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Positive Expectations Are A Form Of Predestination

Jesus created a world ruled by expectations.

You don't get what you want. You get what you expect.

It doesn't matter if your expectations are positive or negative, you will still get what you expect.

Jesus said, "As you believe, so shall it be done unto you. No matter how hard you work and how much you hope, it's what you expect that counts.

The Law of Expectations will make or break your life.

When I know your expectations, I can predict your future. That's why positive expectations are so important. They are a form of predestination.

Jesus came to planet earth to change our expectations about what is possible. 

Until Jesus came, the blind, the poor, the prisoners, and the oppressed lived without hope. Low expectations and negative expectations controlled their lives. Blind beggars lived in the Land of No Hope.

When Jesus walked on the road to Jericho, a sightless beggar shouted out, “Jesus, have mercy on me,” but the crowd surrounding Jesus rebuked him and told him to be quiet.

Everyone knew that blind beggars were beyond hope, everyone except Jesus and the blind beggar. 

The crowd tried to extinguish the voice of hope, but the blind man would not be silent, and he cried out once again, “Have mercy on me.”

It wasn’t the blind man who was blind; it was the crowd that could not see and could not sense hope. They knew there was no hope, and they would silence anyone who disagreed. Extinguishing hope was their specialty.

Jesus had a sixth sense that the crowds didn’t have.

He could sense hope and positive expectations even in blind beggars. 

The crowd could not shout Jesus down or keep him from his mission. 

Jesus came to fan the flames of hope inside the human heart until it became a burning fire that could not be quenched.

Jesus stopped in his tracks and ordered that the blind man be brought before him. 

A gasp went up from the crowd.

What was Jesus doing? Didn’t he know that there wasn’t any hope?

Jesus probed the heart and mind of the blind beggar and discovered hope that no one else could see. He asked a simple question. “What do you want me to do for you?” What are your expectations? After all, it doesn’t matter what all these people think and expect. It’s your expectations that count.

The man said, “Lord, I want to see.”

Jesus said, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you,” and instantly the man received his sight.

Jesus didn’t say, “My faith has healed you.” He made it clear that it was the beggar’s faith, his positive expectations that made the miracle come to pass.

In the past two-thousand years some things remain unchanged. 

The crowd still tries to shout us down and shut us up, telling us that there is no hope. 

Jesus still asks the same question. “What do you want me to do for you? What are your expectations?”

Jesus answer is still the same. It’s your faith that will heal you.

It all comes down to your expectations. 

Faith still works miracles in your heart and mind.

God makes miracles happen when positive expectations rule your heart and mind.

Jesus came to light the fire of hope in your heart. He came to fill your heart and mind with positive expectations. 

When you get in agreement with God, positive things happen. Your old life passes away, and all things become new.

What do you want God to do for you? What are your expectations?




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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