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Jesus said, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to a mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Two-thousand years ago, nobody was moving mountains, and impossible was a concept understood by all. Even in the twenty-first century, telling people they can move mountains is an extremely large stretch.

Why would Jesus tell his disciples that nothing is impossible?

Jesus was saying that the envelope of possibility is infintely large, and the likelihood of encountering absolute limits is infinitesimally small.

He wanted them to understand that there are no limits. There are only limiting beliefs.

Although the envelope of possibility is exceedingly large, it is equally true on a personal level the envelope of possibility is only as big as you believe it to be.

Jesus was talking about the envelope of possibility, and he made it clear our beliefs determine the size of that envelope.

Possibilty is a dynamic thing that changes with our beliefs.

We increase the envelope of possibility by pushing our limits every day.

Jesus made it clear we all have the potential to move the moutains, and what was impossible yesterday is possible today if we get our beliefs right.

Moving mountains is not just for a select few. It's for everyone who sheds their limiting beliefs.

Moving mountains is not something you do once in a lifetime. It's something you do every day.

In Mark 11:23-24, Jesus outlined the Mountain Moving Cascade.

If anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and has no doubt in his heart but believes that it will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Jesus made it clear you are to speak to the mountains in your life.

If you want to move mountains, you must speak to them and call them out by name. You must get specific about which mountain needs to move, and then you must move forward without doubt in your heart.

Doubt is a destroyer of dreams, and mountains never move in the presence of doubt. More dreams have been destroyed by doubt than will ever be destroyed by failure.

Moving mountains is not religious magic. It's much more than "name it and claim it". It's simply the way things work when you get in agreement with God about who you are and what you can do with his help.


God is not a supernatural vending machine waiting to dispense miracles when you "name it and claim it." You do not serve a concierge God that tends to your every whim, and whenever you want something, you pull on the lever of faith to get what you want. That's not the way things work.

On the other hand, Jesus made it clear that God takes a personal interest in your daily life to the point He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He is so involved in your world, that a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his knowledge.

In Mark 11:23-24 Jesus tells us we have the possiblity of moving moutains, but there is a cascade of things that need to happen for the mountain to move.

First, you must speak to the mountain. You must call it out by name.

You can't hit a target you don't see, and you can't go to a destination you don't have. You must clearly put a name on the mountain you want to move. Naming it does not make it move, but it starts the mountain moving casade and if you persist, the mountain will move.

Mountains are things holding you back and keeping you from being all that God intends for you to be.

God wants your mountains to move even more than you do, but for them to move, you first must do your part. You must speak to the mountains in your life.

Second, you must get rid of doubt.

Don't waste your time speaking to the mountains if you have doubt in your heart.

Doubt is a deal breaker in the mountain moving business. You must suspend your disbelief and place your trust in God for your mountains to move. When you suspend your disbelief, you get out of the way and stop limiting God.

Faith is like a mighty river dammed up by unbelief, and when you suspend your disbelief and get out of the way, the river of faith washes your mountains into the sea.

Third, you must ask God which mountains need to move.

If you are like me, there are dozens of mountains in your life. Some of those mountains don't need to move.

You can still become all you are meant to be while those mountains remain exactly where they are. Other mountains block your pasage, and those mountains must be moved.

When you get in agreement with God about who you are and what you can do with his help, it becomes clear which mountains must move. Once you know which mountains need to be moved, you can speak to those mountains and send them on their way.

Fourth, you must believe the mountain will move.

The only way for your mountains to move is for you to expect them to move.

You don't get what you want in life, you get what you expect. That's why Jesus said, "As you believe, so shall it be done unto you." Jesus came to change your expectations about who you are and what you can do with God's help.

When you expect your mountains to move, you get out your shovels and start digging. You start up your earth moving equipment, and your mountains begin to move.

Fifth, you not only believe your mountain is going to move, you act like it has already happened. You receive it into your life as an accomplished fact. Even though the mountain is still sitting there, as far as you are concerned, the mountain is history. Sooner is better than later, but in your mind the mountain is gone.

Sixth, you achieve your mountain moving goal by working like everything depends on you, and trusting like everything depends on God. You do your part so God can do his.

Moving mountains is not magic. It's mainly hard work mixed with endless persistence.

It's time to move the mountains of difficulty out of your life and to become all you can be.

It's time to speak to the mountains in your life and to cast them into the sea.




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

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