Colossians 2:15:

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Over the last 30 days, I have experienced a machine gun effect attack in spiritual warfare that I have never combated in this realm before. The natural manifestation of this principality came so fast, so unknowingly and very targeted that when all the dust cleared, not much was standing. Today, I am writing about my experience in hopes to reveal not only the spirit but the strategy to annihilate it from the body of Christ.

This particular spirit is very cunning and deceptive. Many would get it confused with the spirit of Jezebel, but I believe that there was one spirit that lead the grouped manifestation of many spirits. The leader of this particular grouping was the spirit of "Discord". In mythology her name was "ERIS" which means strife and in Latin her name is "Discordia". This is a goddess that still exist today.The undercover agents or spirits that helped the assignment of Discord were: Seduction, Lying, Deception, Evasion, Exhibitionism, and Greed. With these spirits come the results of painful toil and labor, forgetfulness and famine, tearful sorrows, inner fighting and combativeness, as well as battles, murders and slaughtering with the tongue, manslaughter, quarrels, lies and falsehood, disputes, lawlessness and ruin and folly. All of one nature...Discordia / Eris.

What is strife? Strife is not an action word as many would believe, but it is actually a noun..which in turn makes it a person, place or thing or proper name of something.

According to Genesis 13:7 it states ...

And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.

If you notice it was stated as A Strife which represents a place. Strife was not between Lot and Abram but between the servants, or for us, church people and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. Once Strife or Discordia enters into the camp, then the spirit of Canann and the spirit of Perizzite can dwell in covenant together. There must always be a treaty or agreement in order for any principality to enter into lordship over governmental issues concerning atmospheres, lands, kingdoms and property. This is the only way that principalities can legally have the authority to manifest with complete compliance of the people who inhabit the land, atmospheres, kingdoms or property.

Canaanite means submission and Perrizite means villagers or of one mindset. So when you put these two together, you have two types of mindsets open for the politics of Strife...One who submitted to the others views on things. Usually, these views are not in cohesiveness with the leaders. This created a place of no nourishment. A place without feed. This is what happens in many churches. The people get so caught up in the works of Discordia, that there is no more feed (Word of God) in the house. This then creates a place of famine, hard labor, sorrows,inner fighting and combativeness, as well as battles, murders and slaughtering with the tongue, manslaughter, quarrels, lies and falsehood, disputes, lawlessness and ruin and folly.

The politics of Strife simply means....the processing by which groups of people make collective decisions. It consists of "social relations involving authority or power" and refers to the regulation of public affairs within a political unit,and to the methods and tactics used to formulate and apply policy. Add in Strife and now you have a political system set up to utilize and motivate behaviors in the people that usurp the called leaders. Spiritual politics is the crusine of choice for the spirit of Discordia. If the people are into positions, making connections, titles, and walking in offenses, the spiritual politics can begin.

What I have found in my experience of warfare with this spirit, is that the people began to believe that order, guidelines and instruction was abuse and lack of love. Lawlessness broke out. They refused to adhere to what they had been taught for years and wanted no order. In dealing with this spirit, it will attack the leaders of the church in particularly and cause a distrust of the teachings and the heart of the Pastors. The people tend to walk in forgetfulness of what they received in years past and neglect the truth about love. Love will always bring the law. Law may not always bring love, but love will always bring love. For it is through the boundaries of correction and discipline that love can flourish. The people will forget about the times of prayer, suffering, paying of their bills, hospital visits, standing beside them through thick and thin, warfare into the watchman hours, fasting, pouring into them and their families and run to the discord as truth. This spirit becomes their pastor.

Proverbs 6:14-19

Frowardness (stubbornly contrary and disobedient; obstinate) is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.

Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

The difference between Jezebel and Discordia

Ephesians 6:12:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places

Because we have learned so much about Jezebel, we tend to believe that every spirit that divides the church is Jezebel. Due to this strategy devised by the enemy, we are blinded to the assaults of other main principalities.

Discordia is a Principality. It dwells or lives in a high place. It is most often in the form of female hosts but can work with men who have a stake at protecting their investment of confusion. Usually with men, it is utilize to keep deeper issues from arising to the surface. With women, it is stimulated from a "theatrical standpoint". This usually is where we get the "Drama Syndrome." It is activated in both genders through a gossipy tongue.

The differences are subtle, but the results of both spirits are deadly. Sometimes they work hand in hand, however, the main goal of each is different. Discordia manipulates and divides not for positioning, but for greed. Not just greed in finances, but to have complete say in all things. It is a greedy, selfish and self exalting spirit. Jezebel, however, desires established positioning and though it may not be able to be the leader per say, it is quite equipped to control leadership in order to destroy vineyards. Both spirits do not repent, but justify their actions through pity, shifting of blame or extreme haughtiness.

Discordia will blame others in order to keep the mass confusion continuing. This spirit, though it may be evicted, will still try to keep it's hold by working from afar to keep the lies circulating. Jezebel does not operate in this manner, but is more focused on controlling governmental decisions that weaken Kingdom results. Discordia enjoys company. Whoever will listen, agree and come in covenant with this spirit will have vain imaginations that contribute to the massive assault.

Coming in covenant with this spirit brings instant judgment. According to Proverbs 6:15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy. When one comes into covenant, which means unlimited access to all the resources of ones literally curse your entire existence, your children's existence up to four generations. "Deuteronomy 28". Calamity comes suddenly...Calamity means "an event that brings terrible loss, lasting distress, or severe affliction" There will be no remedy. No doctors prescription can cure it, no money can resolve it, and no words can change it.

Usually, Discordia looks for such people who are not consistent or stable with decisions or decision making. These adjacent normally have a double mind. If you have been attacked by the spirit of Discordia, there are usually people who have not settled their opinion of you or has secretly talked in a negative way about you in times past. These people are the people that Discordia will make its servants.

Discordia looks for people to help serve it, so that it can give the appearance of importance. Jezebel usually has already positioned itself in a place of importance. Therefore appearances are not as important to Jezebel.

How to annihilate Discordia

In order to annihilate this enemy of the body of Christ,or any spiritual enemy, one must understand warfare. There are a lot of teachings that state that spirits must be sent to hell, but according to the Word of the Lord, Satan does not dwell there yet for his time is not yet come. In the four Gospels you will see that each time spirits were cast out, they were not sent to hell. Judgment has not been pronounced on Satan as of yet, therefore he can only be displaced. Moved out of his governmental role over a particular atmosphere or realm. Therefore in annihilating the enemy to where it does not ever come into a particular hemisphere, stratosphere or placement, one must take the legal licensing of the enemy away. His access to people, places or things must be aborted. Therefore teachings must be given so that the people can be empowered to walk at a level of understanding that reminds the people of who they are and what they don't have to accept. We must know our rightful place and take our rightful place or authority.

The first level of any warfare and particularly dealing with Discordia is a heart, mind and demonstration of humility.

Jeremiah 13:18:

Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory.

Many leaders will have to repent to the people for allowing the person or persons to stay in leadership roles or even in the church after countless repeated attacks against the church vision and the people. Some people, because of their frowardness, they must be dispelled from the church.

In the last 30 days, I have personally had to battle with this spirit in male and female form. It caused so much unrest and famine in my church that I had to ask people to leave the ministry. What I have found is that many Christians feel as though it is necessary for all of us to get along and to allow this spirit to continue operating because after all...they are a soul. Yet in my studies, I have learned that many people have a "tent pitched towards Sodom" (Genesis 13) and their entire intention is to cause destruction. If they do not want to change, then they are a disturbance, distraction and liability for the church structure.

Secondly, one must understand love and demonstrate love at all times in order to annihilate this spirit.

Romans 8:38:

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Love is not a warm fuzzy feeling based on emotion. Nor does love have stages or dimensional descriptions. There is only one love and that is the love that is described in Corinthians 13...If you do not have this love nothing will move or work in your life accordingly. Love is patient, kind, gentle, longsuffering, does not remember wrong, is not boastful, does not encase jealousy, etc. When I am all these things to the people of God, then I am walking in love, not in emotion. Therefore, your decision as a leader should never be in emotion but motivated by love for the people. If you love the people, then numbers of membership should not sway your decision on what you know you must do.

Thirdly, Eviction of the Host..this is a must! For the host of the spirit is already opened and in agreement to the behavior of the spirit. They have become accustomed to the results that the spirit brings and are fed by the chaos of strife. They want to spirit to be there. Normally, there is a pattern of Discord wherever they have been.

Fourthly, check out all references and research, call people, tell about the spirit. Exposure is Necessary so that it does not have authority to work and create spiritual politics again.

Fifthly, Do not, I repeat, Do not walk in a spirit of offense which lowers you to operate out of a victim mindset. The betrayal is great, but we must not charge the people. This only proves that people still need guidance and understanding. I have learned that because I said yes to the call of Pastoralship and yes to the mantle of Apostle, that my requirements are at a different mandate and of higher responsibility. Though the people are striving to get there, it was placed on our shoulders with the compliance of our own will. Therefore, though the people must be held responsible, they are not to be broken to a place of no repair. You can only discipline according to the rules, guidelines and understanding that the people know. Once they understand, then more responsibility can be placed on them. Please keep in mind, leaders are not better than the people, we are the same, but true called and holy leaders are discipled and disciplined. Always take the opportunity to teach the people and groom them to be leaders. Do not kill them. For this is what the enemy desires.

Finally, take time to heal. It is a sore and brutal battle. All spirits come to attack your call and your authority. It makes you doubt yourself and the reason for even trying to walk holy when such an attack is present. But take heart, God is processing all of us. In the midst of this great battle, I personally got wounded. Not by the person who did the evil, but by the people who I thought were above this type of controversy. I had to take a few steps back and evaluate my own heart before I moved into the next level of my life. The entire event was to prepare me for greater work in the Kingdom. I should be growing and for any leader to believe that they are not going to be attacked is a truly a misunderstanding of what great leadership entails. We must be prepared by continuously learning and gleaning, expounding and expanding our minds and our spirits for greater capacity of love, character and purpose. Unfortunately, being hurt, misjudged, diagnosed, talked about, betrayed, scandalized, bewildered, beat up and misused, unappreciated, mocked, tempted, called names, even called Satan, is all part of inhabiting our inheritance. We must always remember that by saying yes, that we not only inherited tangible and intangible things of heaven, but we also said yes to the cross and everything that lead up to it. This is the inheritance of them that love the Lord...Isaiah 54.

Why did I write this? I am sure there will be more teachings on and about this particular spirit, but since I have fought and won, I must reveal how to displace it. This spirit will not have the authority or license to run amiss in my life again. Not only am I careful of who is in my inner circle, I am also careful about my own intentions of shinning light on this particular subject. If our minds are not in the right place, we too can fall prey to being utilized by this spirit. My heart is to reveal to empower, not to reveal to get to positioning. The Bible states....Ephesians 3 :8-10... And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

We must begin to understand the levels and the secrets of heavenly places so that we do not fight words with words or emotions with emotions. We must walk, perform and operate at a level of honesty, integrity, respect, honor and love. My heart is to spoil principalities and powers, and having the body of Christ, triumphant in their everyday lives....

Colossians 2:15:

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

If you would like to have Apostle Lynnette teach more on this subject, please call the number listed above or contact Marketa Fry at 330-819-3148 or Apostle Jeffery Appling at 330-479-9488.

Author's Bio: 

Apostle, Visionary & Founder of Ladies Night Out International Ministries, Creator & Founder of Alabaster Oils, Editor & Chief of Alabaster Magazine, National Conference Speaker, International Author, Seasoned Playwright, National Christian Recording Artist, Radio Personality, and Talk Show Host

Apostle Lynnette Tiller Appling is the Senior Co-Pastor of New Wine International Fellowship Church located in Massillon Ohio & Cincinnati Ohio along side of her wonderful husband and Boaz, Apostle Jeffery L. Appling.

She is the anointed and empowered Visionary & Founder of Ladies Night Out International Ministries, a dynamic apostolic women’s ministry that has brought tremendous healing and holistic prosperity to spiritually thirsty and hungry women.

Lynnette is also the Creator and Founder of “Alabaster Oils”. These oils have been specifically mixed and created for the use and healing of God’s people. In addition, she is the founder and chief editor of Alabaster Magazine, a teaching magazine that enables and empowers everyday women to become all that they can be through the un-compromised word of God. On top of all of this she is as an award winning Humanitarian, accomplished National Christian Recording Artist, much sought after National Conference Speaker, seasoned Women’s Counselor, Young Girls Counselor, and Marriage Counselor, Teacher, Mentor, Event Consultant, Seasoned Playwright, and International Author of her first book, “A Kept Woman”. Lynnette is an ordained and licensed Apostle of the Word of God.

Lynnette currently travels the nation teaching of God’s true character while elevating the minds of people to see and experience one true love…Jesus Christ. She also teaches on Kingdom Structure in churches. This particular teachings deal with the infrastructure of churches and the lack of understanding of God’s Kingdom mindset. Her individual message is about total and complete healing that truly enlightens on redemptive resolutions and empowerment in one’s life. Sharing the message of God’s promises and often-overlooked covenants and kingdom archetect, Lynnette reveals an eye and heart opening look at what Christ has stored up for those who simply believe and obey.

She is a yoke-breaking psalmist who understands the power of musical worship and a Apostle with a clear message of God’s faithfulness and undeniable love. Each seron and song is a direct testimony of what Christ has done in her life. It is unmistakably insightful of how powerful this message is for Lynnette teaches and sings from experience. From surviving rape, poverty, mental & physical abuse, depression, oppression and the death of her oldest child, to being healed from many debilitating illnesses such as fibromyalgia, plaque build up in her leg, asthma, ovarian cyst, heart disease & chronic fatigue. These challenges among others have tried to destroy her but God has unshackled, healed and released her. He then set her on a course cultivating healing, hope, promise and restoration for others. Because of her tremendous testimony, her newest book “A Kept Woman” has been written into a major musical stage play traveled the nation. It was written and is directed by Lynnette Appling and debuted in June of 2007 to a sold out crowd.

Lynnette has had the humble honor of opening and ministering for many gospel and contemporary Christian greats such as Tammy Trent, Pam Thum, Anointed, The William Brothers, Vicki Winans, Kenny Eldridge, Jaci Velasquez and Melba Moore as well as a Worshipping Psalmist for Bishop Iona Locke, Pastor Sheryl Brady, Apostle Tommi Femrite, Pastor Cheryl Grissom, Bishop Charles Ellis III and the late Bishop Norman L. Wagner. Lynnette’s womens ministry has hosted such greats as Cynthia Brazelton, Tapika Howard, Debbie Coffman and Mary Tiller Woods to name a few. Lynnette has also been a frequent requested soloist for the Republican Party’s State Senator Kirk Schuring. She has had the privilege of being showcased on Total Christian TV, Trinity Broadcast Network, CBS, Fox and on local stations in Canton Ohio. Her debut CD “From Within: Psalms of Lament” was the #1 requested demo CD on for over 40 weeks running in 2001 and was played on radio stations nationwide. Multiple radio stations have honored her music ministry and had voted her as “The Artist of the Year”. In January 2006 Ohio National Independent Artist Music Awards honored her latest CD entitled “Intimate Worship”.

In addition to the music, Lynnette currently has several speaking DVD’s & CD’s entitled “A Kept Women”, “The Covenant”, “Only Believe”, “Prepare For the Ark of the Covenant”, ”Repentance, Forgiveness & Obedience; The Keys to God’s Favor”, “Purposed Vision” and “Breaking Down the Strongholds” to name a few. Her newest book entitled “The Heart of A Woman” was released in June of 2008. Lynnette has begun to write other teaching and healing books entitled “The Spiritual and Natural Rape of a Woman”, “The Heart of My Children”, “Breaking the Moabites Spirit” “The Fight Of My Life”, and “Forgiving My Mother To Love My Daughters” and “Wounded in Friendly Fire”. Forgiving My Mother To Love My Daughters has also been transformed into a major stage play.