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Pre-degree Academy Publication.

  1. 1. Pre-degree Destiny Academy. Purpose-driven. Destiny-determined. Academics-dedicated! Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife’s Center for Distance Learning, Moro, Osun State. Glory-Land Baptist Church (Along ife-Osogbo Expressway, Opposite Ola Furniture) 1 WHEN FIRST IMPRESSION DOES NOT COUNT. “I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, neither is bread to the wise nor riches to men of intelligence and understanding nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.”2 “When a gathering is first or fresh, everyone has to form.” In this beginning, you’re worthy of a hearty CONGRATULATIONS, for coming this far in the pursuit of a meaningful life and fulfilment of a great destiny. You are welcome to Obafemi Awolowo University Distance Learning Center, I assure you that by a sincere trust in GOD and severe believe in his WORD, your experience here in Gloryland Baptist Church will be the testimony of a Destiny Living Center in Jesus Name. It is also great to have you in Moro, a land of many firsts for many of you. Some of you are celebrating the first time of leaving the confines and control of your parents or being away from home; for some it is the first time of being faced with life as we usually hear of it. Let me assure you that until your stay here is over, you will have cause to celebrate many firsts, but which kind of ‘first’ you celebrate will be determined by the decision you take at the onset of this journey. Truth be told, you will be tempted to have a first compromise in values and vision, goal and God, identity and integrity, it’s all your choice if you will walk through or wail through. But I implore you to first achieve a first in your spiritual life, for that will grant you exceptional grace to achieve a first in all necessary facets of your life. When you leave God out of the question of life, you certainly have lost the marking scheme of that life. Mind you, you can only have one chance of celebrating a first in life. What you celebrate as first now, you will have cause to celebrate in the future. So, don’t make a first, which you can’t mark in the future. Your destiny does not have a carbon-copy and the original is expensive, don’t give it cheap. I vividly recollect my days of Secondary School education, whenever we left the school for an outing, despite putting on a good looking school uniform, I suddenly come under a new ‘uniform’. I just find myself, behaving differently, talking another way, speaking a new diction, acting another personality. For some minutes, I was not just being the me that I was, I became an ‘influenced me’. I was undergoing the necessity of ‘forming’. When you are in something first or fresh, you have to form. If it were the days of growing up, I would 1 Opeoluwa Sonuga, 400-L Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. 2 Eccl 9:11 [Ps. 33:16-19; Rom. 9:16.]
  2. 2. have thought the word ‘to form’ meant to put up a fake or false or first impression. However, by the inspiration of the Almighty it has now become an understanding in my spirit that those are scratchlevels of ‘forming’, those are unserious and withoutconsequences phenomenon of ‘to form’. May I chip this in: whatever will not change you or challenge you will confine you. Life is too short to be lived as an experiment and a laboratory specimen. Beware, the devil is fond of using the best for his researches. Because the second letter of life starts with is ‘I’, after the authority the “L”ord JESUS Christ, the second thing you should expect from life is INFLUENCE. When you are experiencing life for the first time or the fresh time as you all are, life will influence you to ‘FORM’ in either of these four ways: CONform, DEform, PERform or REform. However the rule of this game of ‘forming’ is that you will never know which one you are undergoing until and unless you come to an end of your former self. The shortest way of coming to your old self is simply accepting your new self. What comprises your new self? Your LORD. Your IDENTITY, your FRIENDS and your EXPERIENCE. These are the pillars of the new self you need to accept in this phase of your life. Lest I forget, Eccl 9:11 borrows us an earthly wisdom which is a law in life as long as Jesus tarries in his coming. Every creature is billed for seven phases in life: the SEE phase, the RACE phase, the BATTLE phase, the BREAD phase, the RICHES phase of life, and the FAVOUR phase. The last phase is the once PARADIDE phase. Now, see this: Number 1:3 You and Aaron are to register, company by company, every man who is twenty years and older who is able to fight in the army. It confirms that there is a battle life and reveals that age is one way to measure your phase and being a man is to ensure your eligibility. Thus, 0-5 years is the SEE phase; 5- 20 years is the RACE phase, 20 – 35 years is the BATTLE phase, 35 – 50 years is the BREAD phase, 50 - 65 years is the RICHES phase while 65 years upward is the FAVOR phase. The ETERNITY phase is a universal phase not subject to age. Any man at any time an get into this phase: and when you arrive at ETERNITY phase, it’s either you face HEAVEN or HELL. This is a hidden mystery in counting in our days on earth. Don’t despise IT!!! One major disaster that occurs to every man in a phase of life is impression: living by the face and not the phase. God didn’t make you to impress the world, he made us to impact it. Leadership expert, John C. Maxwell once said that “God choses what we got through, we chose how we go through it.” Thus, the issue with the journey of life is not just the road or the bus, but the efficiency of the bus. A good road without a good bus is a worse journey. Even a bad road with a good bus in manageable. Pre-degree is the road, you are the driver but your life is the bus on this route. What matters in this journey is not you perse but the life in you. Unfortunately, we can’t separate your life from you, so, whatever YOU do forms your LIFE, and your life has just four faces: Lord (spiritually); Identity (Destiny) Friends (relationships.) Experience (Academics). My father in destiny, Rev’d Olusola Areogun once said “God will not do for man, what man can do for himself.” God gives but Man grows. This is where you come in, and your Parents come out. This is the place where your RELIABILTY on your parents give way to RESPONSIBILITY. Also, a destiny-companion, Isola Taiwo always tells me, “Responsibility is the caretaker of Destiny.” How much you’re ready to be RESPONSIBLE for your destiny determines how well God will be RESPONSIBLE for yours. Please note this, fasting and prayer doesn’t change God, they only change you towards God. John C. Maxwell once quibbed, “Are you feeling far from God? Guess who moved?” and I ask in return, you’re feeling close to God, Guess who moved? YOU of course. James 1:17: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” BSFOAU President’s is also quoted as saying that wherever God turns, he cannver cast his shadow. A shadow is usually a oneself in another place but with no identity. Heb 13:8 - Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. So, anytime you think about your life, the last thing you should think
  3. 3. about his what has the devil done to me. Rather, you should ask, what have I refused to do for myself. The first mandate God gave to man was Gen 1:28 - And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” God blessed you, he didn’t curse you, and whom God has blessed, no one can curse, thus, the extent to which the Devil has affected you is to the extent to which you have allowed him. Get this clear, if you’re not the BEST, God doesn’t love you the less, but you have not made him HAPPY. Now, you’re in a race, and mind you, it is not to the swift, thus, never run your life in Pre-degree by the speedometer or readometer of another student. First impression of being an ‘iwe’ or ‘efiwe’, does not count. Dear, what counts now is WISDOM. At this junction, kindly join me in a few minutes of praying in the spirit, we are about engage an uncommon realm of understanding that will change your life for eternity. Don’t get familiar with this epistle at this junction. Pro 8:1 - DOES NOT skillful and godly Wisdom cry out, and understanding raise her voice [in contrast to the loose woman]? Pro 8:2 - On the top of the heights beside the way, where the paths meet, stands Wisdom [skillful and godly]; Pro 8:3 - At the gates at the entrance of the town, at the coming in at the doors, she cries out: Pro 8:4 - To you, O men, I call, and my voice is directed to the sons of men. Please get back to verse 3, at the entrance of the town. Do you see this, now let me ask you, did you see WISDOM when entering MORO? Did you hear WISDOM when entering PD campus? Did you see WISDOM by the way side? Did you see her at that junction? What were you hearing in your spirit when you came into this land? or you weren’t even in the spirit? Or, that sounds too spiritual, but what about: Gal 5:25 - If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. It’s easier to walk than to live, but here, the scriptures expects you to live spiritually than walk spiritually. Thus, you are expected to hear God before Sunday. That is living in the spirit. You are expected to have received blessings from the spirit even before a man of God blesses you. When the man of God comes, he’s not going to bless you from another source except God, and that God from whom he will take the blessing from lies in you. 1Jo 4:4 - Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. God is in you, , why not look within than around.? Let’s continue… Pro 8:5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Pro 8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips [shall be] right things. Pro 8:7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips. Pro 8:8 All the words of my mouth [are] in righteousness; [there is] nothing froward or perverse in them. Pro 8:9 They [are] all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. Pro 8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. Pro 8:11 For wisdom [is] better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. Pro 8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. Pro 8:13 The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Pro 8:14 Counsel [is] mine, and sound wisdom: I [am] understanding; I have strength. Pro 8:15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. Pro 8:16 By me princes rule, and nobles, [even] all the judges of the earth. Pro 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Pro 8:18 Riches and honour [are] with me; [yea], durable riches and righteousness. Pro 8:19 My fruit [is] better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. Pro 8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
  4. 4. Pro 8:21 That I may cause those that love me to Pro 8:34 Blessed [is] the man that heareth me, inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures. watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my Pro 8:22 The LORD possessed me in the doors. beginning of his way, before his works of old. Pro 8:35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and Pro 8:23 I was set up from everlasting, from the shall obtain favour of the LORD. beginning, or ever the earth was. Pro 8:36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth Pro 8:24 When [there were] no depths, I was his own soul: all they that hate me love death. brought forth; when [there were] no fountains abounding with water. Welcome to Pre-degree Destiny Academy! The Pro 8:25 Before the mountains were settled, work-shop of Wisdom for you, me and everyone. before the hills was I brought forth: Pro 8:26 While as yet he had not made the earth, Though, it was a scenario that came to my mind that nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of brought out my initial writings, but along the way, I the world. feel an interruption in the Spirit and here we are. Pro 8:27 When he prepared the heavens, I [was] there: when he set a compass upon the face of the Did you notice that every race-track has a depth: beginning? Every warrior putting on his armor never Pro 8:28 When he established the clouds above: wears it like a garment but puts in on one piece after when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: another like a clothe? There is always a beginning to Pro 8:29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that every journey? Can I shock you that the day you the waters should not pass his commandment: gained admission is not the beginning of your life as when he appointed the foundations of the earth: a Pre-degree student? The day you become WISE as Pro 8:30 Then I was by him, [as] one brought up a student, is the day your life just started. Until you [with him]: and I was daily [his] delight, rejoicing become wise, everything you do is just an always before him; experiment, and you were simply a specimen. Pro 8:31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his Imagine if you used the whole of your life as an earth; and my delights [were] with the sons of experiment or specimen for just pre-degree, what men. shall become of you when you become an Pro 8:32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye undergraduate? Your admission is not the only thing children: for blessed [are they that] keep my ways. about P.D though it is a main thing to it. If to gain Pro 8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and admission is what pre-degree is all about? What do refuse it not. you have to say of students who get into courses like Pro 8:34 Blessed [is] the man that heareth me, medicine, pharmacy, only to drop out to other watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of faculties for their inability to sustain the required my doors. grades? They had good grades, but not great grades. Pro 8:35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and Had they lived a wise life as a Pre-dite, they would shall obtain favour of the LORD. have acquired the skills of life that can sustain their Pro 8:36 But he that sinneth against me life WHEN storms come. Wisdom! Wisdom! wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love Wisdom! There is wisdom to work, and there is a death. wisdom at work. The wisdom to work is described Pro 8:31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his thus Jam 1:5 - If any of you lack wisdom, let him earth; and my delights [were] with the sons of ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and men. upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But the Pro 8:32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye wisdom at work is described thus: Gen 1:1 -In the children: for blessed [are they that] keep my ways. beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Pro 8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and Please, why did “beginning” come before “God” in refuse it not. the order of existence on earth? ...to be continued. Pre-degree Destiny Academy is powered by HISpirational. HISpirational is an international media ministry whose mandate is JOB32:8. Contact: 08165967640.hisgenius@gmail.com
  5. 5. ADVERTS GLORYLAND BAPTIST CHURCH, (Sanctuary of Glorious people) Along Ife/Osogbo Expressway, Opposite Ola Furniture, Moro, Osun State. Are you a student? Are you sick or strong? Are you a stranger or citizen? Do you have un unshared burden? Do you desre to be enriched? Are you thirsty for the truth? Are you worried about unfulfilled destin? Are you looking for a place where your prayer could be answered? WORSHIP WITH US ON: Sundays Worship service 8:00am Thursdays Bible-study/Prayer meeting 5:00pm

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