In their book, How People Change, Timothy Lane / Paul Tripp give helpful insight into idolatry and suggestions on how to fight it. One suggestion is based upon Philippians 2:1-11, the authors converting that passage into a series of questions to ask one’s idol. Put your idol in the blanks:
1. ___________, you look beautiful to me right now, but when did you ever leave your place of prominence and glory to humble yourself for me?
2. ___________, when did you ever enter my world to suffer on my behalf?
3. ___________, when did you ever shed your blood so that I could be cleansed from my sin?
4. ___________, when you were you ever raised from the dead on my behalf? When did you ever promise to give me new life and power?
5. ___________, when did you ever promise to send the Holy Spirit to fill me with true comfort that would help me to please God, even when my earthly comfort was threatened?
6. ___________, when did you ever promise to intercede for me to my Father in heaven, so that I could be strong in trial?
7. ___________, when did you ever promise to come again and redeem me from the things that capture me and make me a slave?1
1 – How People Change by Timothy S. Lane, Paul David Tripp, page 191.