Tear Down Religious Walls: Challenging the Divide between Men and Women of Faith

Prepare to challenge your traditional viewpoints as we delve into a thought-provoking conversation about breaking down religious barriers between men and women, guided by biblical examples and a quest for mutual understanding.

By the end of this episode, you’ll have an enlightened view of the call for women’s voices to be heard, the necessity for holy alliances between the sexes, and the crucial role of consecration and holiness in this often sensitive and controversial topic. We’ll journey through the maze of religion and its role in establishing divides between the genders, seeking the powerful freedom that Christ offers beyond the law of sin and death.

Our exploration will take us through the significance of purity, unity, and how Jesus pushed boundaries to set the weak free, referencing Mary of Bethany. We’ll also take a cue from Paul’s perspective on overcoming the law of sin and death.

Our discussion will further dissect the beauty of living a holy life, capable of overcoming sin, and the essence of consecration in maintaining purity. We’ll touch on God’s call to purity, the need for maturity, and the eradication of the little foxes that hinder us from forming a holy alliance with someone of the opposite sex. Wrapping up, we’ll reflect on the freedom from the law of sin and death, brought about by holiness and consecration, and the unity in God’s glory that calls for celebration.

Tune in for a transformative conversation that promises to reshape your understanding of this fundamental issue.

Where to dive in:

(0:00:00) – Religious Barrier Breakage Between Men and Women (9 Minutes)

We explore how God calls women’s voices forward in this hour, and how to break religious barriers between men and women. We discuss the importance of holy alliances between men and women, and how this is a very touchy subject that requires consecration and holiness. We look to scripture to see examples of holy alliances between men and women, such as Deborah and Barak, and how Deborah was a judge in Israel, appointed by the Lord to judge Israel and to be a prophetic voice. It is God’s design to have men and women be allies, and not adversaries.

(0:08:53) – Religion vs. Freedom in Christ (6 Minutes)

We {explore} the role of religion in separating men and women, and how freedom in Christ is greater than the law of sin and death. We {examine} the importance of purity, holiness, and consecration, and how men and women must come together to break down these religious barriers. We consider the example of Mary of Bethany and how Jesus pushed the boundaries of religion and set the weak free. We also look at Paul’s perspective on the law of sin and death and the gift of God’s life in the spirit.

(0:15:15) – Living in the Spirit, Overcoming Sin (10 Minutes)

We discuss the power of the law of sin and death and how it can lead to sin if not properly applied. We examine the importance of living a life of holiness and how to recognize and control our sinful passions. Examples are provided of how sin can be triggered by the law and how it can lead to adulterous relationships. The power of the Spirit to bring life and how it enables us to live a life of holiness and purity is explored.

(0:25:19) – Importance of Consecration in Affair Anatomy (13 Minutes)

We explore the importance of consecration and living a lifestyle of holiness as a way to defeat the strong desires of the flesh. We discuss how compromises and sin can lead to a string of affairs and how God calls us to holiness, not abstinence, as a way to maintain purity. We examine how an affair in ministry can devastate not only the person and their spouse, but also the family line, ministry calling, and children. We also emphasize the importance of having a moral compass and at least one trusted friend to keep each other accountable and protect each other’s purity.

(0:38:24) – God’s Call to Purity and Consecration (4 Minutes)

We examine the importance of walking in maturity and taking out the little foxes in our lives in order to be called into a holy alliance with someone of the opposite sex. We discuss how God is calling us to put away our condescending judgments and religious thinking, and to have friendship and even emotional and spiritual connections with one another. We look at how training ourselves in the secret place and the daily life, and putting aside every weight that hinders and the sin that so easily holds us back, is how we are able to walk in the spirit and the holiness that God has called us to. We discuss how we are called to bring back consecration and to stop pointing fingers at women and men and instead to lift each other up. Finally, we pray for deliverance from lustful thoughts and religious thinking.

(0:42:14) – Freedom and Unity in God’s Glory (1 Minutes)

We discuss how to live in freedom from the law of sin and death through holiness and consecration. We examine how to break down the barriers between men and women and foster a culture of unity and purity to raise the dead together at the end of the age. We explore the power of holiness and the importance of maturity in achieving this mission.

About the host:

Tammie Southerland is the host of Burning Messengers and the author of Permission To Bur: Breaking the Chains of Compromise from a Holy Generation. She is also a speaker and prophetic minister. She releases the sound authentic of revival and messages from heaven as she travels. Her lifestyle is one of prayer and digging deep into the Word of God, her desire is to releasing the Heart of The Father in these last days. She moves in power ministry and is known for releasing the Matthew 3:11 “baptism of Holy Fire” as she goes. ⁠

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Death comes through the recognition. Listen, if I know that coveting is wrong, then it will be a mirror to me so that my heart is pierced and, in the law of the spirit, I quickly am identifying covetousness in my heart, and so, as soon as the seed comes in, I begin to recognize it, because I know the law and, by the spirit, I do not want it. So therefore, I apply the blood of the lamb to the desire of covetousness and I am crucified with Christ, knowing he holds no good thing. He withholds no good thing from me when I walk up rightly before him, and so I’m able to put to death the deeds of the flesh and live in the life of the spirit. Hi guys, tammy Sutherland here coming to you with some more controversial topics.

I’m the host of the Burning Messengers podcast and I’ve really been on this topic lately about God calling women’s voices forward in this hour, and part of that very, very important message is being able to run together, men and women running together in holy alliances. And today that’s what we’re gonna talk about breaking religious barriers between men and women, why this is so important, and I’m gonna hit some of the controversial subjects that we’ve probably this probably actually caused us to stumble in the past, more than we realize it. So thank you again for joining me. My name is Tammy Sutherland and listen. The whole point of the show, the whole point of the podcast, the ministry is so that you know that you don’t have to burn alone. Our topic, our message, our heart is purity, it’s consecration, it’s fire and so anything that we share here. Please do not hear what I’m not saying. My goal is always to call you higher into consecration and holiness and purity, but I want you to understand the power of God that is within you, to set you apart, to consecrate you and call you to walk in fullness of who he is.

All right, I’m gonna pray because this is actually a very touchy subject. I don’t need any of the enemy or backlash jumping into this subject, because I do not. I’m not so prideful as to think that we can’t. I can’t fall into temptation. I’m gonna talk about that in the show. So, father, I thank you so much for the opportunity to share your message, your heart, with the people today. Gotta pray that your words would come forth with purity, that nothing would be twisted or misunderstood in any way. I bind the powers of darkness that may try to twist or fashion or form this message into a license to sin. And anyway, god, I thank you that you are here, you are with us and you’re setting us free, you’re fortifying us in this hour and calling us up higher in Jesus’ name. Lord, would you raise up messengers of purity, would you call us into the holiness that you created us for All? Right, if you see me looking down, I’m looking at my notes just so you know. So this is a very important subject matter. My notes just went somewhere and I wanna I do wanna talk about it with all, with the fear of the Lord.

Okay, so we are human beings. We were born into sin, with the seed of sin in us, right, and so what? We have to understand that, when we were set free by the blood of Christ, that we were set free from the curse that resulted from Adam and Eve’s sin, and so the part of the reason that we have such a struggle, with men and women running together in holy alliances, is it’s because of the seed of sin, but it’s also because of the spirit of religion, and so we’ve gotta understand that Jesus, when he came, he set us free from the law of sin and death unto righteousness in Christ. It’s the blood of the Lamb and the word of his testimony is identifying with the cross, shape life. It’s identifying with him in his sacrifice that causes us to walk holy and to walk pure. It’s only by the blood that we can even begin to walk in the way that he’s called us to walk. But we are supposed to walk without sin, we’re supposed to walk in purity, and scripture says in Genesis 318, the Lord said it’s not good for a man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. Yes, this scripture is about marriage, but it’s not all about marriage. It’s about the alliance between man and woman, because we have different parts to play in the complete understanding or the complete representation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, of the character of God, as we come together and we work together.

I love Chris Valentin. He’s got a book it’s called Fashion to Rain. He’s been a great proponent for men and women running together in ministry. He’s been great to kind of bring women back into the place where they have a voice and to kind of pull down some of these barriers or some of these misrepresentations that religion has tried to portray onto women and men at the same time, and this is what Chris Valentin says. He says it is God’s design for men and women to be allies, not adversaries. I want you to hear that again. It is God’s design for women and men and women to be allies and not adversaries. The Bible is rich with examples of holy alliances between them, working side by side to fulfill God’s purpose. This is so important, this word holy alliance and we can see this throughout Scripture with Deborah and Barak. We’re going to look at that for just a little bit.

But Deborah and Barak Deborah was a judge. She was the judge in Israel. It says that men came to her because they knew that she heard from the Lord. She’d been appointed by the Lord to judge Israel. What does that mean? That means that she was a prophet. That means that in that time they had judges and not kings, and the judges actually were the prophetic voice. They would seek the counsel of the Lord and the Lord would give his counsel and the people would come to them in order to hear into the counsel of the Lord. That even included war. It included whether or not they were going to have victory in war. So Deborah was a person in the hour in which she lived, that her husband understood and realized the anointing of God on her life and that men would come to her because they needed to be able to hear from the Lord. And there was a holy alliance between Barak and Deborah. We can read about that in just a little bit later, but before we jump into that, I want to talk about this men and women together Is it dangerous or is it transformative?

So this is where some of the stuff is going to get a little bit, probably new to some people that are listening. I believe it’s going to set some of this free, because the problem is not when men and women walk together. The danger is not us being together. The danger is sin, and it’s also the law. Listen to me, it’s religion and it’s sin that causes men and women to stumble.

Okay, Galatians three, 28 says there’s either June or Gentile slave nor free, nor is there male or female, for you are all one in Christ. I want you to stop right there and listen to me. Listen, this is so important because when we are in heavenly realms together I’m not even talking about when we go to heaven when we are in heavenly realms together, we are one in Christ. There is a dynamic unity in the presence of God that we are called to often talk about, where we are seated with him in heavenly realms. We are called to be one in him in those heavenly realms. We’re going to share revelation together, we’re going to share emotion together, we’re going to share the feelings of God together in those realms. And if we don’t understand that the feelings of God, the revelation of God in themselves, as we share them together, are not sinful, then we’ll actually stumble into sin. Because what Christ blood did was removed, the dividing line between us and him and us and one another, and so we’re able to be seated together in revelatory realms, gaining an understanding of Christ. And it says where two or more gather together, there he is in the midst of them. That’s both male and female.

You see, religion actually separates men and women from prayer and intercession. You can look at the Wailing Wall in Israel. The men and women are separated. It’s because religion is still in act right there. Religion, the basically saying no, don’t touch this constantly, is actually going to spurn us towards sin instead of the freedom in Christ by the blood of the lamb, where we are one in him, that causes us to look at him and go above that, to sit with him and revelate and understand who he is, together so that we can grow together, because you have a part and I have a part, and there’s a totally different way that my brother will see and understand the revelation of God, even if I’m in the same encounter as he is. And we need each other’s part and peace. And there’s something powerful about intercession when men and women are together in the same room, in the same revelation, in the same outcry for Jesus, the outcry for what the spirit is saying in the earth. And so if we aren’t careful we’ll separate and we’ll completely miss the point, because we’re more afraid of our flesh than we are in trust of the spirit of God. And to that point, Galatians 516 says so if I walk in the spirit, I will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Romans 8 2 says for the law of the spirit is life, which is in Christ Jesus, but the law of our new beginning or new being I’m reading the amplified has set you free from the law of sin and death. So the law will drive you to sin and the spirit will set you free. So that’s Romans 7. We’re going to read that in just a second, but I’m going to pause right here. So the law of sin and death will drive you to sin, but the law of the spirit will set you free.

I want to take you back for just a moment to whenever I was a young, 20 year old woman coming out of the world, and my experience with the world was pretty traumatic. My testimony is pretty wild, and the number one thing, the most important thing to me, was my purity. It was, it was consecration and it was purity, because that is something that God gave back to me, the very thing whenever I was in more of a religious mindset, the very thing that I did not want to do, I continued to do. When I was in a religious mindset, I was set free from when I got baptized in the Holy Spirit and fire. And so when I got baptized in the Holy Spirit and fire, the fire of God came upon me and I began to be desperately longing to be intimate with him, and I knew that sin and I knew that anything unholy in me would separate me from him. Therefore, purity and consecration was and still is forever my longing and my goal.

And so when I began to enter into a courtship with my husband. The number one thing I told him is if you really truly love me, you will protect my purity, you will call me into who God has created me to be and the voice that God has called me to be, and you will not defile me with the desires of the flesh. And I know like that’s not popular in these days, that’s not popular now, but I want to tell you something that that statement to my husband was a first Corinthians 13 reality of love. For love is patient, love is kind, it’s not jealous. And so if we truly love one another, and in Christ, as men and women, when we get to run together, we must love one another, we must fall in love with one another and we’re gonna fall in love with one another, but it’s a holy love and that love will be for the purity and the consecration and the holiness of my brother and the holiness you brothers, morticons, that are standing there and calling women forth, the purity and holiness of your sister. And so in internally, we will have to wrestle the the flesh and call it to be put to death. I’m just getting very real with us, and so some of the things that we have put in place in the past boundaries in order to keep sin from happening in ministry, actually is causing sin to happen. Because we’re not calling people to consecration, we’re not calling people to holiness, we’re calling people to behavioral modification.

And listen. In the Middle East, women are covered from head to toe. Many oftentimes you can only see their eyes. And these women are still raped, they’re still abused sexually and they’re blamed for it. And the reason that their rape or their their abuse sexually is not because they were seductive, it’s not because they were uncovered, it’s because of sin. Sin is the issue. Sin driven within the heart of man causes you to chase after the deeds of the flesh, whereas the spirit of God indwelling in us should call us into consecration, purity, into a higher level. It says no good thing. Well, he withholds from those who walk up brightly before him. So righteousness begins to be our goal, and trusting and believing that God is the good thing.

It says that Mary and we’ll talk about her in just a minute Mary of Bethany sat at the feet of Jesus and Jesus said that Mary had chosen the good part, the part that could not be taken away from her in comparison to Martha’s anxiety. And so the good part, the good thing that God has promised us, is found in the freedom of the spirit. And, by the way, it was taboo for Mary to be sitting at the feet of Jesus. It was taboo for her to even be in the room. That’s why there was so much tension there, and Jesus often, very often, pushed the boundaries of religion and set the most weak free, those who were deemed unworthy of even being in the presence of a teacher or a rabbi. He set them free because the law of sin is death, but the gift of God is is righteousness right. The law of sin is death. The gift of God brings life, and it’s life in the spirit. Okay, and so let’s talk about Paul for just a minute. The law drives us to sin, but the spirit drives us to holiness.

I’m gonna read a good portion of scripture right now. Just be patient with me, okay. Okay, so it says in Romans 7 for while we are in the flesh, the sinful passions which are aroused by the law we’re at, work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. But now we’ve been released from the law, having died to that which we were bound, so that we will serve the newness of the spirit and not the oldness of the letter. Let me explain something to you a dead man can’t lust. A dead man can’t lust. If the lust rises up, then then you’re not dead, and you’ve got to find out why. What was the open door? And shut it quickly, because it says that we’re dead. We’ve been crucified with Christ. It’s not him, it’s not I that live, but he who lives in me, and I’m a living sacrifice.

I recently posted on living martyrs. Yes, it is sometimes more difficult to be a living martyr than it might be to be a momentary lay down my life, because I will have to continually live in the spirit where I’m putting to death the deeds of the flesh. And so what shall we say then? Is the law sin? May it never be. On the contrary, I would not have come to no sin except through the law, for I would not have known about covenate coveting if the law had not said you should not covet. But sin, taking the opportunity through the commandment produced in me, coveting of every kind apart from the law, sin is dead and died in this commandment, which was to result in life, proved to result in death for me. For sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and though it killed through it, it killed me. So which is good, that which is good, came and caused me death. May it never be. Rather, it was sin in order that the commandment of sin would become utterly sinful.

Okay, listen to this. Death comes through the recognition. Listen, if I know that coveting is wrong, then it will be a mirror to me so that my heart is pierced and in the law of the Spirit, I quickly am identifying covetousness in my heart, and so as soon as the seed comes in, I begin to recognize it, because I know the law and, by the Spirit, I do not want it. So therefore, I apply the blood of the Lamb to the desire of covetousness and I am crucified with Christ, knowing he holds no good thing. He withholds no good thing from me when I walk uprightly before Him, and so I’m able to put to death the deeds of the flesh and live in the life of the Spirit. But if all I have is the law, I’m going to stare at an item.

Let’s take, for example I’m going to sit in ice cream in front of a child and I’m going to tell a child don’t touch the ice cream and I’m going to walk away and I tell the child, say, over and over and over, it is sin for me to touch the ice cream, it is sin for me to touch the ice cream. It is sin for me to touch the ice cream, but the ice cream is within touching distance of the child, who literally cannot wait to touch the ice cream. And so so the law now has become a way of sin for the child. Eventually the child’s going to touch the ice cream. You can’t say don’t touch that, don’t touch that, don’t touch that, don’t touch that, don’t touch that.

The ice cream in and of itself was not sin, but the continual repetition of behavioral modification in one who is not mature causes sin to take place, because it’s actually the seed of sin that’s been planted. And instead, if I’m going to take an ice cream and I’m going to sit it in front of a grown adult who has a conviction about their health and has an issue with lactose, I can tell this friend, this adult, this mature one, don’t eat the ice cream. For when you eat the ice cream it’s going to hurt your stomach and it’s going to cause you to mess up the rest of your day. As a matter of fact, when I get back, I’ve got some dairy-free ice cream for you. Just don’t touch it.

Right now, the person, the one who is mature, is not going to stare at the ice cream and repeat over and over Don’t touch it, don’t touch it, don’t touch it. There doesn’t need to be a wall between them and the ice cream. As a matter of fact, there’s a deeper conviction, there’s a greater desire for cleanliness, right. There’s a greater desire for that which will not turn that person’s stomach. They know that there is something greater coming on the other side. This is the reason that the law causes sin, but the spirit brings life. And so some of the boundaries that we’ve put in place for example, the side hug boundary, or don’t be in the same room together boundary, or I’ll tell you a story in just a minute some of these boundaries for those that are not mature, have not been taught to fall in love with Christ and protect their brother and sister’s calling to protect their brother and sister’s purity, even after marriage.

Yes, some of these things are actually why adulterous relationships have taken place. I’ve got an example. We all know Todd Bentley from Lakeland Revival. He fell into a string of affairs and I’m not downing Todd, I’m using him as example. But before he was found out in a string of affairs there was sin that was already taking place in other areas of his life. Now I’ve heard that since then he has come into a conviction and under a mentorship and his heart has been turned and he desires holiness and purity in his heart, now by the spirit. But before that there were listen it still was the sin of drinking and partying and compromises that led way to adulterous affair after adulterous affair. It wasn’t the side hug, it wasn’t being in the same room, it wasn’t because the girl was pretty and she had an anointing. It was more going on under the scenes, behind the scenes.

Christians, our calling is to holiness, righteousness and justice. This is what we’ve been called to and we’ve been called to run together as men and women. Bill Johnson says it this way the belief that men and women working together is inherently dangerous to each other is a distortion of God’s intention. Unity in Christ is transformative, not threatening. What is threatening for us is the legalistic mentality that actually drives within us more behavioral modification than the love for God and the desire to actually love our brother and sister enough and ourself and our relationship with God and our spouse and our children. We can keep going. The desire to love our neighbor as ourself is not truly been fashioned in us if we have to continually say don’t touch that, don’t do this, don’t go there. It’s not the don’ts but it’s the do’s, because no good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly before you. So uprightness, righteousness, walking upright is the key. Desire for holiness and desire for purity is the key.

Listen, some of us, men and women, god’s calling us into a holy alliance. We’re gonna raise the dead together. We’re gonna be in nations alone, sometimes together, and we’re gonna have to love God more than we love the flesh. As a matter of fact, some of us God’s gonna consecrate and he’s gonna set apart, and the enemy is going to try to attack the mind. That’s what he does. But you’ve been trained. You’ve been trained long before now to put to death the deeds of the flesh.

This sifting is just an opportunity to find where the gateway was. Where’s the place that God wants to heal? Where is the where you feel like you’ve been wronged or liked the sin that came upon Adam and Eve in the garden? Was it because they touched the tree of knowledge and good and evil. That wasn’t what happened. God didn’t say don’t touch it. That’s what Satan said. God said don’t eat it. God said don’t consume it, don’t be consumed by it. Listen, he said you have access to all of this, everything in the garden you have access to. And the trick was this. The question was is God gonna withhold a good thing from me? Is there something God’s withholding from me? That window, that opening of doubt and questioning the good thing that God would withhold, is where the doubt, where it’s where the open door to sin came in. And so what we do in this time, as God’s called us to run a holy alliances. If we begin to struggle in our minds, we capture the thought immediately. We submit it to Christ in the blood of the lamb.

Listen, we live lifestyles of intercession, and I love this song. I’ve been listening to you recently Fortify my Faith by Mercy Culture. It says we have a high priest that prays for us. Jesus is constantly an intercession for us and it’s talking about the sifting of Peter. Listen, the sifting is for a purpose and it was preparing Peter to be a dead razor. He was preparing Peter to be one who would lay down his life for Christ and listen. They were gonna all run together Him, Mary, all of them. They were gonna run together.

So the mind that is set on the flesh is death Romans 8, 6 through 10, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind that is set on flesh is hostile to God, for it does not subject itself to the law. It is not even able to do so, for those who are in the flesh cannot please God, but if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him. If Christ is in you, though, the body is dead because of sin, you yet the Spirit is alive, alive because of righteousness. Romans 8, 6 to 10. And so I’ve talked to you a little bit.

I said I was going to talk about the anatomy of an affair. This is so important as we go into these conversations. I did talk to you a little bit, for example, about Todd Bentley. Again, no shade on him in the inner workings of his heart throughout that. But we do want to use this example, because the things that led into the string of affairs was already compromises and sin. There was already God, though God was using him powerfully in the Spirit. With the gifts, there was a compromise with allowing sin into his life and I cannot put this. I cannot stress this more in this hour.

God’s called us to consecration. If you aren’t living a lifestyle of consecration, you’re not going to be able to defeat these strong desires of the flesh. When God calls you into more, he wants more of you personally and not again like don’t take this as arrogance or pride. Personally, I’ve been in this thing for 23 years, since I literally have not had a drink in 23 years and I’m not going to tell you that there’s not been many times that it’s crossed my mind as to why. Because drinking in and of itself is not a sin, right, why can’t I have a drink? The tea totalling in itself is not what has kept me from drinking, it’s not what has kept me holy and pure. It’s been my consecration unto the Lord that I don’t want to have a, I don’t want to take of that cup until I’m with him in eternity. And there’s a consecration between he and I where I have resisted the flesh and even the inner workings of the conversations in my mind that have tried to cause me to compromise that conviction Again.

I’m not telling you if you, if you have a glass of wine, I’m not telling you that that sin. I’m telling you that God is trained to be in consecration and purity and holiness by this one particular thing that he’s told me not to partake of. He doesn’t tell me don’t touch a wine bottle. He’s told me do not consume it because I am inviting you into the lifestyle of holiness. And so when I come into a place where I may be tempted in my mind and initial thought with other sinful things, I can take those thought captive. I know how to make them come into obedience to Christ. I know how to go into intercession. I know how to go to trusted friends, those who I know that I can tell you know what the struggle may be in my heart and my mind and they’re going to pray for me. We’re immediately going to dismantle it. They’re going to be real with me. Where was the open doors? Not this person’s fault or that person’s fault. What is God trying to deal with you on right now? What particular area of your heart and life do you still feel there might be some unforgiveness? Where’s an open door where you feel lack and you don’t actually believe that God will give you supply to you according to his riches and glory. Like what are you trying to get right now? Okay, you need friends like that in your life.

So affairs and ministry can be devastating Absolutely, and this is another part of this. The anatomy of an affair with ministry has lost sight of the devastation that it would cause. It’s not just going to devastate the person that you’re having an affair with and their spouse is going to devastate your family line. It’s going to devastate your children. It’s going to devastate your family outside of your children. It’s going to devastate your children’s children. It’s going to devastate the person that you are tempted to have an affair with in their ministry calling. It’s going to devastate your ministry.

Calling All of these things. If you truly love one another, you’re going to hold each other to an accountability of holiness and purity. If I love you, the same way that I told my husband before we married, if you truly love me, you will not even try to take away my purity, and this is what God is calling us to. I want to protect your purity. I want to say this just to my brothers I want to protect your purity, I want to run with you with power and I want you to protect my purity, I want you to protect my husband, I want you to protect my children, I want you to protect my future, I want you to protect my voice, and the same I will commit to do for you, to protect you and your wife and your children.

And your voice and your annoying thing and your calling this is the upward calling of Christ, and so again, often in a fair ministry, reveals the insufficiency of external, internal and external issues that are going around with the person a lack of a moral compass and a lack of accountability. Hear me when I say this there’s not going to be a crowd of people that you can trust, but you need at least one. And so if an affair happens, it’s because the moral compass got off and it’s because when you conceived of the thought, you dwelled on it and you didn’t confess it to your brother, confess one to another, that you may be healed. So I want you to hear me we’re not going to be immune to thoughts. You’re not all day long. All day long, you don’t turn off your TV, turn off your phone, turn off your radio or put a blinder on your eye, and not drive down the road because you may have a thought. You learn how to take every thought captive unto immediate, to Christ, that the thought tries to form into something more. You go to someone that you’re accountable to, and if you are a spirit-filled believer, a mature believer, you need to have somebody in your life that’s going to take you through deliverance and take you through inner healing on a consistent basis. This is how we’re going to run together at the end of the age. This is how we’re going to break labels, laws and religious controls.

So Luke 7.36-50, the story of Mary anointing Jesus’ feet with her tears and her hair. Jesus not only allows her to do this, but he tells everyone else to leave her alone. This is an act of devotion. It says that she didn’t cease to kiss him. So I’m going to stop right there.

This was a man. Jesus, fully man, fully God, tempted and tried in every area. Allows a woman to come into the room, take down her hair, which was taboo, wait on his feet, kiss him, wash his feet with his tears. A woman who most likely had a string of backstory of adulterous relationships and prostitution we often hear, even avoid the prayers of evil. Jesus wasn’t afraid. He was not afraid of what was taking place here.

As a matter of fact, I truly believe that this could have possibly been one of the areas that Jesus had a temptation or trial in that he defeated, because he defeated the enemy in every single area. Every area you and I could be tested in, jesus was tested in and came out victorious. That’s why he was able to die and be raised again, because Satan found nothing in common with him, and it wasn’t because he made himself walls around him and separated himself from everything sinful. As a matter of fact, he inserted himself into everything sinful and took on the sin of the world so that you and I could be set free from the bondage of sin and death. And so, in this atmosphere, jesus is literally being touched by, kissed by and wept on by a woman who, I am sure, was madly in love with him in a holy, beautiful, holy way. She was. She’s found at the foot of the cross and is death. She’s found at the tomb. There was nothing sexual going on there, but Jesus wanted to prove that her extravagance on him would be an example of the true fullness of the gospel, wherever it was preached, even until the end of the age.

I know some of you are going to throw stones at me, but I’m telling you it says. This is what he says. Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven for. She has loved much, but he who is forgiven little loves little. He’s talking about how much she loves. She’s desperate lovesick for him, but the relationship remained Emotional and spiritual, holy, holy alliance. It was a holy alliance there and it did not become defiled and there was no sin found in him.

The same thing with the woman at the well. He wasn’t supposed to be talking to her. The disciples have an issue with that. The same thing when she was at his tomb. He takes her and he sends her to be the first evangelist to tell the man that he has risen. They have a problem with that. He doesn’t care. He does not care.

This is a quote from the other half of the army. We must confront these labels, laws and religious control that we have confined men and women to. It’s time to break free from these limitations and embrace the true power of the gospel. John 4 27 says just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking to a woman. But no one asked what do you want or why were you talking with her? He knew that they were asking the question, but his response to them was basically get back. I’m breaking down walls right now because it’s not good for me and to be alone. I’m going to send her out. Lou Engel said this Jesus himself shattered every religious safeguard when it came to men and women interacting.

The encounters with Mary Magdalene, mary Bethany and the unnamed woman who anointed his feet, which I think that was Mary, showed his radical approach to relationships, setting an example that we should follow. This is profound. I know we’ve gone a little over 30 minutes. I said I was going to go a little bit deeper into Deborah and Barak, but this is profound. Jesus’s example is no greater example, and we have to understand that.

The holy alliances that God is bringing forth in this hour will require us to walk holy. They will require us to be accountable. They will require us, when I say accountable, accountable to the word, accountable to the spirit, accountable to intercession, accountable to one another, having nothing, letting the enemy find nothing in us, and pursuing with everything we have a heart that is open, pure and consecrated. The goal or the aim is not to see how many different boundaries I can come up with. Not that boundaries are bad, but the law brings death. The goal is something greater.

Jesus said if you looked at a woman lustfully, you’ve committed adultery in your heart. This wasn’t to condemn them and bring them into condemnation. It was to bring attention to the heart, where the law has been written upon our heart and by way of the spirit we cast out any sin that may try to enter in. Thank God for the blood of the Lamb. Thank God for the blood of the Lamb. He’s going to call us in this hour to greater consecration, greater purity.

I want to tell you prophetically, there’s a sifting coming and I believe there is a sifting here. That sifting is going to cause us to be able to walk where God’s called us to walk. Do not be afraid when the sifting comes. Do not be afraid when the thoughts come. Take the thoughts captive, bring them to obedience to Christ. Find someone that you know that you can be accountable to.

On the very clear flip side of this, I want you to know that if you’re not walking in maturity and you’ve not taken out the little foxes, the little things in your life up to this point, god’s not going to call you into a holy alliance with someone of the opposite sex. He’s just not going to, and so I want to go ahead and expose that right now. This is something God’s doing with mature believers in this hour. He’s going to cause us to put away our condescending judgments and religious thinking and call us up higher. He’s going to actually call us to run together and be holy and pure in it. He’s going to call us to have friendship and even emotional and spiritual connections with one another, deep spiritual connections with one another and to cast out any fleshly desires.

It’s harder to be a living martyr sometimes, but that’s what we’re called to, because the greater reward is to see my brother completely running in the holiness and purity and the thing that God has called him to. The greater reward is for my brother to be able to lift me up and be able to set me in a place where my voice is loud. The greater reward is to see the family whole and the children and the children’s children walking in the power and authority that’s been given to them through the gospel that they can walk without sin. How do we do it? By being trained. Train yourself in the secret place, train yourself in the daily life, train yourself when no one sees to put aside every weight that hinders and the sin that so easily holds you back, and run the race and do not grow weary and stop fearing, but walk in the spirit.

God’s calling us to a mighty, mighty hour where men and women are going to run together and we’re going to show a generation what it looks like to walk in consecration and purity. We’re going to bring back consecration in this. We’re going to stop pointing fingers at women and calling them Jezebel’s because they’re powerful. We’re going to start lifting them up and saying be a voice and I’m going to protect my heart and protect yours. I’m going to stop pointing our fingers at men and saying you’re just nothing but lust and you can’t be around me because that’s all you’re going to think about. That’s a lie from the pit of hell, because if you’re consecrated brother, if you’re consecrated friend, you’re taking thoughts captive and you’re doing everything in your power to walk in the spirit because you’re in love with the Lamb. That’s what he’s called us to.

So let me pray for you right now, in the name of Jesus. I thank you for those that are watching God. I pray that right now, you deliver people, even now, from lustful thoughts, that you deliver us right now from the religious thinking, from the, where we’ve tried to return back to the law in the same way that Paul was, was rebuking the Galatian church for going back to the law. Lord, even right now I believe you’re rebuking us and you’re saying there’s a greater, there’s a better way. Don’t go back to the circumcision of the flesh, go to the circumcision of the heart. If you stare at it and say you can’t touch it, you’re going to touch it. But if you know the beauty of what is on the other side, the goodness of the Lord that holds nothing back from those that walk up right before him, you will gloriously raise your hands and be able to walk in the power of God, even in the mid temptation. He’s calling us higher. I’m telling you, he’s calling you to purity and I command right now, every impure thought to leave your mind, anything that’s tried to come in and weave itself into your mind. We command that seed to even be cast out right now in Jesus name, where the enemy said you can’t touch it, because God is even withholding from you a good thing and you’re driven by Don’t touch it, don’t touch it, don’t touch it.

I break that voice right now, in the name of Jesus, and I tell you you got freedom. You have freedom. Don’t be consumed. You have freedom to partake of everything that’s life and godliness. There’s no lack. There’s no lack in Jesus name. There’s no lack in him. I love you. We’re living in a great, powerful hour. I’m so thankful for my brothers that are lifting up the voices of women in this hour. I’m so thankful for my sisters that are being set free and not worried about being in competition with men or being in competition with one another. All that’s being broken and we’re running together in holiness, purity and the glory of God with fire. Listen, we’re going to raise the dead together. Guys, we’re going to do this. We’re going to do this at the end of the age and we’re going to do it with consecration in Jesus name.