Willie Jamieson - Benefits - Mellowdale Convention - 1948

God has a definite purpose in this convention. He wants to reveal Himself to us again and show us something we have never seen before.  He wants to speak to us again.  One thing God wants to do above all else is to get us into that condition of heart and mind where He can do for us what He wants to do.  There is no possibility of this unless we cooperate and pray.  The Pharisee and the Publican both went to pray. One thanked God that he was not like other men. (Notice all the commendable things he mentioned about himself, the attitude of his heart debarred him from getting anything from God.)  The other man said, “I am a sinner; be merciful to me.”  If I come here feeling self-important and thinking of all the wonderful things I have accomplished this past year, I will not get anything from God.  There is something about the Truth of God that makes us feel so weak and unworthy.  It is a good sign to feel unworthy of the least of God’s mercies.  David said in Psalm 40:12, “For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.”   Can you believe that to be the attitude of a man after God’s own heart?  Isn’t that the attitude of a Publican? 

Psalm 103 shows us that David got over that condition. God gathers us not to look at our weaknesses but to look at His great strength.  Can we all begin convention with this petition, “Bless the Lord, O my soul!  Let all within me join, And aid my tongue to bless His name, Whose favours are divine...” If I find that there is anything in my heart that is displeasing to God, I want to get rid of it.

The first great commandment is “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,” etc.  It is one thing to talk about it but it’s another thing to do it.  It is good for us to have that one purpose of heart that nothing will be found in us that will hinder God from speaking to us and blessing us.  Jesus said, “... for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me.” There was nothing in that life that Satan put there. There was the temple of God filled with His glory, etc.  He was faithful as the doorkeeper.  He kept Satan and all his furniture out.  If we are faithful in doing this, God will come to us and speak to us and put something in us that will enable us to bless Him.  What have I to be proud of anyway, when I look into my life?  I have the same selfish human nature I had at the beginning.  “Forget not all His benefits.” This is my sixth convention and I can’t remember much of what has been said but impressions have been made and I am now a different man.  If we were to count His benefits, we would be sitting here till 6 o’clock.  “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” God has gifts to give us NOW, every day, every minute of every hour.  If there is any man or woman here and your iniquities have been troubling you, I would like to say that God wants you to put them away.  David’s iniquities were more than the hairs of his head.  I would like to start this convention by believing, that in spite of my iniquities, God is anxious to forgive.

“Who healeth all thy diseases?”  A disease is a little bit worse than an iniquity.  When Jesus was sent into the world 1,900 years ago, He was sent to God’s people who needed healing.  He was never once defeated.  [Willie told the story of a man that spent most of his money on doctors, then he heard about a quack doctor that helped him. He then went west.]  When you start going east you had better keep going in that direction. Wouldn’t you be a happy man or woman if you knew that every transgression had been forgiven?

The High Priest went into the Holy of Holies once a year.  He took the blood of a bullock and put it above the mercy seat and before the mercy seat seven times, and also the blood of a goat.  On the head of another goat, the High Priest put the sins that the people confessed.  Someone took the goat out into the wilderness, and let it go.  The sins of the people were never remembered again.  God likes to see His people sitting at His table with clean hands and a pure heart, etc.