Overcoming Evil Schemes
As we approach the return of our Messiah we know that the evil one has and will become more bold. Our community came into being because of the special needs of those who have been severely harmed in every imaginable way by those who serve evil purposes. Though we have provided information here in this website about the need for developing maturity, we have always had information about recognizing evil at work and how we have learned to respond. This information has not been singled out and called "spiritual warfare" by name. It pertains to both factors within individuals and within assemblies that open the door to strife and division. When studying the 7 Assemblies it has become obvious to us as to others that the struggles we face in these last days often do have to do with those who are not committed to their faith walk in Messiah. And in the study of the 7 things YHWH hates, we do see that strife and division is a prominent scheme used today to disrupt His people.
Though it has not been prominently featured in our materials, we have been working with people who have experienced DID, Dissociative Identity Disorder/previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder, for many years. We had changed our focus for a season when we saw how little joy strength there was for this restoration process and concentrated on that but now it is apparent that the time for warfare has returned. We do clearly see that there are personal and corporate lessons that must be learned in order to avoid disruption by the one who only comes to lie, steal, kill and destroy. Gathered here are links to the many articles that exist on the site that pertain to one kind of spiritual warfare or another.
As this revision and refocusing proceeds, they may be arranged by category.
As of April 2016, please begin by checking these articles, and check back later for updates.
May our Messiah be honored and glorified in us as we stand faithfully and firmly in His Name!
A Brief Introduction to Dissociative Identity Disorder as it Manifests in Assemblies
Is DID Found in Scripture? A Brief Overview (Dissociative Identity Disorder, formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, MPD)
(December 2011) by Barbara L. Klika, MSW, Undershepherd, Set Apart Ministries, Inc. (This article has been on Doug Riggs site and part of a training program.)
A Recently Written Primer on Preparation to Deal with Evil
Responding to the Needs of Those Ensnared By Evil
As wickedness grows more blatant and bold, we are called to stand and to resist. Beginning steps on how to prepare. Written for Wisconsin Christian Newspaper.
One of the most read articles on our site for the past few years:
One of our Foundational Teachings on Corporate Aspects of Spiritual Warfare
The Importance of Echad in Messianic Fellowships or Corporate Spiritual Warfare
Companion article to: A Challenging Word: What To Do With Those Who Behave Badly Expanded from Wisconsin Christian Newspaper Submission
This next link takes you to a page of the various concerns about how evil schemes have presented themselves, often unrecognized.
Watchman Series by Barbara L. Klika, MSW, Personal Life Coach
Spiritual Warfare + Torah Righteousness An updated look at spiritual warfare disciplines, strongholds and Torah pursuance
Will Messiah be a Shield for You? Written for Wisconsin Christian Newspaper
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
Matthew 7: 21 NKJV
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.
Psalm 84:11 NKJV
Messianic Fellowships - "Messy" Expectations & Disappointment Series-Complete List by Barbara L. Klika, MSW, Personal Life Coach, Undershepherd, Set Apart Ministries, Inc
A few articles from that list:
Messy Expectations: Discipleship, Spiritual Formation, Torah & Rebellion
A written discussion on how we transmit our faith to others and the perceived difference between traditional discipleship methods and formation, in the context of a Hebraic worldview.
How Does Division Destabilize and Destroy Torah Communities? (September 2011) by Barbara L. Klika, MSW, Undershepherd - in concert with all SAM community members
Malignity: assuming the worst of others--brief word study
Before this harmful force can bring destruction to your family or community, learn what it is and how it works!
This is one article in the Prepare Messiah's Bride series that addresses corporate preventive steps to deal with evil.
It deals with the need for exposure of that which is not pleasing to our Elohim: The Assembly with No Spot, Wrinkle or Blemish, but Pure and Set Apart
Blows that Hurt Cleanse Evil from the Heart Another confirmation of the faithfulness of our Elohim even during times of trial.
A Curse without Cause? A short discussion of another tactic the adversary seems to be using against Messiah's people in this age.
Suggested Reading for Leadership/Shepherds.
Be aware of both needs and dangers for your people!
People of the Lie
by Dr. M. Scott Peck
This was the first book I ever found that dealt with the problem of evil from a psychological/psychiatric perspective. Good insights for both individual and corporate nature of evil actions. Dr. Peck came closer to a Christian worldview in this book, than in previous or later works.
The Sociopath Next Door
by Martha Stout, PhD
Dr. Stout gathered much information that supports our Scriptural understanding of the defilement of man as we near the time of Messiah's return. Though she does not have a faith based perspective, she has provided a good look at one pervasive individual aspect of evil, sociopathic behavior.
Political Ponerology (A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes)
by Andrew M. Lobaczewski & Laura Knight-Jadczyk
This book was born out of the observations and experiences of Lobaczewski and colleagues as they experienced the takeover of Nazism in their university. The original manuscript and years of painstaking evaluation and testing of their hypothesis was thrown into the furnace moments before a secret police raid in Communist Poland. The history of efforts to get it published is a study in itself. It examines the macro-social aspect of how individuals who seek evil infiltrate and eventually overtake existing organizations for their purposes. I believe they have captured some good observations on the process, but do not agree with the proposed solution, which was to establish a review board to oversee anyone anticipating leadership in any given country.
(My objection: Who would oversee the review board?)