You cannot follow Jesus Christ if you do not have the Holy Spirit. We read in Romans 8:14 Paul says that those who are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God. You can only be a son of God, a child of God, if you have the Spirit of God. Jesus Christ gives His Holy Spirit IN those who decide to FOLLOW HIM, who turn from following after their own mind, their own flesh, the desires of their flesh and after sin, who REPENT, turn away from those things, are baptized in water; He gives then the NEW BIRTH and He puts his Holy Spirit IN them and they LISTEN to the Holy Spirit and they follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. But not all of them!
Most believers DO NOT HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT and they DO NOT FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE of the Holy Spirit. We can only be pleasing to God if we LISTEN to the Holy Spirit and if we are guided by the Holy Spirit, IF our life is determined by the Holy Spirit. You need to LISTEN to the Holy Spirit and OBEY, FOLLOW Him to be pleasing to God. If we live according to our flesh, that which I WANT, MY reactions, MY ambitions, My desires, then we must die! But if we IGNORE and DENY our own desires, our own reactions and lusts and we follow after the Spirit of God, we LISTEN to Jesus and we DO what is pleasing to HIM then we will live. THAT IS WHAT IT MEANS TO FOLLOW JESUS. We must be led by the Holy Spirit.
It is not about reciting scriptures, about knowing the Bible. It is about KNOWING JESUS, having the Holy Spirit in you, LISTENING, OBEYING and FOLLOWING Him, or else we cannot please God and we are not part of His kingdom. We can only follow and serve Jesus Christ IF we are LED BY the Holy Spirit.
Are you FOLLOWING Jesus Christ and are you LED by the Holy Spirit?
May Jesus bless you.