Uit de biografie van James Fraser, de
pionier zendeling onder de Lisu
staat een verslag van de wijze waarop Fraser geestelijk werd aangevallen door
de boze machten toen hij zich fulltime ging richten op het werk onder de Lisu
stam. Het verslag vertelt ook hoe hij door de genade van de Heer
was in China als zendeling van de China Inland Mission. Tijdens zijn werk als
zendeling ontmoette hij leden van de Lisu stam. God gaf hem speciaal een
gebedslast en bewogenheid voor deze mensen. Uiteindelijk kreeg hij toestemming
van de leiding van het zendingsgenootschap om fulltime onder hen te gaan
werken. Daarvoor had hij al af en toe contact met Lisu’s gehad. Hij was enkele
keren voor een evangelisatie tocht in hun gebied geweest. Er was wat
belangstelling, een enkeling had de Heer aangenomen.
citaat uit het boek:
It was along
another line that he (Fraser) was tested this time, and that more and more
In the ardor
of his faith he had taken it for granted that Gods time had come for the
blessing he longed to see among the Lisu. Now that he was giving himself wholly
to them, they would surely respond and gather round him in larger numbers. They
would appreciate his learning their language and be eager to hear more of the
Word of God. But, in reality, the very opposite was the case.
The people at
'Little River' were hospitable and friendly as before, but showed no added
interest in spiritual things. At 'Six Family Hollow' he was always welcome,
Ah-do's old mother being especially real in her love for the Savior. A few
others scattered in three villages gave evidence of a change of heart, but
beyond that the work seemed to have come to a standstill.
Where was the
great and growing interest? He had been so happy in the expectation that the
walls of his Jericho would soon fall down. 'We thought it was the seventh day
of our compassing,' he recalled long after, ', but it was only the first.'
of the hamlet loved him and were full of fun and curiosity. Indoors or out they
hung about him, watching his every movement and trying to help him in his
studies. To tackle a language not reduced tot writing was proving a tough job.
It was pioneering in a new realm; and without books or teacher, Fraser welcomed
the interest of the children. They never tired of repeating words and phrases
till he had them written down, tones and all, for his musical ear insisted on
It was not
lack of interest in his surroundings that led to the depression of spirit that
now began to assail him. He did not know at first what to make of it. Was he lonely
in that isolated hamlet, remote from contact with the outside world? Was it the
poor food that left him under-nourished? Was it the struggle with the language,
or the deadlock in the work? Rain and mist in the mountains might be
depressing; but as the days and weeks wore on, he realized that there were
other influences to be reckoned with.
For a strange
uncertainty began to shadow his inward life. All he had believed and rejoiced
in became unreal, and even his prayers seemed tot mock him as the answers faded
into nothingness. "Does God
answer prayer?" loomed larger and larger as a tormenting question. 'Does
He know and care?' 'Your faith, your
expectation -what is the outcome?'
solitude, depression such as he had never known before closed down upon him.
Was he really right in the course he had taken? Five years in China, and so
little to show for it! Was there anything after all in his burden of prayer for
the Lisu? How he dreaded the coming of some letter in a tone of sympathy-
'Perhaps you have been mistaken,' or 'Are you sure you are in the will of
the foundations shaken in those days and nights of conflict, until Fraser
realized that behind it all were 'powers of darkness', seeking to overwhelm
He had dared
to invade Satan's kingdom, undisputed for ages. At first, vengeance had fallen
on the Lisu inquirers, an easy prey. Now, he was himself atttacked- and it was
war to death, spiritually. No one knew about it or imagined what the lonely
pioneer was facing; that in his extremity he was even tempted, and that
persistently, to make an end of it all.
No one, did we
say? Then how was it that succor reached him just at that time and in the very
way to help him most.
For it was
then, when the rainy season was at its dreariest, that a messenger came from
Tengyueh with letters and papers, one of which brought him light. Someone,
strange to say, had sent him a copy of The
Overcomer, a magazine with which Fraser was unfamiliar. Its appearance in
the poor little shack in those Lisu mountains was surely timed by Omnipotent
Love! For it set forth the very truth needed in that strange conflict, and 'the
truth shall make you free'.
The fact came
home to Fraser, as he pored over the welcome pages, reading and re-reading
every word, was that Satan is indeed a
conquered foe. Christ, our risen Lord, has in very truth 'bruised his head'
upon the Cross of shame. 'Having put off from Himself (through His death) the
principalities and the powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.'
This he had
held before, as a matter of doctrine. Now, it shone out for him in letters of
light that victory is ours. Satan had desired to have him- determined, as he
realized, upon wrecking him as a missionary, then and there. No words could
tell what the long struggle in the dark had been. But now the Mighty Victor
took him by the hand. What other voice could have said as He said it-
'"Triumph thou because of Me?" Overcome, overcome, "Even as I
before, in the life that seemed far away, Fraser had responded in obedience to
the claims of that Glorious One Who, for him, had died upon the Cross. Now, in
the Lisu mountains, he responded again and yet more deeply to the liberating
power of the same Cross. 'they overcame him (the great enemy) by the blood of
the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.' There, in that poor shack, the
victory was won that was to mean life tot thousands.
Fraser told long after, as far as words could tell it, in conversation with the
read it over and over- that number of The
Overcomer. What it showed me was that deliverance from the power of the
evil one comes through definite resistance on the ground of The Cross.
am an engineer and believe in things working.
I want to see them work. I had found that much of the spiritual teaching one
hears does not seem to work. My apprehension at any rate of other aspects of
truth had broken down. The passive side of leaving everything to the Lord Jesus
as our life, while blessedly true, was not all that was needed just then.
resistance on the ground of The Cross was what brought me light. For I found that it worked. I felt like a man perishing
of thirst, to whom some beautiful, clear, cold water had begun to flow.
will tell you, after a helpful meeting perhaps, that such and such a truth is
the secret of victory. No: we need different truth at different times. 'Look to
the Lord,' some will say. 'Resist the devil,' is also scripture (James iv.7).
I found that it worked!. That cloud of depression dispersed. I found that I could have victory in the spiritual
realm whenever I wanted it. The Lord Himself resisted the devil vocally:
"Get behind me, satan!" I, in humble dependence on Him, did the same.
I talked to Satan at that time, using the promises of Scripture as weapons. And
they worked. Right then, the terrible oppression began to pass away.
had to learn, gradually, how to use the new-found weapon of resistance. I had
so much to learn! It seemed as if God was saying: 'You are crying to me to do a
big work among the Lisu; I am wanting to do a big work in you yourself'
zover dit eerste citaat van Fraser zelf)
aspect of truth opened up more and more. The enemy does not retire at the first
set-back. Sometime later, Fraser was much tried by the persistent recurrence of
evil thoughts. It almost came to be an obsession.
thoughts were present with me (he said himself) even when I was preaching. I
went out of the city (Tengyueh) to a hidden gully on the hill-side, one of my
prayer-haunts, and there voiced my determined resistance on the ground of my Redeemer’s
victory on the Cross. I even shouted my resistance to Satan and all his
thoughts. The obsession collapsed then and there, like a pack of cards, to
return no more.
iv. 7 is still in the Bible. Our Lord cried, we are told, 'with a loud voice'
at the grave of Lazarus. He cried 'with a loud' voice from the Cross. In times
of conflict I still find deliverance through repeating Scripture out loud,
appropriate Scripture, brought to my mind through the Holy Spirit. It is like
crashing through opposition. 'Resist the devil and he will flee from you'.
zover dit tweede citaat van Fraser)
Bron: 'Behind the Ranges' door mrs. Howard Taylor.
is een heftig verhaal. James Fraser was de pionier van het werk onder Lisu
stammen. Hij drong het gebied binnen dat reeds duizenden jaren onder volledige
controle van de boze machten was geweest. Als je zo iets doet dan kun je
tegenaanvallen verwachten. Het feit dat hij alleen was maakte hem extra kwetsbaar.
In de strijd leerde hij om weerstand te bieden tegen de boze machten. Onze
omstandigheden zijn wellicht anders, maar als wij de Heer dienen, kunnen we
tegenaanvallen verwachten. En ook wij moeten tegenstand bieden.
bemoediging van ons allen. De Heer zorgde er voor dat James Fraser precies op
het goede moment de goed boodschap uit de Schrift onder ogen kwam. Dat had de
Heer al voorbereid voordat James deze aanval te verduren kreeg. Want vele
maanden daarvoor had God een christen in Engeland op het hart gelegd om precies
de boodschap die James nodig zou hebben op te sturen. Het duurde vele maanden
voordat post vanuit Engeland een zendeling in de binnenlanden van China
bereikte. En precies op het moment dat hij het nodig had arriveerde het blad.
Dat is Gods timing. Hij is dezelfde nu, Hij is dezelfde voor ons. Hij geeft
geen verzoeking en beproeving boven vermogen en als Hij verzoeking toelaat dan
zorg Hij ook voor de uitkomst zodat we er tegen bestand zijn.
wordt behandeld in enkele studies van de bijbelstudie serie over de engelen:
"Hoe de boze machten ons aan kunnen vallen"
"Hoe weerstand te bieden"
“De geestelijke wapenrusting”
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