Take a few moments to discuss or ponder on the following questions in relation to today's message.
In his book Seeing with New Eyes, David Powlison lists 35 heart exposing questions he
calls “X-ray Questions”. These questions will start you on the path of discovering the
below the surface idols of your life. Those things that have the potential of mastering
you or already occupy a space of control. Take some time to come to a greater
understanding of what controls particular actions, thoughts, emotions and attitudes in
After you have completed the questions surrender your results to Christ because in Him
you will find perfect control, comfort beyond any pleasure of this world, unconditional
acceptance and approval and power to battle any struggle.
If you are comfortable or even if it is uncomfortable share you results with a friend for
deeper discussion and then invite them to answer the questions for themselves.
1. What do you love? Hate?
2. What do you want, desire, crave, lust, and wish for? What desires do you serve and
3. What do you seek, aim for, and pursue?
4. Where do you bank your hopes?
5. What do you fear? What do you not want? What do you tend to worry about?
6. What do you feel like doing?
7. What do you think you need? What are your ‘felt needs’?
8. What are your plans, agendas, strategies, and intentions designed to accomplish?
9. What makes you tick? What sun does your planet revolve around? What do you
organize your life around?
10. Where do you find refuge, safety, comfort, escape, pleasure, security?
11. What or whom do you trust?
12. Whose performance matters? On whose shoulders does the well-being of your
world rest? Who can make it better, make it work, make it safe, make it successful?
13. Whom must you please? Whose opinion of you counts? From whom do you desire
approval and fear rejection? Whose value system do you measure yourself against? In
whose eyes are you living? Whose love and approval do you need?
14. Who are your role models? What kind of person do you think you ought to be or
want to be?
15. On your deathbed, what would sum up your life as worthwhile? What gives your life
16. How do you define and weigh success and failure, right or wrong, desirable or
undesirable, in any particular situation?
17. What would make you feel rich, secure, prosperous? What must you get to make life
18. What would bring you the greatest pleasure, happiness, and delight? The greatest
pain or misery?
19. Who’s coming into political power that would make everything better?
20. Whose victory or success would make your life happy? How do you define victory
21. What do you see as your rights? What do you feel entitled to?
22. In what situations do you feel pressured or tense? Confident and relaxed? When
you are pressured, where do you turn? What do you think about? What are your
escapes? What do you escape from?
23. What do you want to get out of life? What payoff do you seek out of the things you
24. What do you pray for?
25. What do you think about most often? What preoccupies or obsesses you? In the
morning, to what does your mind drift instinctively?
26. What do you talk about? What is important to you? What attitudes do you
27. How do you spend your time? What are your priorities?
28. What are your characteristic fantasies, either pleasurable or fearful? Daydreams?
What do your night dreams revolve around?
29. What are the functional beliefs that control how you interpret your life and determine
how you act?
30. What are your idols and false gods? In what do you place your trust, or set your
hopes? What do you turn to or seek? Where do you take refuge?
31. How do you live for yourself?
32. How do you live as a slave of the devil?
33. How do you implicitly say, ‘If only…’ (to get what you want, avoid what you don’t
want, keep what you have)?
34. What instinctively seems and feels right to you? What are your opinions, the things
you feel true?
35. Where do you find your identity? How do you define who you are?