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How often do I have to confess my sins to maintain my salvation?

When we look at the context of the verse 1 John 1:9, it includes looking at the eight verses prior. They talk about how to be reconciled to God through Christ.

…and the life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us. (I John 1:2)

In verse ten, He calls us “My little children“. It sounds like he may be giving background on how forgiveness is obtained; following verse 9, he changes audiences. He is then talking to believers. We can come to God and tell Him when we are angry. Christ has reconciled us to God through the cross. He wants us to be honest with all of our feelings and emotions with Him.

The Bible tells us that once we are His children, the enemy can not take us away from Christ. We can not lose what Christ has paid such a great and dear price for us to gain.

and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. (Heb 9:12)

Christ is the only way and answer to obtain redemption. Once we are in Him, we are a new creation:

Therefore if any man is in Christ, {he is} a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Cor. 5:17)

Once we become something new, I would ask how can we become the old thing again? For example, once a caterpillar had emerged from the cocoon and shown himself to be a butterfly, it will never return and become a worm again. This illustrates what happens to us when we accept Christ. Once we are changed, we are in Christ from now on. Please do not take my word for this, but search and ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study the Bible.