Following after the Holy Spirit leads to life and peace, but following after the old nature, leads to death, because the old sinful nature within us is against God. It never did obey God's Laws and it never will.
Friend, this scripture says it all.
It is necessary for us to be a follower of the Holy Spirit, Father and Son to have life and peace, after our flesh dies.
The Spirit does not lead us on the wrong path. He knows our ways and has a full view of all the paths we might take, but only He knows the right Path that leads to everlasting Life with the Son.
Many are the paths that lead us away from God but in amongst those paths is the real Path that is the Righteous Path.
God is clear on this in His Word.
Romans 7:16 - 17
Don't you realize that you can choose your own master? You can choose sin (with death) or else obedience (with acquittal). The one to whom you offer yourself- he will take you and he will be your master. (Jesus or satan)
When a person dies the Law no longer holds him in it's power.
Romans 7:11 (Apostle Paul admitting to being a sinner.)
Sin fooled me by taking the good Laws of God and using them to make me guilty of death. But still, you see the Law itself was wholly right and good.
Friend, when we die, our choice has been already made. We no longer have an opportunity to be with God and part of His Kingdom if we have not chosen in this life to believe in the Son, Jesus the Christ.
Yet, even though Christ lives within you, your body will die because of sin; but your spirit will live, for Christ has pardoned it.
Today these words have told you the Truth