little. When someone tells me that I shouldn't be doing things that are important to me, and that I'm wasting my life, they are really saying that my dreams don't count in their scheme of things. 

Daktari Without Borders

Living Without Borders

I am a daktari without borders. I am not sure when and where borders disappeared from my mind, but sometime in the last quarter century, I became a citizen of the world. Wherever I am on planet earth, I feel at home in my borderless world. Find out what it's like to live without borders.

Guilty of Living My Dreams

Guilty Of Living My Dreams

When my life is over and on judgment day I stand in the final line up with all the rest, I hope millions of people can point their finger at me, pick me out of the line up, and say, "He's the one. That's definitely him. He's different from the rest. He didn't conform, and he is guilty of living his dreams.

Negative Thoughts Are A Dream Stealer

Negative Thoughts Are A Dream Stealer

You are never safe from negation. Unchecked negativity can rapidly flush the achievements of a lifetime down the drain. If you ever reach your dreams, it will be because you stopped listening to the voice of fear and negation. You stopped looking at your limitations and stopped constructing barriers that exist only in your mind.

Everything Possible Nothing Impossible

Impossible Should Not Be In Your Vocabulary

Faith isn’t something that must be present before you move in the direction of your dreams. Rather it’s something that develops after you start moving. When you start out, you don’t see how your dreams are possible. Nevertheless, the moment you take the first step, faith instantly comes into your life. Never look at faith as the path to a life of leisure. God gave you faith so you could see things other people can’t see and do things other people can’t do.

Fear Doctor

Things I Feared That Never Happened

I could write an entire book called, "Things I Feared That Never Happened," and follow that up with a second book entitled, "I Feared The Wrong Things." Almost always, fear is a waste of time. Most of the things you fear will never happen, and you fear the wrong things. When the hobglobins of fear start dancing in your mind, it's time to refocus on other things. Learn how to squelch the voice of fear with a positive focus!

What Woud Steve Do?

What Would Steve Do?

For me, the dream is all about adventure, freedom, and being really alive. Although I like seeing the sights wherever we go, I think it's the sense of adventure coupled with the freedom to do what I want to do with my life, seasoned with a pinch of adrenalin that makes it all worthwhile.

Imagine, Believe, Receive

Imagine, Believe, Receive

The first step in moving toward your dreams is to doubt your limits. Once you doubt your limits, it's almost as if you are born again. You get an entirely new life with radically different rules of engagement. You enter the Promised Land of Imagine, Believe, and Receive. I know this to be true because I have been there.

Dr. Dave's Eclectic Blog - Positive Thinking Doctor - David J. Abbott M.D.


More than two decades ago, Captain Dave (aka Dr. Dave) started writing and creating websites as he sailed around the world on his sailboat, SV Exit Only. Those early websites and books evolved into the Positive Thinking Network you see today.

Captain Dave lived overseas for twenty-eight years in his globe trotting lifestyle until he became a Flying Doctor with the Indian Health Service working for ten years in the American Southwest flying out to deliver health care to the Apache, Hopi, Hualapai, Havasupai, and Colorado River Tribes.

Dr. Dave completed his work with the Indian Health Service in Arizona, and now runs the Positive Thinking Network full time either from his catamaran or his Land Rover Defenders as he travels around the world

The Positive Thinking Network has a global outreach sending a positive message to 196 countries, and it is your definitive source of positive thinking on the World Wide Web. 

With hundreds of positive websites, and more than a million pages and podcasts downloaded each month, it's where you come to learn everything you want to know about positive thinking. The Positive Thinking Network focuses on positive self-talk, positive spirituality, winning the battle against depression, PTSD, and positive adventure.

Hundreds of family safe websites stand ready to fill your mind with positive things.

Dr. Dave and the Positive Thinking Network work around the clock to change the world, one person at a time, one web page at a time, and one podcast at a time.