This is not an exhaustive list of values for obvious reasons. At the heart of everything is Jesus and His teachings. Below are the 7 core values that support the foundational work from this website - Legacy Restoration and Creation. These values are the values that embed the heart, mind, and work of research, writing, prophecy, and artistry singly and corporately. Please keep in mind this list is not at the expense of transparency, authenticity, mercy, or grace. All of these are high ideals and involve a guided and transformative outcome.
No one can truly deny that the plan of God is not only redemptive but is rooted and grounded in His love for both humankind and his creation. Paul wrote in Colossians 3:12 & 14 how the "virtues" listed in verse 12 are fueled in essence by love. He states in verse 14, "For love is supreme and must flow through each of these virtues. Love becomes the mark of true maturity" (TPT).
Everything we do as a Christian is to be saturated in the love of God and fueled by His Spirit. Love is not an earthly, soulish emotion. Many people decry that agape love is more about the will than it is about a "feeling," however, both the Word of God and our experience has proven that love is a PERSO. Love is God (1 John 4:8). It is the core mission to represent God by being God's love to other people whether they believe or not.
Walking life with the Holy Spirit is the second core value. Some people take issue with this, placing Scripture ahead of the Spirit of God. For me it is recognized that the Spirit of the Lord IS the Word of God so to be Spirit-Led means to be sensitive to the Spirit, instructed by Him, and anointed with His power. Does this mean we ignore reading the Word of God? Heaven forbid! It just means priority is placed on the Holy Spirit's leading in everything, including learning the Word of God with His help as well as learning and fostering His leadership in community settings. The written Word is not separate from the Holy Spirit. As love is, the Word of God is a person named Yeshua the Messiah. Since the Trinity is a three-in-one community, we simply recognize the Word of God (the Spirit) leads us in studying the Word of God (Logos). They are not divided one from the other since the Word is actually a person (Jesus) and the Bible represents the words of God written down, along with the history of the story of creation and humankind. Scripture actually tells us that Jesus never did anything of His own initiative (John 5:19) and those who are led by the Spirit are the sons of God (Romans 8:14).
Jesus is the ultimate role model of Heaven's way on the earth. As a result, demonstration of a life with Christ is the third core value. He walked in the flesh among us teaching, dying, and restoring our relationship with God. Paul exhorted us that we have a "ministry of reconciliation" in the Gospel. Jesus demonstrated a life of humility, complete surrender to the Father's will and delight, and came as a servant. The third core value is centered on servanthood, loving others as the fulfillment of Christ's "new command," (e.g. as He loved) and being about the Father's business replicating what He is doing and speaking what we hear Him speaking and see Him doing. As a result, the focus is on being redemptive and reconciling in nature since Jesus came to save. We choose to mirror His image and likeness as we move from glory-to-glory and to speak life and light into issues and the people around us every opportunity we are provided by the Father of lights.
The Word of God talks a bit about the tongue; that small piece of flesh that occupies our mouths. We know "life and death are in the tongue," and we know the tongue is difficult to control or tame and that the person who can tame it, controls the rest of his body (see James 3 & Proverbs 18:21). What we speak can either bring faith and life or destruction and death. If we think very carefully, Jesus was the Word made flesh. He was the living WORD of God. Everything He spoke He first heard the Father say before speaking. Jesus never operated on His own initiative. We know God's word does not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11) and we know we will be judged for every idol word we speak (Matthew 12:36). If the Bible puts such an emphasis on what we say, we should probably be more careful with our speech. Words kill or bring life. The fourth goal is to be centered on speaking life, speaking truth, and speaking all things in love. Imagine, when we speak the name of Jesus alone, we have spoken love (keep in mind love is also a person - 1 John 4:8).
God desires unity in His Spirit [in Jesus]. Unity is the fifth core value and something I actually seek to inspire and encourage others toward. The desire is not only to be a bridge builder and a peacemaker, but to encourage and be a catalyst for unity within the body of Christ. There is much said regarding God's love of harmony among the brethren. Unity is a key to how the body not only demonstrates love but is built up. Consider Ephesians 4:15 as far as how the body functions and grows together:
"For his 'body' has been formed in his image and is closely joined together and constantly connected as one. And every member has been given divine gifts to contribute to the growth of all; and as these gifts operate effectively throughout the whole body, we are built up and made perfect in love" (TPT).
Consider also Colossians 3:15 (TPT):
"Let your heart be always guided by the peace of the Anointed One, who called you to peace as part of his one body. And always be thankful, overflowing with gratitude for your life-union with Christ."
We are to live at peace with one another in the Spirit allowing the Lord's love to build us up to maturity but also effectiveness (e.g. use of gifts and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit).
Psalm 133 tells us from the sweet harmony of unity, "God will release his eternal blessing, the promise of life forever!" (Psalm 133:3, TPT).
Worship is actually a lifestyle. Everything we do and say is not only an act of how we are demonstrating Christ to a starving and dying world, but it also demonstrates who we worship. Everything we do is worship. The sixth core value is to not only to keep love flowing, but also to keep our mouth and lives filled with joy and His praise on our lips. We desire everything we do to be saturated with uplifting and igniting joy while we empower people to experience the power and dynamic love of God. We aspire to joy and praise authentically tumbling from our mouths to bring life to people and to the nations (every tribe and tongue).
The other aspect of joy that is embraced is that God is happy, joyful, and delights in His children. This doesn't say we can't or don't grieve the Spirit or that He doesn't rebuke or chastise. It is just I have found He has quite a sense of humor! He actually does laugh.
"I was there, close to the Creator's side as his master artist. Daily he was filled with delight in me as I playfully rejoiced before him. I laughed and played, so happy with what he had made, while finding my delight in the children of men" (Proverbs 8:30-31, TPT).
This is from the voice of Wisdom and we all know who and where wisdom comes from - Christ.
A particular Hebrew concept for humility was once shared with us. The Rabbi said "Humility is to be without walls." I took that to heart and the Holy Spirit has used it since that time to teach what humility is and how it functions using Christ as the example. Paul in Ephesians 4:2-3 (TPT) writes:
"With tender humility and quiet patience, always demonstrate gentleness and generous love toward one another, especially toward those who may try your patience. Be faithful to guard the sweet harmony of the Holy Spirit among you in the bonds of peace, so that you will be one body and one spirit, as you were all called into the same glorious hope of divine destiny."
The seventh core value is humility. I don't pretend to have all the answers, to be the solution, nor do I contend I know it all or are am "right" all the time. Instead, I chose to be gentle, patient, kind, and understanding humbled as a bondservant to Christ and then to His body to serve in love. I hope you will too.
My research lens is in keeping with these 7 Core values. I am seeking to look through the lens of God’s love and redemptive passion. I pray through literally everything. This framework is to know God as love as written in 1 John 4:7-8. For instance, what is God’s perspective on how to handle this situation in His love? How does this epoch demonstrate God's love and who He is as love? How is God redeeming this and us too? I seek the revelation of God as love and I ask Him to show this to me. He is a God geared toward relationship and He hardwired that into us.
God is attempting to get our attention in these hours. So many - too many - are a little too bent on wrath and judgement, when Jesus came to not only save, but destroy the works of the devil. He is also geared toward restoration and redemption. If He wanted everyone condemned, no need for Christ. As a result, the simplest way of looking at The Cultural Ayin is as a place to learn about being in right relationship with God, each other, and the planet through the lens of His love and redemptive purpose.
It is always important to test what you hear or read. We are all learning and often what we are learning is governed by whatever Christ is showing in our life in a season or point of time. It is always good to be prayerful and kind if what you see is different from what I see. We are all on different Jesus journeys but it's the same Jesus. Above all, I believe any revelation I come to understand should further conform me to the image of Christ and in the demonstration of the fruits of His Spirit in keeping with the image and likeness of God. He shouldn't do anything less for you.